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Member postings for Robert Parker

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Thread: Fieseler Storch
13/08/2019 19:04:24

Hi Martin,

I very nearly bought one of these myself but ended up with their DR1.

I will be watching with interest and making some notes as to how well it all goes together especially the fuselage.

Regards

Robert

Thread: Design & Build Dornier Do 24
11/08/2019 20:03:08

Hi All,

Well the rain clouds have moved on since my last post and I have given the fuselage a coat of primer / filler and also given the wings some of "freddie's sauce".

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I must say that I am well pleased in how much stiffness the glass fibre have added to the fuselage. I did not use poly C on the fuse as I did on the wings as the balsa still has got some give in it, so I opted to apply the glass with 50% watered down pva. I know I have added more weight but she will be landing on grass.

I'm giving the final colour scheme some thought and considering the dutch or spanish schemes but nothing cast in stone at present.

That's all for now

Regards

Robert

11/08/2019 17:04:07

Chris, all I can say is wow "Freddie's formula", is great and as you say easy to sand though must add that a FFP3 or above dust mask is a MUST yes

Fuselage now ready for painting perhaps might get a coat on this evening if it stops raining long enough.

I'll try the wings next, which to be honest have not worked out as good as I had hoped for.

That's all for now, hopefully some photos next post.

Regards

Robert

Thread: Hospitalised, my own fault - but ?
09/08/2019 16:46:14

Hi Colin,

Just read this, so sorry to hear of your misfortune during hand launching.

Take care and get well soon.

Regards

Robert

Thread: Easy Built Models Ryan ST
07/08/2019 18:08:17

Hi Geoff,

Yes, it's all coming back to me now with my Catalina the fragile formers, impossible cowls, not enough hands to hold everything in place and yes it is an "easy built " model.

She's looking great

It will be all worth while once she's in the air

Regards

Robert

Thread: Design & Build Dornier Do 24
03/08/2019 07:06:42

Hi Chris,

Thank's for that, I having read your Ballerina post, I recalled reading it at the time and over time it faded away in the old grey matter. Now printed off and filed for use.

Regards

Robert

01/08/2019 19:25:45

Hi All,

It has been a while since I have done anything to the Dornier. Having intended spending some time carrying out house renovations this turned out a to be a bigger and more expensive project that expected, still I have built up a fair decent amount of brownie points from the wife who is VERY happy with the end result. so much so that I think I have started her thinking of what's next.........uuummmmmmmmm, time to disappear back into the workshop for a while.

Anyway back to the Dornier, this week I have glassed the fuselage along with many many coats of Poly C and am now looking forward to spending my time with the wet "n" dry, at the moment there is nothing to really show as the poly C dries clear and it all looks like balsa.

I have also been fighting the urge to start another model as I'm missing the building part.

That's all for now

Regards

Robert

Thread: Cambrian / Cambria Funfighter-----which to choose!
23/06/2019 16:50:39

Hi Martin,

I have built from both kit manufactures, way way back in the 90's I built a Cambrian ME109 very quick build if I remember correctly and was powered by IC from what I can recall the sides are from quite heavy ply.

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I also built a pre-production kit of the Cambria Zero again a fairly quick build and again IC powered a good flyer but not very forgiving in a stall and at low altitude - my fault not the kit.

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Overall both kits are very similar in construction.

The choice is yours

Hope this is of some assistance to you

regards

Robert

Thread: Plan services
03/06/2019 22:16:46

Hi Keith,

I have used two in Swansea.

Prontaprint 01792 466333, 34 St Helens Road SA1 4AY. I had printed extended A0 prices were quite reasonable open office hours closed Saturdays.

Print Partnership, 01792 552955, 8 De La Beche Street, SA1 3EZ Again extended (6 feet) A0 very reasonable but again only open mon to friday.

Hope these of some use to you

Regards

Robert

Thread: Gutted!
24/05/2019 18:24:49

Well done Cliff love to see some flying shots

Thread: Forum members' new models: Let's see them.
20/05/2019 18:58:23

She looks stunning Jeff.

yes

Thread: New- 2018 CONCORDE for 4x50mm EDF
18/05/2019 09:52:23

Very very nice Tony

Thread: Design & Build FW 200 Condor / Syndicato
12/05/2019 18:56:36

Thanks DD, we have all been there it's part of the course that our hobby takes us, still bitter when it does happen.

Still looking on the bright side I did manage to get my DB Bi-stormer back on the ground after both aileron horns failed, thank goodness for lots of rudder.

