I've cleared the bench and I'm bound and determined to get the snipe put together..heck the hardest part is the V-tail..wings are already bagged...servos have been bought.
So the problem is I lost part of the tail while moving...DOH!!!!
I think I'm going to try and make some from scratch out of 1/4 balsa..sand down and try and do a kevlar hinge. I don't have a vacuum bag setup so I'm hoping I can do it by putting some sorta pressure on it.
If that falls through..then I can try and make the missing elevator piece out of some light balsa.
Unless there is somebody out there thats got an extra elevator piece...I won't hold my breath..I never see people talking about this plane.
I'm pretty much done with the Rotor from Orans build party. I have some thoughts to share on this one..it was frustrating at times and I'm still kicking myself over somethings.
MISTAKE NUMBER ONE!!!!
For some crazy reason...I did not check the tail alignment when I glued it on. Why would I not do this....I have no idea. As a result the tail is leaning 5 ~ 10 degrees to the right. MOTHER! Seriously I must have stared and willed it straight for hours. It bothers me a lot and if I wanted to fix it I've thought about cutting the whole tail off 3 inches ahead of the tail on the boom...rotate and epoxy back in place.
Next comes the great paint screw up of summer of 2010. I've dreamed of a metallic orange rotor since I got involved in this project...I had high hopes for airbrushing some mixed orange and gold airbrush paint from michaels.
First paint job..after hours of filling and priming and sanding..goes on perfect...it was beautiful...it sparkled in the sun...everything I wanted. I clear coated it with Rustoluem crystal clear enamel. Then I started handling it...the paint was so soft it just came off with hardly a scratch...MOTHER!
So I decided I would sand it all down and do it again..this time with some automotive clear coat...purchased for 25 dollars..did a test with this stuff..super hard.
Start painting metallic orange again..this time in a hot hot garage. Everything is looking good...BUT it is going on heavy or not drying......Continue Reading
Posted by c0dem0nkey |
May 27, 2010 @ 04:36 PM | 4,008 Views
I was pretty pumped to be getting a Samurai fuse...I dig the shape and thought it would have great potential to make some sorta twisty wing mean machine.
So I was a bit concerned when I found a box at my door that looked like it fell off the truck while on the highway and ran over a few times.....sure enough pull the fuse out and its been cracked pretty good..someone tried to bend it in half.
Everything is repairable but dang if it didn't drop me down and few notches of excitement. (shakes head with disappointment)
The toothpick wings were pretty cool...I had never flown them. I don't have a strong opinion of them mostly because I didn't fly them for more than 15 minutes..I wanted to get the rotor in the air.
The rotor maiden went well. The wind was blowing pretty good but you would have never guessed it by the throw out. The plane sank and sank to the point I thought I was about to take a walk down the hill. Some how it picked up speed and gained all the lost altitude back.
It felt mushy though at slow or medium speed...there was a few times I got it going really well and the energy retention was AWESOME! But then I guess I must have been stalling it and it would get all mushy and was boating around.
I'm not sure if I have a CG issue or just a weight to lift issue. It was fun flying but it felt like it was flying tail heavy or mushy...suggestions?
I took the Rotor out for a second flight...removed some weight in the nose. It was hands down the best best best day of sloping I have ever had. 45 minutes of straight high energy maneuvers..like there was a rocket pushing the thing. Words cannot do what I witnessed justice..so lets leave it at....GET ONE OF THESE PLANES! YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY AND WILL BE A CHANGED SLOPER.