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Thread: Cheap, easy to use basic 2d/3d Software Design
07/02/2016 22:31:20

Hi All,

Basically scaling up a plane to 1/7th scale. Having down engineering drawing to A level, when you coould still do 'o'levels, I am wondering whether to spend the time scaling the plan into a cad programe. This could help me out later on.

Anyone know of a basic programe which should satisfy the above. Otherwise I will continue to use the trusty set square and rule.

Cheers

Ade

Thread: A-4 Skyhawk colours, photos, scale references
06/02/2016 20:20:54
Posted by KiwiKid on 05/02/2016 05:14:02:
Posted by Flyer on 04/02/2016 11:03:15:

This is what I hope mine can look like.....

Great choice! I have actually sat in that one.

The RNZAF Scooters went through five or six different schemes. Here's my EDF version in the original SEA scheme - she's on her second fan and third motor, but still going strong. Glides well and I have flown her as a PSS with the inlets blocked off.

Wow, just goes to show how great this internet can be. All of this information available, with great input.

Only problem is now I will have to make a real effort in the cockpit area now.

Making a rod for one's own back methinks blush

Thread: Enlarge or not?
05/02/2016 10:07:12
Posted by John A H on 04/02/2016 22:13:49:

Assuming it's the Malcolm Saunders plan you are using I have the July 1986 RCM&E with the build and design article in. If you want it PM me with your e-mail address.

Thanks John, pm sent

04/02/2016 11:58:06
Posted by Andy Meade on 04/02/2016 11:48:16:

Ade - are you going for a foam wing?

Nope, I'm looking at built up, using spruce spars and carbon tows to strengthen wing, fully sheeted then light glass cloth over the top. I've also seen the reports that the full size wing distorted, but I'm hoping that if I can make the wing stiff enough it wont be a problem at this size. I'll be using the phenolic tube and ali tube joiner too. I'm sketching out the design now to see the layout of the tubes etc, to ensure that it's quick to rig (although it may take longer to make). The built up wing should be lighter than foam, and by being strengthened in the right places, should avoid the type's tendency to diverge. Also, the glass finish should help with 'normal' use.

Thread: A-4 Skyhawk colours, photos, scale references
04/02/2016 11:07:15

Thanks Andy, still getting to grips with linking.

04/02/2016 11:03:15

This is what I hope mine can look like.....

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=new+zealand+air+force+50th+anniversary+A4+skyhawk&rlz=1C1GTPM_enGB627GB628&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=971&tbm=isch&imgil=3PMjNtDBLfgD_M%253A%253BvrwavT7DscEqAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.cambridgeairforce.org.nz%25252FRNZAF_50th_Anniv_Skyhawk.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=3PMjNtDBLfgD_M%253A%252CvrwavT7DscEqAM%252C_&dpr=1&usg=__G-vBN5kI97z59aTIetp5IAY0Vh0%3D&ved=0ahUKEwj4gr3T-t3KAhWGDQ4KHTovBHsQyjcIKA&ei=sC-zVvjqH4abOLrekNgH#imgrc=3PMjNtDBLfgD_M%3A&usg=__G-vBN5kI97z59aTIetp5IAY0Vh0%3D

04/02/2016 11:03:14

This is what I hope mine can look like.....

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=new+zealand+air+force+50th+anniversary+A4+skyhawk&rlz=1C1GTPM_enGB627GB628&espv=2&biw=1920&bih=971&tbm=isch&imgil=3PMjNtDBLfgD_M%253A%253BvrwavT7DscEqAM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.cambridgeairforce.org.nz%25252FRNZAF_50th_Anniv_Skyhawk.html&source=iu&pf=m&fir=3PMjNtDBLfgD_M%253A%252CvrwavT7DscEqAM%252C_&dpr=1&usg=__G-vBN5kI97z59aTIetp5IAY0Vh0%3D&ved=0ahUKEwj4gr3T-t3KAhWGDQ4KHTovBHsQyjcIKA&ei=sC-zVvjqH4abOLrekNgH#imgrc=3PMjNtDBLfgD_M%3A&usg=__G-vBN5kI97z59aTIetp5IAY0Vh0%3D

Thread: Enlarge or not?
04/02/2016 10:38:33

If I build the 1/7th scale. i do want to use the full size designed controls. I really want experiment with mixing the canards with the flaps/ elevons etc. May need two black bin bags with this one,,,,,,

04/02/2016 10:25:11

Thanks Andy,

At 1/7th Scale the Fuselage will be just under 82 inches, with a wingspan of 46 inches. At this size I will have the wings removable, breaking at the fuselage , with as large a wing joiner, and will look at having a join in the fuselage just in front of the leading edge. This will enable the canard to be operated as designed, and I think I have worked out the bearing method for that. The problem may be that the wing joiner may have to be carbon, as it will be a fair way behind the Cof G. But this may be helped by the extra weight ahead of the C of G with the working canards. Of course, useful weight can be used by putting the battery in the nose.

