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Old Feb 06, 2010, 08:28 PM
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First completed model, "Quikie"!


It is all done, CoG set, wing balanced, motor shaft lubed.

Now all we need is some decent weather to try and fly it.

Note the yellow rubber bands..

It has been fun and I have learned a lot. The main thing
I have learned is there is a lot more to this hobby than
meets the eye. You need to be an artist, engineer, and
have the touch of a brain surgeon. I also learned there
are a lot of people out there to jump in and help, all you
need to do is ask. I always knew Brad had a load of patience,
now I know he has the patience of the Sphinx!













It's not perfect, not even close, but it is my first time and
I am happy with the end product. There are a lot of things
I would do differently if I had it to do over.
Brad said a lot of seasoned builder didn't take on a scratch
build until they had done many kits.
Being a pilot made it some easier, as I was familiar with
aircraft and have a more than passing knowledge of flight.

So, what will I build next? I am thinking about the "Slow
Poke', I think it is soooo cute!

And next time I won't brother you with so many questions
and different threads.

I am going to take a break from building for a while.
Maybe a day?
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Old Feb 07, 2010, 12:14 AM
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Looks really good Kimber, and it should fly well too.

IMHO a carved balsa prop. would not only look so much better but have it fly better as well.
If you decided to do that, at least 1/3rd of the span or perhaps a little larger prop. would be the go.
Old Feb 07, 2010, 03:08 AM
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I agree with the prop thing, but it was $$, the block for the
prop would cost three times what the prop cost.
This was built almost entirely from the scrap box. I just had
to buy a couple sticks for wing spars and the covering and
prop. About ten dollars all total. Or about what a block of
wood for the prop would have cost.

Thanks for your comments.

K
Old Feb 07, 2010, 08:15 AM
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Looks pretty good to me.
But I cant see the rear dowel for the motor....
Old Feb 07, 2010, 11:52 AM
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You did a great job, Kimber. this from an old geezer that built his first model in 1934.
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Old Feb 07, 2010, 11:54 AM
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It's a wire hook. There is a hole under the tail feathers to
hook it up. Kind of tricky.
Old Feb 07, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Well done Kimber ' Quickie ' looks great.I hope that you get a chance to fly her soon.
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Old Feb 09, 2010, 07:50 AM
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Not only does it look sweet, but....

It has both wings at the same angle to the fuselage
It has a fin which is central and vertical
It has a taliplane at 90 degrees to the fin
It has undercarriage legs of equal length
It has leading edges sanded to an aerodynamically useful profile
It has covering without large wrinkles and folds

....none of which my first model had!!!

I reckon you done good.
Old Feb 10, 2010, 03:14 AM
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Not only does it look sweet, but....

It has both wings at the same angle to the fuselage
It has a fin which is central and vertical
It has a taliplane at 90 degrees to the fin
It has undercarriage legs of equal length
It has leading edges sanded to an aerodynamically useful profile
It has covering without large wrinkles and folds

....none of which my first model had!!!

I reckon you done good.
Without all the help, it would probably look like a cartoon airplane.

Thanks for all the comments everyone.

Still trying to figure out what to do next.
Old Feb 10, 2010, 07:57 AM
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Allez oop!!!


Give it a heave-ho into the air..? After all, it is what it was designed for. I think we all have that reluctance to entrust all our work to Bernoulli for the first time; but that's part of the thrill.

If things go badly, you could be taking it home in a bin liner, but you will have taken the first step towards stoicism (we British are good at that), and you will have learned something along the way.. like next time to test over long grass on less than maximum turns.

But if things go well, you will have that delicious feeling of seeing a miniature flying machine that you built from nothing defy gravity and commit aviation. Perhaps not quite the buzz of your first solo, but similar....perhaps a scale model of that buzz!
Old Feb 10, 2010, 02:32 PM
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test glide over long grass or soft snow comes next. When its doing that decently, 50 turns on the motor and try for a longer glide..
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test glide over long grass or soft snow comes next. When its doing that decently, .....
I built a couple of free flight gliders as a kid and it took some playing with CG and wing and tailplane incidences to get them to behave...
Old Feb 10, 2010, 03:16 PM
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buzz of your first solo
That is something you never forget. However, I think the greatest moment
in my flying was my first real lesson. I had the honor and privilege of taking
my first lesson in Mr. Mulligan. After that, the 172's were just old hat.

I am also, thanks to my father inlaw, retired Air Force general, F-16
qualified. That is a six ticket ride.

We are going to wait for spring to test fly it.

Thanks again for the comments.
Old Feb 10, 2010, 03:28 PM
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That is something you never forget. However, I think the greatest moment in my flying was my first real lesson. I had the honor and privilege of taking my first lesson in Mr. Mulligan. After that, the 172's were just old hat.
Strange, my greatest buzz was the first solo cross country (a whole 65 miles). I then felt that I had really begun to fly. And my first lesson was in a Tiger Moth; the same type that my father soloed in 1942....I still feel that a PA28 would be better with no roof.....


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I am also, thanks to my father inlaw, retired Air Force general, F-16 qualified.
Do WHAAAAAT???????? Don't tell me he bought one from the Air Force Surplus Store.....???
Old Feb 10, 2010, 03:42 PM
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Do WHAAAAAT???????? Don't tell me he bought one from the Air Force Surplus Store.....???
No, they made me leave the plane there.

What was so funny, when we flew to the AF base, in a 182RG, we had to
follow the "FOLLOW ME" truck, and it was bigger than the Cessna.

This is what I want for Christmas.




Can't figure out why people don't want to fly with me????



Here is Mr. Mulligan BTW



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