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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:15 PM
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Guillows Hellcat

Here are some pictures of my Guillows 500 series Hellcat I built for the Guillows G challenge on yahoo groups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/guillows_g_challenge/
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:30 PM
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It came out nice Dave. Great job.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Thanks nieb15,

The rules require you to use the kit wood so every thing had to be shaved down to nothing.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:03 PM
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The parts that appear stock are sanded down paper thin. The holes in the wing ribs are silly if you are building something this size I would recommend just thinning the ribs and skipping the holes
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:05 PM
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How strong does that leave it?
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:16 PM
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Most of the plane is relatively strong. The stabilizer and rudder are probably the first things that will get damaged. Building light does require you to pre shrink the tissue and pin things down to keep them from warping when shrinking. Shaving down the kit wood is way way more work than scratch building from light wood. I would have never built this from kit wood if not for the rules. If you are building just for fun flying I would not thin things down as much as I did.

To get the real skinny on free flight check out http://www.smallflyingarts.com/cgi-b...?action=recent
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:18 PM
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Here is the pile of wood that was shaved from the kit
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:42 PM
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Nothing like building in 'lightness'.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:51 PM
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AUW is around 17 or 18 grams and I power it with a long loop of 3/16". Best flight to date it 91 seconds with some thermal assist.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 09:14 PM
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How's she fly?
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 09:53 PM
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DaveK, Your finished plane looks great, real professional. How did you paint it, or what did you do to give it the finish it has? I went to the contest link, this year the plane has to be a 400 series.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 10:28 PM
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How's she fly?
91 seconds apparently...

17 to 18 grams.... I doff my suncap to your zen like abilities....

There's enough wood left over to build another one or perhaps even two more...
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 08:22 AM
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Thats awsome!
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 06:09 PM
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Dave K, Did you build in any down thrust? I just bought the same kit today and trying to use your technique to lighten it up. Kevin
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 06:18 PM
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Dave K, Did you build in any down thrust? I just bought the same kit today and trying to use your technique to lighten it up. Do you have any tips for inserting the wing and building the fuselage wing section? I've been studying the plan and if I have any trouble it looks like it will be in the fuselage area where the wing fits.
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