I should also try and incorporate flaps, as the original plan design only shows ailerons and elevators (rear part of the canards were hinged). I guess that flaps should assist my landings (if it indeed survives the launch).

The more I look at it, the more I want to build it to 1/7th scale, so I apologise now for the endless stupid questions I will be asking.

thanks so far for the help.

04/02/2016 10:25:11

Thanks Andy,

At 1/7th Scale the Fuselage will be just under 82 inches, with a wingspan of 46 inches. At this size I will have the wings removable, breaking at the fuselage , with as large a wing joiner, and will look at having a join in the fuselage just in front of the leading edge. This will enable the canard to be operated as designed, and I think I have worked out the bearing method for that. The problem may be that the wing joiner may have to be carbon, as it will be a fair way behind the Cof G. But this may be helped by the extra weight ahead of the C of G with the working canards. Of course, useful weight can be used by putting the battery in the nose.

I should also try and incorporate flaps, as the original plan design only shows ailerons and elevators (rear part of the canards were hinged). I guess that flaps should assist my landings (if it indeed survives the launch).

The more I look at it, the more I want to build it to 1/7th scale, so I apologise now for the endless stupid questions I will be asking.

thanks so far for the help.

03/02/2016 23:02:45

As a matter of interest Andy, whats the dimensions on your A10? I may have to bribe a launcher wiv a bacon butty or two..... wink 2

03/02/2016 22:17:13

Just spread out the plan of the X29A acroos the dining room table (SWMBO is out), and it looks big. The throuble is, its only approx 1/9th scale. I was hoping to buiild it to 1/7th scale. This should allow me to incorporate working canards and also use flaps, (which were not on original plan). Is there any truth that a larger PSS aircraft will follow the flight characteristics of the original?

Picking up balsa and lite ply on Friday to start cutting out pieces in the next few weeks.

Any advice welcome.

Cheers

Ade

Thread: An introduction to the 2016 PSSA Mass Build - A4 Skyhawk
02/02/2016 12:18:40

Thanks for that Phil; I've just realised a client of mine now using a vac former in his business; hopefully I can make a suitable plug,

Never liked following the herd ( or should that be 'Flock' in Wales)....... devil

02/02/2016 12:18:39

Thanks for that Phil; I've just realised a client of mine now using a vac former in his business; hopefully I can make a suitable plug,

Never liked following the herd ( or should that be 'Flock' in Wales)....... devil

02/02/2016 11:58:10

I was wondering is there a commercially available two seater canopy for the correct scale? Just found the right variant, but it's a two-seater.

Thanks in advance if anyone can point me in the right direction. smiley

01/02/2016 20:37:05
Posted by Phil Cooke on 01/02/2016 19:24:50:

Evening Flyer, welcome to the Mass Build! I look forward to seeing your A-4 develop and meeting you on the Orme in September!! (PSSA membership mail is on its way to you btw!)

Many Thanks Phil. look forward to 2016; hopefully I will get something up this year !!! embarrassed

01/02/2016 17:02:54

I've just ordered the plan pack, so hopefully will have it ready by September. Also, SWMBO has booked accommodation for the weekend, so I'm afraid you lot are going to have to put up with me. cheeky

01/02/2016 17:02:53

I've just ordered the plan pack, so hopefully will have it ready by September. Also, SWMBO has booked accommodation for the weekend, so I'm afraid you lot are going to have to put up with me. cheeky

Thread: PSSA Chat
01/02/2016 09:51:01
Posted by Andy Meade on 01/02/2016 08:56:13:

Mr Flyer (is it Ed? I can't remember, sorry) have you seen this build by Damon on RCG? 160" Herky bird - lovely. Amazing craftsmanship as always from him, really neat touches in the build too. Looks like a good scale for yours!

In other news, I found that Gorilla glue (the foaming one) is the BEST way to bond skins to foam wings. I have recently struggled with getting the wood too wet with PVA, and cure times with epoxies. I read it in Damon's thread listed above, and thought I'd give it a go - thin layer of glue scraped onto the skin with a credit card (it was full anyway, hehe) then a quick spritz of water on the foam. 3 hours later, bonded skin! Very happy and it means my Sea Hawk is at last moving again yes

Edited By Andy Meade on 01/02/2016 08:58:10

That's very impressive Andy. Not sure if I can get to that quality, but I must aspire to greatness.

27/01/2016 14:47:10
Posted by Andy Meade on 25/01/2016 11:27:21:

If that AC130 doesn't have an airsoft gun side-mounted for strafing missions, I will be very disappointed!

Not airsoft, but have just 'sourced' a credible alternative. It should work, and be stand off scale.

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