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Moon Dancer 2

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charlie holdford16/02/2020 19:12:47
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Well just finished my Lysander, bench clear

Moon Dancer 2 plans attached to building board.

cutting starts tomorrow.....

want something to get my rolls better, this looks like it may help me!

Peter Miller16/02/2020 19:43:48
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Have fun with her

charlie holdford16/02/2020 20:28:10
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Thank you Peter,

I've started a build log album, and will photo document as I go.many thanks for what looks like a great easy to and quick to build model.

Peter Miller17/02/2020 08:26:40
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These days I like quick and easy!!

I willlook forward to your build album

charlie holdford18/02/2020 18:47:40
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Well made a start, all plan parts cut, I have cut the rudder slightly larger so I can decide later what to use...

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charlie holdford18/02/2020 18:48:45
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Ready to start building....

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Peter Miller18/02/2020 19:14:10
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Very smart!!

And that bench looks disgustingly clean!!!

dan h18/02/2020 22:37:57
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hi charlie.

i will be watching this one with interest.

those parts look very neat,

dan

charlie holdford19/02/2020 18:44:01
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I do make a big mess, honestly Peter!

But I have a working restriction, from the station commander, that I must clear up. As this is the only restriction I obay religiously wink,

 

Hi Daniel, Thanks, hopefully the photos will help, and any non plan mistakes that I make will certainly help you....

 

Some progress today, glue the ply doublers. Then I started cutting for the next longer term build (72" Lancaster)

The LED lighting over the desk creates interesting colour on photo's

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charlie holdford20/02/2020 20:28:27
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Made a start on putting the fuselage together. Due to the doublers it needed a bit of assistance to keep it all square as the glue dried.

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charlie holdford20/02/2020 20:30:21
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Still it worked, so far its all straight and square...

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Peter Miller20/02/2020 21:07:05
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I cut 90 degrees triangles of 1/8" balsa and super glue them in place to hold the formers vertical.

Just my way of doing the job.

charlie holdford22/02/2020 13:35:16
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Hi Peter, Thanks for the tip.

I have just adding the last few former's and have found a discrepancy in the plans.

The F6 former cutout is 5mm too short. Making the top stringer out of alignment.

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Peter Miller22/02/2020 14:23:49
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Sorry. Missed that during checking the proofs.

I should just glue an extra piece of 1/8" sheet across the bottom of the former.

charlie holdford22/02/2020 14:54:58
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No problem, so much easier to find when its someone else ... that's what I did laugh

Piers Bowlan23/02/2020 10:12:48
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Thanks for the heads up Charlie, following with interest.

What I find curious is that Sarik Hobbies don't normally produce a CNC short kit to coincide with the plan publication and announce it in the mag. Having said that they did with 'Sssshhwept' an old 1969 design, republished in Jan RCM&E this year.

Moon Dancer 2 is a quick build, club sized, 48in span electric aerobat from Peter, so has a very wide appeal, surely? Peter's finished plan has been with RCM&E since the Autumn last year, by all accounts, so plenty of time to prepare cutting files I would have thought. No doubt a CNC short kit will become available in the fullness of time, although now I am in no particular hurry personally as I have just started another of Peter's designs, Little Miss Honky Tonk for an electric conversion. But Moon Dancer 2 is on my list...

kc23/02/2020 17:16:11
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The great thing about Peter's designs is that they don't really need laser cut parts unlike the plans from some other designers who design the most intricate parts that are so time consuming to cut by hand. But I suppose if they are going to produce laser cut parts Sarik should have them to coincide with the publication. Maybe they prefer to wait until all the errors are found ( they are never Peter's errors of course but at the re drawn plan stage!) so the 1969 plan would probably be just about debugged by now.

But it would be nice to have a set of wing ribs available at a reasonable price for these designs.

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Peter Miller23/02/2020 18:44:34
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Well,the parts are easy to cut out because I am dead lazy. Never have two pieces when one will do.

Oh yes...I do make mistakes and they don't get spotted.I usually correct themon my finalplan but some stillget left because I forget to correct them.

THe ribs are all the same so a simple ply template means that they can all be cut out in half an hour.

charlie holdford23/02/2020 19:47:00
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I agree the parts are simple to cut, I did all the parts in one Evening.

The wing ribs a snip, as Peter said cut a ply template and it's easy. I then did Peters other trick clamped them together and sanded to final shape.

This is only my second build and it will take me about another two weeks to complete. I entered a Year ago at the deep end with a TN Lysander 300 hours later it's finished and I am really chuffed...Having got my A cert in three months!

Peter Miller23/02/2020 20:43:43
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I don't know the TN Lysander but I do know the aircraft.

I can only say that to take THAT on as a first build is extreme bravery!!, Possibly worthy of the VC.

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