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Old Sep 17, 2012, 09:33 PM
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Honey, I whacked the plane

Our Reactor had an unplanned contact with terrain. Finally getting around to repairing it.

First balsa plane repair. Figured it would be easier than prying off the tail feathers and putting on a new fuselage plus I save $30 if I value my labor at $0.03/hour...

Found it upright with both wings intact, minus most of what is forward of the wheels.
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 09:33 PM
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repaired up to the landing gear and the battery hatch. All is true. Only 6 more inches to go to the firewall...
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 09:36 PM
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Measured the stringers that survived. Looks like 0 degrees downthrust and 2 degrees right on the firewall, when I duplicated the dimensions on paper and pulled out the handy protractor. Construction is balsa over liteply, so a razor blade cleared out the sheeting pretty rapidly.
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 09:38 PM
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Believe it or not, we have most of the pieces to reconstruct the liteply on the fuze and attachment to the firewall. The firewall is pretty straight forward, just need to figure out dimensions based on the "stretched" pieces of ply.
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Old Sep 20, 2012, 01:55 PM
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I went through that on the CAP in my avatar. Started out with a new wing (cut from foam instead of built-up). Then decided the fuse was to bad to save so built a new fuse.

I did save some of the old parts though.... Canopy, turtle deck behind the canopy, cowl (with a bunch of work), rudder and elevators. Oh, the wheel pants, though they have never made it on the airframe from day one.

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Old Sep 20, 2012, 06:17 PM
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Only two more inches to go until the firewall ir reattached. Rebuilding is actually fun and strategizing on how to do it without adding weight.

The marginal glue they used, since it was an ARF, had greatly aided in the nip and tuck to reattach to the appropriate structure. Scarf joints also help immensely.
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 09:56 AM
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Firewall and sheeting all done. There were enough pieces left to get the dimensions correct. Off to do the monokote and reinstall the motor. Should be ready to remaiden next weekend.
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 06:58 PM
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Nice work!
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 08:42 PM
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I thought you said you crashed it I don't see any repair at all.

VERY nice job!!

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Old Oct 03, 2012, 11:54 AM
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Before and After

Starting to come together. Mounting the electronics and cowl is next. I goofed a bit in terms of tightening the tolerances for the cowl, so may need to mod it a bit so it fits. I pushed up the top leading edge of top deck edge to make it snugger and had to sand off a bit to get the cowl on. We shall see once the spinner goes on and start aligning the cowl.

Actually weights a bit less since I deleted the double firewall because I am running electric vs. gas, replaced with ply that was 1.25 original thickness.

Simplified the color scheme a bit so I did not have to splurge for an entire role of blue monokote that addressed minor trim in the red curve on side. Had the red from another build.

One rogue cat hair under the monokote, oh well...
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 05:45 PM
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Looks great! very nice job!
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 09:26 PM
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Subscribed. I want to see the finished project.
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 09:36 PM
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Been waiting for my #2 screws to come to mount the cowl. Heading to Tucson this weekend for the Shootout, so a next week to do item to wrap up.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 04:56 PM
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All done. Remaidened today. It was pulling to the right severly on taxi and wonders of wonders, the right tire was halfway ripped out on one side. Only noticeable with weight on it. Finally the light bulb went off and a little CA for a field repair. Flew straight and true. No issues.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 05:14 PM
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Great Job! Looks like it just came off the line at GP! Glad it flies well too.

Congrats.
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