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Posted by FWAL | Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:06 AM | 5,549 Views
Mixed up the Epifanes 2K paint today and white washed the Mefisto nose cone and fuselage. Rebel's hull, rudder and bulb.
Posted by FWAL | Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:58 PM | 5,286 Views
Whilst discussing build tips on another thread I thought it might also be useful to post the process here on how I go about making deck eyes. It involves modifying a 3" butt hinge to allow the removal of the pin (Some hinges can be purchased with drop out pins0. In this instance I just cut the head off one end. Then I cut approx 2mm 1/16" off one knuckle and 8mm 1/4" off another knuckle.
The hinge is opened fully and the S/S rod is passed through the narrow gap and the hinge closed to form a 180 degree bend. The pin is removed and the bent rod released, the pin is replaced and the rod placed in the wider gap perpendicular to the first bend. The hinge is closed to form a 90 degree bend. After that trim the ends and you have a perfectly formed deck eye without using a pliers
Posted by FWAL | Aug 24, 2015 @ 05:35 PM | 4,822 Views
After too long sitting at the back of the work bench I dusted off Rebel (My D&B RG65) and made a concerted start to finish her. It hasn't taken that long as I have had plenty of time to come up with the design which is a little unique in that the battery pack is located under the masts. Also, I'm using a standard double servo arm which is only 55mm in length but should produce >100mm of sheet travel. At the moment I'm pretty optimistic about the set up and fingers crossed the deep narrow hull design will also prove to float and tack!
Posted by FWAL | Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:26 AM | 4,987 Views
All waxed up, spread with thickened resin and inserted in the slot
Posted by FWAL | Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:19 AM | 4,646 Views
Not the best photo's but I was trying to multi task by not crashing and shooting some snaps at the same time! Not even my wife can multi task..........she can't sit down and be quiet at the same time
Posted by FWAL | Aug 22, 2015 @ 05:32 PM | 4,614 Views
Today I made a start on fitting a Dave Creed fin to a DC bulb. The best most accurate tool to form the rebate in the lead bulb would be a very expensive milling machine. Alas I made do with a pillar drill, fein multi tool and a glass of wine!
I positioned the fin to bulb threaded fitting bar (bolt) directly on the bulbs CoG. This moves the bulb approximately 25mm further aft than my current bulb / fin configuration.
Posted by FWAL | Aug 18, 2015 @ 02:53 PM | 4,275 Views
The wind kicked in this afternoon. 24mph directly on shore. Wow, did I have a nice hour on the slope with my Faze 6. The Traceur struggled due to its 600g AUW
P6 & T2 (1 min 49 sec)

Posted by FWAL | Aug 15, 2015 @ 04:03 AM | 4,366 Views
The original Mefisto wings finally gave up the ghost after hours and hours of slope abuse back in 2013. Today their replacements arrived and I'm very excited about the prospect of more Mefisto magic. The new wings are slightly different in that I have opted for the additional flaps which should allow for a more versatile flight envelope. I can't wait.

Here's a vid of the original outer aileron wing:
Mefisto Magic (2 min 26 sec)