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Old Nov 11, 2009, 11:26 PM
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yesterday I learned the difference between plywood..craft grade, model grade, and aircraft grade. I used craft grade once..it would not hold a screw without stripping out and having to wick in some thin CA all the time and would break easily. This has like 2 plys. I used craft grade next which had 3 laminations. That holds a screw better but would not hold up to a major nose dorking. It deformed easily and screwed up my thrust line. Now I have some aircraft grade which has 6 laminations (still the same thickness of the others) and I hit a tree today way up in the air and then it hit the ground nose first..motor mount was just fine. It was well worth the extra 3 bucks for the little sheet since a motor mount does not take up much wood. I thought I would share this little tidbit I found. Like night and day difference!
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 01:28 AM
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i used those school chairs with the plywood seats here in South Africa we only get like 1.5m x 1.5 m cheats of the stuff
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 05:40 AM
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No, no. You are making it way too dificult. No need to overlap crap like that. You just use 2 pieces of tape. On on the whole hinge along the top with the aileron butted up against the wing then fold the aielron back over and apply the second piece to the bottom. Then you have a sealed hinge with no flutter. Way easier and better than that criss cross crap. look at the previous page with my post with all the pics. you can see the tape on the top wing.
remember, using one strip of tape on the bottom and one on top adds alot of dead weight to the plane, the way nvdwalt diagrammed it is a very strong and officiant and light way to hinge ailerons, takes longer time to set it up but a much better method, the key to a great flying bird is keeping the weight down, dont forget that
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 05:41 AM
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i have a little trouble on the ailerons it flaps (rattle) allot in flight so this is my other 2 ways to do it wil try tonight and see what works wil go with wing3.jpg for now.

And Zamfir yes thats true!!!!
These diagrams are very well made, any way i can use this on my site? of course ill give you credit
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Old Jan 07, 2010, 01:38 AM
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remember, using one strip of tape on the bottom and one on top adds alot of dead weight to the plane, the way nvdwalt diagrammed it is a very strong and officiant and light way to hinge ailerons, takes longer time to set it up but a much better method, the key to a great flying bird is keeping the weight down, dont forget that
Well you could use the top and bottome tape method using 1/2" pieces of tape throughout the wing in 3 or 4 spots and it would do the same..It is a light foam wing and it will hold plenty good.
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 03:43 AM
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TO: littlephoenix
YES you may use it! Anything to help other people!

O and what is your site addy?
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 04:24 AM
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YES you may use it! Anything to help other people!

O and what is your site addy?
ok great, the site is http://www.skyhighhobby.com
let me know what credit to use for the post, e.g your name or website,
thanks
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 07:51 AM
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Very informative and attractive site Littlephoenix. Great reference for beginners and beyond I think.

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Old Jan 08, 2010, 08:51 AM
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Just Nico van der Walt South Africa and Cape Town if you want heheheheh ;-)
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 12:02 PM
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Very informative and attractive site Littlephoenix. Great reference for beginners and beyond I think.

Matt
thank you
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Old Jan 08, 2010, 12:02 PM
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Just Nico van der Walt South Africa and Cape Town if you want heheheheh ;-)
ok will do, i should write the article today and post your pictures up
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Old Feb 07, 2010, 10:36 AM
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I have known about this plane for few years.Finally got a chance to build one.
Just waiting for the snow to melt to try it out!
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Old Feb 07, 2010, 11:40 PM
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here is my build, with a little twist, added some extras as you can see, wing tips, wing stabs, extra support curves on fuselage, extended rudder and elevator width for better 3D, the video below was on a windy day so couldn't do much 3D , knife edge heaven, here i am flying it
HOMEBREW 3D PLANE AT THE FIELD (2 min 39 sec)
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Old Feb 08, 2010, 07:05 AM
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Wow! A couple of nice looking planes!
Whats the AUW with landing gear tj?
Great vid littlephoenix, love the sound track


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Old Feb 08, 2010, 06:23 PM
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Auw is 13.5 ozs with a 1000 mah battery.

Cool plane littlephoenix,nice flying too!!
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