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Old Mar 06, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Yeah I sanded a small area for the test patch, then removed it later.
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 06:55 PM
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The trailing edges on the wing are .25" thick , the stab/elev. is .1875" = drag. Add that to whats going on in the intake ducting and you can see some steps could be taken to clean up the airframe aerodynamically. I most likely will do some glasswork on the bottom. As far as dings and seams on the upper surface i think i will fill and paint. Are model master paints ok on this foam?
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Old Mar 07, 2013, 08:39 PM
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Yep shes a big draggy airframe all right but flies really nice. i think mine tops out around 110-115mph but I didn't buy it as a speed demon and to be honest it looks better flying scale speeds rather than flat out.

I agree the ducting could do with some significant improvements and would probably make a noticable difference to the fan efficiency.

Any acrylic based paint that works on EPS will work on this.

Post some pics of your build when you get a chance.
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 07:53 AM
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i thinned out the trailing edges on mine, mostly for looks lol. mine does 115-120 or so, on about 2700W
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 08:33 AM
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I'm just trying to extend flying time more so than increasing the top end. If i can cruise at lower power settings it will pay dividends. I think i'm going to order some hysol today for assembly. If i tape pieces together will the paint pull free from the foam?
Acylic paint. So i'll be brushing and wet sanding to remove brush marks. I don't have a spray gun. All my work has been spray can.
CN, so you just sanded the trailing edges? I expect a filler of some kind is needed after sanding. I was considering balsa strips glued on and sanded to shape.
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Old Mar 08, 2013, 06:14 PM
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i just sanded them down, though balsa would be desired. ive got 4-5 coats of wbpu to smooth it out.
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 08:39 AM
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I have decided that foam just isn't for me. Bungee ops would be out of the question on this model. I have a local buyer picking it up tonight. I will find a home for my Stumax 100 somewhere...
Thanks for the help guys...
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Old Mar 15, 2013, 11:26 AM
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If and when they skin this bird or do a full composite i am there...
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 11:18 AM
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Dude your missing out. Mine is a stock foam airframe on 2400 watts and I fly for 5 minuets and was radared at 118 on a flat pass. It's a great speed for this type of plane. I have been flying mine for two years now and have over 125 flights on it and it's a blast!!!

1.) The plane is barrel of fun to fly bone stock.

2.) Your not putting it on a judges table, don't get anal over it. If you get caught up in all the insignificant trivial trailing edges are too thick stuff or if I can gain an extra 30 seconds of flight time you will drive yourself crazy.

3.) Build it, fly it, and have a blast.!!!!

Here is a short video of mine to show how nice this plane can fly.

T-33 (1 min 41 sec)
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 03:53 PM
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Hi Doug,

I took the T-33 out for a couple flights this morning just for YOU

At 1:17 I do a half throttle pass for ya so you can see what the speed of this T-33 is at about half throttle.

Andy



T-33 flight 31613 (2 min 11 sec)
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 04:42 PM
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Andy, thanks man... i did sell the jet, but with the idea i might order the plain white version and glass it. But right now i seem to be having a problem motivating myself to do any finishing work. Been this way for a while. Maybe when the weather breaks for good... The vids are sweet!
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 08:29 PM
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Wow Andy's really a great guy!! Who else would go to all the trouble of getting out their favourite plane and go fly it "just for you" Doug.

Now that's a true friend
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 10:45 PM
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The sacrifices I make
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 10:55 PM
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looking forward to the Falcon and Nut show at Vegas this year
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 12:04 PM
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Might try that one on my wife...."Honey a guy REALLY needs me to go fly my T-33 for him...."
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