SMALL - espritmodel.com SMALL - Telemetry SMALL - Radio
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Feb 10, 2013, 06:27 AM
I like real wooden aeroplanes!
Sundancer's Avatar
South-west France
Joined Sep 2007
4,630 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colonel Blink View Post
Look at them posh clamps!!! You can tell he's an American - us Brits would be using clothes pegs, cans of baked beans and elastic bands.....
Not quite as posh as Craig's clamps Colonel, but I came across these in our local Carrefour Market yesterday. They have a substantial metal spring loaded trigger and ratchet mechanism, pivoted soft plastic jaws which open to 30 mm and are very solidly made from heavy duty plastic. They work very well and due to the pivoting jaws will do the "clothes peg" jobs much better. One euro (88p) each, which I thought was very reasonable, having tried the four I bought I am going back tomorrow for some more before they all go!

Sorry for the diversion Craig, back to the Envoy!
Sundancer is offline Find More Posts by Sundancer
RCG Plus Member
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Feb 10, 2013, 07:23 AM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundancer View Post
...Sorry for the diversion Craig, back to the Envoy!...
No problem! I like looking at tools...

Years ago, there were some rubber-band-type clamps by Hayes that I loved. Still have a few around here, if I could find them...

No one here (US) seems to have them anymore.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 10, 2013, 07:29 AM
Registered User
Gluehand's Avatar
The windy west coast of Sweden
Joined Sep 2008
2,869 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colonel Blink View Post
- us Brits would be using clothes pegs, cans of baked beans and elastic bands.....
:D:D:D:D
I've never really outgrown the crude instruments of passed days... :)
These reversed clothes pegs are in present use at the GH-Towers... :D
Gluehand is online now Find More Posts by Gluehand
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 10, 2013, 09:49 AM
Registered User
Joined May 2009
572 Posts
...
cd_webb is offline Find More Posts by cd_webb
Last edited by cd_webb; May 19, 2013 at 03:14 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 11, 2013, 04:42 PM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Day 42 -- Fiddly Bits

Worked on the stabilizer today, cutting hinge "sockets" in the ribs. Delicate job. I'm having to reinforce each hinge rib by sandwiching it between two pieces of 1/16" balsa, vertical grain. I'll add some gussets afterward. Robart hinge points are not the easiest to install, even though you'd thing just drilling a hole shouldn't be that difficult. Drilling the hole is easy...Drilling it where you want it isn't...

I wasn't able to get the CF tubing I was looking for, so I worked up a music wire and aluminum tube assembly for the elevator cross-over connector. It turned out better than I expected, light and strong.

Filled in around the top of the fuselage at the wing saddle with some balsa strips. These should help in attaching the clear sheet windows later, not to mention attaching the covering.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:25 PM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Day 43 -- Elevator

Photo 1 shows the attached center section with the cross-over connector glued in place. The mechanism is free of binding, and now just needs the hinge points added.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 2013, 04:36 PM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Day 43 -- Fuselage

Finally located some 1/8" sq hardwood (local Hobby Lobby) for the internal structure. Now I can cut out F0 and maybe get the motor mounted.

Also located in my old stash of balsa enough thick material to make the cowling.

I'm slowly but steadily reaching the end of this build...
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 12, 2013, 05:57 PM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
"Posh" Clamps

Among my better clamps are these two different versions of a slide-bar style. The "Quick-Grip" style below is the "upper crust" of the two, and cost about $20 a pair through Lowe's and Home Depot. Why are they so expensive? Because the company knows they're good and they can get it.

The upper version is one of my "bargain-basement, Harbor Freight specials". They're about $2 each, and that's when they're not on sale. I think they're every bit as useful as the expensive ones, but it's also obvious they're not in the same league in terms of quality. Would I buy more of them? In a heartbeat. They work, and they're well worth $2.

Sure, I'd buy more of the "Quick-Grips" if I could afford them. I like the trigger-gripper mechanism a lot better. But $20 can buy 10 of the others, and if one of them buys the farm, I've still got 9 left.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:09 PM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Day 44 -- Nose Area

Photos 1 & 2 -- Got F0 cut today, and the balsa "cheeks" connecting it to F1. F0 is not yet glued in, but it is being used to hold the cheeks in place while glue dries. Final alignment later. Those 1/8" hardwood squares form a box around the battery, so that it can be slid in under the motor and receiver. They also stiffen the overall construction by connecting F0 to F1 through another path than just those sides.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 13, 2013, 05:09 PM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Day 44 -- Progress Report

Photo 1 -- The latest beauty shot, now sporting a nose and a "sparkwall" for the motor.

I'm closing in on the end of this build, and I'm looking forward to the finishing.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 14, 2013, 01:44 AM
So I'M meant to be in control?
Colonel Blink's Avatar
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
Joined Nov 2008
3,549 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpmcgraw View Post
Day 44....I'm closing in on the end of this build.
At Day 44, I'm usually still getting the creases out of the plan.....

Looking good, Craig! Thought of a colour scheme yet??
Colonel Blink is offline Find More Posts by Colonel Blink
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 14, 2013, 04:46 AM
I like real wooden aeroplanes!
Sundancer's Avatar
South-west France
Joined Sep 2007
4,630 Posts
It's going to be a real looker Craig.
Sundancer is offline Find More Posts by Sundancer
RCG Plus Member
Old Feb 14, 2013, 10:59 AM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colonel Blink View Post
At Day 44, I'm usually still getting the creases out of the plan.....

Looking good, Craig! Thought of a colour scheme yet??
Something along the lines of this pattern in post #153...

It's not written in stone yet, but it should be similar.
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:01 AM
Experienced Balsa Mangler
United States, AL, Tillmans Corner
Joined Oct 2012
665 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundancer View Post
It's going to be a real looker Craig.
Thanks! I like the shape of the model, and really want to see how it flies once everything is ready.

Radio installation is going to be a bear, though. Tight areas, ham-sized fists...
cpmcgraw is online now Find More Posts by cpmcgraw
Reply With Quote
Old Feb 14, 2013, 11:45 AM
So I'M meant to be in control?
Colonel Blink's Avatar
Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
Joined Nov 2008
3,549 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpmcgraw View Post
Something along the lines of this pattern in post #153... .
Ah yes, I remember seeing that now.....
Colonel Blink is offline Find More Posts by Colonel Blink
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fly-In SMALL 2013--May 30-June 2, 2013-Wrightsville, Arkansas Richard N Electric Flight Events 183 Oct 12, 2013 12:44 AM
Contest "Britplan" Build Off - 1st January 2013 to 30th June 2013 Now 22 Finished Models! Sundancer Vintage & Old-Timer Designs 257 Jul 16, 2013 12:23 PM
Discussion Auster-Britplan Build-Off Jan 2013- Jun 2013 mrdj Vintage & Old-Timer Designs 6 Apr 02, 2013 06:02 AM
Discussion Proposed "Britplan Build Off" 2013 Sundancer Vintage & Old-Timer Designs 96 Dec 31, 2012 07:56 PM
Discussion A New Event January 2013 any interest? flyingdan1 Competition Aerobatics 3 Apr 20, 2012 07:14 PM