Here is a list of all the postings Braddock, VC has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: RBC kits A4 Skyhawk build|
Can I just say thanks for starting this thread. I looked up the model on his website and, lo and behold, there was the basis of the fuselage joining method I need for my flair scout series and my Ruhig Tiger.
|Thread: If you only had one engine to use, which one would it be.|
The two I forgot were a hangar 9 pulse 60 and a kyosho Calmato 60 low wing. Duties were shared with both SC61 and 91 two strokes.
Suffice to say I've swapped or sold all the engines mentioned except the 91Fx and the 61Fx.
Edited By Braddock, VC on 10/03/2019 13:34:16
This seems to be a common theme on many websites, I tried to be disciplined and finally came down to an OS 91 Fx.
My 91 has been in very many airplanes from a kit built acrowot with a 14x7 3 bladed graupner up to an Xtrawot with a 14x6 apc and with two dragon ladies, two WM midget mustangs, one BH midget mustang and a Goldberg ultimate in between. There may be a couple of others but I can't remember what they were but basically anything 60 sized.
I used to swap engines quite a bit and the 91Fx shares the same mounting footprint as the O 91 FS, saito 125 FS, Yamada 110/115 FZ and not forgetting my OS 61 FX.
It's been the most reliable engine I've ever had and I can't remember the last time I changed a plug.
Most of its time with me it's been fed 10% liquid gold but recently I've upped to 15% liquid gold and it still hand starts easily.
|Thread: Seagull 80" DH Chipmunk|
Waste not want not or, in jockonese, every mickle maks a muckle.
If you remove it carefully you can re-use the covering material, may require a dab or two of balsa lock but that's ok too.
|Thread: Gone,but not forgotten kit mfg|
MicroMold kits, I bought the kawasaki hien and liked it so much I bought another "just in case" I sold the second at the 2004 nats for a bit more than I gave for it and two weeks or so later, just in case happened and an oak tree trunk v balsa proved the old saying a good big un will always beat a good little un.
Always wanted the spit mk 24 I think. Ho Hum, don't have the reflexes now to keep up with it though.
|Thread: Undercarriage Upgrade.|
Found I'd run out of those brass wheel retainers so I drilled a 4mm hole through a couple of 4mm nuts and tapped them onto the wheel axles. Then I heated the free end of the axle to red heat and enough heat trickled down to the nut to solder each of them to their respective axles to act as wheel stops, when I get a moment I'll drill a 2mm hole in the end of each axle as I have a packet of 1.5mm split pins from the year dot, a washer inboard of them then split pin and the wheel's held on without any expensive bits of brass. I think the nuts are just about visible in the picture.
Edited By Braddock, VC on 05/03/2019 09:55:00
Edited By Braddock, VC on 05/03/2019 09:55:54
Knocked up the 6mm ply plate, installed several pieces of triangle balsa to increase gluing area and also replaced some iffy parts of formers with hard 6mm square balsa.
Test fitted the u/c legs and then gorilla glued the plate in place. For those that don't know, superglue dissolves gorilla glue once it has set so care must be taken not to get the two in close proximity as, as gorilla glue sets, it appears the fumes from ca have a deleterious effect on the gorilla glue.
You say that, C8 but iirc correctly the BT FW 190 and Hurricane were balsa apart from a couple of chunks of ply round the retracts and the firewall, but almost 25 years have passed since they flew out the door.
The gorilla glue looks manky but I'll trim it back with a stanley knife and a router bit in my dremel then drill out the u/c channels with a 4mm drill to clear them.
I put an extra 4mm birch ply doubler over the anchor slot, this should stop any flexing and premature failure (I hope!)
The panel screws I put in to pull the structure tight over the glue interface and I'll probably leave them in.
Geoff and Cuban, I can't speak for all artfs but Black horse have a reputation for inadequate u/c mounting and my own experience of lower range seagull models is similar. When I built my black Horse Ultimate back in 2010 I installed the torsion bar u/c from my crashed goldberg ultimate and they are still on the plane and undamaged as we speak.
I've bent up a couple of sets of 4mm wire to fit to my seagull spacewalker when I get round to repairing that one.
Besides it beats doing nothing and each time I perform a bit of maintenance like this I learn a little more, what I've learned this time is to store my flipping clamps where I can find the damn things!
Edited By Braddock, VC on 04/03/2019 16:21:58
Gorilla gluing the ply into the fuselage, while I was at it I made a doubler from 4mm birchply to glue to the forward face of the wing retaining former as that was shot. All will be revealed when the glue sets. I'll add the triangle cross section reinforcement and 6mm ply base later on.
Edited By Braddock, VC on 04/03/2019 15:49:17
I have an OS 52 surpass that is sitting round doing nothing since I bought it about 10 years ago, it has the same mounting footprint as the OS 46 AX that is installed currently and I'm considering doing a swap, trouble is the 52 fs is a couple of ounces lighter than the 2 stroke, as fitted, and the plane currently has about 4 ounces of nose weight to get it to balance and yet it still "feels" tail heavy when flying, even with a full fuel tank. This is borne out by the dive test, so one way or another I'll need to add weight to it.
Edited By Braddock, VC on 04/03/2019 12:17:35
Our strip is pretty rough in the winter but evenso, this model has been a pain. The last landing I had was a greaser, lovely and slow and yet off came the u/c, hence this thread.
Last night I made the two plates that secure the fixed end of the u/c, you will note a couple of points, that the slots are slightly staggered and that the edges of the slots are "case hardened" by the application of a drop of thin superglue.
The plates are made from 4mm birch ply which is exactly the diameter of the wire. Ordinarily I would choose 5mm wire but the scantlings of this model are minimal.
I left it for a week or so so Bruce can retrieve his bottom lip from the floor .
to get at these fretted holes I had to remove the tank, to do that I'd to remove the cowl, then 30 minute epoxy to secure them in place and some clamps to hold them there whilst the glue sets. As I said elsewhere I like to give the glue ample time to cure, so I'll continue tomorrow.
The next stage will be to cut out 4mm birch ply doublers with slots in to act as anchors for the bent end of the torsion bar u/c; the actual bars will sit next to one another in a fore and aft direction so the slots will have to be staggered. When those components are in and dried triangle section will be glued in to help support the flimsy formers, then a new 6mm plate cut and drilled to fit the aperture and then covered. Then the two wire legs will be fitted into their respective holes and the pair held down to the 6mm plate with either brass homemade or plastic shop bought clamps.
Edited By Braddock, VC on 03/03/2019 16:15:22
|Thread: Death of a Fun-Fly.|
|Thread: Wot? Not a drone?|
Miscreant eh,genepool would have been diluted if Flybe had hit him.
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