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Weston UK Capiche 50cc with AMG-55 Engine

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Gary Manuel20/03/2018 16:01:43
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All a bit pointless if the engine doesn't run.

Here goes .....

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Lovely jubbly ....

It runs and sounds really nice.

Not going to overdo it though for the sake of the neighbours. I'll probably just run a tank through it to loosen it up a bit, then finish off at the field.

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Gary Manuel20/03/2018 16:05:29
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Posted by Ron Gray on 20/03/2018 15:26:28:

Always keep broken props, cut the blades off in approx position where a spinner would go and then use as template on new spinner. It gets you close enough for first pass then trim as necessary. Of course if you never break props you’re stuffed, I have quite a collection!

Funny you should say that Ron. A did think when I was marking out that a "half prop" would be handy.

I'll remember to keep one next time I have a whoopsy.

Edit - Guess what I've got sitting on my bench blush

Edited By Gary Manuel on 20/03/2018 16:18:14

iqon20/03/2018 18:22:12
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Posted by Gary Manuel on 20/03/2018 16:05:29:

Edit - Guess what I've got sitting on my bench blush

laurel and hardy

Gary Manuel20/03/2018 20:46:19
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Posted by iqon on 20/03/2018 18:22:12:
Posted by Gary Manuel on 20/03/2018 16:05:29:

Edit - Guess what I've got sitting on my bench blush

laurel and hardy

No - They are on the shelf above my bench.

P.S. How's Laughing Gravy?

iqon20/03/2018 21:20:43
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ready to rock n roll in warmer weather

Gary Manuel22/03/2018 16:36:23
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The observant viewer may have noticed a few wrinkles in the covering as I've been building. I've now gone over the whole structure with a hot iron and it's come up a treat.

I've also added a few stickers and it's ready for final inspection.

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One problem I've got that I suspected I might have from the first time I saw the size of the box - it doesn't fit in the car!!!!

Well, it doesn't fit with the tailplane attached.

2 bolts and 2 nuts on either side are all that's needed to detach / reattach this. It has scuppered my plans for maidening it this weekend as I don't have 3/32" or 7/64" ball end screwdrivers or 7mm nut spinner which will reduce this from a fiddly 20minute job to an easy 2 minute job.... but then again I might not be able to resist.

This is how the fuselage will travel.

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These will be in a separate wing bag.

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Ron Gray22/03/2018 16:49:21
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The better halves do have a use after all! 🤭

Gary Manuel22/03/2018 17:04:19
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Posted by Ron Gray on 22/03/2018 16:49:21:

The better halves do have a use after all! 🤭

She's very good. I've got her trained to help me carry my stuff from the car to the shed after I've been flying.

I fits into my little Mercedes A Class now.

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Plenty of room - I don't know what the fuss was about.

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Jon Laughton22/03/2018 17:04:57
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Looks really great - well done!

john stones 122/03/2018 17:16:30
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You have a burglar in your garage. wink

Gary Manuel22/03/2018 17:51:39
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Posted by john stones 1 on 22/03/2018 17:16:30:

You have a burglar in your garage. wink

So I have! and the cheeky devil is taking photos of me.

It looks odd doesn't it. Wide angle lens is distorting the perspective.

john stones 122/03/2018 17:59:17
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Posted by Gary Manuel on 22/03/2018 17:51:39:
Posted by john stones 1 on 22/03/2018 17:16:30:

You have a burglar in your garage. wink

So I have! and the cheeky devil is taking photos of me.

It looks odd doesn't it. Wide angle lens is distorting the perspective.

Looks a wrong un to me Gary, hide the biscuits. kulou

Adrian Smith 122/03/2018 19:06:39
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Top notch looker there, Gary! Nice work and I am sure she will fly a treat.yes

iqon23/03/2018 12:33:25
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I didnt see you put the tail in the car, hope you do a better job on saturday. ps any tips for training my wife

Gary Manuel23/03/2018 12:50:55
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I'm hoping to get 3 models and a quad in there!

Wings and wing tube fit nicely into a large HobbyKing wing bag and the tailplanes fit into a small one. The only issue is that the tailplane control arms are a bit "sticky - outy" due to the closed loop needing the threaded rod to stick out on both sides of both tailplane halves. That's something I'm going to have to be careful with during transport and storage.

You're on your own with wife training. Mine's still in the early training phase - we've only been together for 38 years. Still work in progress.

Gary Manuel24/03/2018 19:38:43
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Well she flies and she flies VERY well.

Very precise controls with very little coupling between any of the controls. CoG is just how I like it - almost hands off inverted, with just a little pressure you remind me which way up it is.

I think this will very quickly become my favourite model.

Any one with a 50cc engine or equivalent electric setup (Adrian) looking for a good airframe to put it it - do not overlook this model. You will not be disappointed if you get yourself one of these. Make sure that you measure your car though - it's a long fuselage for a 50cc model.

I had a bit of trouble with the AGM55 engine for a short while. I flooded it (my fault) using choke for the second flight. Had to take the cowl off and remove the plug, which resulted in a couple of teaspoons of fuel flooding out. No problems after that. It's had about 6 or 7 twelve minute flights and engine is getting better with each flight. Charging batteries up now and having another go tomorrow.

Oh, one of the undercarriage to fuselage trims came unstuck and slid down towards the wheel. Just wants re-gluing. Looks like I didn't glue it properly.

cymaz24/03/2018 19:42:37
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Glad it all went well....congratulationsparty

Adrian Smith 124/03/2018 22:45:05
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Well done, Gary. Glad all went well and no doubt a big relief when it all comes together. laughI use silicone sealant (clear) for the U/C trims and it seems to hold them quite well, but time will tell. As to my next 50cc electric conversion, I am not far off taking the plunge. I feel another build blog coming on ....... dont know

Peter Jenkins24/03/2018 23:16:02
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Well done Gary. I've always found that aerobatic aircraft maiden flights, provided the CG is in a safe place, are usually uneventful - but it doesn't stop the butterflies as you get airborne for the first time!

Gary Manuel25/03/2018 22:21:21
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Had a few problems today, not due to this specific model or build - see HERE for thread asking for help / advice in a more suitable thread than a build thread.

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