Recent Attachments for turbojoe
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They forgot to drill the servo holes!
A closer view. Pretty much a copy of the MM SwitchBack feathers enlarged a bit.
Not a needed mod but I just prefer the rounded look feathers to the "3D" style. I should probably add some more graphics. She looks awful plain....
My lousy camera can't show the backlit display properly but rest assured display is visible to the eye.
Nothing programmed yet.
Gemini Twin built from Eastwind plans.
What an outstanding airfplane! So much fun to fly. Too bad it's demise was due to a STUPID driver that ran a yellow light necessitating a panic stop. Internal damage wasn't obvious until it failed in flight...
Scratch built SwitchBack rudder widened and lengthened to accommodate the EVA airframe. Original SwitchBack rudder on the left.
Original SwitchBack kit stab/elevator parts with a few structural additions. Otherwise unchanged as far as size.
Pre-fit of stock SwitchBack tail group in the EVA slots.
Stock rudder laid over scratch built rudder. New rudder still has work to be done.
My first EVA built when the kit was first released. I have all 3 wing kits for her. Covered to look "somewhat" like the early Chip Hyde Circus Circus 1980's TOC winner. That Solarfilm Blackberry covering was much more pink than I expected. Had t
Trike gear conversion. No other changes. Scorpion 2215-18 w/10x5 APC E prop motor makes it a ROCKET!
My original EVA bipe. Tried to emulate the Chip Hyde TOC winning Circus Circus theme from the early 80's. This one will get new tail feathers before it flys again.
EVA trike gear conversion.
Blinker done up in Thunderbirds theme.
Should have wiped the dust out before taking the picture.......
Cowl after painting.
LG fairings FINALLY installed! Still no wing struts.......
Simple but still colorful.
All but the T-Bird logo were cut out from Ultracote.
No wing struts yet but otherwise ready to fly.
SwitchBack with Dandy "glider" wing. Flew great.
Mini SwitchBack with the sport wing ready to fly head to head with a "normal" SwitchBack for size comparison.
Mini SwitchBack in the bones with GT wing. Still haven't felt the need to cover and fly that wing.
Looking into the added on front ramp. I should have pulled ALL of the old blue Solite off.......
Dandy bolt on.pdf
Split elevator that I did back when I originally built her so I could use a steerable tail wheel.
Pretty bland looking. Maybe I'll add some more stripes or something.
Nice snug fit means it doesn't even need a front locator to hold the wing in place.
The finished product.
Showing the plywood half ribs and servo mounting.
Look close to see the rounded outer stiffening blade.
Stripper mounted to 1/4" scrap wood glued to MDF board.
PT-19 scheme with retracts and Himax 2015-4100.
That's the EXI 500 with almost 6 pounds of weight holding it down. Look close and you'll see that the plate mount screws work well to locate the skids side to side.
Less than $5.00 invested.
View inside the wing of some of the mods.
Two hatches for battery access.
Standoff mounts for EFlight Park 480-1020kv motor
Hidden dual aileron servo hatch.
Nose area cowled in to clean things up.
Wing bolts and reinforcement plate.
Head on shot.
What the heck happened here?
Frames were made from 3/8" 7 layer plywood with a 9" opening. Windshield plug was formed using Fix-it-All.
FRP "box" with PVC fitting for vacuum hookup.
FRP (Fiberglas Reinforced Plastic) sheet top. 12" square.
Sealed hose connection.
Hopefully not too many holes.
Carl Goldberg Eaglet 50 windshield.
A cool little flying wing.
Cut down X-acto outer blade stiffener.
Stripper mounted to MDF board.
All parts married together. Yippee!
The exact type screws found in a misc screw jar.
The bottom plate found in a junk box.
The lonely bare arm. So sad.....
US Distributer Product Type _2_.pdf
Test rib with the spar slot moved back and widened to 1/4". Two 1/8" spars are in the slot. Now is lined up with the spar, LE and TE.
Cut rib in same position.
W-1 Template lined up with LE and TE showing spar slot too far forward.
rtibbetts Clark Y rib design cut and ready to incorporate into the kit build.
