Here is a list of all the postings David Gilder has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: CAA registration consulation|
Just spent 15 minutes writing one heck of a response on the consultation and the damn CAA page dumped me off!
I'd only completed the first part also!
|Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)|
They look great Ade.
Cant wait to sit one on top of the model soon.
I will update the blog soon as things have moved on quite a bit since the last update.
|Thread: Dave Burton (BEB)|
Just logged in for first visit of the year and been hit with this terribly sad news.
My thoughts and condolences to Dave's family and friends.
I got to know Dave initially like many through this amazing forum in his role as Admin, offering some of his apparently limitless knowledge and guidance to us mere mortals.
I also read his articles in the magazine and despite my then much lesser knowledge, I was able to understand them fully. Dave had a way of writing things so that anyone could understand them, even if you didn't know all the technical jargon!
It was in 2010 that I conversed with Dave as we drew up plans and launched the 2011 Webbit Mass Build. Little did we know then the Mass Build would not only continue annually, but would spread also into other disciplines such as the PSS Glider Guiders!
I only met Dave in person a handful of times, at Steve Webbs in Frodsham and at Greenacres, but a lasting impression was made of such a kind hearted and gentle soul.
I am sure everyone would agree that the world of RCM&E and model flying in general has lost one of its great contributors.
I shall raise my glass to you Dave.
Fly High In Heaven.
Save a space in the pits for us all!
Edited By David Gilder on 02/01/2019 01:55:41
|Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)|
Another week gone and time for another update...
Well, It seems the build bug is firmly in control at the moment with things coming together!
I am pleased to say also that the 2nd Tornado (being built by Warren) is finally underway. I'm not sure if Warren is planning on doing a build blog or not though!
Anyway, where were we....... Oh yes..!
So the rear top decking has gone on over the rear top stringers and the control rod is connected to the AMT axle.
The 2nd air intake is under construction also so these parts will be ready to be added later in the build!
I'm not going to bore you with pics of those bits though as there is much more interesting stuff to update!
Yesterday the doorbell rang.... There was a delivery in the form of a large cardboard box!
That's right. The wings arrived from cloud models!
So 2 sets of wings (one for me and one for Warren).
A quick inspection showed the quality and finish of these to be at a very high standard.
I just had to lay a set out to see!
But that just led to the obvious thing happening.... A full mock up!
Now we really are getting somewhere! You will see the rear deck in the above picture also!
Okay. So, These wings are not swing wings and will be joined permanently in the fully forward position, but I just couldn't help seeing what it would look like if the were swept back!
What do you think!!?
Pretty cool.... Maybe a future model will have swing wings.. Who knows!
So to the wings then. Considering they only arrived yesterday, the following has been completed:
Servo position calculated.. I plan to have the wing fuel tanks on this so the position of these pylons had to be calculated to the scale and the servo positioned outboard of these!
I hadn't asked for Cloud Models to do this for me as I wasn't sure exactly where I wanted them so needless to say, there were no servo wire holes either, so these also have been done with some heated wire pushed carefully through at the required place so the exited into the servo bays!
Again, other measurements had to be calculated so as not to route them where the wing joining braces would be placed!
The positions of the joining braces were then drawn onto the wings and cut out on the fretsaw with each wing half supported in their foam halves (if that makes sense!)
The braces are made from 8mm ply so will provide a good solid link!
That was all yesterday..
So today, The leading edges and false Trailing Edges were glued on and once dry the sanding down has started to ensure nice smooth transitions. (This is nearly finished but had to make tea and walk the dogs!)
So just one last pic showing the wings together with the braces in position. (These will be sanded down flush once the wings are joined for good!)
So that's it for now!
I will be doing more sanding tomorrow as long as the weather allows, as there is nothing worse than sanding in the workshop with no moving air and balsa dust filling the air (and lungs)!
As always, comments and questions are very welcome!
|Thread: PSS A-10 Thunderbolt II - build blog|
|Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)|
Sounds great Ade, I have faith in your ability.... Sure it will fit the model just fine!
Looking forward to the wings arriving and then I can get a real size feel for her!
Will update when there is more to show!
Will be looking to inlay spars myself, just like the A4 build.
Small update time...
Inbetween work and a family long weekend away visiting sick relative, I have managed to do a little more on the build!
The axle for the AMT has also been made up and a metal horn spot welded to the axle. This will allow the clevis to link up solidly as this whole area in time will be sealed up!
Unlike the original plan, I have decided to move the AMT Servo into the rear part of he central under-wing bay in case any issues and it was to need replacing in the future!
From here, the rear sides where checked for fit and then fitted along with the rear formers and the AMT axle.
Unfortunately I forgot to take any pics of this stage!
3 wide stringers lay into the rear formers from F6 to F8. This provides the stability and stiffness to the rear end and as such has to be glued in whilst keeping the whole airframe centralised and steady. As the plans are being used for a 2nd build, I was unable to do this over them, so some accurate guide lines were drawn on to the build bench and the model pinned down to it!
I couldn't resist a mock up!
Definitely a Tornado shape there now!
