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Dec 16, 2001, 12:05 AM
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Another E3D is born...

It's ready to fly but I have a little more oracover to put on. I like Gary's red one so much, I thought I'd duplicate the color scheme except for the "E3D" letters since I don't know how to do that.

It's pretty much stock GW setup and weighs in at 54 oz with:

Endo/GB600/APC 12x8
Schulze Slim 50Be
HS-81's (non-MG)
FMA Quatum 8
Night Flying LED's in wing tips and tail
Magnetic hatch latch (rare earth magnets)

If I can keep it together for a brush life or two, it will get a Hacker B40 transplant.

Unfortunately, after all the work I've done on it, I won't be able to fly it for a couple of days because of rainy weather.

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Click on the picture for the original 2048x1536 version of it for a LOT more detail!
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Dec 16, 2001, 12:14 AM
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Re: Another E3D is born...

Looking good!

It's been raining since a MONTH now,
no chance to fly mine:_(((((((

Dec 16, 2001, 03:35 AM
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That looks great, Bill! Hope you get to fly it soon! 54 ounces? That's way over a POUND lighter than my Magic!
Dec 16, 2001, 01:46 PM
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Nice job!

Mine's ready to start covering, once I vacuum the workshop clear of some balsa dust and do some odd "hunnydo's".

Doing mine yellow flying bits, blue fuselage bits, mostly see-through with solid nose. Getting the covering around the wing, as its glued in now, has suddenly occurred to me that it could be 'interesting'.

For the letters - use your word processor, find an appealing font for "E3D" and just increase the size to the most you can print out. If you can find bigger trim, blow it up some more on a copier. Tape your trim / film whatever onto a cutting board with the template above it. Arm yourself with a new #11 and get cutting.

Or go to a sign shop and get them to run you one up!

I'm not so much worried about the current weather as my current state of flying practice!
Dec 16, 2001, 11:41 PM
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Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback. Yep, it's way lighter than both of my Magic's. Actually, I sold my second magic already.

Dereck, good idea on the lettering, I'll try that later in the week.
Dec 16, 2001, 11:50 PM
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Looks great! Can't wait until mine arrives and I can start building

I have one question: What covering did you use? The color really catches my eye, and I would like to cover mine the same color. (I'm sure it's light too.)
Dec 17, 2001, 12:00 AM
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John, I used transparent red and dark red Oracover from Hobby Lobby. It requires a little more than one roll so get two.

I used the dark red for the bottom and the red on the top and sides. I also used ultracoat for the white but would not recommend it. It leaves a horrible seam compared to the Oracover. When the Oracover is seemed, it's virtually invisible.

After covering the wing, I wish I had of used the dark red everywhere. The red is really a light red and even though it is beautiful, the dark red will knock you eye out is is so deep in color.
Dec 17, 2001, 03:42 AM
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William, She looks terrific! I'm starting to get the urge to try one after seeing one like yours. If I only had the room to build!
Dec 17, 2001, 09:20 AM
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Started covering mine last night - should have been doing something else, but Bill's new baby inspired me.

Reckon I am committed to my first (and probably last!) see-through model aircraft, but suspect that the yellow I thought was such a good idea when I ordered it is going to be a tad too see-through

Am approaching covering around the wing. Anyone offer any good ideas as to how to get around this one? Been so long since I did a mid wing one piece, I can't recall how to!
Dec 17, 2001, 09:48 AM
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Start by cutting a couple strips about 3/16" to 1/4" wide. Iron them on at a bit higher temperature, around the junction of wing and fuse. If you get the temp high enough on the iron,.. it'll go around OK and stick down. Then when you cover the fuse, cut a piece for the fuselage, and use the endplate on the wingtip to cut out the airfoil. Slip it over, iron it on. Then cover the wing in 4 pieces, top/bottom, right/left,.. or if you're really adventurous, you can try one piece per side, but every time I try to do that and iron it on around a wing, I end up sticking the covering together and wasting it,..then going to 4 pieces Of course I'm not the most patient person in the world either,.. just ask my wife
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Dec 17, 2001, 09:53 AM
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It was suggested that I start a thread here for discussions on GWMP product(s). Although there's only one kit right now, there is a second in the works (Kwik-E), and plans for more after that (next one looks like it'll have to be an 80" span model). A single thread will be easier than wading through all the various topics. I'm on here as often as possible and try to answer things in a timely fashion.
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Dec 17, 2001, 10:12 AM
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good idea

do you sell the 10t pinions seperately? if so how much are they? and what would shipping be? if not where is the best place to get them?

Dec 17, 2001, 10:18 AM
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Thanks Gary, this should make it easier for all of us to keep up with your work. Keep'em coming and Keep'em flying!
Dec 17, 2001, 11:52 AM
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can you pick up the E3D by the wingtips with flight battery inside without it snapping? i COULD do it with my twinstar but they bend quite a lot.
just worried about strength of this thing, when you have an all foam model like a twinstar, you take for granted how hard you can come in, but if the 3d CAN fly at walking pace into the wind, then things should be okay right?
As Gary said in another post, it's designed for flight load.

as for covering, how do you do it with NO wrinkles! it's a mystery to me so that's why i choose ARTF's! i've found no good posts with links to sites with diagrams showing how, and yes, i HAVE seen the insructions that come with the various film manufacturers products but myabe a finishing book would help?
oh! love this edit function! caould you make E3D have steerable tail wheel without adding significant weight and still fly good in air? would be SOOOOOO cool to have an electric model that can prop hang at my site AND taxy back...........
Last edited by Peter W; Dec 17, 2001 at 11:55 AM.
Dec 17, 2001, 12:01 PM
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It has a steerable tailwheel and taxis back after every flight (assuming I leave enough juice in the batteries)
Yes, you can pick it up by the wingtips with everything onboard,.. and shake it quite vigorously. The wing is, if anything, a bit "overbuilt". Spars are only 1/4 sq balsa, but it's full span shear webbed, plus the leading edge is rolled 1/16" sheet which adds tremendous strength.
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