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Stephen Jones27/12/2018 19:06:33
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Hi,

Back on with the wings,

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I have glued the centre section to one half of the wing.

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And added clear plastic around the root of both wings.

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And when slotted together looks smart.

Steve.

Stephen Jones27/12/2018 19:09:08
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I have now hollowed out the Body.

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And i am now in the process of lining it with 1/16th Ply.

Steve.

Stephen Jones29/12/2018 19:07:44
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Hi,

I am now at the limit of my scrap box challenge as i now need some wire to make up a torque rod for the rear wing.

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So the snakes are in.

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But that is all for now .

Steve

Stephen Jones30/12/2018 21:25:11
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Hi again,

I managed to find some wire to make up a torque rod a bit rusty but a quick clean up and is just right for the job.

tb tailplane1.jpg While it was in one piece i cut a slot into which i could place a carbon tube and wire i then used a wide flat sanding plate to use as a guide to cut the Tail plane into 3 separate pieces.

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I used 1/16 ply to make a control horn and 1/64th ply on the exposed edges and 4mm washers in hind sight i guess i should of used two and not 4 washers.

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Glued into place for a all moving Tail Plane.

Steve.

Steven Shaw30/12/2018 23:22:18
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Very interesting project - how did you make the snake pathways through the fuse?

Stephen Jones31/12/2018 10:38:06
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Posted by Steven Shaw on 30/12/2018 23:22:18:

Very interesting project - how did you make the snake pathways through the fuse?

Hi Steve,

I used a brass tube with one end sharpened to act as a cutter.

Same as i did on the Lidl glider wings.

I probably could of done the same on these wings but with it being such a long way in to cut, i decided not to tempt fate.

I could also of cut slots in the side of the body down to the tail and used thinner wire snakes.

Their are so many ways i could of gone with this build,

I am going to leave the rudder for the time being as i am not sure the surface area is big enough and so i may add a bit more Depron or Balsa to the rear to increase the surface area of the Fin.

Steve.

Stephen Jones01/01/2019 17:03:23
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Hi, and Happy New Year to you all.

So it is now ready for it`s 1`st flight.

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The servo is now in place and working. i lined the Cockpit with 1/64th ply and added magnets to keep in place and not shown in this picture added a sticky tie holder which i have tied some string too so i do not lose it. As in the past while connecting battery the wind would blow my cockpit away.

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Added the Stickers.

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Not put any stickers on the fin yet as i am not sure if i will need to modify it yet .

So ready to go.

Steve

McG 696901/01/2019 18:58:48
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... sjeesh... this conversion was a real fast one, Stephen. I just got the time to read your postings and you're done already.

Wishing you all the best for the Season and of course for the maiden of your Bolt.

Cheers

Chris

Stephen Jones01/01/2019 23:40:55
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Posted by McG 6969 on 01/01/2019 18:58:48:

... sjeesh... this conversion was a real fast one, Stephen. I just got the time to read your postings and you're done already.

Wishing you all the best for the Season and of course for the maiden of your Bolt.

Cheers

Chris

Thank you Chris,

I could have done it faster, But for more important things getting in the way wink.

I must say i am pleased with how it has turned out. It does not feel like a kids chuck glider more like a Hobby King special.

I guess i will have to see how well it flies now.

Steve.

Stephen Jones26/01/2019 23:55:44
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I was hoping to test fly this today but the weather prediction could not be more wrong sad

When i got to Pule Hill the wind was so strong i could hardly catch my breath 10/15 mph more like 20/30 .

No chance this weekend.

Steve

Stephen Jones25/02/2019 22:43:43
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Well, this Saturday i managed to sneak out despite being on call i wanted to test fly this glider and i am glad i did.

I hope to get out again soon with this soon
Steve
SR 7126/02/2019 03:28:15
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The video would be better if you could see it

Stephen Jones26/02/2019 19:21:00
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Posted by SR 71 on 26/02/2019 03:28:15:

The video would be better if you could see it

Yes it would of been a lot better if their was no cloud cover to mess up the camera focus and with a hat cam i can not see if i have it positioned correctly .

And it would be best viewed on a pc rather than a phone or tablet .

But 4 minutes in i have done a digital zoom in and 5 and a half minutes in i fly closer.

I hope to get out again soon and hopefully the sky will be clearer .

One thing i can say from the moment it was in the sky i flew far better than i could of imagened .

And i did not have to alter any trims or make any adjustments a big difference to the Lidl glider i was flying just before it.

I am well pleased with it.

Steve smiley

Stephen Jones27/03/2019 21:57:12
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Here is a video i took today at Pule Hill in 20 / 25 mph winds.

Later the wind got even stronger up to 35 mph so i added 230g of ballast.

And then it flew really fast.

Ballast is needed for stronger winds that is for sure, i also think i need to increase the size of the Ailerons too.

Steve.

Stephen Jones28/03/2019 21:00:25
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Hi, here is the video with 230 grams of lead in as ballast.

And it goes really fast i just need to learn how to keep the momentum up .

I like it a lot, i may even but one more and put bigger Ailerons on it as well as a Rudder.
Steve.

Stephen Jones29/03/2019 20:46:06
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Hi, just to give you an idea of how windy it was on the day. In-between me flying my bolt this guy was flying his Pitbull 2.

A 3 meter glider.

 
I think he was impressed as how well my £20 glider coped with the wind.
 
Sorry despite having a good chat with the Pilot of the Pitbull 2 i forgot to ask his name.
Steve.

Edited By Stephen Jones on 29/03/2019 20:48:30

Neil MacKinnon 130/03/2019 17:08:10
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Inspired by this thread and having seen a Bolt in my local model shop, I jumped in feet first.

I should say I am just returning to aeromodelling after a 40 something year break and find myself working with some very unfamiliar materials, so if I were to do another conversion, there are one or two things I would do differently, mostly for aesthetic reasons.

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The last picture is my first time out, at Middle Hope, Sand Point. Unfortunately the wind swung round to completely the wrong direction and in addition there was a film crew up there. I will have another go next week.

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Stephen Jones30/03/2019 20:23:36
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Hi, Neil

And welcome to this forum i am sure you will get plenty of good advice here should you need it.

Your Bolt looks good, as you say just waiting for the right conditions.

I had to wait a long time before i had a chance to test out my Bolt.

May i ask if your wings detach or are they glued in.

Steve

Neil MacKinnon 130/03/2019 20:34:11
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the welcome and the idea.

At present the wings can detach. There is a joining piece between the two wing tubes and two rare earth magnets in the wing roots. If they come out too easily on 'landing', I will use your method.

The great thing with a model like this is the starting price, it allows a lot of experimentation and if things work well, you end up with a fine model, if not... start again.

Neil

Stephen Jones30/03/2019 22:43:51
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Posted by Neil MacKinnon 1 on 30/03/2019 20:34:11:

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the welcome and the idea.

At present the wings can detach. There is a joining piece between the two wing tubes and two rare earth magnets in the wing roots. If they come out too easily on 'landing', I will use your method.

The great thing with a model like this is the starting price, it allows a lot of experimentation and if things work well, you end up with a fine model, if not... start again.

Neil

Or as the saying goes nothing ventured nothing gained.wink.

I can see why yours is lighter now. Good Luck on the Maiden.

Steve.

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