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SPAD - Simple Plastic Airplane Designs
88" Tiger Moth SPAD 1st Build!
88" Tiger Moth SPAD 1st Build!
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Our advanced, thrifty scale.
Not really round or stiff but maybe with some American ingenuity it could work?
It took hours to find these. . . it's in the 40's (*F) and there's snow on the mountains here
Slow progress, stiffening the control surfaces with paint sticks and Popsicle sticks.
Distraction. I'm excited to fly something soon though.
Nothing better than free recycling!
We never use our shop enough.
Stef. is really excited about this. . .
This took more time than we wanted.
Fun city. I could explain this; no actually I couldn't.
Stef makes pretty round circles. Cudos.
Yup. Progress comes slowly.
Our Velcro pattern alternates for difficult removal.
Four of these will be our struts. They'll keep the halves of our wings permanently stiff.
Landing Gear -Stef's design and construction.
The wheels are so much lighter than the original yogurt container rim idea.
Struts would have been so much easier if I used dowels. . .
This motor supposedly has ~ 1KG of thrust. Our plan is to make this Slow stick do 3D. Ailerons coming soon.
The aft bottom piece is installed using gorilla and extreme packing tape. It's pretty rigid.
The aileron servos are installed on the struts. My carbon fiber rods aren't stiff enough to be used as connectors to the ailerons.
The wing has fangs! I pushed the prop halves through four layers of coroplast and gorilla glued them in place.
I think the coro reinforcements will work.
This is the fuse bottom with the holes cut for the "fangs".
The bottom (left side) is reinforced for landing gear to mount on the bottom.
New, improved glue system! ($3)
Check it out. Only bottom ailerons: I have justification to go the easy route :)
ESC: $45. 3 weeks of shipping from HK: $10 Finding out I was programming it wrong from the beginning: Priceless.
There's a slight sag in the airplane because the rigging is loose.
The plan was to not have to change anything in here. it's sealed up now.
This is what I saw before I sealed the bottom. Note the loose aileron extension cable.
Working on the "cowling"
The bottom lined up really well. It's very rigid.
This is the bottom. I still have an exposed battery / esc hatch. I'll add a Velcro coro piece to seal the deal.
The HobbyKing description states "Powerful 5.5V/6A Switching BEC".
Skis are cut. The one of the right looks a hair longer. . . They look official with the "Rossignol" stamped on them :)
Five minute fish... err fix.
It's late, i'm tired. I hope I don't regret that tail skid in the morning. At least it's light.
The landing gear is made from the large and small wire from the oven rack. The oven doesn't work anyways. It's not springy wire :(.
I got the right side of the vitamin container on now.
I was worried about the skis sliding off the landing gear so I put the rubber bands on the outside of the holes putting more tension on the coro-mount. Not a good idea.
A ski mount.
A pen in the ski mounts.
Hope the hot glue holds on this landing gear collar.
Seems legit. :S
Note the gap between the wing struts and the huge landing gear. . .
I'll pry off the hot glue, make a coro plate for the landing gear and Velcor it to the bottom.
Basic hot glue installation.
The Ailerons are probably way too small.
Now I have two planes in the same major branch in the same tree!
Exhibit A: AXN, Resident for one month. Exhibit B: Nutball. Resident for four days.
Rubber bands holding the landing gear on.
A hatch to get to the servos.
That was easy.
the unanticipated landing did not change the attitude of the plane. 18" of snow is really forgiving!
Cracked coroplast? Easiest fix ever!
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