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Old Sep 11, 2008, 12:27 PM
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Higest complements, it sure is a beauty.
Is that Lake Washington in the vidio ?
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 01:29 PM
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You've taken all the hard work out of building.

I had planned on doing a built up wing like Laddie's.

But after seeing your's fly - WHY BOTHER ? !

I offer a screencap of my work to show how far I'd gotten
before being distracted by some other build.

Thanks for this design
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 02:08 PM
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FANTASTIK!I want this beauty
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 03:12 PM
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6mm depron or bluecore foam
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 03:39 PM
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Great to see another jetset44 super design.
Thank you so much for sharing with us. People like you are good for me because the computer is not really my friend. I never could build a plane on the computer.

Thank you so much !!!

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Old Sep 11, 2008, 04:04 PM
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One of our local flying groups uses a water retention basin to fly, and they are often under water when the city floods it, or after a good rain. I sent them a link to this thread as this would be perfect for them on days when they have standing water.

Heck, I may even build one myself. I'll bet with a Grayson Supercruise and an APC 5.5X5 it would fly off grass just fine!

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Old Sep 11, 2008, 04:11 PM
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As a former AZ resident, I still follow that thread. When you posted it, I thought I would take a look. I am intrigued.

One of the clubs I belong to is constantly having little float fly's. I have never flown off water and never really had much motivation to try it. I just might now.

Thanks for the tip.

Joe
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 04:16 PM
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Awesome!!! off to Kinkos i go!
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Old Sep 11, 2008, 10:18 PM
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Cool, glad to see the interest in this model! I'm sure enjoying mine and hope you guys enjoy it, too. So here's the big question--who's gonna be the first one to get one of these in the air? I have little doubt one of you will have one flying by this weekend!

To answer your questions:

JelleB - The kV of the Grayson motor is 2200.

Galloping Ghost - Thanks! No, I haven't tried elevons only and personally I wouldn't want to. Having the elevator right in the prop blast gives GREAT controllability both in the air and in the water. That's one of the things that makes this model so much fun to me, and is definitely work the added complication.

rmgmag - Sorry to hear that lightning got your Northstar! Yes, this model is built entirely of 6mm Depron. But Bluecore foam would work fine, too.

walt b - Yes, that's Juanita Bay park on Lake Washington in the video. It's only a mile from my house so it's a very convenient flying spot!

birdofplay - Yes, I've become a huge fan of flat foam wings on parkflyers. The performance benefit of an airfoiled wing would be very small, but the building complication and weight would be MUCH higher! For this particular application, an airfoiled wing is just not worth the extra effort.

crxmanpat - Sounds like a great idea! Yes, this model would still have plenty of thrust and even higher top speed with the 5.5x5 prop, and should work off grass fine. I'll post a video soon of my model flying off grass to show how well it does it.

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Old Sep 11, 2008, 10:24 PM
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That's it Steve, you've sealed it. I have to build one now. But I won't have it done this weekend. Still putting the finishing touches on my GWS A-4. But soon, very soon!

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Old Sep 12, 2008, 05:38 AM
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Steve, you did outstanding job with the North Star design. I am extremely please that someone like you took my original idea and made into something so attractive and simpler to build using depron. I am sure that this modification will bring new generation of modelers to this over 25 year old design.
Good luck.
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 09:08 AM
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Steve, you did outstanding job with the North Star design. I am extremely please that someone like you took my original idea and made into something so attractive and simpler to build using depron. I am sure that this modification will bring new generation of modelers to this over 25 year old design.
Good luck.
Laddie.
Praise from Ceaser!

I can't wait to build this plane!
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 09:10 AM
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Steve,

I printed out the plans full size on the plotter at my office. Unfortunately, the plotter chopped off the bottom inch or so of the print. Fortunately for me, all I lost is the bottom row of the title block and the last little bit of the fuselage sides.

Can you tell me the actual length of the fuse side pieces? With that information I should be able to locate the back edge accurately and then just continue the lines to meet them.

Also, what kind of piant did you use? It looks very opaque.

Joe
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 10:44 AM
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I'll bet thats TAPE not paint :-)

Look at the overlaps on the bottom view.

Plus the dark seperation ( overlap color combination )
when Blue and yellow were mixed.
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 10:55 AM
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It is tape, it says in his write up. I bet you guys were too busy drooling over the photos than reading the text!!! If you look at one of the build pictures, there is a large roll of blue tape on the wing. That's a clue I reckon.

Steve has done another fantastic job. Top marks.

Ash
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