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Mar 14, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Mar 15, 2012, 02:21 AM
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Some images showing a trial fit of the tailplane I have inserted a wedge of soft balsa at the leading edge which locks everything in place the underside fits flush to the fuselage the elevators will be linked using the dowel rod I will have to build a new stabiliser as the kit one has warped like a dogs back leg! The open structure should allow me to get everything linked together. I'm planning on using carbon rods for the control runs. The DH89 is next on the agenda!
Mar 15, 2012, 09:46 AM
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Very Nice, The planking job was worth every minute invested. Should be easy from here on in.

Best,

Mark
Apr 04, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Beautiful joinery, Spit!

Very much looking forward to watching you "thread the needle" with the elevator and rudder control rods. Also, are you getting any early indications on how she will balance?
Apr 05, 2012, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for your kind words – hoping to get the tail feathers covered this long Easter weekend and possibly glued in place and connected – should have some more images also
Charles
Apr 11, 2012, 07:03 PM
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Hey Charles,

That's a really slick steerable tailwheel. I'm filing it away for future use.

Steve
Apr 12, 2012, 12:38 AM
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Thanks Steve – it seems to work ok

Charles
Apr 12, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Lovely work Charles. Very nice pictures too.

Len
Apr 13, 2012, 12:58 AM
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Hi Len – nice to hear from you – how is your Privateer progressing?
Apr 14, 2012, 03:45 AM
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Not much progress on the Privateer Charles. I am hoping to get back to it soon. I picked up a new transmitter and can now mix throttle and rudder. The only turn one way "solution" I had was not satisfying.

Len
Apr 22, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Your teaching me quite a bit, following this closely!
Apr 23, 2012, 01:19 AM
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Hi Sherma68 – glad your enjoying this build – have just spent the weekend soldering the wiring loom – will post some images
Apr 25, 2012, 02:12 AM
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Completed a weight check with all the component parts – came in at just under 27oz AUW including the lipo – will this get off the ground?
Apr 25, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Awesome planking...does the Fortress justice...

I looked up Joe Beshar's Guillows B-17 build in the April, 2004 issue of "Flying Models" (yep, my bookcase is full) and found a bunch of stats by the master himself...

Wing area...269 sq in.

His plane came in at 28 1/2 ounces and flew well, as Joe states...would not rog off grass, though, but needed a hard surface for that. I think that may be due to having only two speed 400's for power and that your set-up will probably overcome that.

Wing loading at Joe's weight is 15.2 oz./sq.ft...

Hope this helps...

Joe


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