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Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 08, 2016 @ 06:08 PM | 801 Views
Finished her up a couple of days ago....came in at 22 lbs 8 oz.

Can't wait for the maiden....maybe next week - going up to the low 70's the rest of this week and into next week
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 06, 2016 @ 12:02 AM | 730 Views
Decided to make a hatch so fueling, switches, etc could be accessed easier than the manner in which the manual stated. Took some glass cloth and 30 minute epoxy to create a curved glass hatch. Cut out the size of the hatch and used that as a template.

Installed a shelf that contains two switches and one fuel dot....Continue Reading
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 19, 2016 @ 06:54 PM | 997 Views
Just finished the wing....still in three pieces, but all the work is completed. Did find out the center wing panel weighs a bit over 7 lbs and the outer panels both 1.5 lbs.

Noticed the 'Craftsmanship' on the center section could use some improvement!
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 16, 2016 @ 11:15 PM | 1,379 Views
Landing gear blocks are HARD wood - the horizontal pegs protruded into the space needed for the retract so they were sanded down.

Note the new hole for the forward lg screws. The 'supplied' location from Robart was too far forward so some new holes were drilled.
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 15, 2016 @ 04:16 PM | 951 Views
Working on the wing some.....sure wish I had the time to put in gear doors!

LOT of wrinkles and very hard to iron out! Epoxy coating the flap/aileron panels - that should hold up very well.

Put all the hardware in little bags - makes finding parts much easier that way.

Going to re-drill the retract units...see where the front two screws are supposed to go? NO WAY - one drilling and it would break out!

Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 13, 2016 @ 12:06 AM | 1,030 Views
Assembling for a friend.....think there is enough servos for this baby.....an older ARF for sure....
Posted by tailskid2 | Nov 02, 2016 @ 12:24 AM | 1,840 Views
Now that the wing was in one piece it came time to finish up on some of the details - like decals. The gentleman I am assembling this for supplied a set of Callie Graphics, so they were applied....then things got interesting...I took out the airbrush - bad idea...Continue Reading
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 26, 2016 @ 06:29 PM | 963 Views
Progress has been interrupted by of all things, WORK! Only part-time but it does slow one down. Progress on the wing included painting the wheel wells and the interior of the cockpit.

Then the engine box got an extension so batteries can be located as far forwarded as possible. I have three batteries planned with a 4200mAh battery that will be used for the retracts and a couple of Lipos for the controls.

The wing joiner is stout and some plastic bags were positioned on the wing panels so my fingerprints won't be more popular than the FBI data base when joining the panels.

With the wing in one piece the retracts could now be verified as working and playing well with each other. Haven't decided where the Robart "Retract Box" will be located.....thinking of mounting it on the wing but time will tell.
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 15, 2016 @ 12:22 AM | 1,709 Views
Removed the engine from the airframe and added some 'horizontal' area for the future location of three batteries. I did this because the space underneath that HUGE cowl permits a lot of thing to go 'out of sight' and ahead of the CG.

I think this bird will be tail heavy unless everything can come way forward so time will tell.

Glued in the 'fan' that is located in front of the engine (full-scale) and added a mixture of 30-minute epoxy and milled fiberglass to hold that in place. Next will be mounting of the plywood ring and fitting of the cowl....guess that means the engine has to go back on (again). Isn't it amazing how many times you do something (like mount the engine) and then have to remove it, re-install, remove it, re-install, repeat!

Got ready to paint the wheel wells then discovered there wasn't enough paint, so I'll have to make a run to the hobby shop for some more paint. Played with the Robart landing gear....I think there is enough room for a slightly larger wheel!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 11, 2016 @ 10:43 PM | 1,204 Views
Now that the engine is mounted (sort-of at this point) the linkage for the choke and throttle servos were installed - used 4-40 rods for that task as shown in the first pic.

Installed the elevator servos and the rudder servo; used some larger servo mounting screws as shown in the third picture. Then I mounted the horizontal stab and epoxied the rudder on also. Notice the large GAP in the rudder and notice what happens when you counter-bore the hinge as seen in the second photo.

