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2m f3a model for 2018 season

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Dan Workman20/02/2018 20:49:24
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Couple of pics of the tail.





Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator20/02/2018 23:05:00
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Interesting that - one wing being nearly 10% heavier than the other??? Wood density? A bit generous with the glue? Just shows you.

Lovely work all round though.


Nigel R21/02/2018 08:59:43
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"They're 225g and 245g ready to cover."

That's very, very light for something carrying 900 or so square inches of area. Good work.

The airframe must total around 3lb or 3.5lb when you get the fuselage and tailplane into the picture?

Martyn K21/02/2018 09:11:43
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Are you going to statically balance the wings before covering Dan? You may find that the weight disparity may not require 20g in the tip.

Model looks amazing - it's a real credit to you


Dan Workman22/02/2018 10:15:18
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Thanks guys.
Beb- i used contest grade 3/32 from balsacabin, i think they class anything under 21g as contest (for this size sheet) so you can get a 15g sheet or a 20g sheet. I was just pulling sheets of a pile so thats prob where the weight difference is.

Nigel- yes they're very light, the fuz with wing tube, canopy and rudder will be about 1050g, tails about 75g each and the wings 465g. So about 1665g ish for bare airframe uncovered. Havent got my converter so what 3 3/4 lb?

Martyn- i will laterally balance the whole thing when its finished, hopefully just moving the lipos sideways will sort it! They weigh about 1200g

Dan Workman04/03/2018 13:46:43
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Started covering now, gone for orange and black, hopefully will be nice and visible. Bit different from the norm, most f3a planes seem to have a white base.




Gary Manuel04/03/2018 14:20:30
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Looking lovely Dan.

Hope the black diagonal area doesn't trick the (judges) eye into thinking it's flying nose up / tail down.

Geoff Sleath04/03/2018 14:30:19
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Beautiful job. I hope we'll see you flying it at Ashbourne sometime this year. The F3a flyers usually have a couple of competitions here.

However (and this is no criticism of your superb work), I find F3a models very ugly despite their undoubted fine flying characteristics. But then, I like old biplanes which isn't everyone's cup of tea either


Dan Workman04/03/2018 21:31:50
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Thanks guys
Gary, yes it did cross my mind, we'll just have to see how it presents in the air.
Geoff, hopefully i'll be at Ashbourne sometime this year, did a comp there last year but my first time there was about 17ish years ago for an IMAC comp.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
But yes, i can see how people can find f3a models ugly!
iqon05/03/2018 00:28:42
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Never Ugly .........surprise

Ultymate05/03/2018 08:57:47
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Have a thing about orange Dan ???

dw giles.jpg

Dan Workman05/03/2018 09:27:12
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Haha a blast from the past! I'm sure that plane is still going somewhere, i know nathan had it for years.
That must have been early 2000's
Ultymate05/03/2018 11:24:42
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After Nath it went to a guy called Craig who has it mothballed oh and it's had a colour change apparently

Nigel R05/03/2018 11:29:04
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Looks great Dan

Dan Workman08/03/2018 20:02:11
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Finished covering now, pretty happy with how its turned out, hopefully stands out in the air ok.
Still lots to do!






Luther Oswalt08/03/2018 20:05:48
136 forum posts

You have done a great job on your plane. It's beautiful!!


Mike Etheridge 108/03/2018 20:20:29
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Remarkable that plane looks first class and combines all the new aeromodelling techniques that many could not follow including me !

TartanMac08/03/2018 20:42:16
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Looks amazing I dunno how people can use that covering so well stunning job. yes

Nigel R09/03/2018 13:01:27
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Looks fantastic.

Hope you don't mind me asking, what was the bill for the wood in the airframe? It looks like a LOT of contest grade wood in there!

Gary Manuel09/03/2018 13:16:33
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Beautiful job Dan!

Well done yes

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