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Old Apr 04, 2012, 09:22 AM
AND FOR MY NEXT TRICK....!
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Love how that thing pieces together Rich! Very nice build.
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Old Apr 04, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Hi Rich,

Will you be publishing PDF's of the Firefly? Looks a tad easier to fly than the the SPYRO. My SPYRO is begining to look the worse for wear so could do with reprieve until my flying skills improve!

Cheers, Richard
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Old Apr 04, 2012, 11:26 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Joe,
Yes its going together OK at the moment, but I am not holding my breath

Richard,
PM sent


Made up the top front decking hatch from soft 6mm balsa sheet and roughly sanded it. It has a 3mm lite ply lug at the front which tucks under about a 20mm wide piece of 6mm thick balsa glued to the front up against F1. A single screw at the rear into a small ply plate finishes the hatch mounting off. To reinforce the screw hole I have used one of those plastic bushes you get with props, the small one that we never seem to use! Probably a better idea using a magnet because now I will have to carry around a screw driver at the field.
All that is needed regarding the fuselage now is just an overall sanding then wrapping it in some covering. Good thing with this model is I get to use up the scrap bits of covering left over from other builds...tight arse? most certainly

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Old Apr 04, 2012, 12:45 PM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Added the 0.8mm (1/32") Fibre Glass reinforcement strips at the top of the mast, this makes the thickness of the mast a perfect fit for the HK head assembly. They are angles off at the bottom, you can't see it but the opposite side is opposing so as not to create a shear point.
Below these the mast is sheeted each side with 1/32" balsa sheet but only as far as the top of the fuselage joint.

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Old Apr 04, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Not tight frugal. Aren't we all !! Another sweet looker. With gas over $4.00 a gal. we have to save some how. with this one we may be able to fly in the back yard instead of traveling all the way to the field.

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Old Apr 04, 2012, 04:39 PM
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With gas over $4.00 a gal. we have to save some how. with this one we may be able to fly in the back yard instead of traveling all the way to the field.

Bill
Sorry Bill, you won't get any sympathy with your excessively cheap fuel prices over there. We are paying the equivalent of $8.96 a gallon ($10.76 a UK gall.) You'll have to play your violin some place else.
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Old Apr 04, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Oh Baby !!!! well shut my mouth. How is that possible with you chaps so close to the North sea oil platforms, time for a rebellion.
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Old Apr 04, 2012, 05:37 PM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Bill,
Exactly mate!!...they are all lining their own pockets

I see no reason why you couldn't fly something of this size and weight on your front? that lawn of yours is huge!!you could even take off down the road
I am still scratching my head about your CF, the power seemed fine when you took it off then just seemed to die off. Electrics!! they are great when they work but frustrating when things don't quite go to plan

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Old Apr 04, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Oh Baby !!!! well shut my mouth. How is that possible with you chaps so close to the North sea oil platforms, time for a rebellion.
Bill
Most of the pump price is tax, but North Sea oil does not help any more as production is declining at more than 17% a year now. Gone are the days of cheap oil, and China is happy to pay $125 a barrel while they increase their reserves. Meanwhile the US and UK is selling off theirs to keep the price down. Doh! Is there an election sometime soon?
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Old Apr 04, 2012, 09:25 PM
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hi

rich that gyro is sharp nice build thread to two thumbs up jeff t
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 06:26 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Cheers Jeff

Managed to clad it in some solarfilm last night with a few cheques etc thrown on for good measure. Opposing colours were added to each tailplane fin, these should help my tiring eyes with orientation when and if it takes to the air.
Time to start throwing in the electrics then make up a set of blades and alter the HK head a tad.



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Old Apr 05, 2012, 10:42 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Made up a balsa mould and shrunk a pop bottle onto to make a basic cowl as I felt it looked a touch bare.
Not fitted the spats but just playing with the idea, what do you think?....boots on or off??

From my own experience I have always found spats help a bit with orientation, it may also give it more appeal but will never take the fact away its just a pod and boom model.


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Old Apr 05, 2012, 11:02 AM
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Wheel pants do dress it up, looking sweet.
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 11:06 AM
It was a GLITCH! Honestly!
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Cheers Bill,
Just need to figure a way to attach them



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Old Apr 05, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Spats on and 7 cylinders glued to the pop cowl
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