Cut, trimmed, sanded and fitted spar slots. Ready to cut rib copies for years.
Glued to laminate and ready for cutting.
Smoother looking than the stringer method. Still needs final sanding.
Nice tight fit.
Now has a large contact patch through the "V" for gluing and additional structure strength.
More work than I care to think about to get it to this almost final shape.
Dubro gear fits well.
Hatch for easy access.
Tubes run and glued in place at exit.
Servo mount plate.
Passenger compartment servo cover. May try to make it look like luggage.
Small filled area drilled for pushrod exit.
Pin in place and locked solid at 90 degrees.
1/8" holes in arm and base. 1/8" music wire lock pin.
Tail feathers sheeted with contest balsa. Nice and stiff. No worries about breaking them off now.
Ugly open corner. I couldn't live with that.
Ugly open corner after filling and rough sanding. Much prettier now.
Time tested washer shim thrust method. Should have just gone with this from the beginning.
3 degrees right thrust.
Stolen magnet cowl mount setup.
1/8" aircraft ply insert glued into nose layer sheeting.
3 degrees down thrust.
Should be plenty of airflow for motor and battery.
1 piece sheet on inside bottom.
2 front sections filled. Still need to fill section to middle of wing saddle.
Mount plate in place and center stringer boxed for gear clearance.
1/4" plywood mount plate for Dubro #234 nose gear.
V-tail jigged and glued at proper angle.
First build step is the tail feathers. The entire periphery is updated with basswood with balsa stringers used only for the ribs.
First fuse side built then covered with plans protector and the second side built directly on top of it for a perfect copy.
Plan laid out and covered with Great Planes "Plans Protector" before starting the build.
After completing the basic fuselage over the plans on the building board I then moved it to the Magic Magnet board where I jigged and weighted it before adding stringers. ZERO chance of a banana shaped fuselage!
I filled in the first section of the ruddervators to add a little "meat" for control horns to mount to. Will likely end up sheeted anyway.
The obligatory shot of the box lid w/specs.
The obligatory shot of the box contents.
Alien Aircraft Blinker in USAF Thunderbird livery.
75% scale next to full size
100% scrap wood
This is an old picture at a grass field.
Cessna 182 V-stab.pdf
Cessna 182 rudder and elevators.pdf
Cessna 182 H-stab.pdf
All day flyer?
Mini Flash W/Speed wings.
Twin Scorpion 3008-32 and flaps capable of 90 degrees drop.
Blinker in ThunderBird colors.
Ole Betsy V-1 SwitchBack
Junior with "SwitchBack the 3rd".
Senior with Junior.
Prismatic tape on bottom for orientation.
#3 with Horner wing tips.
#2 Built with same winglets
#1 Original build
After maiden and before final canopy build.
Plywood main gear plate.
Face to face with its "big" brother.....
75% SwitchBack "in the bones".
A4 fuselage speed brakes (and split flaps)
Tyro "100" same easy mod.
Flaps down about 75%. Will go 90%
FT for Flap Twin
Flaps down. They'll go 90 degrees and are VERY effective.
Tyro 150 with flaps and twin Scorpion 3008-32 motors.
Tyro 100 with flap mod.
Gemini twin "kit".
Old school EDF........
EVA Sport w/trike gear.
Raised area is down and takes up excess space in servo bay.
Raised area is UP.
New motor shaft, bearings and a little plywood and she's good as new.
Held together by covering only!
Flaps at 90 degrees
This is not MY car.
Underside. Most aluminum has been polished.
Picture is from during build and before tail group was installed.
Hard to see but battery is smashed.
"Luck" ran out.
1/4" ply plate added to motor cage.
A little glue and will be good as new.
Blew the top off!
Bolt head is "inside" wing.
Top view with flaps down.
Need to bolt down that motor and she's ready to go!
Only mocked up. Never completed.
Twice as much fun.
Front plate is there if I ever need it.
Thicker than needed.
What's wrong with this picture?
Only about 75 degrees in this shot.
You can see the flaps added in.
Looks like a bumble bee with all that yellow and black!
Nice long sexy legs......
Mr Bunny looks eager to fly.
Lousy lighting equals lousy picture.
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