The cockpit area has been lined all around and F4 (which provides the spread out of the rear sides up to the air intakes.
So what else...
I decided to work on getting the intakes sorted (well one of them for now!)
These are made up of black foam, veneered in balsa!
And this is how it should look on the model!
So that's about it for now...
Wings will be as plan, no alterations to size or profile.
The only planned change on these will be to have a servo mounted in each wing with direct link to each aileron instead of a centrally mounted single servo running torque rods.
Will update again where there is more to tell!
|Thread: Phoenix Sim?|
Didn't expect that!
Wonder if adverts will now include the word "rare"!!
At least you can still download v5.5 however without the lead to connect to Tx, its no good!
|Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)|
I measure mine at 416mm. Would suggest extending rear end by 3mm... Can always reduce to fit then!
Cheers Peter & Andy.
I have had an offer from Ade (Flyer!) to make the canopy as he is also looking at building a 150% Tornado sometime.
So, Ade is going to have a go and failing that, I may have a go at making the plug myself. If that fails, I may have to speak to Mr Jones!
Haven't been able to do anything on the build for the last 2 days but should get some more done on Wednesday evening!
Edited By David Gilder on 01/10/2018 12:15:50
Yeah, Yeah, I know..... Its taking some time to build!!!
Unfortunately, due to work and family commitments including a 1500 mile touring caravan holiday around Scotland, The Tonka had to take a back seat for a few months however I am now back at it!
So how is it progressing.... Well.... It actually took a step backwards initially..... Yes you did read that right......
At this point I turned my attention to something which would have been easier to do beforehand but hey ho....
The eagle eyed among you will notice the box is supported half way along underneath. This was just to prevent flexing and was made of some scrap balsa glued in.
Once the box was in and glued, blocks were added to the forward bottom and sanded roughly to shape. (viewable in the above pics!)
Next, the blocks and top sheet were added to the area between F1 and F2 ready to form the area in front of the cockpit. (In time the forward part of the canopy will be seated here!)
Once this was dry, Nose parts were created to fill out the nose ready for sanding.
A template was made up to assist with shape and this was then marked up on the glued in blocks.
Still quite a bit of shaping to do but its well underway and you can see a nose in there now!!!
|Thread: Government Consultation on Drone Flying in the UK.|
I'm just sat wondering where the police officers are going to come from in order to track, locate and enforce these regulations / laws!?
I'm all for the "idiot users" to be grounded and dealt with accordingly, but fail to actually see how this will be enforced!
Police forces are already stretched almost to breaking point!
|Thread: PSS Models FOR SALE or WANTED|
|Mirage F1 SOLD.|
Edited By David Gilder on 13/06/2018 16:53:23
|Thread: Tornado GR4 (150%)|
Next little steps done on the Tonka!
A quick trip to Webbies yesterday saw the purchase of the wing bolts etc...
The fuselage sides were lined up, marked with the correct locations and drilled accordingly!
Load spreaders were then glued to the outside of the fuselage sides where the bolt carriers sit and left to dry overnight!
The eagle eyed will spot a lack of nuts on the bolts currently...... (I forget to get some!)
Anyway... This afternoon, the jig was set up and the fuselage sides where glued up and set into place and the jig tightened! This wont be released until tomorrow!
So that's all for now!
I was just a quick update on the latest little bits completed!
Well I think its about time I updated the build blog as there has been a little progress since the last update!
Here's some of the formers cut out with a 30cm rule to give some scale!
I did find one issue from the plans which was the fillets for underneath the air intakes..
No worries.... A lay over over the plans soon showed that the larger one was in-fact too big and it was reduced to match the smaller one! Panic Over!!!
First job of the actual build then was to join all the forward fuselage section base parts to create the fuselage floor and then glue a spine down the centreline onto which all the forward formers and nose are placed!
Now the plan as drawn is for the F3 Tornado and I am building the GR4 variation which calls for a different shaped nose!
After some careful drawing and scaling I had a nose outline I was happy with and cut this out of 5mm Ply.
This is where I was upto yesterday and today, following a quick trip to a shop for some 3mm ply, I was able to cut and fit the wing seat strengtheners onto which the wing retaining system will later be bolted... (need to buy the parts for that soon!)
So here we see the sides dry fitted... Starting to take shape!!
Oh, The bench there is 140cm long and the fuselage upto now is 115cm long! She's quite a size!
Current weight is 220g as seen above and I am hoping to keep the weight as close to 1.8kg as possible finished (although a little over isn't going to worry me at all!)
Will update in time when there is more to tell!
Edited By David Gilder on 18/05/2018 19:14:00
Evening Peter. Firstly... Who is Andy? I think a little confusion has sunk in here!!! Andy supplied the plans for Me and Warren!
So in relation to the "plan", its only the Parts sheet that has been cut up... Not the 3 view plan. That is in one piece ready to be built over!
Thanks Andy but I think we will go with Cloud Models on this one. Once time, fuel & materials etc have been factored in its about the same cost and will allow us to continue with other parts of the build / keeping SWMBO happy!
See you soon!
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