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Old Sep 12, 2008, 11:16 AM
Too lazy to repair!
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... I bet you guys were too busy drooling over the photos than reading the text!!!...
Guilty as charged!

I have not had much luck with tape. But then again, I have only tried it once and that was a long time ago. I may have several rolls of colored tape laying around. If it is still good, that is what I will use.

Joe
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 02:25 PM
Pusher jets rule!
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I've already printed up the plans, and have almost half of the templates cut out.

What text? All I see is pretty pictures, a fantastic video, and plans.

Pat
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 02:50 PM
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Wow, very nice water plane. Another one for my wishlist
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 03:00 PM
Too lazy to repair!
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I've already printed up the plans, and have almost half of the templates cut out.

What text? All I see is pretty pictures, and fantastic video, and plans.

Pat
Pat, can you measure the total length of the fuselage side pieces and post it here? Is it equal to the overall length posted in the specs at the beginning of the thread?

My plotter chopped off the bottom inch or so when it printed. If I can get the exact length, I can locate that back edge and continue the lines to meet it.

Thanks,
Joe
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 03:53 PM
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Joe,

I'm at work right now, and still have 3 hours to go. I will do that tonight, but it will be a while before I report back.

Pat
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 04:36 PM
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HELP PLEASE:
I need a sorce for blue foam or 6 mm. depron within 30 miles of Puyallop washington.
I tryed all the Lowes stores in the area and Lumbermens Building supplys.
thanks
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 04:43 PM
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Walt,

An LHS is your best bet for 6mm depron, and I think back east is the only place you'll find bluecor anymore (they don't seem to sell it out west anymore). If all else fails, there's Elmer's foamboard that you can find at most craft stores (Michael's, Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby, etc), but you'll have to soak it and remove the paper covering.

You could also order depron stock from RCFoam.com, but then you'll have to wait for delivery. I got a case of 6mm white from them, 20 sheets in all.

Pat
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 05:57 PM
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the new Lacey Lowes had some ( accidentaly)
probably gone by now - that was a month ago !

The Lowes in Hillsboro ORegon has some - I got a bundle last weekend !
Canyon Dr out by the airport

I have some depron too.

Theres always RCFOAM.COM !

NEWS FLASH ! you can IRON tape just like monocote !!!
I've been trying it on a foamy Sloper build just today.

Pat the PDF has Vector in it !
You could import it into if your cad takes pdf's , MIne does :-)

Then you could just laser it out :-)
Or machine it like I will
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 06:13 PM
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Steve

Great vid showing how this baby flies! thanks for the plans too.

I'm not familiar with depron sheet sizes, it looks like 15X30" is how it comes? Did you have to join two sheets together to make the wing? Also are the cf rod and thin ply stringers inlet into the foam?

Paul
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 06:37 PM
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Paul,

The depron sheets I get are about 27X39". It usually takes me two sheets or less to cut out one of these types of planes. This one looks like a lot less foam than Steve's usual stuff. I might be able to make this out of one sheet, plus some scraps I have lying around.


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Pat the PDF has Vector in it !
You could import it into if your cad takes pdf's , MIne does :-)

Then you could just laser it out :-)
Or machine it like I will
Well, part of the fun for me is cutting all this out by hand. Plus, I won't have to pay Jim to laser it.

Pat
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 06:50 PM
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Thanks for the help guys
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 08:58 PM
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Very cool, flies like a military jet (co-inkydink?). lol
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Old Sep 12, 2008, 11:35 PM
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Pat: whadayamean FUN !?!?! :-)

All those notches in the Pusher jets - wheeew !
plus making templates adn printing yada yada yada

If I didnt have my CNC I'd have bagged the whole bunch of em .

ok ok ok everyone has their own version of "fun" .
It s a great hobby no mater how you "Get There".

I like sitting at the computer and laying out the parts for the most material efficiency.
Then cutting , then the whole thing just falls together.

Depron comes in 13x39 white and 15 x 39 black from rcfoam.com
unless you want to pay BIG shipping costs.
If you want bigger just glue some together on their edges.

Thats a plus for the FFF blue core guys who get 24" x 48" times 25 sheets / bundle.

For a really NICE build Depron is the "Choice material" !

Blue is, IMHO, for lesser or low budget projects.

As it is I have both and the cost of MORE servos. Rx's, ESC's, etc etc
is running me out of resources. Cheap foam or not !

But , still , this Northstar project is a worth while project regardless.
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Old Sep 13, 2008, 12:09 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.
Thanks, Laddie! I definitely agree--coupling the latest in materials and electronics technology with a classic design like the North Star should inspire a whole new generation of folks to build it. I'm still amazed at how well this model handles both in the air and on the water. It's really a fantastic design!

Steve
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Old Sep 13, 2008, 12:11 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
Joe, the fuselage side pieces are 29.9" long. And as others already pointed out, I used blue and yellow packing tape on my model. It's not quite as nice looking as paint would have been, but much easier to do and adds strength as well. One secret of using packing tape is to heat shrink it with an iron after you apply it, using a low heat setting. It shrinks up very nicely and gives a smooth finish with no wrinkles (even around curves) if you do that.
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