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Old Dec 12, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Some progress...


Thanks for the input. I got one inbd. wing glued up. I think I'll make the other side next. I need to figure out how I'm going to work the ailerons and spoilers. The plans are old school-all mechanical linkage, but I'll be using servos in the wing. I'd like to keep the the linkage hidden-no exposed horns like the original. I have some Harley Michaels rotary drive couplers that I might try-any other suggestions?
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Old Dec 20, 2012, 05:46 PM
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Some progress...


Well I got the rt. inbd. wing panel done and then went back to the fuse. I laid out the center formers to see how wing alignment looked. I had to do some more adjustments on the root rib stand-offs to get the rib to align correctly with the fuse, but after that the formers went on OK. Now hopefully to on with more of the fuse.
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Old Dec 24, 2012, 07:32 PM
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Well one side of the fuse is just about ready to skin. I just need to glass around the wing tube boxes. I'll try to get some done after Christmas.
Merry Christmas to all!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Dec 25, 2012, 08:32 PM
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Looking good, Bill. That will be one beautiful sailplane. I'm watching with interest.

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Old Dec 27, 2012, 11:15 AM
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Started sheeting the fuse. I'm using the wood glue/iron technique and it works very well. I've done 2 sections and will post later after some more are done.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 06:17 AM
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Am I the only 1 thinking wrong end? thought you would start from the tail myself.
sorry if I missed something.
Old Dec 28, 2012, 06:27 AM
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Am I the only 1 thinking wrong end? thought you would start from the tail myself.
sorry if I missed something.
I'm not being snarkey or anything ('cos I don't know what the right method is): what would be the reason for starting at any end?

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Old Dec 28, 2012, 07:18 AM
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No not being snarky. I just thought plywood panneling started from the tail to the nose thats all.
for example if it's a clear coat finish.
If it is to be painted or covered i would have thought balsa would have been another option.
Keep up the good work Bill
Old Dec 28, 2012, 07:30 AM
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No particular reason for starting at the front-I don't think it would matter in the grand scheme of things. The building tips on Scale Soaring UK have you start at the front so I was just following the tips.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 10:20 PM
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All done with one side. I was able to span several formers at a time do to the gentle curve in the fuse. This glue method is really slick. I needed to pull one piece off to smooth out a bump in a former-I thought I would be able to get it off and reuse it but there was no getting it off without tearing. All doubts about the glue strength are now gone! Now on to the other side. I need to get it done to finish the tail structure.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 10:44 PM
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What glue did you use?
What setting on the iron?

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Old Dec 30, 2012, 07:01 AM
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I'm using Titebond 2 and the iron on a medium setting.
Old Oct 10, 2013, 06:52 PM
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Some progress...


Well I've had a oddball year so far-was working a lot but now I'm laid off. So now it's back to some modeling while I can...
I finally got the rt. side covered then spent a lot of time on the tail. The plans are quite vague about how it's all supposed to go together and I wanted to make some changes(no removable fin) anyway so it took awhile. I decided to go with a tail servo for the elevator instead of some complicated mechanical linkage since the stab is removable. But once I got all that worked out I closed up the tail, covered the stab, got the stab leading edge on so now all I have left at the back is the filler block at the stab/fin joint. Next will be the fuselage wing mount close-up and the nose. I'm gonna wait on the canopy frame 'till after I get the wings done.
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Old Oct 10, 2013, 07:10 PM
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This will be one gorgeous sailplane when done!
Old Oct 19, 2013, 08:54 PM
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Change of plans-I needed to get the canopy frame done so I could get the nose block shaped. I made the frame from strips of 1/32 ply laminated together and used the laser cut bows. I doubled them up with some balsa-they will be covered by the external frame.
I also got the tail fairing plug made and shaped.
Now on to the wing root fairings and the bottom skid and the major build work on the fuse will be done.
Bill


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