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Douglas Wheelhouse 116/04/2018 14:38:41
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Hi Everyone,

Has anyone built one of these recently? I am getting on fine but have an issue on 2 points,

1 when fitting the rear deck sheeting, the sheets are3/32, so when pulled in it gives 3/16 & the fin is a 1/4,or is there a false finpost.

Is the fin just glued to the top decking spine ?.

would really appreciate some guidance

Thank you, Douglas

Andy4816/04/2018 17:27:17
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I've started building a kit I've had for some time. Have started the fus but need the wings complete before I do more. However, one wing is badly warped so things have come to a full stop. Not sure how you get a warped veneered foam core wing though!
Richard Wood17/04/2018 17:22:53
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Posted by Douglas Wheelhouse 1 on 16/04/2018 14:38:41:

Hi Everyone,

Has anyone built one of these recently? I am getting on fine but have an issue on 2 points,

1 when fitting the rear deck sheeting, the sheets are3/32, so when pulled in it gives 3/16 & the fin is a 1/4,or is there a false finpost.

Is the fin just glued to the top decking spine ?.

would really appreciate some guidance

Thank you, Douglas

Hi Douglas,
Yes, the fin is simply glued on to the top spine & as you've found, the fin is slightly thicker
than the rear top sheeting at the rear!
I don't recall this being an issue with the 1st Magician I built many years ago but was
with a later kit.
I shaped the fin at the rear a little for a better blend with fuselage rear.
I followed instructions & just epoxied the fin to the fuselage top but you could try a small
dowel arrangement or similar for belt n' braces if you're worried.
Hope this helps.

Douglas Wheelhouse 117/04/2018 18:34:07
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Hi Richard.

Thanks for your input,I have substituted the 3/32 sides for 1/8 soft sheet which has corrected the problem. The slight difference in weight might be of benefit when balancing.. Also I had thought of dowelling the fin which is a great idea ( thanks for that ) apart from that its a very good kit.

Thanks again for replying Richard

Douglas

PS

If you have anymore tips I would appreciate your input

Richard Wood18/04/2018 07:51:53
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Hi Douglas,
That's a good idea to substitute the 3/32 sides for 1/8.
It is a very good kit - my 1st Magician was OS40LA powered & flew very well but tended
to nose over a little until I cranked the U/C legs forward a little - but this was probably
more due to my lack of skill than anything!

My 2nd Magician is being built for electric & I cut out the second former for battery
access & I'm using a different U/C arrangement - a ply mount with fibreglass legs as below:


dscf0248.jpg

Edited By Richard Wood on 18/04/2018 07:52:54

Douglas Wheelhouse 118/04/2018 09:03:03
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Hi Richard,

Great looking build, I think that is the way to go with the under cart. Is it a commercially bought one ? If so where can it be bought. Thanks again Richard for your input mate.

Douglas

ken anderson.18/04/2018 09:04:27
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hello Douglas, I also had a one of these models...and a goodin it was....I used the existing undercarriage supplied with it and had no problems, I also extended the rudder and it would knife edge from one side of our field to the other... happy days our kid..

ken Anderson...ne...1...magician dept.

Richard Wood18/04/2018 09:19:46
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Hi Douglas,
The U/C I used was the same type supplied with the Wot4:
**LINK**


It's not particularly cheap & there are a few alternative types if you want to go
the way I did with the U/C.
I used this method because I needed to cut out the former at the wing LE for
battery clearance for electric power & the original wire arrangement was impractical.

As Ken says, if you're powering it with IC the original wire U/C is perfectly ok.
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