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Jan 24, 2010, 02:31 AM
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Cleveland Albatross Glider

I started building a Cleveland Albatross glider from plans and will convert the model to RC. It took 3 evenings to cut out all the parts by hand and I started assembling the fuselage today. The fuselage is getting planked with 3/32" strips and since I've got little expertise planking, we'll just have to see how it turns out! I'm just "winging it" on all the RC modifications because I'm too lazy to plan ahead. Here are some pictures of the fuselage so far.
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Jan 24, 2010, 10:24 AM
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The wife's not going to like that

Jan 24, 2010, 01:48 PM
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How come you claim to have spent 3 evenings cutting out and there's not a single cut, stitch or plaster on your hand? Or is it just me that can be less than accurate when weilding a xacto/scalpel?
Jan 24, 2010, 02:20 PM
Lift is cheap - Drag sucks
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A noble project!

When I worked in the Alameda CA hobby shop (1950) there was a finished Albatross hanging up for $10. I longed for it but lacked the ten bucks. That was big money in 1950.

Jan 24, 2010, 02:23 PM
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A few weeks ago I stabbed myself in the chest with an X-Acto while working on another project. Fortunately the blade didn't go too deep, but there was a lot of blood. I guess that scared me into being more careful on this model.

Here's a picture of the remaining parts. I did some more planking but ran out of glue so I'm off to buy some more.

Jan 24, 2010, 09:15 PM
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This is too cool

I'll be watching with great interest; I love the old gliders I longed for as a kid.
Jan 25, 2010, 01:54 AM
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The old Cleveland Albatross is a lovely looking design. However on the plans I've got the wing spars are wishful at best. I trust you're upgrading the spar arrangement to something more RC worthy that'll withstand high starts and at least light winch duties.
Jan 25, 2010, 02:29 AM
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I'm not sure what I'll do with the spars. I want removable wings and I'm still deciding on where I'll make them separate. I might use basswood for the spars but I won't change the structure much, I want the model to be close to the original in structure. I usually fly from a light duty high start and since this model will be covered in tissue I'm not planning to fly from a winch or stronger hi-start.

I finished planking the fuselage and will start sanding after the glue dries. Here are some pictures after a light sanding.

Jan 25, 2010, 09:28 AM
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RE Glue on the fingers...

Over the years the best method I have ever found to remove those nasty bits of glue is to simply wash my hair a couple of times in the shower! Seems hair is abrasive enough to remove the glue easily. If the hair on your head is not as plentiful as it once was, be romantic, wash the wife's hair! It works just as well and can lead to pleasant rewards!
Jan 25, 2010, 12:13 PM
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You answered my next question (how are you going to launch it?). Light duty high start should be comfortable. I don't see many guys running with tow lines these days.

Jan 25, 2010, 12:17 PM
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Nice job on the planking!
Jan 25, 2010, 12:21 PM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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That is a sweet design.... reminiscent of a Minimoa.

I'll be following this one!
Jan 26, 2010, 12:12 AM
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I installed the nose block, windshield fairing, and did some sanding. This is what it looks like so far and I probably won't sand the fuselage anymore until all the other pieces are built and fitted. Now it's time to build some wings.

Jan 26, 2010, 02:38 AM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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Errrr, possibly a rather stupid question here, but...

Are the receiver and servos already fitted, or are you going to have to cut a hatch into that rather feminine form..???
Jan 26, 2010, 04:27 AM
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Steve, That is a thing of beauty that you are creating their,well worth the glue on your fingers.

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