Controls work great with the exception of the High Torque High Draw High Cost rudder servo....seems it doesn't like my poor old 7 channel RX. Lucky for the owner, he has supplied a very NICE receiver (but my JR 9303 Tx doesn't talk to that either.....

But the rudder works just fine anyway. Moved on to the retractable tail wheel. WATACHALLENGE. First of all it didn't fit and some of the fuse sides had to be 'removed'.

Once it fit, the two screws holding it in place didn't hit the plywood shelf; so two more holes were drilled and now 6 screws hold that puppy in place instead of four

Then on to the pull-pull cables used for steering. Mounted servo and made cables - and one came out 1/4" too short! Gotta redo that one - darn.
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 05, 2016 @ 10:08 PM | 1,867 Views
Assembly is coming right along....putting a new DLE55RA in this one and of course the instruction templates on either the firewall nor wood standoffs are correct as this engine came out after the plane was designed.

So I had to cut the standoffs in half in order to fit the engine's standoffs as you can see in the second picture.
Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:59 PM | 1,918 Views
Assembling one for a buddy of mine....another warbird and I'm happy with that! Attended Warbirds Over The Rockies last weekend and LOVED it! First pic is my VQ Dauntless doing a low pass

Next pictures are of the FW 190....going to be a long build because I don't have the retracts just yet....they are being sent back to Robart for fix'n I guess. Got the aileron and flap servos in and when putting the two wing panels together - whatafit!!! not a gap to be found!

Both the flap and aileron trays were given another coat of epoxy to be certain the wood servo mounting blocks wouldn't come lose. Note the Scotch Tape on the servo....keeps any glue from sticking to the servo and if it does, just remove the tape! Tape is needed when gluing the blocks in place.

Wing shot showing both pushrods connected.

Last pic showing the size of the plane.....Large Wingspan!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 08, 2016 @ 11:20 PM | 3,411 Views
I really like the way this bird flies - so SMOOTH.....and landings are a breeze!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 07, 2016 @ 08:28 PM | 3,006 Views
Got this plane coming along quickly....faster than I thought.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 06, 2016 @ 11:37 PM | 2,957 Views
I like to put the motor/cowl on first because the tail feathers are not attached at that point. BIG cowl, lot of room to work in and I like that!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 03, 2016 @ 05:29 PM | 3,246 Views
Working on a new ARF....VQ has a 112" Beaver for a 30 cc engine and my buddy has one...err, HAD one as I have the honor of assembling it!
Posted by tailskid2 | May 26, 2016 @ 05:49 PM | 3,026 Views
Been very busy of late but to bring you up to date on the VQ Ki-61, the plane is finished and test flown a couple of times....Looking VERY good!!! Other than one off field landing at full power, it now flys BETTER! Don't know why but it does. Just replaced the struts and BINGO she loves that OS.91FS!
Posted by tailskid2 | May 16, 2016 @ 05:47 PM | 3,242 Views
Making a lot of progress on this bird.....this will be a 6 channel bird (flaps and retracts) and powered by an OS.90FS....

Wing was 'finished' before joining the two halves....flap servo linkage is somewhat of a pain; I would have preferred an arrangement like the ailerons.
Posted by tailskid2 | May 08, 2016 @ 12:51 AM | 3,798 Views
JB Hobbies introduced this model at the AMA Convention - introduced it to me for the first time although I think this bird has been out quite a bit longer than that. Going to put an OS 90 FS up front so this ought to be fun. I got the Camo one....first order is to beef up that front end....those 4S really can shake. So this will get a pinned firewall, some triangle braces and a coat or two of epoxy.
Posted by tailskid2 | May 03, 2016 @ 11:11 PM | 3,352 Views
My buddy dropped off his TF 60 sized Corsair with a broken rudder...don't understand why he likes to flip his Corsair over on landings...oh well...so I built him one he will NOT be able to break, no matter how many 'flips' he tries on landings

So from the scraps (on the left) to the finished product (on the right)...now to Epoxy that puppy in!