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Posted by veritus | Jan 04, 2013 @ 09:16 PM | 3,521 Views
Well about 2 months ago I had a successful launch with my Nimbus...the new battery provided more than enough power as the sailplane took off like a jet with a relatively short take off roll! Unforetunately, the carbon rod did not hold up through the latter part of the launch and the right wing seperated from the sailplane. It subsequently crashed without much sailplane left. I was happy to see the product of my hands finally take flight and I would use that battery again! My recomendation after this loss, and the loss of my ASH-25 due to radio interference; a super performer. Get the most reliable and simplest self launch systems, icare and others carry a host of great ones. The one on my ASH was a great one and the new single prop ones seem to be great and almost flawless! I am contemplating putting one of these into my 1/3.75 ASW-28. BUt they are still quite expensive but with my very busy schedule-thus the lateness of this blog-the cost might be worth it. Also, get the new non interference radios, worth the price for your pricey model!! Bruddahs, I keep missing out on some great tow events because I am usually somewhere else. This is not my last blog, I think I might do a build on an ASK kit or something in the future. In the well and I hope to see you out there, when I can make it, at the next soaring event!!
Posted by veritus | Jul 14, 2012 @ 10:31 PM | 3,232 Views
Rebalancing Nimbus with new battery. Battery really puts out the power but is considerably lighter than the old brick! I am moving this weekend but everything is set for flight and checks out well! I hope between moving and work schedule that I will get to fly her soon! One fly in the ointment, I ordered a new 12.5x6 Graupner Carbon prop, because this SLS originally came with one, which was destroyed in the accident years ago. The prop I have on is of similar pitch and all, but I would like the original; had to order it all the way from England, and it could take anywhere from 9 to 25 days!!! But I want everything as right as possible for the flight. Oh well, enjoy the pics! Well the prop, would you believe, got hung up in customs, but through some mild prompting and after a month and a half, I got it and mounted it on the SLS. Thanks to those of you who have been patiently following this blog, I hope to do a test flight soon. The reciever batteries are charged but the LiPo battery will wait till a day or two before....Continue Reading
Posted by veritus | Jul 08, 2012 @ 07:42 PM | 3,327 Views
Check this short video at the sailplanes video. VIDEO0005.mp4
Posted by veritus | Jul 02, 2012 @ 03:23 PM | 3,686 Views
Well, with our extreme heat here in the midsouth and my extensive travel schedule, I have not been able to fly a thing except on the Real Flight sim. As a result, I am using this time to do further refinements on the Nimbus, so when it is ready to go, there should not be any delays or surprises; OK, surprises are just that, surprises..can't plan for those. By the way, one such surprise came when I went to get my SLS battery checked at the local Hobby Shop, only to find out that a couple cells had puffed rendering it useless. I talked to Etienne Dorig at Icare Sailplanes, where I got this plane originally, and he agreed that the Turnigy nano-tech 4400mah 5S 65~130C Lipo Pack, would be a good replacement. I purchased one from Hobby King for $78.00, and Etienne informed me that it would meet or exceed the original Battery. It is amazing to me, and I show my ignorance here, how far batteries have come! This battery is about 2/3rds the size of the original, weighs less, and is probably an overall better battery! I have included some pics. As you can see, I just need to change the connectors and then the battery will be charged and balanced and ready to go! My next refinement will be to the axle of the main gear, it is slightly bent, so I will either straighten it or get a heftyer axle. I'll figure it out.
Posted by veritus | Feb 29, 2012 @ 08:10 PM | 3,399 Views
Well a few of you are probably wondering what happened to the Nimbus? Did it crash, was it sold, what? Well it is still with me and has yet to be flown. Last Summer was just too hot, and when it was nice, the field was to high. I also got a serious girlfriend and a new job-a blessing in this economy. I hope to fly the nimbus in the next few weeks or so. So hang in there, we will go for broke soon, just keep an eye out!
Posted by veritus | Feb 03, 2011 @ 01:33 PM | 3,721 Views
Just a quick update on my Nimbus 4DM. I haven't flown her yet but she is ready to go. I have been using the Winter cold to adjust all control surfaces and to make sure all is ready, again, for her remaidening. I am very cautious with my planes, especially if they experienced a crash like this one did in the past. I hope that when I do the maiden flight, that I will have alot of good news to report!
Posted by veritus | Aug 07, 2010 @ 09:02 PM | 4,273 Views
Well I went to the field to test fly the Nimbus and foretunately, never got off the ground. What do I mean by that, you may ask Well when I finally found a part of the sod farm I could get a good takeoff roll on, it just happened to be bumpy. The Nimbus bounced once and twice and was just about to get airborne, when the left wing came off; but not completely. Apparently I had done a very flimsy fix on the wingrod box, thank God I never got it up in the air or it could have folded up there! Any how, it turned out to be an easy fix by using some hardwood I had laying around, lots of epoxy, and my handy Dremel Tool. Everything is curing perfectly with the rod snuggly fit into its new sleeve, rod is relatively easy to remove.

