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Posted by rockiesguy | Nov 21, 2019 @ 09:04 PM | 2,886 Views
I have been running this little (and awesome) engine for a while now and totally love it !

I have built two wooden frame jet for it, but after a mishap on the second one the engine became an orphan. Having built 6 other EDF conversions (K30 all) this came as an easy-piecie project. There is a great advantage to foam over wood or composites; not IF but -when- you crash it bounces back in big pieces, providing protection to your internal components. .including the engine.

It is an HSD "Viper" (but it is totally an -AVANTI- in foam. I had a while ago the HSD white/red (NAVY) turbine jet and I can tell you that it is heavy, but flyers great!

I found, after giving up a long ago, a V-1 EDF Viper "red". The V-1 was the lightest ever, before the coming of the "turbo-foam" and cautious but heavy reinforcements were made.

Also. must say, I saw it in an YT video already converted for the X45 and flying ( in Ferrari color scheme)..

You can see in one of those pictures how cavernous the engine bay area is, but even with that, I had to remove a couple of pieces from it to allow room for the fuel tank to be centered ==at the CG point ==

The pipe tail end mount was made of 6 layer plywood cut to fit a good old pipe made for a Wren44. Bare in mind that Newtons are Newtons (force and heat) no matter the size of what produces it ! The Xicoy 45 is about half the size of the Wren engine.

The EDF unit removed, shows its weight in the picture,...Continue Reading
Posted by rockiesguy | May 20, 2017 @ 01:41 PM | 5,671 Views
I'm trying this media to gather advice on cheap but best brands to paint over foam and other coverings...done 200 times, but never in the HHOOTTTTTT Arizona's summers.

For starters I got this HSD Mirage, typical EPO, painted over the original pain, but after a little treatment.

I used Rustoleum Ultra paints as I used to paint my patio furniture while living in Colorado (where you can go through 4 seasons in one week !)

Once again, it is EPO with a factory coat (color scheme) of Latex, scuffed with 000 steel wool, then 50/50 water-glue- treatment, then the spray thing over...decals still pending..would be water-slide one made on my computer...then a last coat all over to seal and matte it (make it flat non-shining)..

Got a CARF Europort doing nothing in the garage....will try this method this summer too...

Question is; will it survive the fuel tank filling drips (or spills) and AND the summer heat?

On the other hand there are those all composite frames like the Odyssey, that like many other brands have limited color schemes, so you see them EVERYWHERE you go ! Some of them do get closer to what one would like it would be.. but not exactly.

What I'm planning in there, since I don't do epoxy painting anymore, is getting a "vinyl wrap" color chart like that of signs on business locale windows and cars, outdoor grade.

Life span of those vinyl range from 2 to 10 years, depends on use..(but some car wrapping material can go to up to 10 years;...Continue Reading