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Tim Hooper20/06/2010 22:59:50
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Posted by Stephen Jones on 18/06/2010 21:24:31:....... and the elevator is much reduced is size .
 Stephen,
 
Well spotted!   The elevator is intended to operate in a purely advisory capacity.....
 
More progress today.  With the airframe sanded down, I thought it was time to make a start on the cabin glazing.
 
tim
 

 
Big Bandit22/06/2010 15:20:45
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Hi Tim,
 
As usual a very neat job of an interesting subject, I remember building the original. Have you considered cream and racing green for a scheme I tried it on the Quiver and found it quite pleasing.
 
 

Cream litespan, dark green Tamia acrylic, silver trim, Blue wonder 1300 Kv, on a 1500 2 cell lipo  7 x 4 wooden prop and pootles around on little more than quarter throttle for ages.
 
Chris.
 
 

Tim Hooper22/06/2010 22:32:55
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Chris,
 
The Quiver looks lovely!

I already have several cream-based models in the hangar, so I'm opting for a combination of white Litespan, silver Solarfim and green Solartrim.

Trust me on this........
 
tim
Tim Hooper24/06/2010 17:18:30
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It doesn't take long to cover a small model, does it?
 

  That kink in the lower edge of the rear window gave me food for thought for a couple of days as I pondered just how work a two-tone colour scheme around it.  In th end I opted to extend the line of the upper rear longeron forwards until it reached the rear of the cowl.
 

 

 
 
Whilst I was thus engaged, Netty set to with the PC and comped up a suitable logo for the wing, which was then printed onto clear adhesive film, sealed with spray varnish and then stuck in place.
 
tim
Tim Mackey24/06/2010 18:21:42
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Very nice as always Tim
Stephen Jones24/06/2010 23:16:01
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Yes looking very Nice indeed.
Tim Hooper24/06/2010 23:57:40
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Thanks gents!
 
Well, it's almost midnight and I've spent all evening fettling the finer details.  Linkages, CG check, battery box etc are al done, and now she's just about ready for a maiden flight.
 
AUW is just less than 14oz, so we'll be hoping for a calm evening at this weekend's RCM+E fly-in at Walsall.
 
Netty says it looks like it's wearing its school uniform!
 
tim
 


 
Wingman25/06/2010 07:29:47
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That's just beautiful Tim. I really do envy people who can produce fine work like that from sheets of wood. I'm sure the maiden will also be top notch 
Big Bandit25/06/2010 12:44:26
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Hi Tim,
 
Very neat, I'm sure it will fly as good as it looks.
 
Chris.
Stephen Jones26/06/2010 10:15:04
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Hi Tim ,
 
Looks very pretty sitting there and the colour scheme is just right ,the tail feathers look right too although not in keeping with the original ............................   AND I WANT ONE .    
 
Well done .    

Edited By Stephen Jones on 26/06/2010 10:16:23

Tim Hooper27/06/2010 22:45:38
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Thanks gents!
 
Well, we burned the midnight oil this week and managed to get the Pixie ready to take to the RCM+E fly-in.
 
After hours on Saturday evening it seemed appropriate to give a go.  So first came a couple of static shots......


The model range-checked OK, so with cameras manned by both Netty and Mr Ashby, I gave the Pixie a gentle shove....
 

The 20 minute flight that followed shows just how good the original design is!  Full power is too silly - sustained 60° climbs - so the throttle was chopped back to less than 1/3 power, and in the absolutely still air of the evening, the Pixie took us back to a simpler era of graceful banking turns and low passes.
 
Delighted?  You bet!



Two more flights that evening proved that model will ROG with ease, pull gentle touch-n-go's and taxy back to the pits when it's task is over.
 
There's a rumour going about that the Pixie may end up as a free plan in RCM+E in the not too distant future.........
 
tim
 
Klippy28/06/2010 05:58:40
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Awesome Tim, that's going to be a popular plan, certainly with me.
Wingman28/06/2010 07:17:16
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soooooperb!
Big Bandit28/06/2010 22:42:33
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Tim,
 
I want one, looks brilliant, cant wait for the plan, what more can one say.
 
Chris.
 

Tim Hooper29/06/2010 15:02:58
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Looks like this could be a winner then!
 
I just have to fettle the plan a little, finish off the words for the article, and get it all in the post to our editor.
 
tim
Stephen Jones29/06/2010 22:35:51
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Hi tim,
 
Seems on par with the Pixie 2.5 with those flight times which motor did you use

Very well done btw
i thought you would put it forward for RCM&E planning 
Tim Hooper29/06/2010 22:49:32
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Posted by Stephen Jones on 29/06/2010 22:35:51:
Seems on par with the Pixie 2.5 with those flight times which motor did you use
 Thank you Stephen!
 
The power set-up couldn't be easier (or cheaper).  BRC Hobbies do a deal on a little 'bell' outrunner/ESC/prop for the paltry sum of £12.
 
 
The included orange prop is fine for 3S power, so I opted to drop a cell and go for a 9x6 slo-fly prop instead.  Works a treat!
 
tim
Stephen Jones29/06/2010 23:14:30
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Hi tim ,
Just had a look at that £12 you can`t go wrong for that now can you .
 
Did anyone do a video of you're model par chance .
Tim Hooper30/06/2010 14:38:17
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Posted by Stephen Jones on 29/06/2010 23:14:30:
Hi tim ,
Just had a look at that £12 you can`t go wrong for that now can you .
 I was so impressed that I bought 6 sets.......
 
As far as I know nobody shot any video.  To be fair it was hardly the most spectacular model there, although it seemed to make friends very easily.
 
tim
IanN01/07/2010 21:55:28
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Tim, that's an absolute peach. Well done

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