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Old Sep 02, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Well,,, I know how big those tables are, so I got an idea how BIG this beast really is!!!!! Awesome so far John, your moving right along, I know it doesn't seem so sometimes but you are! Keep up the great job!!! "your happy place" cob??? w....
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Old Sep 02, 2012, 02:38 PM
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I meant to include this pic in my previous post, shows the nose antenna.

Buzz,
The fuse is the light thing. It weighs 3.5 lbs. Middle section/booms/Hstab weighs 7.25 lbs. Each wing panel weigh 1.25 lb. But we have cowls, motors props, servos, batts, etc. I'll be surprised if it's less than 20 lbs. Still should be a floater at this size.

Thanks Hawk,
My eyes are getting older and bigger flies better so........ you get the picture.

Thanks Walt

Bottom fillets on the H stab and nacelles are done. Moving on.

J
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Old Sep 02, 2012, 04:46 PM
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How big? This is a 6' table and the middle section/booms fill it up.
Have the fillets done, pics of that. And I have been reinforcing the sidewalls around the main gear doors. Found out the hard way on the A-26 that if you don't, they will flex under load and really mess up the door operation.

Maybe I should stick it all together to see what we've got???

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Old Sep 02, 2012, 05:37 PM
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This is where it starts really getting fun. Threw it together, here she is. Great when all the parts come together. Sorry, hard to get good pics in a confined space at this size.

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Old Sep 02, 2012, 05:57 PM
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Looks awesome J!!!! When will this short kit be available? Always enjoy your builds thanks for that.

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Old Sep 02, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Wow,,, H U G E !!!!!!! Just two questions John,,,, has it got a hook? And. How many more hose monster bungees have you ordered????. W
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Old Sep 02, 2012, 10:20 PM
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Yeah, don't hold your breath on those short kits. Hell freezing over comes to mind.

Walt,
My buddy and I were just discussing that. No hook, no bungee. But it wouldn't surprise me if it would take off on it's belly. The props are big enough to look good but not too large to damage in a belly landing unless you ground looped it and it heeled over to one side maybe.
My main concern is how hard it is going to be to try to balance it and check CG. Gonna have to call in the wife for that one.
The good thing is that it has 1447 sq in of WA, that's 10 sq ft! At 20 lbs it will have a WL of about 31-32 oz.ft. This large a plane with that WL is like a glider. Well, except for all that drag.
The fuse is cavernous and besides batteries, it will not have much in there. May need to detail it inside later down the line.

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Old Sep 02, 2012, 10:45 PM
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I just can't believe you are building a bird with gear ... and retracts at that! Next thing you know, you'll be doing EDF's!
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Old Sep 02, 2012, 11:48 PM
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J are you telling me you dont have a vanessa cg machine hanging over your bench ? What is your favorite method for checking CG ?
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Old Sep 03, 2012, 02:42 AM
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oh man, thats going to fly like one big sweet heart!!!
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Old Sep 03, 2012, 03:24 AM
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Jon,
Tremendous project as usual. You (& your friend) have demonstrated some great building! Thanks for sharing!
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Old Sep 03, 2012, 03:25 AM
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Ok, this is something i want to see by person.

If we survive the 21.12.2012, next year i want to visit VEGAS (and the united states)
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Old Sep 03, 2012, 03:43 AM
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Loving this build, great work - keep it up
Oh, and also loving the mess on the bench looks oh so familiar
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Old Sep 03, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Hi John..... she's really impressive. Do you, or any other forum members, know of any other models of this plane that are out there?
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Old Sep 03, 2012, 06:19 AM
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Looks to me your shop is big enough for the usual gihugeic scale method. I've seen it done where you build scale-looking connection points into the plane at the CG. Connect your high-tensile string/fishing line. All of your lines get connected together and make a loop. Then hang it from the rafters in your shop. the single point will allow you to rotate the plane if needed but still allow you to balance.
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