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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:11 PM
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Glad you like it Quick. With the LE, it's really looks airworthy now.

The pine is no doubt from Oregon. I don't think that we see much yellow pine around here.

This style of building is borrowed from Lothar. Basically all birch plywood and spruce....no balsa or in my case, balsa only as shear. These are simply great materials to work with. Not cheap and not light, but they look and perform well. If you've got good wood finishing skills, you could really build a great model with this method. My next ship will have a solid balsa LE with a formed plywood skin. Should be the best of both worlds.

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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:28 PM
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Ah, got ya on the Oregon pine. I spent a year just north of Grants Pass living up in the mountains, in a tent, prospecting / mining. Just me, a buddy, and a couple of dogs. Great times!!! Never struck it rich, but pulled enough color to keep us in food and beer. Hey, what else does a guy need anyway? Hope you don't mind, I've included a pic of my "home" for that year.

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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:48 PM
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Let me guess......That was 1978?
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 12:28 AM
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Let me guess......That was 1978?
No, LOL, more like 2008.

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Old Feb 18, 2012, 04:54 AM
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Wow - what a fascinating way to earn a living! And such beautiful business premises...

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(in a grey, concrete factory unit listening to the rain on the roof)
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 05:18 AM
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Wow - what a fascinating way to earn a living! And such beautiful business premises...

S
(in a grey, concrete factory unit listening to the rain on the roof)
Yea, and I'd still be there if my partner hadn't given up... but all things come to an end. We were hand to mouth most of the time, and that was a bit more than he could handle long term. Anyway, I'm back to the crappy world, (living amongst people), now and trying to make the best of it. Miss the creek and panning out the color, but at least I got the flying to keep me going. I've thought more than once about parting with my 4" dredge to fund the RC.... but then I sobered up and thought better of it. Besides, I don't have that much into my Thermal Bleed build and it's getting closer to maiden every day. After that is done, I'm thinking about a forward swept wing and hoping that I might be able to get some input form this group as to the design of it.... hint - new thread coming.

Mark

Sorry for going of topic Kent. Just you mentioned Oregon, and I have such fond memories... and I didn't even mention the bear or the shootout, so you should be able to get back on track.
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 09:12 AM
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I didn't even mention the bear or the shootout.
Modern Day 49er

From my 8th grade California history class I understand that the native Indians admired the 49ers for 2 things. Matches and glue.

My only question is what pick up line did you use to get the babes back to your digs? Was it " Hi sweetie. You've got a nice smile. Let's go back to my place....we have matches and glue".
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 09:30 AM
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I now have a mental image of Sitting Bull making a model of the Eiffel tower
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Main Skid

In order to not burn out the temper in the music wire, I'm using silver solder for the skid connection. We'll see how it holds up. No two ways about it, the skid will see some action.

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Old Feb 19, 2012, 03:19 AM
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That solder joint looks good Kent. i would say that most every other piece of the plane would break before the solder joint will. It looks like you got good flow. I trust that you fluxed well, had the wire clean, and got it hot enough to make the flow happen so there is not a cold joint underneath. If so, it should be fine.

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Old Feb 19, 2012, 09:05 AM
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Yep, we're on the same page. Now if I just find some clear coat for it before it rusts.
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Old Feb 21, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Thats one thin hatch

The top skins are now installed and all parts in place.

The hatch covers an apex in the wing surface and could be only a little thicker than plywood, so I used FRP at the center joint to attempt to fix the curvature. So far, so good.

This plane needs a clear canopy.

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Old Feb 25, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Koverall

I fly at primitive sites so using Koverall is a given. Nothing is more durable. Also, although the installation is not quick, once down, it will never give you trouble again. Considering all the repair and constant touch up Monokote needs, if you are going to fly you plane more than 3 times, Koverall will be less work overall.

This process took about 3 hours. Ready to fly, if you like the natural finish.

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Old Feb 25, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Kent,

OMG..... just as I said. Nothing like the fabric look to make these gliders look great. You have done a great job on this prototype. Can't wait to see it fly.

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Old Feb 25, 2012, 03:10 PM
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Shiny wing

Finish coat is baking in the sun.

Balancing next.

I've got a new Aurora 9 Tx to learn for this one. The manual has 132 pages of programing fun. Started this project with a Hitec Eclipse 7 Tx and now have to switch to a different Tx. Not good. We'll see if the servos center that same.

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