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Old Oct 06, 2008, 03:05 PM
Dave Pope Manawatu NZ
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Well finally I had some time to put something up about the condor.

Congrats to Albert from Aero-fever and Fly-Fly as I think that they have another winner.

I called it a build thread but I think it is a assemble thread.

Steve Wenban and I enjoyed a few hours going through the assembly of the condor here in NZ.

I left out all the pics of the parts in the kit, as it is the same as the ASW28 and it has been covered at lot.

1/ Glassed the nose and the belly pan, as I felt that it would need it where I fly also for the amount of weight required up front

2/ Wing locator pins glued into the fuse. The one's supplied are short and I think that the through fuse is a bit stronger. Also easier for alignment.(slide one wing on using the main carbon rod, check location, then drill the wing root by going through the fuse. Then rev for the other side).

More Later.
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 03:08 AM
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While on the fuse,
I decided to put a spreader between the ply wing root that are moulded in, this will help with compression in the event of a heavy nose landing.

On installation of the servo lead to the elevator servo, steve and I tried and tried to feed it through but in the end, we cut off one end, you could however drill a hole in the rear former before the rudder is installed. This should allow for a plug to pass through.

One of the main changes, is to the elevator servo. Due to the access panel being low down I had a problem with the drive rod contacting the elevator horn at about 70deg. it sort of drives but wants to push the tailplane off. So I decided to install a snake push rod, which follows the leading edge of the fin up to the tailplane. Then the exit is close to parallel with the tailplane.
This drives very well.
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 03:25 AM
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Me Again,

It is great to have a model with flaps already set up. But the problem for me was that they are hinged from the top, so you only get about 15 deg down, which would be fine if you were going to use them for lift or spoilers, but I like them as drag flaps. So I cut them off and reversed them, and hinged them from the bottom. They look like they should work great. The only extra thing I could have added is wipers or added more material to take up the under cut.

The only other pit fall is all the drive rods are very thin and I found that the connectors would not grip the wire. I got past this by grinding down the connectors. The other way is if you had longer screws. Also remember to add some super glue to the knurled nuts as the connectors will work lose in time.
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 03:35 AM
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Well The Condor is ready to go.

The couple of video's that I have seen show it as a quick machine. This appears to be evident due to the amount of weight that I had to put in the nose to get CG. I even moulded the lead to get it as far foward as possible.
I have a 480g block in the nose plus a 1100mh battery pack, mind you there is a lot of wing and it feels right when you pick her up.

Now all I have to do is wait for the wind, to see what she can do.

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Old Oct 07, 2008, 06:36 AM
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hey pope you do realise that the registration on a scale model goes on the bottom of the wing (Y)
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 12:49 PM
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Why was this posted in the "Scale Forum"?
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 12:49 PM
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I thought the rego went on the bottom on full size (Y) besides everyones done the 28 the same so maybe we started a trend
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 12:50 PM
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because its semi scale ? why whats the problem with that
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 05:27 PM
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It is not a miniture of a full size airframe, is it?
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 05:37 PM
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It semi scale meaning stand off looks like something type scale . Besides if we want to be
pedantic we need to get rid of all the tow planes they are not scale sailplanes which is the title of the forum.
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 05:42 PM
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Ooh touchy?!
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 05:43 PM
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Nope just realistic
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 06:47 PM
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"pedantic" Neat word!
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 07:06 PM
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just to clarify
Pedantic
Overly concerned with minute details or formalisms.
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 07:17 PM
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Holy crap batman! The thing is close enough to a scale plane. It's just fine here!
My question, the snake you put in on the elevator, is it a solid piece of music wire or the dreaded Nyrod?
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