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Posted by vincent123 | Apr 01, 2018 @ 11:44 AM | 1,514 Views
It took me a day to get it like this.

The door itself is bigger than the one of the FZ5.
Do you think it will act a a vertical stab too much?

Rc plane retract (0 min 28 sec)

Posted by vincent123 | Apr 01, 2018 @ 01:07 AM | 1,486 Views
Time to get the langing gear in its bay.

Cutout of the gear hatch done,

Now the time consuming part: cutting the gear door and getting the linkages to work !
Posted by vincent123 | Mar 18, 2018 @ 04:37 AM | 1,412 Views
Some progress !

The right wing is completely sheeted! Yippee !
I took me a while to get the sheets flush with the EDF outer hull, but eventually all looks well.

To finish the edf inlet lip, I glued a piece of balsa on the edges and started sanding.
The smoothed inlet will increase the EDF performance a bit.
Posted by vincent123 | Mar 10, 2018 @ 10:13 AM | 1,083 Views
Wing root being prepared for sheeting.

Although it s going to be a 1,45m wing, I m planning to glue both wings into the fuselage.
Still figuring out how to do it, cause I need to connect the wiring before applying the glue, and I need to keep pushing the wing while the glue sets... got the time
Posted by vincent123 | Feb 24, 2018 @ 03:24 AM | 1,703 Views
Nose ready, looks realy good!
Posted by vincent123 | Feb 24, 2018 @ 03:22 AM | 1,679 Views
Tail finished after some sandstorms to get the tip of the stab in shape.
Posted by vincent123 | Jan 04, 2018 @ 04:56 AM | 7,212 Views
Vertical stab got some webbing, on the main spar and trailing spar, thanks Stu for the advice.

One side was been sheeted.
It took hours to get the sheeting aligned with the fuselage, looking forward to the other side
Top of the stab gets a solid block of balsa sanded in shape.


Gee, crazy hours went into this plane, borderline sanity ..
Posted by vincent123 | Jan 03, 2018 @ 11:28 AM | 2,137 Views
Tail sanded in shaped.
Posted by vincent123 | Dec 30, 2017 @ 09:20 AM | 2,355 Views
How it looks when the dust finally settled
Posted by vincent123 | Dec 28, 2017 @ 02:46 AM | 2,340 Views
I made it myself difficult with the dorsal fin !
Posted by vincent123 | Dec 03, 2017 @ 01:39 PM | 2,294 Views
Bottom side of the fuse got sanded today, looks good.

Good enough for keeping it raw in the wood.
Posted by vincent123 | Dec 02, 2017 @ 05:04 AM | 2,558 Views
Some progress, half the fuselage got planked.
Posted by vincent123 | Nov 05, 2017 @ 08:22 AM | 2,058 Views
Using my router to the extreme !

Routed some lead formers as nose weight, some 100gr, fits nicely!

According to my estimations at least 100gr are needed to balance the plane to the targetted CG.

So why not securing it during the build, no glue required.
Posted by vincent123 | Nov 02, 2017 @ 04:41 AM | 3,245 Views
Always nice how it looks in the bones !

Next step I was thinking of is the installation of the ESC's and wiring before planking.
Posted by vincent123 | Nov 01, 2017 @ 02:41 AM | 2,578 Views
Hi there, got a bit of work done.
All formers for the fuselage are ready cut.
Now the fiddling starts to get them all together to something that resembles a fuselage.
Posted by vincent123 | Oct 21, 2017 @ 12:06 PM | 3,109 Views
This is how I would be cutting the planks with the router.
2mm planks, of at the thickest 9.5mm width.
Posted by vincent123 | Oct 02, 2017 @ 09:13 AM | 2,512 Views
After a lot of preparations, the third sheet (of 8!) got glue today

First the LE was glued in place.
I use a kind of a frame to prevent the wing from warping when the sheeting is glued.
Posted by vincent123 | Sep 09, 2017 @ 03:58 PM | 2,574 Views
Ducts both closed now, inner and outer duct fully sheeted and sanded.

Tested the EDFs once more: looking good, each pulls easily 60Amps at 6cell, good for about 2kg thrust each.

I believe this will increase a bit or a lot (?) once I sanded the inlet lip.
But for this I need to finish the sheeting of the wings first.
Posted by vincent123 | Aug 15, 2017 @ 02:56 AM | 3,264 Views
Both wings are in the same stage now: bottom side planked, top still to be done.


Root sheeting only when the fuselage is ready, so I can make the sheeting flush with the fuselage sheeting.
Posted by vincent123 | Jul 23, 2017 @ 05:49 PM | 3,457 Views
Detailed the design a bit.
I was hoping to reuse the existing fuselage framework of the FZ5, but in the end I need to redraw more than I expected to fit the new design.

It's fun, I enjoy it ! When finished, I got enough feed for 2 winters

The EDF will be taken out from the bottom of the plane, so the hatch and EDF support had to be altered.

Still need to make the vertical tail and wing framework.

Still no rear retract wheels, think i'm gonna stick to the landing skids: they act also as a winglet, minimizing drag...