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Nov 26, 2009, 08:36 PM
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F-105D Thunderchief 90mm scratch build with re-maiden video added

My F-105D Thunderchief build has started with a planned 65in fuse and wing span of 37in. The plan was to capture a digital scan from a model like with my F-106 and F-18 and reverse engineer it from there. Work has been so crazy and the timing to get it in was not working out. So with some great design help form Dan Eaton who had looked into the 105 some years back set me up (Thanks again Dan).

I decided to start the build log here because of the multi-material construction and it seems like the foamy EDF sections is more ARF type builds than scratch. We plan on using dapron, balsa, carbon rod and fiber glass board for the build with a planned weight of 7-8 lbs.

Major components used will be 90mm Midi pro, Medusa MR-3660-1300V2SE-5, Castle 110HV esc and BEC, 8 to10s batt options and Spring air 305 retracts. Well here goes.

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Nov 26, 2009, 08:49 PM
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one of my favs ...i hot wired a fuse for one of these 20yrs ago to be turbax powered. this should be sweet .
Nov 26, 2009, 09:14 PM
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This is a very lean and mean fuse shape and should be a very fast design. I will need some pointers on the intake ducts and look forward to learning the glass techniques you so masterfully use.

The build style will follow the same technique as the Dart with dapron sections slide over carbon to provide a spine like support structure. Dan scaled the sections for the fuse and I got them cut out of paper and looked over the 3-view for fit. A total of 29 sections will be spaced at 2 ľ in. I have Alex in for scale and Wow 65inís is huge. I will use 3mm dapron for the sections on this one.
Nov 26, 2009, 09:38 PM
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Hi Jeff,
that is going to be one great looking jet. Better get on it though, we only got nine months and some change before E-Jets.

By the way, to give credit where credit is due, the 3D model I cut up for Jeff is one I derived from Steve Bage's free flight design. I know Steve was really interested in seeing an EDF based on the design. For that matter, so am I. I still have a copy of Steve's plans hanging on the wall in my office as a reminder to get a F-105 built one of these days.

Dan Eaton
Nov 26, 2009, 10:40 PM
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yeah the intake will be long tricky ...kinda like the Draken Ducts. long gear legs too. love the fuse on the thud.....area rule gone overboard.
Nov 26, 2009, 11:29 PM
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love it!!! fave for sure!!! and tricky ducts, but with a forgiving midi, and all the power available todat it'll do plenty fine! I did a 90mm vampire and left the height of inlets scale for the look, but cheated length wherre you dont relly see it. that and where it hits the fuse way in the corner you could open a half circle in fuse wall. heck even half a 50mm circle is gobs more air to be had. if this was the mod here that black spec area would be all you'd see.

Nov 26, 2009, 11:35 PM
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She's big because the real one was huge! This will be a sweet build.

Nov 27, 2009, 02:05 AM
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yes when you stand next to a 105 it is a huge jet for the time ....snd they had a huge motor 25,000 lbs thrust and more with water injection
Nov 27, 2009, 04:27 PM
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Today I helped Jeff do some brain storming for the fus carbon rod placement and drawout more of the section views. The ducting and main landing gear will be the trick on this build.
Nov 27, 2009, 09:30 PM
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The estimated intake side is 18in, 16in on the exhaust. I think your Draken was in that range.

With Gregís help we got the placement of the carbon rod that will go from the front gear to the fan for the major structure tie in. Section 6 to 22 have been made and placed on the rod. From the back view pic the shape is starting to show. This mid part of the plane will be my starting point. The wing design and ducting we be next on the list and will require some real thought.
Nov 28, 2009, 12:09 PM
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Keep posting progress.

Nov 28, 2009, 12:47 PM
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Looking good Jeff! Be sure to invite me to the maiden...I know its early but I'm just putting it out there.
Nov 28, 2009, 03:10 PM
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Looking good, signing on for the build.

Eric B.
Nov 28, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Awesome works.
Nov 29, 2009, 12:23 AM
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Thanks guys and Kevin you bet, your technical preflight expertise has saves us for sure in the past. Guys please add ideas for this mid-section, this is a tough one. Iím thinking of a drop in wing duct assembly structure to fit all the way to the fan but I could be way off on this idea.

The F-106 Dart had the wing with duct over top and it allowed a type of separate assembly. The 105 will not work this way though.

I had a chance to get the wing sketched out 35in tip to tip. This is where we were thinking of the fan placement and ducting. The intake coming in at a horizontal and then a twist to a vertical is really going to be a challenge. Iím thinking of a paper cutout to get a shape idea before moving into the foam try. We plan on adding 2inís to the tips and stretch the back side of the wing flaps to accommodate the retract placement. The spring airs should be in next week. They will dictate carbon support placement.


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