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Old Dec 06, 2012, 02:01 PM
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Fuselage basic frame, nice and straight. Next come the stringers and leveling the tail saddle, bend and mount cabanes etc...
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 12:36 PM
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Cabanes and stringers and a little sanding...

Starting to look a little like an airplane.
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Old Dec 07, 2012, 09:17 PM
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Ok!
got some wing rods (saddle) silver soldered on and some nice nose sheeting.
coming up next.... Landing gear block and silver soldered gear..
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Added a ply plate to the bottom with some really long legs wired to it, and a couple of lower wing dowels.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 03:22 PM
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Front and bottom nose blocks glued in...
don't have the power up 250 plus yet so I've used the 180 to cut the nose hole and measure prop distance.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 06:43 PM
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A little shaping and then fitting the servos and such....
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Ok, while we wait on the coverite and the motor to arrive, what do we do?
All together... "strap it together and take pics.
seems like a good time to weigh it to see how much the covering adds.
The scale pic has everything in the model, including a 460 mah 3s lipo.
and the 180 motor weighs 10 g. less than the 250.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 03:46 PM
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You are doing a beautiful job man. Looks amazing.
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Old Dec 09, 2012, 10:02 PM
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Thanks!
Here's a laugh for you...
I was going to taxi it across the room with the 180 motor turning a 6/4 prop with a 3cell lipo and it chugged on across at about 1/4 the necessary thrust to hope to fly.

I have a 250 plus motor but when I advance the throttle with the same prop and lipo, it stops at half throttle and beeps four times, which I believe means a defective motor. So I have to wait for a new one to arrive and I'm taking no chances...
since heads up hobbies is still out, I will order from HobbyKing and get the slightly larger motor (HXM2730-1300) as well since it's only 4 g. heavier but claims 14 oz. thrust with an 8/3 prop.

So with a little luck we'll see this ship flying at under 12 oz. (I hope)
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Haha sweet. Well, at least the motors are fairly cheap so its no biggie. Whats is your ETA on this thing getting up in the air?
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 11:50 AM
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I might get lucky and get it all together (and probably will, if the coverite gets here quickly) by Dec 15 - 20, and then if we get really lucky and have a windless day with the temps above 60. Then I'll probably be posting a maiden video.
I know, us old geezers in GA are too temp sensitive, but when you get past 60, the feeling in your thumbs departs quickly when below 60 and makes it hard to fly well.

Cross your fingers.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 09:22 PM
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Hooray!
The Coverite came today, but had no time to cover yet.
will probably post some progress pics tomorrow.

Til then, here's a reminder of what I'm shooting for in cream and light blue.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Well, after three hours we have a blank canvas that weighs 3 oz more than the uncovered frame.The only things missing are the tail fillets, struts and roughly 1 oz. needed to make her hang level.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 06:50 PM
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Have been playing around with different ways to do the tail fillet and believe that the best way is to iron coverite onto a paper plate (non coated) then cut out the fillet, shape it with a dowel and glue'er on.
Next comes the blue trim.
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Well, She's ready to fly (I hope)
As you can see, it took about 2 more oz. to finish.
1.5 oz. of it is a large fishing sinker in the nose with my 460 amp 3 cell lipo.
I have 1200 mah 2 cell that would eliminate the sinker but it doesn't have enough oomph with the 250 motor.
Also, the Hobbyking superlightweight rx would not bind to my 6i tx so I had to use a regular small orange rx. with 3.2 gram servos instead of the 1.7gram servos, which is OK because the orange servos were kind of marginal anyway. So for a quarter of an oz, I have much stronger servos installed.
So I finished up a full oz lighter than my goal of 12 oz.
And naturally... outside, it's pouring rain.

Forecast for this area is alternating very cold or warm and raining.
I'm waiting on more than Christmas this year.
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