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Steve Colman

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  1. I arrived at my club at 08:00 this morning where it was dead calm and 18c; perfect for some final trimming/set-up flying of my recently completed Marabu by Topmodel CZ. By the time I left at 11:00 the temp had risen to 27c which I can just about tolerate while standing in the middle of a flying field. With temps set to increase between today and Sunday it will be a 7:30 start for me from now on.
  2. Shaping and refining the tailplane pylon. I have photographically removed some elements fron the plan for clarity.
  3. Thanks for your input Shaun. I think I have things clear in my mind now as to how I'm going to do this.
  4. The build moves on another simple step - apparently. A few photos detailing how the tailplane pylon is put together.
  5. Yes, it pays to study the plan very carefully as I've again realised with the next part of the build, as I will outline in my next couple of posts. I'm sure you'll have some good input to give.
  6. Apologies and an update with reference to the above post. While the instructions say nothing about the orientation of the centre rib it is pointed out on the plan.
  7. A VERY IMPORTANT POINT ! I'm re-posting two early pics concerning the tailplane construction. I have circled the 2 holes in the centre rib. You will notice that they are different sizes and I have shown the rib positioned one way in pic 03 and the other way in pic 04. The correct way is with the larger hole towards the LE as shown in pic 04. There is no mention of this in the manual until the end when it details the construction of the tailplane support plate. In my opinion there should be only one way in which the rib can be inserted thus avoiding a simple mistake.
  8. A little more work and it's now starting to look like a fuselage pod.
  9. Before I start to glue everything together and close everything up, here's one last look at the internal structure of the fuselage pod.
  10. Although I'm building the Resco as a powerd model I decided that it would be a good idea to glue in the ply plate for the tow hook for two reasons: 1. It helps to locate and secure the fuselage parts during construction / gluing. 2. It will enable the tow hook to be retro fitted some time in the future if desired. Thanks to all for taking the time to view and comment. It is very much appreciated.
  11. A few more details at the rear of the fuselage pod.
  12. Shaun, I did glue the doublers and triangular sections as you describe. I then decided to glue the wing nit plate and former together for some extra rigidity at that particular poit although it's probably not necessary. I've still yet to glue the formers to the fuselage sides which is a while away yet. I'm thinking of making a little change to the servo location which I'll highlight at a later stage. More photos to come before I get that far and I'll welcome your input at the time.
  13. Thanks Mike. I'm enjoying it. I feel happy that you feel inspired
  14. Important Points of Attachment. Or, bits that attach other bits to the fuselage pod.
  15. The simple matter of access. Very basic stuff here but it's all part of the story.
  16. With the super easy parts out of the way lets make a start on the fuselage pod. Again all should be self explanatory but please respond if you have any queeries.
  17. A few more pics to keep the ball rolling. As most people here are seasoned modellers I don't intend to explain every minor detail like the necessity to fettle and shape some parts for a good fit, or sanding unless they are absolutely vital to the build. This is more of an overview of the kit, the parts and how they go together along with my observations, any issues I encounter along the way. I'm trying hard to document each step but I may inadvertently miss a few bits here and there. Instead of writing reams of text I have annotated the pics with the salient points which I hope will make things easier to understand for everyone. However, please feel free to ask questions if you have and doubt about what's presented.
  18. Thanks for your interest gents. In my introduction I forget to mention that the kit comes with a full size plan. The model can be built as either a pure glider with a tow hook for bungee launching or as an electric powered model. Of course, for those that want the option of both, the tow hook could be added to the fuselage, motor or no motor. I have opted for the powered option. These first two photos show the small differences to the fueslage build of the pure glider version vs the powered version. The pure glider parts are shown above the powered version and show the two main longitudinal formers that run down the centre of the fuselage along with the associated pieces that form the nose. Note the differences, particularly the different location of the square opening for the 2 servos and the extra space and slenderness afforded to accommodate a motor and ESC for the powered option.
  19. I've recently acquired the above kit and wonder if anyone would be interested in a build log? This will be the first "kit" that I have built for over 30 years so will be quite interesting for me to see how kits have changed during those 30 plus years, and whether I'm still capable of doing so after years of ARTF's and foamies. Please note that I am a notoriously slow builder so if there is any interest I hope that you have a high patience factor. Before I begin the build properly, here is a brief introduction the the model. The kit is a 2nd generation model originally made by Kavan but which is now manufatured by Pelikan in the Czech Republic. It fulfills all the vurrent FIA competition regulations although my use of the model will be for sport flying. The model is also known as the "Circle Dancer" as can be found on the Hyperflite web site in the UK. To start the ball rolling I include a few introductory pics to provide an overall flavour of the model. The manual is an A5 size booklet in English, Czech and German. Typically of modern printed instructinal materials the text is very small and difficult to read. the manual is available as a PDF although the one I've found and downloaded is for the previous iteration of the model and there are some differences in the construction. As can be seen, the photos in the manual are very small and in BW only. Now, if what you have read and seen is enough to whet your appetite for a full build log please let me know and I'll try my best to oblige. Steve.
  20. Shaun, I think you might be right re the smaller motor. I did a test fit with a 28mm dia motor and it was tight even without the triangular cross section pieces in place. I'm really impressed how these modern kits go tegether. As well as the front of the fuselage to check the motor fit I dry assembled the tailplane and fin/rudder and all the parts slotted together more or less perfectly. I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy this.
  21. Shaun, I have 3 motors available. Two very similar at 28mm dia, one Kv1100 at 40g, the other Kv1000 at 47g. Both would provide sufficient power on 3S with a 9x5 prop for example. I plan to do a dry run later today in order to evaluate the available space. If these turn out to be too much of a tight fit I have a little Mpx 2316/1400Kv at 43g with a dia of 23mm with a reported output of 120w which again should be enough for my use. Failing all of the above, then unfortunately a rethink will be in order and more outlay which I want to avoid if possible.
  22. I haven't built from a kit in over 30 years, mostly ARTF's and foamies, but now time's are a changing with this new project. I will try to take some pics along the way but be advised it won't be a fast build.
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