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Old Jul 16, 2012, 08:32 AM
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Another Obnoxious F3K shirt! My girlfriend will love that! Sing me up espacialy if you are getting them in some equally obnoxious 80's color. Design graphics?

Sam IIRC the pockets are 1/2in deep and 3/4 in wide with 1/8th in bass wood shims clamped over a music wire matress per drela for spacing. They inner edge is 2 and 11/16 in from the root. Forgot to install in the molds on the first pull which made it much more painful. second wings pockets were installed during molding and came out super clean. You flying Sunday?
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 09:47 AM
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Excellent Austin...

T-shirts are being printed and soon will be available for Fr3aK drivers and fans. They're a bit obnoxious but I'm sure you guys wouldn't want it any other way.
Preview please
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 09:54 AM
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Can't wait to see it Tom! I love F3K shirts!
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 10:39 AM
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It's a bit early, but .... Tom, are you planning to attend this year's Blue Skies Over Arizona, and if so, what (new) design can we expect?

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Old Jul 16, 2012, 11:07 AM
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Another Obnoxious F3K shirt! My girlfriend will love that! Sing me up espacialy if you are getting them in some equally obnoxious 80's color. Design graphics?

Sam IIRC the pockets are 1/2in deep and 3/4 in wide with 1/8th in bass wood shims clamped over a music wire matress per drela for spacing. They inner edge is 2 and 11/16 in from the root. Forgot to install in the molds on the first pull which made it much more painful. second wings pockets were installed during molding and came out super clean. You flying Sunday?
Thanks Austin. Might try it out on the next wing. Planning on flying Sunday, maybe with a new weapon, maybe not. If you bring your 80's Fr3aK shirt I'll be sure to stand on the opposite side of the field, don't want to be blinded ala disco.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Come on I'm not that much older than you. Disco was the 70's! The 80's was Neon, Synthesizer, and Hairspray.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 11:43 AM
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Everybody remembers the 80s. Here is a picture of Tom and the guys from Twisted Sister modeling several of Tom's shirt ideas. Personally Tom, I'd go for the blue one but you look good in the pink... I dunno. That's a tough choice.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Somewhere in this thread (I think) is a pic of the ballast hold down. I seem to remember a piece of clothes pin? But I haven't been able to find it.

Whatever, I would like to set mine up for ballast, trying to figure out how to anchor it. Suggestions?

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Old Jul 16, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Sorry, no Tshirt previews. It will be well done, rest assured. It's based on the "Get your Fr3aK on" theme.

Gary, Here are pics of my simple ballast installation. FYI this is 3/4 ounce of lead and with wire and all it's dead on 1oz (29g)

This is the "big" ballast, with the smaller one being half an ounce. I have never felt the need for more, though I know Phil has a 2oz setup.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 04:44 PM
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Have you ever had the end slip out of the hole in the wood (during flight)?
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 04:54 PM
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Have you ever had the end slip out of the hole in the wood (during flight)?
Screw a cut off servo arm adjacent to the wire, then swing it back and forth over the wire to hold it down or release it.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Have you ever had the end slip out of the hole in the wood (during flight)?
the canopy holds the wire into the block. as long as the canopy is well-attached, the wire can't come out of it's hole.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 06:04 PM
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On mine, it's glued to the bottom of the fuse. The canopy doesn't hold it down. I use a .055 wire (same as flapperon) and a .055 drill. It's very snug the first few times you insert it... I've never had one loosen. I believe that the loop in the wire causes the forces on launch and landing to cause binding in the wire.

I've seen others use canopy-restricted systems (Brian P and MattN come to mind) but I've not done one that way.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 06:07 PM
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Thanks. I like that simplicity.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 06:16 PM
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I chose my 2.5oz ballast slug just for Tom. My lightest ballast slug is 1 oz.

The pictures show how the ballast wire is bent such that there is a handle which makes insertion and removal easy without tools. Also the handle portion just fits under the canopy, so the wire cannot lift until the canopy is removed.

There is a bit of 1/4" square balsa glued behind the aft servo. On top of that balsa is a little chip of 1/16" plywood with a hole. The ballast goes nowhere unless it shoves both servos out of the way first.
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