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Peter Miller09/08/2020 09:32:09
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I have two answers to shopping apart from model supplies. Three actually but one is just for groceries.

Amazon and Ebay.

Amazon especially as I have Amazon Prime.

EarlyBird09/08/2020 10:01:45
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I have never used either Amazon or Ebay.

Although a very nice lady keeps telephoning me about my Amazon Prime account, well she was nice until I explained that I did not want it and had never had it. Then she said "you have just been wasting my time" and hung up. Obviously she did not realise that she was wasting my time. Is this a scam? I think so.

Ebay does not work for me because when I try to log in I get a message telling me my details are invalid. Anyway who cares? Not me as I can live without Ebay and will have to as I can not log in to it.

Groceries I walk to the local Co-op making sure I take my mask with me.

I find with age I have just developed habitual ways of living. I have been told that is because I do not like making decisions.

To prove a point I can not decide whether to glue this top sheet now or later. smiley

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird09/08/2020 10:01:46
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Double post because I was laughing too much and my hand was shaking when I hit the button.

Edited By EarlyBird on 09/08/2020 10:03:26

Peter Miller09/08/2020 12:32:14
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The "Nice lady" is a scam!!!

I drive to Waitrose once a week. I go to our local farm shop and the village shop.

I don't worry about any of that.

I too live in a very fixed life style. I like it that way. But then I am only just coming up to 83.

EarlyBird09/08/2020 13:19:31
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I like a fixed lifestyle now and I am only coming up to 68. My Dad is 93 and Mum 90 so I hope that is a good sign for my longevity. smiley

By 90 I may have got good at intentional aerobatics laugh

In the mean time I am happy building and flying.

Which reminds me I have been thinking of the advantages of building from a plan as opposed to a plan pack.

With the pack the scale is fixed whereas from the plan the scale can be increased or decreased as one wishes.

Looking at the RF4 which is for a 30 size glow(?) what size would it be to suit a 46 glow? Your RF4 is one sixth scale at one quarter scale would it be suitable for the 46?

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird09/08/2020 13:29:43
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Back to the build.

I have glued the wing tip on but not along the tip edge.

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This leaves a small gap to feed glue into, I did not glue this edge because as I pinned it down the joint with the LE pulled up. So I thought let the glue set and then glue the tip edge later.

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I am making it up as I go along. That is what makes it fun for me.

Cheers beer

Steve

Peter Miller09/08/2020 13:36:01
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That is a 30 four stroke. which is a lot less than a 30 two stroke.

Don't forget it is a powered glider.

a .40 two stroke would be enough for the 1/4 scale model in my opinion. although I don't normally go in for 1/4 scale models

If you have a .46 engine then you could use it.

The fullsize only used a VW engine.

EarlyBird09/08/2020 19:40:40
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Thanks Peter I will think about whether to go bigger or not.

This has to be my best join so far.

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I can hardly see the join close up! and when it is covered and fifty feet away no one will appreciate my effortssmiley

Anyway it has made my day.

Cheers beer

Steve

Peter Miller09/08/2020 21:02:37
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Superb!!!

AS you say, no one will know but as someone else said "But you will know!" and that is what matters.

EarlyBird10/08/2020 05:59:29
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Thank you Peter,

Yes for me it did make my day. A feeling of satisfaction in a job well done? I think that is true.

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird10/08/2020 11:29:44
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Aileron fitted and wing tip finished yes

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What's left to do list

LE caps

Servo mounts

UC fixings

Not a lot then.

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird11/08/2020 10:16:43
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No more work on the Ballerina yesterday as I was working on a new Taranis TX and setting up a Phoenix. The plan was to go test flying this morning in the light winds that were forecast. When I looked out of the window this morning, no wind as forecast, it was foggy sad. Then as the fog lifted the wind increased.sad Not to worry tomorrow is looking good. smiley

So working through the list.

Starting with LE caps. I cut the required strips from the 1/8" sheet. Test fitted, adjusting the centre join for the dihedral.

Propped up the TE by 1/4" which made the LE at a right angle to the board, well as near as I could tell. Then I remembered I needed to drill out for and deepen the wing dowel, as instructed/advised by Peter. With everything in place I glued one side on.

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Clamping it in place as you can see.

Time to relax while the glue dries.

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird12/08/2020 06:03:59
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LE glue has dried and shaping has started.

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More work on this later as I am going flying smiley

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird13/08/2020 07:29:01
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I did go to the field and had two flights before the thunder storms rolled insad

I finished with the plane on the LE and was able to sand outside when the storm had passed.

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Time to clean up the shavings as they were spreading all over the house.

Next on the list is the servo mounts. I have decided to go for the ply plate with the servo fixed on it's side and the servo arm protruding through a slot.

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird13/08/2020 19:42:39
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Servo mounts made and dry fitted.

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I am running out of work on the wings so what is next thinking hmm

Back to the fuselage maybe.

I know!

Let me sleep on it and I will decide in the morning.

Meat Loaf? Something to do with the dashboard light, maybe.

Cheers beer

Steve

EarlyBird14/08/2020 12:27:19
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So I woke up this morning and realised I had to fit the wings to the fuselage but first I glued the aileron servo mounts in place.

This is the first trial fit where wings and fuselage meet for the very first time.

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I am well pleased with that.

Cheers smiley

Steve

Bob Cotsford14/08/2020 12:49:50
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Excellent bit of woodwork all told Steve. Now get some covering on it so that you can enjoy how nicely it flies.

EarlyBird14/08/2020 12:56:24
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Thanks Bob,

The flying is what it is all about.

Cheers beer

Steve

Nigel R14/08/2020 13:00:14
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That is looking good Steve

EarlyBird14/08/2020 13:03:42
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Thanks Nigel.

Frankly I am amazed at how well it has gone together.

Cheers beer

Steve

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