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Mar 25, 2011, 06:51 PM
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CR Contender Wingeron Build

Okay, I recently received a CR Contender kit from Chip at CR Aircraft. I've been wanting a sleek, speedy 2m with a high aspect ratio for my local hill, Glider Point. I've got aerobatic stuff and a moldie along with others, but this classic by Charlie Richardson, being a twisty wing and having an excellent reputation for speed and carving........well it just had to be done. And I love foam and plywood wing construction for its simplicity, durability, and ease of repair.

I'll be trying to build to Charlie's plans and notes (old school)......ply skins pressed with epoxy, glass cloth and a carbon strip in between. I'll be using a pretty cool wing press in lieu of bagging. Wing tips will be angled also like the original.

Update> Maiden video here

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Mar 25, 2011, 07:10 PM
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Nice to see you getting started Mike,

I've got some stickers for your finished bird, Red over Clear
Mar 25, 2011, 09:12 PM
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Coool! Looking forward to the build
Mar 25, 2011, 09:25 PM
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This'll be cool! I have a carbon-bagged 2m and I'd enjoy seeing how they go together!

Mar 25, 2011, 10:41 PM
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Nice! Lots of pics please.
Mar 25, 2011, 10:55 PM
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Glad your posting Mike, will be a good database when I start mine... E
Mar 26, 2011, 01:17 PM
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Cool build, I am interested in the full flying rudder system, Are you going to build that in, or go without?
Mar 26, 2011, 04:22 PM
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I am planning on doing the full flying rudder, and maybe making the stab removeable.
I'm leaving an 1/8" margin of ply past the foam trailing edge to allow for the top and bottom skins to meet. Charlie's idea here is to sheet the bottom first, then install the ply spar and wing tube, then sheet the top. This also solves the problem of the trailing edge being tapered on the ends....not allowing them to be taped and folded together for pressing.

The carbon I've got here is .010 thick and going under .018 skins. Wonder if it will press into the foam okay or show up on the airfoil?

Mar 28, 2011, 06:13 PM
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So here's the process and the wing press. Thanks go out to Hweeler who built it and is keeping it at my place for now....nice for me. We've build two complete wing sets so far (50" panels) with excellent results. Very straight and true. Again, this is a little different. Per Charlie, I'm only doing the bottom skins first. Carbon is .010 Uni 3/4 wide and I'm using West Systems epoxy, 3/4oz per single skin.

Mar 29, 2011, 05:40 PM
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How long will you keep it in the press Mike?
Mar 29, 2011, 08:46 PM
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Neat method. Other than being less expensive than a bagging system (perhaps), what do you see as the benefits to this method?
Mar 29, 2011, 10:22 PM
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Don't let my wife see that press! She'll finally have a case against me keeping the last 10 years of RC Modeler magazine!!
Mar 29, 2011, 10:32 PM
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Instead of measuring the distance b/w the 2 planks, would/wouldn't a torque wrench used on all the bolts ensure even pressure on all points?
Mar 29, 2011, 10:42 PM
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Let's see it

Mar 29, 2011, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by vhuang168
Instead of measuring the distance b/w the 2 planks, would/wouldn't a torque wrench used on all the bolts ensure even pressure on all points?
To all, lets think about this. Lets assume "even nut pressure" (no pun intended lol) distributes even "mechanical pressure" down the panel. It in fact does. Pressure X Area = Force. Force is determened by pressure being exerted on a given area (square inches). A tapered wing has a non consistant area from the root to the tip, the area is reducing less toward the tip. Now, lets say we put 2 foot pounds of "nut torque" assuming there isnt differing stud friction between all the studs and we obtain exactly even torque on all studs. Pressure times area means the root being for example 8", one inch of wing length will "resist" 16 foot pounds at 2 foot pounds of torque. You can see where this is going. Resist is the key word here. This is not exact and true numbers. Torque can only be measured in Nm (newton meters). In a nutshell, the area of the wing that has more area per length versus the tip that has less area per length, if we use nut torque as the process factor, the tip-end of the press will crush the cores because it will not have been able to "resist the force" being applied to it until the core gets to a point of equalization to the input nut torque. What you will have is the "top platten' of the press pushing down further towards the tip because of the smaller resisting area.

Another view. Do you realize that say a 400 square inch wing panel at say 2ft pounds of nut-torque has a force of 800 pounds exerting or being resisted by the press? When was the last time you stacked 800 pounds of bricks on your cores in a makeshift pressing on your workbench? I'll bet never because you believed it would crush. 20 or 30 bricks weigh only a couple hundred pounds which is nothing on those cores but it works huh. We did a test with a set of 9.75" x 6.125" x 50" long cores to test the "crush point" of the white EPS cores by using calipers every 1/4 turn on the nuts. As we saw the core begin to crush ever so slightly beyond what we felt was safe, the registered tourque on the nuts was 5-6 foot pounds. That equates to 2000-2500 pounds of resistant force over the whole panel!

So, it was decided it would be better to maintain an even "press gap" between plattens all the way around to first ensure the flattest wing and also to keep from crushing the panel. The average overall torque ended up being 2 ft pounds or 800 pounds of force on those 50" panels which im sure all would agree is plenty of pressing action to have excellent skin adhesion.

Last edited by oldscooler; Mar 30, 2011 at 01:40 AM.

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