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Simon Knight19/11/2017 15:32:37
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After downloading the instructions and additional diagrams for the build from Outerzone I was able to crack on Tuesday evening. As I started the build I then discovered a couple of other bits of balsa missing from the kit but fortunately had them to hand in my cupboard so no further delays.

Fuselage went together fairly well but discovered that the laser cut parts are slightly bigger than the plans, which is an issue considering you are supposed to build over the plan. Also, as the build moved on, I discovered that the drawings on the plans are slightly different scale too, so the jury struts are wider than the fuselage, the rear end doesn’t quite match up to the size of balsa stated to use or the actual fuselage position stated etc. No major issues just slightly challenging to my paitence.

However, my biggest issue at the moment and one that has caused me to down tools in frustration on more than one occasion this weekend is that the original kit came with pre bent wires and this one does not. Shouldn’t be an issue if you can measure and bend to the plan, but this is not what the plan was designed for and therefore the wire shown is only representational and I have wasted my wire supply on guesswork of lengths and angles for the wing struts. The jury struts also get othe way whilst trying to bend, present, re bend etc. At this point I will stop this part and look to try the wings build over the coming week. If anyone has a top tip or two for making these struts more easily I am happy to take advice. Ideally if someone has this kit unbuilt, could you provide me the lengths and angles etc of the wire bits? I can only but ask and hope.

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Edited By Simon Knight on 19/11/2017 15:37:12

Simon Knight30/11/2017 15:41:40
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Ok a quick update for this last weeks effort. Managed to sort the wing cabane in a fashion using spade connectors and wire. Seems pretty sturdy when motioning it around in the living room.

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Building the wing had the usual slight size difference in laser cut parts and plan scale, but all over come fairly simply. The biggest issue was the 2 wing halves been 5mm different in length. Discovered this when deciding to build the wing upside down to give a level upper surface like I believe the real wing was. As you can see, the ribs were misaligned so had to do some additional cutting and trimming as they went together. Ultimately I think it looks fine and once covered should look a lot better.

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Simon Knight06/12/2017 20:21:31
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Ok, wing is now assembled and covered with servos in place. It attaches to the cabana struts securely and passed my wave it around the dining room test. Undercarriage wires are bent and wing formed from old balsa stock as it wasn’t on the kit. Seems to be taking shape slowly. Shame I can’t get any scale wheels, so these foaming will have to do and see if I can make them look a little better by adding some bigger hub disks.

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onetenor06/12/2017 22:04:34
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Going electric on this? BTW Nice connectors Where from Eyelet Collectors?  Very nice work too

Edited By onetenor on 06/12/2017 22:05:35

Simon Knight07/12/2017 07:50:59
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Yes, this will be electric, though not sure how to fit it all in just yet and will probably have a limited battery size to keep weight forward. Connector are just simple electrical spade connectors (blue) from Maplins that I drilled slightly bigger holes in to fit the screws through.

Denis Watkins07/12/2017 08:01:46
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Check these wheels out Simon, there are many scales available

Yours is 1/7th scale

**LINK**

Edited By Denis Watkins on 07/12/2017 08:05:23

Peter Miller07/12/2017 08:14:51
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I can't rfemember. What diameter are the wheels, I have a brand new pair of Flair 3 3/8" (85mm) wheels you could have. PM me if interested.

Actually just realised. they have been used and drilled out to about 10 SWG but still in excellent condition.

Edited By Peter Miller on 07/12/2017 08:16:02

Simon Knight07/12/2017 13:04:49
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Thanks gents, the axle is 12swg so your offer of the Flair wheels Peter I think the holes will be too big. Just checked another kit I have yet to start and that is 1/6 scale and requires bigger dia (4 3/8) so no thanks.

Useful link to DB thanks Denis, may just have to slash out on some decent wheels from there.

Peter Miller07/12/2017 13:57:53
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Posted by Simon Knight on 07/12/2017 13:04:49:

Thanks gents, the axle is 12swg so your offer of the Flair wheels Peter I think the holes will be too big. Just checked another kit I have yet to start and that is 1/6 scale and requires bigger dia (4 3/8) so no thanks.

Useful link to DB thanks Denis, may just have to slash out on some decent wheels from there.

You can always bush them out with 10 SWG brass tube

Denis Watkins07/12/2017 16:24:21
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I must say Peter, good move

With flying off grass, I always bush out wheels, for free running

onetenor07/12/2017 17:49:18
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Posted by Simon Knight on 06/12/2017 20:21:31:

Ok, wing is now assembled and covered with servos in place. It attaches to the cabana struts securely and passed my wave it around the dining room test. Undercarriage wires are bent and wing formed from old balsa stock as it wasn’t on the kit. Seems to be taking shape slowly. Shame I can’t get any scale wheels, so these foaming will have to do and see if I can make them look a little better by adding some bigger hub disks.

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I did add "Seal those wheels as they are heavy when soaked " John O/T

Peter Miller07/12/2017 18:18:06
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Of Course I should have said "Bush them with 12 SWG tube"

Most wheels have an 8 SWG hole but I find that bushing them with just a simple piece of tube works perfectly.

There is an added bonus. If you solder the tube to the wire and extend it past the wire you can drill through the tube and hold the wheel on with a split pin and washer. You never lose a wheel but can take them off easily. Looks scale too!!

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