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Old Oct 11, 2010, 03:37 PM
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It's definitely inspiring, if not downright intimidating.
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 03:49 PM
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If you guys haven't checked out Freddie's blog and other builds... you're missing out!

Nice work Freddie! Thanks for documenting your truely inspiring build.... it gives me so many ideas, if only I had the time!
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 04:53 PM
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Tom Frank, aeroca, mclarkson, and CRAZYDAVE

Thanks to everyone for kind words. Inspiration, education, sharing, anything but intimidation. I love teaching, helping, and if somehow this does that, it makes me happy.

I get my favors returned by all the talanted people that post here too! I learn from all of you too! So thanks back at ya!

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Old Oct 11, 2010, 09:36 PM
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I've decided to go with a single 9g servo for the ailerons, in the stock configuration. I decided my skills are taxed enuf just building this thing stock.
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 11:20 PM
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I've decided to go with a single 9g servo for the ailerons, in the stock configuration. I decided my skills are taxed enuf just building this thing stock.
Fair enough, and a good choice. Wipe a little Petroleum Jelly (Vasoline) on the wire between the tubes, but don't get any on the tubes themselves. Then when you glue the tubes in the channel, you won't glue the wire to the foam. I use epoxy here, epoxy doesn't stick to anything with Vasoline on it.
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Old Oct 11, 2010, 11:47 PM
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I've decided to go with a single 9g servo for the ailerons, in the stock configuration. I decided my skills are taxed enuf just building this thing stock.
You might want to consider this mod I posted quite some time ago, but it is still valid and I'll do the same when I build another moth.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=901

A way to gain noticeable aileron authority without the hassle of adding ailerons to the top wing... retains a semi-scale look and adds no significant weight.
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 08:44 AM
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Outstanding work on the TM 400-- I have built 6 pico moths, but never one of these. Your work inspires me--I may have to buy the kit!
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 09:19 AM
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Hi, Pat! I put floats on my 400, while assembling it. The first test flight was off water, and it was perfect! I never did paint that old plane, and eventually lost it in the fire. I have a new kit, now, and am going to give it the full RAF
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 12:52 PM
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Lancer--good to see you getting back towards a new normal--bet the new 400 TM will look pretty.
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Old Oct 12, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Hi, Pat! I put floats on my 400, while assembling it. The first test flight was off water, and it was perfect! I never did paint that old plane, and eventually lost it in the fire. I have a new kit, now, and am going to give it the full RAF
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Glad to see things are normalizing a little for you, Lancer31. Good to see you "back in the hangar"!

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Old Oct 17, 2010, 03:34 PM
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I keep moving forward.

Painting some parts.


Testing out potential pilots.


The elevator was binding and had to be shaved a bit. Anticipating this is one reason I made all my control surfaces black.


The tail assembly looks nightmarish to assemble. None of the parts are square to start with. The bottom of the vertical stab is 1/8" taller on one side - an error in mold alignment. So I'll have to sand it down which will no doubt screw up the curve of it.
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Old Oct 17, 2010, 07:22 PM
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Your Moth is looking great.

On the stab, sand the high side until it just touches the low side. Use tape on the low side as a guide that the sandpaper won't dig into.

Some gap is ok if using epoxy and pressure when mounting, Take your time, looks like you are doing a fine job indeed.

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Old Oct 18, 2010, 04:04 AM
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Hi Mclarkson,

You'll have a cool looking TM400.
You did a good job on hinging the elevator. Make sure that you did glue the hinges firmly between them,
if not, just insert/penetrate and glue toothpicks on the hinges on both sides.
Keep up your good work on it.

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Old Oct 18, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Thanks, guys. I'm really nervous about getting the tail on straight. Wish me luck!
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Old Oct 18, 2010, 09:41 PM
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Well, the motor mount is way too big for the cowling, as shown. I'm guessing my move is to cut a couple of inches off the stick?


In other news, she's starting to look like an aeroplane!
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