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The Dark Nights Fix-up 2020

Channel your inner Womble - Reduce, reuse, recycle…

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MattyB18/09/2020 22:27:29
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Posted by Glenn Philbrick on 18/09/2020 17:00:05:

Does this count? Hoping to convert this pile to a scratch build Puppetteer.

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Only if it includes something from a model that has previously flown - go and dig out your oldest clevis From the spare parts bin and you’re good... wink 2

MattyB18/09/2020 22:34:47
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By my maths that’s 23 so far - brilliant stuff! Certainly some interesting projects there. Keep em coming!

john stones 118/09/2020 22:41:47
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I feel left out. sad

Can I put my little shock flyer build in and join in ?

Nick Cripps18/09/2020 22:58:06
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Still time to crash something, John wink

Low pass Pete19/09/2020 06:41:19
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Count me in. I have an old used Acrowot that could do with a refurb plus a Seagull Chipmunk that had a mishap and not been repaired. Both in the Garage Loft.

Cheers

Peter (Low Pass Pete)

Dad_flyer19/09/2020 16:19:36
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My entries:

1. Like GrumpyGnome an SE5a. Mine is from the Tony N plan. Too slow, too tight in the turn and too low...

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Most things came apart more than breaking, so I hope it will not be too much of a job.

2. E-fair. Second hand to me. I had a go at slope soaring...

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It looks quite fiddly to get the TE back, but I shall try. The nose is also bashed, and probably needs a new motor.

3. Much less work this one. Mayfly has a wonky motor shaft.

4. Anything else I crash soon. Or maybe the Bushmaster foamie that was my first crash. I feel I ought to get it back in the air, but it was never a great flyer.

MattyB20/09/2020 08:10:40
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Posted by Dad_flyer on 19/09/2020 16:19:36:

2. E-fair. Second hand to me. I had a go at slope soaring...

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It looks quite fiddly to get the TE back, but I shall try. The nose is also bashed, and probably needs a new motor.

Looks like you found out about the acronym for S.L.O.P.E (Smashed, lost or pulverised eventually) the hard way! laugh

I make that 29 and counting, provided John Stones promises to crash his shock flyer as soon as it's built in order to qualify... wink 2

leccyflyer20/09/2020 08:15:38
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Matty - are we supposed to wait until 1st October to kick off on these repairs? I'm afraid I couldn't find the hatch that I'd started on for the Mini AstroHog, so I'd cut and laminated some semi-formers yesterday before realising what I was doing, so your call to arms is certainly having the desired motivating effect.

Dale Bradly20/09/2020 09:32:52
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I'm in. 46" Tony Nijhuis Spit, built when the mag article came out. Gave several years great service, but somehow i got something wrong with the firewall, so the motor mount was moved, and washers packing it out. Ran on a OS 25LA, which was a little lacking. Bought a Leo .28 for it, and then one day i started refurbing the fuse to sort this out, and lo and behold 10 years later it hasn't progressed beyond that first day, so thanks for the motivation!

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MattyB20/09/2020 13:14:39
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Posted by leccyflyer on 20/09/2020 08:15:38:

Matty - are we supposed to wait until 1st October to kick off on these repairs? I'm afraid I couldn't find the hatch that I'd started on for the Mini AstroHog, so I'd cut and laminated some semi-formers yesterday before realising what I was doing, so your call to arms is certainly having the desired motivating effect.

Nah, don’t worry about it - I already started doing some on Friday night myself! The only key date is April 1st 2021 when we tot up the total fixes and do the virtual fly in; That’s the date to remember and work towards so we all feel that bit of pressure to finish!

Dave Cunnington23/09/2020 20:54:37
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Scratchbuild progress

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kevin b23/09/2020 23:35:50
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Hmm. I think I have come to the wrong thread.

I thought this one was Batman related.

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John Wagg27/09/2020 20:59:09
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Last flown around 1994 ( and crashed). Fuselage and bottom wing damaged etc. At the time repaired the fuselage and built a new bottom wing. (original wings were foam).   Then packed in flying. Started again this year. Repaired my Southerner 60 and built a Quaker Flash for training on. Now want something a bit more exciting to fly. 

Domino.jpegDomino b.jpegGot around this week to glassing the bottom wing joint and fitted a servo. Fitted ailerons and recovered the fin. 3 servos fitted inside and elevator rod fitted. Now needs re-covering and tidying etc.

Have to decide which motor to fit. (40-60 2 or 4 stroke) and sort out a new cowl and canopy.

44" span Galaxy Models "Domino"

 

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Edited By John Wagg on 27/09/2020 21:17:06

MattyB27/09/2020 21:27:12
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Lovely model. Given the choice I’d say that’s gotta get the 4-stroke!

31 and counting with 4 days to go til the green light shines...

john stones 128/09/2020 19:20:26
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Posted by MattyB on 20/09/2020 08:10:40:
Posted by Dad_flyer on 19/09/2020 16:19:36:

2. E-fair. Second hand to me. I had a go at slope soaring...

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It looks quite fiddly to get the TE back, but I shall try. The nose is also bashed, and probably needs a new motor.

Looks like you found out about the acronym for S.L.O.P.E (Smashed, lost or pulverised eventually) the hard way! laugh

I make that 29 and counting, provided John Stones promises to crash his shock flyer as soon as it's built in order to qualify... wink 2

Got some left over bits of LEDs I could fit, to go with the Dark Nights theme, n a servo with a broken lug. winkmoon

Richard Harris29/09/2020 14:49:20
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I had a rummage in the rarely encountered naughty corner of the workshop and sorted out my two models I hope to repair during the Dark night fix up.

Luckily the damage isn't as bad as I remembered.

The first is a fixed wing and an OD, this canard flew extremely well until its hatch departed during a fast low inverted pass. Not a mark on the hatch so I have something to use to size the missing lower front fuselage and foreplane.

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The second model is an autogyro called the PT-25 kitted by Aerobalsa in the USA, this had a bump many years ago due to a receiver pack failure and I designed the Panther to replace it. Again, on inspection its not that bad though I always felt it could have done with a bit more power and stronger servos which I can put my hands on. Rotor plate used on this model is the delta 3 flexible hinge type with a 15 degree offset, blades are aerobalsa (which I haven't found yet). I think I may give this one a recover also.

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Rich

MattyB30/09/2020 12:00:55
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Excellent Rich - will be good to see both those get back in the air. I like the canard, and have seen that before when the component that causes the crash miraculously emerges unscathed. Murphy huh...!

OK, I make that 34 (I have added fixing up my paramotor after it's latest brush with death) - to save time I will create a little tracker in Google Docs that people can update if they want to add a project or report one as complete. Watch this space...

Paul Marsh30/09/2020 13:26:02
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So far all my aircraft are airworthy, and as was furloughed earlier in the year, literally everything was checked and repaired, even built a few kits/plans to boot.

MattyB01/10/2020 12:47:30
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Posted by Paul Marsh on 30/09/2020 13:26:02:

So far all my aircraft are airworthy, and as was furloughed earlier in the year, literally everything was checked and repaired, even built a few kits/plans to boot.

Better get out there and break something sharpish then Paul! wink 2teeth 2

OK, we are green to go - get repairing! Here is the tracker in Google Drive - I have added all 31 models declared so far. Anyone should be able to view and edit their entries; let me know if you can't.

Once your repair work is complete simply post here and (if you want) update the tracker so we can see how we are doing collectively  I will also ask the mods if they can inject this link into post 1.

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kevin b01/10/2020 14:07:44
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Still looking for something.

Can I join later ?

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