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Jan 15, 2009, 02:09 PM
Mach 0.261 ... Hiccup of Wiggy
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The Splinter DS - Brit Assult on the Plank DS Record

Guys, last night Adam brought his latest creation to the club night, The 60" Splinter DS.

60" of DS plank crafted from 300 year old English Oak!
Solid Oak.

The section was chosen by Zim and may have been 'conjoured' just a bit...

The craftsmanship is outstanding. It feels better than it looks, and it looks FANTASTIC. All done by hand and eye. No cnc anything has been near this peice of oak!

Weighing in at around 5lbs with no electrics its no floater...

The fuz is held on with nylon bolts which should shear in any little incidents on the Dark Side.

So, with luck it'll be
1. retreive the bits
2. fit new bolts
3. chuck it off again!

The maiden should be in about 2 weeks.

So, watch out America, the Brit Splinter DS is coming to have a crack at the World Plank DS Record!

(That's assuming that Zim's dodgy section is not a minger )

Check out the build thread here,68242.0.html


ps. There may be some for sale in the future... form an orderly que...
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Jan 15, 2009, 02:25 PM
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FairlyFaded's Avatar
That is REALLY cool! How inspired! Thanks for sharing!
Jan 15, 2009, 02:28 PM
U down with EPP? Ya u know me!
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I am not sure the plane will live up to the g forces with plastic hardware. But mount that wing on that huge pencil and you have winner
Jan 15, 2009, 02:37 PM
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Everyone wants that pencil!

Jan 15, 2009, 02:39 PM
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wow very cool!
Jan 15, 2009, 02:43 PM
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Thats freaking AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK!
Jan 15, 2009, 02:44 PM
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just like a surfboard,
Jan 15, 2009, 02:55 PM
Put in all the lead
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Lovin' that! Go, Go, Go!

Just what would the bloke who cut the tree down make of it all I wonder.

Jan 15, 2009, 03:24 PM
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That really is beautiful work!

I have some questions. Is Adam on line?

How / where is he going to get the servos in. If they're in the wing then how is he intending to get the wires to them? If they're in the fuz then you're going to need some very stiff elevons!

Originally Posted by Aerogance
I am not sure the plane will live up to the g forces with plastic hardware.
I don't know. As it's a plank the only major in-flight forces on the wing / fuz join come from the fin doing its stabalising. Might the nylon bolts be good enough for that at big speeds. Or will the aerodynamic forces on the fuz need considering? (Thinking of the Hummer's fate here.)

Where are you going to fly it?

Jan 15, 2009, 03:33 PM
Mach 0.261 ... Hiccup of Wiggy
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Guys, glad you like it! Great comments, thanks.

Steve I have told Adam to get his butt onto RCG so that he can answer some questions... so expect him soon.

The 'rons are going to be chopped from the wing and will either warp immediately or be fine...

The servos will be routed and pushed into place with a routed recess for an oak vaneer servo cover...

Nylon is strong tensile'ly so the thinking is that all will be well up to an impact, at which point they will shear...

Jan 15, 2009, 03:48 PM
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I think you'll love the way the servos are going to go in and the way the elevons will be driven. The detailing on this thing will be pretty much as per a moulded model, except it's hewn from oak.

What isn't apparent from the pics as well is that the wing has dihedral created by splitting the taper in thickness unevenly between the lower and upper surfaces i.e. primarily achieving the taper on the lower surface, and also that the wingtips have a nice subtle hoerner-style flick-up to them.

Despite knowing Ad's craftmanship pretty well, I have to say that this project has left me completely stunned. The upper surface of the wing is now LITERALLY as smooth as a mirror. I've seen moulded models which do not have a surface finish as good as this. And this is prior to the resin finish which will be applied in due course.

Jan 15, 2009, 03:50 PM
Mach 0.261 ... Hiccup of Wiggy
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Right on Zim, give the technical stuff out mate.
Jan 15, 2009, 04:11 PM
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Zimbo ...he really hasnt taken well to you kickin his butt on the darkside has he ...............

Hats off to ya Ads ..... marvellous
Jan 15, 2009, 04:16 PM
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George/Adam, That's great work! Hope someone has a video camera and radar gun handy.

Last edited by Antonsoarer; Jan 26, 2009 at 05:08 AM.
Jan 15, 2009, 04:17 PM
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Hey guys, thanks for all the good comments, glad you all like it, Not sure where George got the 2weeks till maiden from tho

Servos woll be let in to the wing along with the wires then covered over with either Oak vineer or some carved out covers, once they are in and centered ill apply some finishing resin to the whole model. Then ill cut out the elevons.

Ill keep you all posted!

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