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Posted by A Useless Geek | Jun 13, 2012 @ 01:47 PM | 30,894 Views
So, I realized that my box of sub-100 gram motors was getting pretty full. Okay, some of these are committed to upcoming planes, both mine and others', but the bulk of them aren't dedicated to anything in particular. Keep in mind that this is only about four years' accumulation. What's going to happen over the next twenty?
Posted by A Useless Geek | Jun 13, 2012 @ 01:02 PM | 31,196 Views
So, I finally finished my first plane made exclusively from Adams material through Model Plane Foam. The plane came out as 154 grams dry, right in line with the rest of them. I went back to a doubled-up fuselage with a piece of shear nylon curtain fabric in between the two layers. Instead of using a CF or bamboo brace in the back I went with a strake on the horizontal stab. We'll see how this one holds up.

I made a couple of boo-boos when constructing this plane, so it isn't as great as the rest of them. For instance, when using a flame thrower (cigarette lighter) to shrink the tubing for the control rod ends I managed to melt some foam. Twice. Don't accuse me of being overly smart.

But even with the screwups in construction and layout the plane performs well. It's a Longhorn, and it's kinda hard to make one of these not perform well.