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Mar 16, 2012, 08:23 PM
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Art Chester's "The Goon" scratch build

So, As I finish another build and learning techniques for a long-term build I am starting another build to hone my finishing skills on composite aircraft. The Subject is Art Chester's "The Goon". A 1930's air race plane I liked due to the nice lines and relatively simple construction to go forth with. Wing span is 31.5" so its in the park flyer range but the power plant will eliminate that all too quickly.
Turnigy SK3 3542 1200Kv 755 watts max
55A ESC to limit the amps on the motor
4S 4000-5000mAh variety. Planning on a NanoTech battery here
8x10 APC Sport propeller
Its all a bit too perfect. The 8" prop will just barely clear the bottom of the fuselage so the belly landings will not rip the motor off or break a prop. The front opening will direct air right over the ESC and vent out the side. Cooling should not be a problem as this should end up being a 100MPH+ cruiser.

I've already started the wing as it was easy. Airfoil templates made from Profili using GOE 459 airfoils. Tips have -1 degree alpha (twist) to help with tip stalls and stability in general. The top of the wing is to be flat inducing slight dihedral in the wing bottom due to airfoil thickness reduction from root to tip. A CF Arrow shaft from Walmart does the job with Gorilla glue holding it there. I covered it with DAP light weight spackle mixed with some polycrylic to make it a bit more hard. The aileron cutouts are lined with balsa and 8mm of balsa at the trailing edge takes care of the ding factor there. Assembly all with white gorilla glue. Each balsa joint is glued with punctures into the foam to allow the glue to expand and grab better. Please comment and lemme know your thoughts. Covering to come on this part as well as tail piece preparation.
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Mar 16, 2012, 10:47 PM
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Been looking at this guy for a while, but other committments.... I'll be watching this great plane come together.
Mar 17, 2012, 12:54 AM
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Mar 17, 2012, 09:01 AM
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As you know I made the Real Flight model of this bird so I'm very interested in this build. Its off to a good start.
Mar 17, 2012, 09:49 AM
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Great project Wilson! very cool!
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Mar 17, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Yes Boof, It is what inspired me to make this model. Great lines and a practical setup. Glad to see others watching.
Mar 17, 2012, 06:27 PM
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What method did you use to cut the foam?
Mar 17, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Hot Wire Boof. Only way to make a foam core wing. Profili makes some great templates and you just super 77 spray them and stick them to reddi board from $tree. Cut out with a razor and line the edges with some of the metal ducting tape. Way simpler than making wood ones.

Progress tonight. Sanded down the spackle across the spar and trimmed down the wood trim in the aileron slots. Started making the ailerons as you can see from the pictures. I had some leftover linen color solartex from a previous build so I used that here for a better scale appearance and it fairly well matches the color I'll use. I'll take a sample in to the Home Depot and have it color matched for some paint. Easy peasy. $3 for a tub of custom paint is not bad.
Mar 17, 2012, 08:45 PM
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Nice looking plane!
Suggest to increase tail feathers by about 25-30%.
Mar 17, 2012, 08:54 PM
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in area or what?
Mar 17, 2012, 10:06 PM
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This is cool... IMHO it would be kinda funky if it was just a slow-flyer.
The thrust line in comparison with the wing and stab is interesting, they are nearly aligned; how much down and/or right thrust do you think you'll need?
Mar 17, 2012, 10:36 PM
Originally Posted by djacob7
Nice looking plane!
Suggest to increase tail feathers by about 25-30%.
Many scale models can have stability and handling issues when the tail is to scale. Models of slow, easy to fly planes such as Cubs or Champs generally do fine.

But airplanes that were designed for high speeds, such as Mustangs, Spitfires, and racers often had tails that were only just big enough to get by.

You can probably get by with the scale tail feathers if you are are a good pilot, but the CG range will be very short, in comparison to the model that was designed to be a model, or a model of a trainer or other type of airplane designed to be easier to fly than a hot rod type.

I once made a foamy Spitfire slope glider. I made the simple flat foam tail surfaces about 160% of the scale size, then while out flying her I kept cutting them down until she got kinda spooky, then I added a little back on until I liked her again. Back at the shop I made nice looking new ones, as I recall they were about 20% larger than scale, in both span and chord.
Mar 17, 2012, 11:03 PM
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Interesting dayhead. I've not had the experience to try that sort of experiment. All my numbers seem to suggest it will fly just fine given the areas and weight projection. Perhaps a bit of caution should be taken here just for the sake of this thing not going into someone's car at the field. 20% would be quite doable without changing the overall look too wildly. I was definitely planning on a rudder. I've read around that this sort of bird needs it on the slow end to direct things where they need to be.

ruff I'm initially planning on none. The beautiful thing about foam is I can cut the firewall off and glue on right back on if I need to change something. With a small prop in relation to wing area I am not sure much back torque from the motor will be present. Thus not much to offset. I'll see how she flies before I call it perfect. My last scratch build went right in on the first flight... turned out to be over compensation of control surfaces causing a stall on take-off. I know my design methods work but we shall see on this subject.
Mar 18, 2012, 04:43 AM
Build straight - Fly twisty
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My prediction is that the scale tail-feathers will be fine for The Goon. (Not so for The Jeep)
Thrust-line 0,0 and just a touch of right rudder will be the go.
Mar 18, 2012, 09:04 PM
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Finished the second aileron and made the torque rods that go through the wing. Lighter and metal rod method. No pictures as you can imagine its rather dull and to be completely honest you do not need to see my mistakes where I went through the wing... over and over again. Thats the beautiful thing about foam... so forgiving. More light weight spackle drying.

In an additional consideration for the tail feathers I had forgotten about my cosnideration of the top and side profiles of the fuselage. I'm posting the 3-view I am working from to illustrate this better. From the top view you can see how the top profile creates a very good shape for laminar flow. There should be no issues with interference on the H-stab due to maintaining good flow close to the fuselage. From the top and side view you can see where almost the entire area beneath the V-stab along the edge of the rudder... that whole area is basically like the Gee Bee sportsters where the yaw stability is more or less a result of the fuselage. Imagine a Gee Bee in a hall of mirrors all stretched out... just put an inline motor in it rather than a radial. Not exactly but I am sure you can see my point. So with this in mind and the ratio of areas of the surfaces in relation to the main wing area and projected weight... I am keeping the scale size tail.

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