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Posted by haiduk | Mar 15, 2010 @ 01:34 AM | 36,093 Views
Here's some build photos of my newest GWS bird. This one will have flaps, retracts and ailerons without exposed control horns. A three servo wing. I plan to keep it as light as possible, but after hogging all of the foam out near the root of the wing for the retracts and the extra servos I'm afraid the wing will fold. I've added a carbon fiber spar and plan on fiberglassing the wing root to help strengthen it back up.

I decided to add a short length of bamboo to the tips to keep them from snapping off during the first less than perfect landing. I used the Kavan Secret Hinges in the ailerons and customized the stock torque rods to drive the flaps. Again, I added a bit of 1/16" light ply to mount the Kavan hinges to get the strength back where I had to hog the foam out of the wing. I dropped the torque rods in from the top of the wing so the flaps will hinge at the top surface instead of the middle.

This is what I've got done so far. Wing weight at this point is around 4 ounces with all the hardware. I am planning on finishing this plane with ParkLite covering.

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** Updates **

Initial Control Surface Tests:
Haiduk's GWS Mustang - Initial Tests (0 min 49 sec)

Maiden Flight Video:
Haiduk's GWS Mustang Maiden Flight (3 min 33 sec)
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