Regards

Robert

12/05/2019 18:38:10

Hi All,

Well with the near perfect weather for a maiden I tried again, and it did not end too well.

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All set, final checks.....

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Having got a good bit of airspeed she lifted off and immediately dropped the left wing despite putting in full right aileron she just kept rolling over

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The aftermath the fuselage faired a little better but the wing not so good.

Perhaps the wing was weakened in the first attempt but I did check it, lateral balance was spot on just no clue why she rolled over, feeling sad sad

That's all for now

Regards

Robert

Thread: TE from top/bottom sheet
11/05/2019 07:38:37

Hi Gary,

I use a razor plane having the taped the TE to the edge of the work bench. Using tape saves fingers being cut - learnt the hard way.

Regards

Robert

10/05/2019 17:48:20

Hi Gary,

There are of course a couple of ways this can be done.

Your figure 1. is an option, although this does give a "thick" TE

Another method that I have used is to have the bottom TE full thickness as you have shown and taper the edge of the top TE to nothing where it meets the bottom TE giving a single thickness at the trailing edge, this I have done on several models.

Hope this helps

Regards

Robert

Thread: Design & Build Dornier Do 24
28/04/2019 16:37:42

Hi All,

Well having given Simon's suggestion some thought I went ahead with electrifying the struts, although front positive and rear negative

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These self tapping screws to be locked in place with cyano. Before fixing in place the connections were given a good pull to check the crimping was nice and tight.

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These two connections will be bolted on when the wing is attached using spring washers. Probably not the neatest solution.

I have carried out a voltage check, 12.35v at battery and 12.35v at the struts.

Now I have sorted this out I can resume finish off sheeting the hull.

That's all for now

Regards

Robert

25/04/2019 19:24:51

Simon, I wish I had thought of that earlier in the build, but there may be a way, just need to think a little on it.

Chris, I did coat the whole model in sand n seal, which is water based and no problems arose when I applied it it was only after I started applying the Poly C, at first they went back but just stayed there.

I try to avoid using traditional sanding sealer / dope as my workshop was a spare bedroom before building the benches. Wanting to prevent my wife from complaining any more than she needs to I do try to avoid strong odours of paint, dope etc which I do outside and leave the model in the sun house overnight to dry if I can get away with it.

Regards

Robert

25/04/2019 14:05:42

Hi All,

Due to work commitments I have not done a great deal to the Dornier over the past few weeks.

I was a little disappointed with the Poly C as in a few areas the sheet covering warped / wrinkled in a few places but with a shape knife and some cyano most of them went back OK except for an area over the flap where the grain runs diagonally and I have a nice rippled effect which I have sanded and filled to be acceptable.

I have this week made the outer wing struts and changed the method of fixing to the sponsons as I was not happy with just using a wood screw so I opened up the underside of the sponsons and epoxied blind nuts on the hardwood I had previously fitted, much happier now.

Well mostly anyway, when I fitted the rear wing struts they did not align with the front ones as I had hoped. Still not the end of the world just looks a little odd from the front.

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The wing is now very solid and in parallel with the tail, now to patch up those holes and figure out how to make the diagonal brace between the front and rear cabane struts.

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Next I need to get the fuselage upto the dame level as the wing so more Poly C and cloth and decide how I'm going to get power from the battery in the fuselage to the wing, two ideas in my head at present.

That's all fro now

Regards

Robert

17/03/2019 16:50:55

Hi All,

More applications of Poly C to the wings today as well as experimenting with the receivers. I intend using two receivers on this model to make life a little easier at the patch, 1 located in the fuselage operating the rudders and elevators and the other in the wing for everything else.

My radio equipment is a Spektrum DX9 using a 4 channel receiver in the fuselage and a 6 channel receiver in the wing. I bought a new AR620 as it has no antenna and a AR400. I have never done this before even, so all set up TX on and in bind mode and both receivers in bind mode and both bound successfully however, on switching off both TX and RX's remove the bind plug and switched on Tx then RX's the 620 worked but the servos connected to the 400 barely moved, both RX's had separate power packs. Tried them both individually and they both worked fine.

So attempt 2. as above but changing the AR620 for a AR610 and re-bound both RX's bound and worked perfectly. I now have my receivers sorted.

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3rd, 4th and 5th coats being applied so far. In the background my new wing for my TN Lancaster is coming along well as the old one was beyond repair following a hard landing, new wing has liteply ribs and nacelle formers instead of balsa hopefully not added too much weight but gain strength..

Well back to give another coat of Poly C.

That's all for now

Regards

Robert

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