Magpie Build Thread and Review from a Beginner's Angle - Page 4 - RC Groups
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Dec 16, 2004, 03:15 AM
2 Mistakes Downwind
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Well, as previously mentioned, I now anxiously await my radio and batteries so that I can get this bird in the air. Unfortunately the batteries aren't due this week, so I doubt the maiden will happen before Christmas -- unless the radio arrives this week and I decide to try to fly it on some 7 cell packs I have. I need to get advice about that first.

Here are a few shots of the almost-complete Maggie.

The landing gear and camera mount are built and ready to be attached. I will do that after I install the battery.
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Dec 16, 2004, 10:20 AM
Mountain Models Wannabe
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The Magpie flies great on 8 cell so I think it will fly fine on 7 cell.

Dec 16, 2004, 10:21 AM
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Pretty good TB! Did you shrink the tape at all?
Dec 16, 2004, 11:21 AM
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Excellent news; thanks Doug.

rutat, I did shrink the tape on the wing, although I probably didn't do a very good job. I wasn't very impressed with the results so I didn't bother trying it on the fuselage.
Dec 17, 2004, 08:05 AM
Team 3DHS
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So is the camera mount included with the kit? If so, that's pretty cool
Dec 17, 2004, 10:14 AM
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Extra cost option.
Dec 17, 2004, 01:51 PM
It's the last plane honey
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My compliments on a great build thread! The covering demonstration and how you improvised during the build is very informative.

One method I use to shrink heat-shrink in confined areas is with a trim iron turned to the high setting; just run the iron down the length of tube and it shrinks up nice and tight.

Dec 17, 2004, 02:52 PM
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Thanks for the compliments, and for the tip. I don't have an iron but I'm sure to end up getting one before long, so I'll try that - sounds like a very good solution.


The camera mount is available for $10 from MM. If you'd prefer to make your own, there are some excellent examples in this thread.
Dec 19, 2004, 02:19 PM
2 Mistakes Downwind
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Bad Pixie!

Well, I got my radio yesterday, and decided to use my Kan900 7-cell packs until the Kan650's turn up.

So out I went this morning, all excited to finally maiden this ship.

Sadly, it was not to be. As I was taxiing, the ESC cut out and started beeping. Upon inspection I discovered that it was faulty. Just placing a little pressure on it in certain ways would cause it to cut out. I had to abort.

I still have a little more to write up about the build. Will try to get to that later today.
Dec 20, 2004, 06:29 PM
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2 Questions. I am just finishing up my Magpie with the GWS motor and a 3 cell 1200 mah.

1. Tried to balance it with the trainer wing on, and with the battery sitting clear up front on the nose, the tail still sat on the table. That cant be good I had the COG point 1/2 inch behind the back of the band that goes around the wing.

2. The trainer wing dont seem to fit real well in the wing cradle, the bottom V of the wing just kind of sits on the foam and wont sit tight. I havnt tried the sport wing yet and I just had 2 rubber bands on for balancing.
Dec 20, 2004, 09:43 PM
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1. Not sure what you mean about the balance. Regardless of the COG, the tail is always going to sit on the ground due to the positioning of the landing gear. If the plane were to balance on the landing gear, the wheels would have to be at the COG which is too far back.

Setting the COG is one thing I've found difficult, partly due to the fact that I happened to mount my landing gear right about where I want to support the plane while checking the COG, and it really gets in the way. It also looked bad, so I've taken the gear off and am in the process of mounting it again in a much less obtrusive way.

2. I noticed the same thing with the SF wing, but when you affix it to the fuse with enough rubber bands to hold it firmly, it will flex/deform a bit, and fit the wing supports snugly.
Dec 20, 2004, 10:30 PM
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Test the CG by balancing the plane under the wing at the CG point
Dec 21, 2004, 08:31 AM
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I meant when I balance the plane by the proper COG, which is 1/2 inch behind the spar, it is still tail heavy, even when the battery sits on the nose of the plane, so whats up with that???. I worded that kind of badly!!!!
Dec 21, 2004, 10:34 AM
Mountain Models Wannabe
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It is always a drag to have to add weight but this is what I am going to recommend. Position the battery where you want it, preferably near the nose, then add weight to the nose till it balances properly. I'd rather the plane be heavy than have an aft CG.

I know of one Magpie that is flying at over 30 ounces with a camera and it still flies well. You will be fine with the added weight.

One more thing. A 3S Lipoly is too much for that GWS motor. I've been known to use them but do try to be careful with the throttle as you can quickly burn out the motor with that pack.

Good luck and drop me an email if I can be of further help.

Dec 22, 2004, 07:46 AM
Will fly for food
A couple of things to a great build article.

What I did with the cutouts was to cover them with tape, then cut an X through the middle and fold the Vs into the hole. Worked well.

For shrinking the tubing on the pushrods, I used a soldering iron. Easier to control the heat and not melt foam. Just rub the tip along the tubing to shrink. You do need to rub it top, bottom and inside and outside to get it to shrink well. I wondered about the pushrod design, but figured I would try it, and I like it.

WRT the heat gun, an iron works well to stick it down, but the heat gun works better to shrink and smooth the tape covering. I tried the iron, wasn't happy, so I bought a heat gun just for this model. And I'm glad I did. It takes a bit more heat than I was comfortable with to start. But start with teh gun well away and moving quickly, then easy in and go slower until you see the tape start to get shiny and shrink. It does make the job look a LOT better, and smooths out most of the wrinkles I had in teh tape.

I used hot glue to attach the servos. To make the pockets, you can use a soldering iron to melt out the foam. Be careful to not melt out too much.

WRT CG, it is one of the MOST important things to get right for a good flying model. If it is off, it should be off towards the front, NOT aft of the recommended location. A god pilot can compensate, but as a trainer, success would be compromised.

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