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Old Feb 01, 2012, 12:31 AM
Crashing into the sky!
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Took my speedfire slope soaring in the weekend in 20kt winds.

Fly's great off the slope, it was faster than all of the other 2m carbon slope ships there as a pure slope soarer (and lighter than most too!, and they didnt have a power system!)

Power on it left them in the dust

A pure glider version of the speedfire, with a suitably skinny fuse, would be an absolute weapon on the slope.

Unfortunatly it was raining at the time, camera lens got covered in rain drops, so all the footage is a blurry mess
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 01:29 AM
Livin it UP when Im goin DOWN
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Incredible scenery, Chris!
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 02:12 AM
Crashing into the sky!
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Pretty crazy place, its a 30km drive out of Raglan (nearest town), all down gravel roads along the cliff top, literally a 200foot drop into the sea at the edge of the road! My WRX was in its zone (the girlfriend didnt appreciate this though!)

Pity its not DSable, wouldve been cool to try the speedfire.
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 06:04 AM
making my own planes...
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Nice one Jacko, I like to fly slope and DS too,
I built a slope Raketenwurm 2b took off the motor, esc, etc and insert 350g of lead, it's FAAASTTT hehe
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 06:34 AM
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Yeh, its an awesome plane, all my other gliders are a bit redundant now...

+1


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try hard not to get speedfire
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 10:46 PM
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Guys, before I go insane how did you attach the clevises to the control surfaces?

I attached the clevis to the servo rod and somehow estimated how far it should go but then getting the clevis onto the horn seems impossible without breaking things accidentally around it.

Maybe I don't have the right tools or just a bad day

Any suggestions?
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 11:57 PM
Why you swing so hard?
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Guys, before I go insane how did you attach the clevises to the control surfaces?
Take a break. Show us your new Austrian friend

I haven't started mine, otherwise I'd tell you.

Juan
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 12:34 AM
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Neither did I.
You should ask Richard.
Yuri.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 04:56 AM
Crashing into the sky!
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Guys, before I go insane how did you attach the clevises to the control surfaces?

I attached the clevis to the servo rod and somehow estimated how far it should go but then getting the clevis onto the horn seems impossible without breaking things accidentally around it.

Maybe I don't have the right tools or just a bad day

Any suggestions?

Like this? Not very good photos of the skin removed, but you get the idea? Ill take a better photo of the linkages if you want.

I filed the cutouts back to get clearance on the upper wing skin with the flaps retracted, as well angled sections next to the clevis to allow them to open. Small flat blade screw driver is the trick to popping them on and off.

I used small file, you could use a dremel, but dont really need that much firepower. It took a few goes of adjusting the pushrod length to get it spot on. Trick seemed to be to do one at a time, filing, adjusting, reattaching, removing, filing adjusting, rinse and repeat as necessary

Good to see more speedfires being built, its seriously awesome to fly, not much else, other than the X results in the peanut gallery shouting out expletives, while leaving a big grin on your face.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:22 AM
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A new day and new way to get the job done

Have been using wimpy tools last night. Time for a change.

Guys, thanks for your input.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 01:52 PM
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These two big bottles of "glue" can screw Your drilling job.
Yuri,been there in the past........
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 09:02 PM
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have to have it

Just read through the entire thread and damn you guys I send a request to Bob as to what colors he has in stock - would love to have the show version in black and green.
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 09:34 PM
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Manny, use a dremel. For upper skin use a dremel brand cutter cylinder, for the surface, I use the dremel with a needle point diamond sander (the $3 kit from hf). Whatever you do, USE A FOOT PEDAL! No better way to prevent a disaster.

To bond the horn, I used black ca, mess around till it's all good, and then kick it.
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Old Feb 20, 2012, 12:16 AM
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Richard, Jacko thanks for the pointers.

Weather was way to good to mess around with this so decided to hang out at the field and slope.
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Old Feb 20, 2012, 12:51 AM
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Richard, Jacko thanks for the pointers.

Weather was way to good to mess around with this so decided to hang out at the field and slope.
Jealoussssssssssssss
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