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Old Jan 06, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Is anyone interested in a Lap Dancer build log/question thread?

Following on Bob's question about a build log for his upcoming Mini AVA...

Would anyone be interested in following a build log for the Lap Dancer that I just received? The reason that I titled this thread "Is anyone interested in a Lap Dancer build log/question thread" is that I've probably got plenty of questions for everyone about how this is to go together, and compiling the answers to my novice questions into one location may be valuable to others who also want to assemble this plane, and of course help me along as well!?

I've built quite a few stick built kits, along with two slope planes that were foam wings with balsa sheeting in the past, but this DLG/ electric hybrid is something different. I'm sure that I will have many questions, which I'd love some help on figuring out.

What do you think? I'd appreciate your thoughts...

Rob
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 12:10 PM
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Rob,

Mine should be showing up in the next few days, so I'll be sorting out the assembly too. I won't bother doing a build thread myself, but I'll be glad to pass along any suggestions.

I already have a good competitive small F5J model, so my goal for the LD will be minimum weight with a modest power setup.

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Old Jan 06, 2008, 12:34 PM
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It never hurts to see what the other guy is up to so why not go ahead and start it.Ill read it. scottie
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 12:41 PM
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HI Rob,

Count me in, I'll read it. P.S. Go buy several tubes of JBW.

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Old Jan 06, 2008, 12:55 PM
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Lenny - thanks for weighing in. Sounds like you have a great deal more experience with this type of plane than I do (which is none), so perhaps a logical approach to this might be for me not to do a build log, but merely have a single thread for Q+A? I'm going to have questions...

Scottie and Bob - I've just been reading through a few great threads over in the HLG forum ("Taboo GT build" for one), and it seems that most of the stuff I have questions about is all there. If Lenny is game, perhaps a thread dedicated to the assembly of the Lap Dancer is all that is needed - tips/ techniques, and a single location for general info.

Bob - you crack me up with the JB Weld!

Thanks guys,

Rob
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Hi Rob,

It's bullet proof !!

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Old Jan 06, 2008, 02:15 PM
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I just received my Lap Dancer and it looks like a great kit. I am an experienced builder but I still had a few questions, generally I just scratch build so I think through my own issues. The component quality is all you could ask for and this should build in to a very light airframe.

Attached is a photo of the kit contents and a few shots of the parts on my scale.
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 06:13 PM
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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=783015

isn't this already the lapdancer thread? but why not, the more the merrier!
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 06:23 PM
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http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=783015

isn't this already the lapdancer thread? but why not, the more the merrier!
Hi Will,

I think that was the thread that introduced the plane to the public in general. Not a build thread per sa.

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Old Jan 06, 2008, 08:49 PM
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I just received my Lap Dancer and it looks like a great kit. I am an experienced builder but I still had a few questions, generally I just scratch build so I think through my own issues. The component quality is all you could ask for and this should build in to a very light airframe.

Attached is a photo of the kit contents and a few shots of the parts on my scale.
Hi Soarcat and all,

I also thought that the first thread was more of an announcement of the new model from Denny, however if everyone would just like to keep all related posts there, I'm fine with that. Just thought I'd get a thread going strictly related to building...

Anyway, Soarcat- if you don't mind letting us know what you are doing as you go, and answering a few questions from myself (and others?) along the way, I'd greatly appreciate it. I don't have too many, but it would be good to hear how someone with more experience puts a plane like this one together.

So, either here, or in the original thread, I look forward to seeing how this goes together, and flies!

Cheers,

Rob
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Old Jan 06, 2008, 09:38 PM
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HI Rob,

There is a guy north of me up on one of the islands, that just built an E-Blaster. Same idea. His thread may also be able to show you some inovative ideas. His call name is Ploof. You might want to take a look at that build thread.

Bob in Seattle
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Old Jan 07, 2008, 10:08 AM
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for the information. I did notice Ploof's build a while back, and corresponded with him a few times about it. He did a great job, and I almost went the e-blaster route. I'm sure that it is a great plane, and it looked like it would be a blast to fly (no pun intended) but had questions about the planes ability to thermal well, which I believe the Lap Dancer will do well, if I build it properly!?

I've been looking at other threads to get ideas on how others have approached this type of plane, and I will re-review Ploof's as he had some great ideas/ techniques.

Thanks again Bob,

Rob
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Old Jan 07, 2008, 12:32 PM
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I am, I am:-))

Well the servos finally showed up and typical of direct ordering from the other side of the world weren't exactly what I was looking for. The two digitals for the wings actually measured over 11mm. As you can see from the attached pic I got them to fit flush but it wasn't pretty:-) Heat shrink that holds them together removed and replaced with scotch tape and some creative case sanding. D47's or D60's or any 10mm or less servos will fit fine and not require all this but, hey, they were there:-) Standard snug fitting and a good tape servo cover to hold it all from moving complete the project
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