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Old May 31, 2007, 05:10 PM
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Shrike Build Question

Are most of you Shrike builders permanently affixing the vtails to the tailboom, or have you found a way to keep them removable (but not while flying )

Thanks,

Russ
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Old May 31, 2007, 05:14 PM
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If you pinch the wires together ever so slightly, they will retain the surface pretty well without resorting to s small strip of tape along the underside of the V.
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Old May 31, 2007, 05:18 PM
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I do what Doc says it works very nicely. It very nice to keep them removable in the case you need to travel.

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Old May 31, 2007, 05:22 PM
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Thanks guys...I really did want to keep them removable. I'll probably pinch and tape, just in case.
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Old May 31, 2007, 05:22 PM
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Same here. I use just the wires and no tape. Tail feathers slide on and off and stay on in flight no problem. The whole plane packs flat into a 36" aluminum gun case. Very smooooooth....
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Old May 31, 2007, 05:50 PM
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Yup! Bend the wires a bit! I also put a small piece of clear tape on the bottom just to make me feel better!

Your still not done building that thing??? ;-)
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Old May 31, 2007, 11:54 PM
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Sno...it will maiden this weekend....other stuff got in the way...mainly helping my son install his sprinkler system
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 12:59 AM
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Cool! Good luck on the maiden! I would put the cg just ahead of the wingrod to start with...mine was barely flyable centered!
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:01 PM
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Weights

OK then...do I have a bloated Shrike on my hands ?

AUW balanced a little in front of the steel wing rod: 31oz

Left wing: 5.6 oz
Right wing: 5.4oz

Left stab: .6 oz (without pins)
Right stab: .6 oz (without pins)

I bagged the stabs in .5 oz glass

The wings are bagged Obeeche with a few coats of water based poly, sanded lightly between coats

Receiver: Berg 4
Servos: HS 5245-MGs


Where do you think my problem is?
Do I care in the big wind at Point of the Mountain?

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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:18 PM
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How much weight did you have to add in the nose? What size battery pack are you running? I am not sure what my AUW is...I do know that it was flying GREAT with an extra 6oz on board at Eagle!
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:27 PM
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Mine was 21 oz with the steel wingrod. I sealed and painted but didn't glass the tailfeathers. I did not paint the carbon boom.

Later I primed and painted the boom and needed another 1.5 - 2oz of noseweight to compensate. I can imagine glassing the tail feathers could result in lots of added weight in the nose. I for one wish I'd glassed mine - they are weak.

You could always go back to the carbon rod if need be.
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Battery: 700mh square pack - 3.2oz
Lead: 4.2oz
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:41 PM
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I'm using a 1000mah AAA pack from Canuck Engineering.
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:43 PM
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Screamin'...

I'll probably fly it as is for the maiden...then maybe:

- Cut some lightening holes in the stabs and cover with something light
- Try the carbon rods
- build another set of lighter stabs
- leave as-is if I'm happy with it.
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Old Jun 01, 2007, 05:46 PM
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I wouldn't worry about the weight at all.
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