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Old Dec 26, 2007, 01:00 PM
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Forward Swept Wing with functional canard project


This is the beginning of a Build Log for an 'experimental' forward swept wing (FSW), foam, pusher prop, parkjet.

I'll include CAD files of the design along with some plans for a very simple, very inexpensive... yet very effective wing core cutter/jig. I should point out that I had never cut foam cores until last week. I sure wish I had. The wings take about 3 minutes to cut and are far superior to the Depron wings I have built. This is VERY easy stuff... and produces a VERY strong wing.


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Old Dec 26, 2007, 01:07 PM
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Design Update


Please note that due to flight test results, this build will not include a night flying lighting system as original intended. The speeds of this aircraft are too fast and therefore not well suited for flying in the dark... more than once.

But there will be a couple of build versions that I think should satisfy a broad range of user building proficiencies... and budgets.
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Old Dec 26, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Time for another motto!
Morris code? You mean those dancers with the silly sticks in a circle have developed their own communications protocol? Morse must have stolen his 'invention' from that tradition!
Old Dec 26, 2007, 02:11 PM
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Morris code? You mean those dancers with the silly sticks in a circle have developed their own communications protocol? Morse must have stolen his 'invention' from that tradition!
Naw.... 'William Morris'.... you know... the talent agency.
You get a secret decoder ring when you sign up.

OK... thx for the copy edit. I made the correction.
Old Dec 26, 2007, 09:51 PM
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It's nice, I always wondered what would happen if you mate a Long EZ with an Xbow. This is probably their mutant child with lights. (mutant as in X-men mutant)

It's nice, I say again.

I do night flyers with translucent 2mm coroplast, I folded the wings and put LEDs inside. The LEDs light up the interior of the entire wing, giving that eerie glowing aircraft effect.

But some things bout night flying... gotta make sure the aircraft is stable and slow flying... I find it very stressful at night to fly because my craft is a flying wing and it has to go fast to be stable, that's why almost all the night craft in my area are slow sticks and easystars.

With those canards, I think your craft would be plenty stable, best of all it's un-stall-able.
Old Dec 27, 2007, 03:38 AM
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This is going to be a nice project. I'm quite interesting, and will keep up with this one.
Old Dec 30, 2007, 06:05 PM
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Focal point hot wire detail


Here's a detail for the focal point hot wire cutter that I use. Focal Point cutting is VERY easy and precise if you are cutting symmetrical airfoils.
I'll post more detailed info very soon.... including the templates and some other ideas.

UPDATE: I adjusted the airfoil on the Template PDF. It's 4% larger than in first drawings. Thickness is now 1.25".


UPDATE: Added image of 'cordless' cutting bow.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Foam Cores


Note that the wing cores are made from 2 sheets of 1" ESP foam - one on top of the other. This will allow easy installation of the carbon tubes (arrow shafts) and LED lights.

Use double sided carpet tape to hold the 2 halves in place while you hot wire/cut the airfoil.
Old Dec 31, 2007, 05:18 PM
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2 Piece Airfoil template


I've added another version of the airfoil template.
This one uses a single 'mirrored' cut.
Much easier to cut and VERY much easier to sand smooth because the surface is 'outside'.

Since the foil is symmetrical....all you really need to cut is one side... cutting through 2 pieces of ply.
Flip one over and 'scab' the two together and you now have a much truer symmetry.
Old Jan 01, 2008, 03:37 PM
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VING side view


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Old Jan 02, 2008, 06:17 PM
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Thin Wing Tip cutting solution


Although the Foam Cutter and it's methods are quite simple, I'll put some picts and notes up of how to build the wings with folded depron, for those who don't want to invest in building a foam cutter.

Hint of what's to come: Depron Fuse Forming
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 07:02 AM
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I think he's right


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But some things bout night flying... gotta make sure the aircraft is stable and slow flying... I find it very stressful at night to fly because my craft is a flying wing and it has to go fast to be stable, that's why almost all the night craft in my area are slow sticks and easystars.
Well, I'm going to agree with SUNFIRE. In a test with another parkjet that I quick rigged with some LEDs... it was almost impossible to keep visual orientation of the night flight, doing anything over 40MPH. With that said, I'm going to build the VING without the lighting system. <sigh>.
I hope that I still have an interested following with what I think is a nice design. I'll try to make the build log as informative, detailed and easy to follow as possible. I look forward to any input/suggestions.
Old Jan 04, 2008, 01:56 PM
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This is a very cool concept, and I love the detail you are supplying (right down to the foam cutter).

Will be watching closely... now I gotta go steal, er... BORROW, yeah, borrow the neighbor kids baseball bat

Terry


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