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Member postings for Geoff Gardiner

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Thread: Tony Nijhuis Harvard - Build Log
21/03/2019 18:52:20


21/03/2019 18:51:38

I wasn't happy with the first Air vent that I made so I have redesigned it to make it more 'scale like'.


17/03/2019 21:13:34

Glassing is finished and sanded.

Starting to add some 3d printed bits before painting:





More later...

Thread: Fouga magister 1/4.5 moulded from scratch
10/03/2019 20:22:47

Inspired by your Dremel router attachment I had a play with my 3d design / printer and came up with this:


10/03/2019 10:28:55

I'm really enjoying your build Dirk.

I have used Chartpak graphic tape for panel lines in the past and it is a real pain removing it once you have painted over it. I think your Dremel router method is genius - might try that on my Harvard build.

Keep up the good work.


Thread: Awaiting UK Customs Clearance
08/03/2019 15:42:09

I am just wondering what sort of wait times people have experienced with UK customs clearance on items sourced from overseas.

I recently ordered a 50mm FMS EDF fan from Aliexpress in China.

according to the tracking info it has been sitting in UK customs, awaiting clearance, for the past 16 days!

Is this the usual state of affairs?

Thread: Tony Nijhuis Harvard - Build Log
02/03/2019 13:50:04

Glass fibre going on this weekend:


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24/02/2019 13:42:01

Made a start with the covering today. I am using Bucks Composites Glass Fibre and resin.

The first job is to seal the wood with a thinned coat of the resin. This is to stop the wood absorbing the resin when you apply the glass and prevent 'pin holing'.


I can never seem to achieve the stated target weights with my builds. This time I am going to weigh the air frame before and after covering and after painting, just to see.

I have also weighed everything that will be going into the air frame.

The grand total before covering and painting is 3.6kg.

The weight stated on the plan is 3.7kg so it looks like I will be overweight again.

The differences from Tony's version is that mine is electric, so I have added a ply battery box. I have also included the weight of the battery (a 5S Graphene, which adds 776g to my figure). I am not sure if Tony's 3.7kg included a full tank of fuel. I have also added some 3d printed detailing which adds 165g.

It will be interesting to see how much weight glassing and painting adds.

Tony's model was also covered with Easycoat film which would be lighter - I thought long and hard about this but I just prefer a glassed and painted finish.

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19/02/2019 18:38:02

Thanks chaps.

18/02/2019 14:42:40

Put all the bits together for the first time - everything is just balanced.




I'm finding the canopy a bit of a challenge to trim!

Covering next.

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17/02/2019 18:07:23

Tail end is finished. I had to build the rudder twice as the first one warped.


What have people done for the tail wheel. There is no reinforcement built into the fuselage!

I knocked this up with my 3d printer:




The M4 bolt has some fuel tube around which acts as a shock absorber (of sorts). It's castering, as suggested on the plan, but can be fixed if it proves too unstable (weather cocking). The fairing will just epoxy to the bottom of the fuselage - not sure how strong this will prove.

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Thread: New EDF Mini Jets- Hunter & Phantom
17/02/2019 15:02:56

Hi Tony.

Good news about the Hunter. Where did you get your FMS fan from? I have been looking around and can only find them in China. Also, all the adverts are headed FMS 12 blade fan but the pictures and descriptions show 11 bladed fans - which is confusing.

Thread: Tony Nijhuis Harvard - Build Log
26/01/2019 13:39:35


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26/01/2019 13:38:54

Tailplane and fin glued on today.

It's getting there!


13/01/2019 20:54:04

Bit more done:

wings just need filling and final sand.




Wing fairings ready for a bit of filler and battery hatch sorted.



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03/01/2019 11:19:11

Hi Martian.

It is loosely based on the R-1340 Wasp engine by Pratt & Whitney.

I was going for a 'hint' of wasp rather than an exact replica.

28/12/2018 21:35:01

Bit more work done on the wings:

Sheeting finished, wheel wells lined and outer leading edges added.




I have also designed and 3d printed a 9 cylinder 'Wasp' engine.



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09/12/2018 20:38:34

Ailerons and flaps done:




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07/12/2018 23:53:41

Sorting out the wheel wells before skinning the bottom of the wing.


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07/12/2018 17:16:30

I am using a 70mm wheel. I couldn't find any other Oleo's that would allow for a bigger wheel, and fit in the wing, without major modifications being required.

I think it should be fine - time will tell.

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