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Hugh Coleman14/03/2013 10:21:53
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Hi all.

Saw the write up for Peters Fokker D8 in a rival Mag at the News Agents today and had a brief scan over it.

Peter seemed to think it did not fly as well as might be, but I did not read closely enough to find out why (and couldn't bring myself to pay money for a competitor to RCM&E).

Maybe Peter can enlighten us a bit.

Cheers,

Hugh

Hugh Coleman14/03/2013 10:24:40
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Sorry guys. Just found a reference on here using google... Who'd have thought hey?

So I guess that makes this thread redundant.

Cheers,

Hugh

Peter Miller17/03/2013 08:48:46
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The Model flew very well in fact. The problems were related to the engine throwing a prop and chopping my arm leaving a very nasty bruise.

Then (not mentioned in the write up) A faulty connection in a Y lead that made the model glitch very badly on the ailerons and that was on the flight the we got the pictures!

Finally the battery became disconnected in flight which was terminal. However on that last flight it flew loops and rolls etc and was really nice.

The model is being rebuilt by a club member.

Trust me, if the model had not proved that it would fly well I would not have sent it in for publication and it was discussed with the editor.

Edited By Peter Miller on 17/03/2013 08:50:26

Tim Hooper17/03/2013 21:22:21
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Sympathies Peter!

It's always a tense time when you're trying to get pics to accompany an article, isn't it? More so if the mechanics are giving an intermittant fault.

tim

Peter Miller18/03/2013 08:13:27
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Ah! someone else who has experienced the very high pucker factor.

I swear that model hated me! IT fought me every inch of the way.

But it flew in the end before comitting suicide!

Alex Whittaker18/03/2013 08:33:40
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Hate Maiden Flights for magazine reports, when despiste the umpteenth check, something can slip through. A brand new aileron servo gave up on a maiden flight of one of my recent plan models. She just about staggered to the ground with only minor damage, but it could have been a total wipe-out.

Commiserations Peter,

Alex

Peter Miller18/03/2013 08:49:43
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Hi Alex.

I guess we have all been there!

I have been waiting for weeks to get flying shots of a model, Cloud, rain, wind and cold keep getting in the way.

At least I know this one is (was?) fine for flying!

Hugh Coleman27/03/2013 09:25:09
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Ok, so my skimming over the article lead me to the wrong idea. Think I'd better actually buy the mag and have a proper read.

Apologies if I implied that you might have published a dud...

How big was it again? I noticed you put a 40 four stroke in it at the end.

I have the beginnings of a 1:6.95 one on the drawing board. My governing factor being the aluminium saucepan that I got from the $2.00 shop being exactly the right profile, but only 158mm in diameter.

I am thinking a foam cored wing.

Cheers,

Hugh

Peter Miller27/03/2013 18:13:46
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The model was 48" span. I feel that a foam wing would add quite a lot of weight.

Have fun with what ever version you build

David Davis27/03/2013 21:20:38
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Will somebody kindly tell us which magazine the article is in?

Peter Miller28/03/2013 08:37:36
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RC Model World, January 2013

Hugh Coleman29/03/2013 05:52:54
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I bought the mag yesterday.

You say it came out a little heavier than you expected and that 's why you moved from a 30 to a 40 FS. How heavy was it in the end do you know?

Cheers,

Hugh

Peter Miller29/03/2013 08:23:58
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I can't remember now and for soemr eason I did not do my normal data panel.

It was probably around the 4 lb mark at a roguh guess, certainly not very much more.

David Hayward.06/03/2017 16:33:20
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Hi Peter, I am thinking of building this model, can you remember if there were any errors on the plan I should look out for; and other other words of advise you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Russ P06/03/2017 18:06:13
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I'm currently building Peter's version of the DVIII as my winter project. Just the cowl to be built then it's ready for its maiden, but, I can't find any online stock of 1/6th scale wheels, so my LMS has ordered some for me but delivery is unknown.

The hardest part of the build has been silver soldering the u/c legs. This is my first attempt and it has taken a lot of practice to get it right.

Peter Miller06/03/2017 18:07:58
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There should be no errors, I always build from my actual plan and then correct anything that I find is wrong.

Just keep the CG well forward, a bit of a problem with this model but it can be done.

Edited By Peter Miller on 06/03/2017 18:11:33

Peter Miller06/03/2017 18:12:46
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I can't remember what wheels I used now. In fact there is little that I can remember of this model. Sorry.

David Hayward.06/03/2017 19:04:07
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Thank you Peter, I just may give it a go.

Any pictures of the build to show us Russ?

Russ P06/03/2017 21:22:39
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I'll post some pictures soon.

David Hayward.07/03/2017 08:47:32
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Hi Peter, reference your comment regarding CG, would it perhaps be a good idea to use an SC52 which would be 155g heavier than a Saito 40 to help with this?

Edited By David Hayward. on 07/03/2017 09:12:48

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