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Old Jan 13, 2013, 07:29 AM
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Robert, thanks for the good words. The break is perfectly clean so, it should glue together nicely. I had already put a 1 mm carbon rod along the TE of the aileron and that kept the failure there down to a clean break near the proximal end.

I had wondered about the wisdom of extending the provided spar out to the wing floats. I knew that a strike on the wing float would put a good bending load on the wing, at spar's end... and it did. If someone follows my footsteps, I advise them to extend the wing spar out to the floats and to tie the float to the spar.

Now, I'm debating the wisdom of buying a new NPS kit and making a new wing, versus adding more weight to this aircraft.
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Old Sep 29, 2013, 09:39 PM
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I took the Rufe out twice, earlier this summer, getting two flights off water and five hand launched and landing on grass. She did very well.

Today I took her out and flew her twice from grass, takeoffs and landings. She handled wonderfully. I think I have the right balance of throw and expo... and, I have a year's more flying experience.

I had my 'hatcam' turned on but misaligned the camera. I'll take her again soon and get some more video.
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Still following and celebrating your sucesses.It is quite an acomplishment.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 08:23 AM
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I took the Rufe out Saturday morning and flew from short grass wet from a passing rain. I had a great time with it. The friction from the grass was very slight. For takeoff, I would go to 3/4 power and give the Rufe a slight push from behind, with my foot--and away she would go. I was even able to do several "slide and go's" on the grass runway.

I'm beginning to think about building another Rufe, or two.

For one, I'm considering a "Ruf-e-fur-cation" to the Flyzone Aircore Zero using a built up, balsa-sheeted main float.

For the other, I'm looking at various 48-50 inch plans and foamy ARFs.
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Old Aug 02, 2015, 01:28 AM
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Any update or build log on the aircore "rufe?" I swear I saw a picture of one somewhere, and want to put one together now that I have the zero airframe.

Love the look of these sea planes, your gws is a sharp model.
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Old Aug 02, 2015, 07:14 PM
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No update. I have purchased the Aircore Zero and have flown it a couple of times. I had my Rufe out a couple of weeks ago for my Club's Electric Fly-in. I hand launched her 3 times and bets were taken over whether I could skid the landing. I nosed over two of three.

I just have too much on my plate. I've been flying at every opportunity and just keeping up with the normal wear leaves little time left over for my 55 Special build, or rather... rebuild, since I wrecked the fuselage on the first landing, a couple of weeks ago.
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I think it important to note that a new Zero/Rufe plan just appeared on Outerzone
http://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6925

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Hello,

Thank you for the reply. Using the plan image, i might be able to put something together.

Thanks again.
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Go to the outerzone link and download the fullsize plan as a PDF
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