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Dec 10, 2007, 12:19 AM
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So many projects... so little time


Thought I'd get more done this weekend, but such is life. I spent a good deal of time, more than I planned frankly, working on the main ship in my quiver, the Super Sapphire (Sapphire fuse, Thermal Dancer wings, Ed Whyte stabs). I finally came up with a suitable ballast system that's easy to use, basically it's a series if 1.5 oz lead sinkers held together by heat shrink all attached via a wingnut through a washer at the end. Wing nut to bolt at the end of the servo deck holds it in. First slug I made was about 14 oz. Why not a tube after all the effort I put into bagging one? Well I couldn't get it in the way I liked it due to a reinforcing tube going across the fuse. Anyway, this method was much better.

I also had to rework the flaps. For whatever reason, when I installed the servos on this ship I messed up and could only get 45 degrees of flaps. Got that fixed and now I swear I have a new airplane! I can just walk it right in to the tape!

After all that work we went out Sat to fly expecting a bad day and canceled contest on Sunday. The Sapphire flew well and I continued to work on my radio setup, fine tuning here and there as well experimenting with some different switchology.

On Saturday I witnessed an inadvertent shoot down, it was sick, a beautiful HKM Space Pro lost. It was a fluke, two guys who fly together often, one on ch22, the other on ch23. Long story short, guy waiting to launch shot down his buddy after coming off the winch. BUT THEY WERE A CHANNEL APART. And this is why I've converted to Spread Spektrum. I made the conversion permenant in my Evo, I'll have the Ava converted next week with an RD9000 and satellite receivers in the wings.

Finally, my 13 yr old got some stick time on a GL and my Sapphire, all he'll need is some simulator time and he'll be flying his own ship soon.

So what did I do on the Genie? Well with a week of business travel ahead, frankly not too much. I did complete most of the sanding on the stabs. I'll begin cutting foam for the spar build next weekend.
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