The other bit of news is that my SLS worked perfectly and the prop locked to the vertical and stored easily when retracted.

It would have been a great day to fly today because of the low humidity, even near 100 degree temps were very bearable, but forecast is for our crazy humidity and high heat indexes to return tomorrow into the coming week...oh well. I might try again tomorrow, regardless, plenty of water will be my constant companion!

I didn't take a camera to the field, I travel light as possible in this heat, but here are a few pics of my fix.
Posted by veritus | Aug 03, 2010 @ 11:03 PM | 4,485 Views
Just an update to those who subscribe to my blog...I am still waiting to fly my Nimbus, the temps in Memphis have been horrendous, actually, dangerous. It used to be that I would go out in a 90 degree temps and roast while hitting thermals, but I also have found that exposing electronics and the physical aircraft to these extremes just isn't good. Anyhow, I don't want to pass out when trying to make a smooth landing! But I think i'll be flying soon, wish I could record it, but we'll see.
Posted by veritus | May 23, 2010 @ 04:26 PM | 4,834 Views
I added a third battery to my Nimbus, both for power and added redundancy, especially for the reciever. The 10 Channel reciever makes this easy and now everything works; I just hope I haven't defeated the reason for having my carbon wingrod! I seldom rush to fly a new or rebuilt model, in the past I've done so, to my own peril, and the model's demise. I've learned to be very patient over the years! In fact I found a few issues when I did this final rigging, which would have been a real hassle at the field. But because I dealt with them here, at home, they were no problem. Well she CG'd out fine, but the first flight will bear that out. Also did a final SLS check, and that operates real nice. My only concern with this type of SLS is when the model is airborne, and you go to retract it, sometimes-in the past-that prop will not rotate to vertical and the SLS will stay partially open. That's why I like alot of the new SLS's that have the single prop or folding props, that seem to stowe flawlessly. We'll see when I do the initial flights, it will be at a very big sod farm!!
Posted by veritus | Apr 24, 2010 @ 12:21 AM | 4,745 Views
Assembled the Nimbus for balance check and some pics. Hope you like em!...Continue Reading
Posted by veritus | Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:18 PM | 5,466 Views
Well the Nimbus glitches have been hammered out and it looks good. I also added "Goop" to all connectors. Some bad weather is coming our way, so no new pics.

Thought you guys might be interested in this youtube presnetation: it also links to other similar presentations!

Vacuum Forming with your Kitchen Oven and Vacuum Cleaner (2 min 56 sec)

Posted by veritus | Dec 29, 2009 @ 10:31 PM | 6,097 Views
Well I repainted the inner panels, they still have one more coat to go, but these photos show how good they look. I have decided to repaint the fuselage, since it suffered some cracks which were filled, strengthened and sanded. The 9 channel reciever came and works like a charm, it's great to have all the room I need to make this plane fully functioning. Initially it didn't work, because i forgot to switch the transmitter to PCM from FM, the only way a Futaba 9 channel can work all 9 channels!

Building DG LS Gliders (9 min 42 sec)

Thought you all would get a kick out of how real sailplanes are built, kinda like their smaller scaled cousins!
Posted by veritus | Dec 25, 2009 @ 11:02 PM | 5,533 Views
Well things are proceeding well. I had a loose spoiler servo that was easily repositioned and attached, using my JR Matchbox, they were callibrated to match! But I realized, even with the Matchbox, I didn't have enough channels for a fully functional wing. I am using a Futaba T9CAP but had the FM 8 channel reciever. But after cruising the internet I was able to purchase a 9 channel Futaba PCM reciever from eBay for $50.00. It will come sometime early next week, the seller has a 94% positive rating.

I also installed the positioning pins on the inner panels. I may assemble the whole plane and set up all throws this weekend, but temps look real cold and the wingspan on this is about 5.2-5.3 meters; so we'll see. Whenever that happens, I'll take pics.
Posted by veritus | Dec 17, 2009 @ 12:13 AM | 5,959 Views
Well I was able to sand the carbonfiber rod down to fit in the fuselage and inner panels. Inner panels have had gel-repair applied. although not as obvious to the human eye, stands out in photos. I have a feeling I will have to repaint these panels to match, we'll see; may have to repaint the whole sailplane but not till after test flight. Next is cutting down and fitting trailing edge positioning pins. Then making sure all wing servos and control surfaces are moving; I'm pretty sure they are. Then final balancing and total once over for overall integrity for flight.