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Aug 19, 2019, 02:38 PM
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Sep 23, 2019, 09:44 AM
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I have a kit ready for a new home this week. It would have been done last week but I shifted priorities a little getting ready for the district 8 championships. The prototype Divergent and I did very well, taking first place in the contest and second place in the championship series.
Sep 24, 2019, 09:25 PM
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Congrats Shawn....well done.
Sep 24, 2019, 09:40 PM
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Thanks Ted, it's amazing how some simple changes make a big difference. Thursday before the contest I changed from a 20.5x13.5 prop to a 20x12 wide blade prop and added 20% more break. That made flying at a constant speed so much easier. With that in place I didn't feel as rushed on downlines. I was able to fly slower overall and had much better control of the box.
Sep 25, 2019, 08:18 AM
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Good to know. I see where a couple of the top ten guys at the '19 WC ran a new Mejzlik 20x14EL-3 Blade. I suppose that's the same line of thinking.
Oct 13, 2019, 11:29 PM
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Shawn, how many components have you pulled from that mold?? Time to make yourself a Keeper. Wax up the molds. Lay 2 layers of 3/4 ounce fabric and then put your usual layers of fabric under the core material. Add 2 layers of 6 ounce fabric. For core material, go to your junk box (or mine, I have plenty) and grab a few sheets of 3/32 in the 9 pound range. You will need to skyve them (cut the top sides at 45 degrees all around so the fabric will follow the wood). Lay on your usual fabric above the core, and put 2 or 3 more layers of 8 ounce fabric on top of that. Bag with perf (no peel ply) and vacuum soft at 6 to 8 inches. Join the halves and congratulate yourself on the 5 pound baseball bat you just made. Be sure to leave it in the mold for 3 extra days so it does not twist as it cures. Wrap it in bubble wrap and put it in the closet. Now, when you wear out your mold you have a new plug to make a new mold out of. You will thank me later.

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Oct 14, 2019, 05:49 PM
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Scott, that would be a great idea if I were making more of them. At this point I have pulled 4 fuselages. I also store the plug in the molds when not in use. I had hopes that it would have been more popular but it's probably the combination of being a bipe and a kit that keeps interest low. Working on the next generation already that may or may not go past prototype stage depending on how well it flies.
Oct 21, 2019, 09:45 PM
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Shawn, just because I don't know, would the Divergent be suitable for a glow engine? I know glow has fallen out of flavor with the pattern guys, but maybe there would be one or two that would go glow with it???

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Oct 21, 2019, 11:23 PM
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Ken, If it were ordered specifically for glow I could add some additional CF to the nose section and modify the fuselage to have a chin cowl.


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