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Tim Hooper05/12/2013 21:11:27
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Thanks for the info Steve. I'm not very familiar with depron, so I'm not aware of all the tricks of the trade!

Meanwhile, back at the balsa quarry.....

With the wing glued to the fuselage sides, I was able to make cutouts for the aerofoil in the upper sides before gluing them permanently in place


Meet Flossie.......


The following evening I set about rounding off all the sharp corners, and then added the lower nose blocking, followed by the frames for the side cheeks.


The cheeks are clad above and below with 1/16 sheet.


Tim Hooper07/12/2013 21:29:36
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With the motor temporarily attached with (undersized) screws to F1, and with the left side packed with 1/16 plywood to give the required sidethrust.....img_4879.jpg

....I made a 1/32 ply backing for the cowl, and tack glued it to the front of the fuselage.



I then made a a nose ring from 2mm Liteply and, using spacers, tack glued tihs to the rear of the spinner.

Now all I have to do is to fill the void in the middle with bits of balsa!


Edited By Tim Hooper on 07/12/2013 21:31:01

kevin b07/12/2013 21:57:12
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Is it me, or have you been 3d printing miniatures of RLG ?


Tim Hooper07/12/2013 23:01:38
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Posted by kevin b on 07/12/2013 21:57:12:

Is it me, or have you been 3d printing miniatures of RLG ?




FastFlyer Smyth07/12/2013 23:35:40
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He obviously has a fixation for River Land Girl...... smiley

Tim Hooper08/12/2013 21:21:11
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Aaaaah..... I haven't seen the lady in question, so I'll have to take your word for it!


Tim Hooper11/12/2013 21:50:39
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So here's the cowl being built up from laminations of balsa..


Roughly shaped, and the side cheeks front ends fitted.


The canopy is form a 2 litre bottle shrunk around a balsa plug.


Seems to fit!


Undercarriage and lower hatch.


Battery hatch cut free. There's a ply tongue at the front and a magnet at the rear.


......and here's the complete airframe all pinned together!







Edited By Tim Hooper on 11/12/2013 21:52:55

Lindsay Todd11/12/2013 23:03:44
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Very smart, one of those designs that just looks right in any size, well done that man. What about a large petrol version next? Linds

David Ashby - Moderator12/12/2013 08:54:25
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Love it Tim thumbs up

Danny Fenton12/12/2013 09:07:08
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You certainly got a wriggle on there Tim, are you "avoiding" the epic pile of ironing perhaps?



Edited By Danny Fenton on 12/12/2013 09:07:34

Erfolg12/12/2013 13:48:07
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I do believe I have purchased the self same female for my (yet to start although drawn up) 1/6 scale yellow canary. Which also approx 36" span. I am sure she will be a fine pilot.

Tim Hooper12/12/2013 13:48:15
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Posted by Lindsay Todd on 11/12/2013 23:03:44:

Very smart, one of those designs that just looks right in any size, well done that man. What about a large petrol version next? Linds


Thanks Linds! I'm already being pursued for a 72" version. I was thinking ab out a 15cc petrol engine. Would that be about right? I haven't dabbled in the oily, smelly, dirty side for nearly 40 years, and petrol seems far preferable to glow.....secret

What about a low-wing version, with retracts?

You;re right about the ironing! There's plentyof work to do on the Quad first though - I'm estimating another 2 months to get it airworthy. I just needed a break!

Erf, I have Flossie's sister (Bunty - a very sporting sort of gel, don'tcha know) in my little Wasp bipe, so I know that aviation is in her jeans.  wink 2



Edited By Tim Hooper on 12/12/2013 13:50:21

Concorde Speedbird12/12/2013 18:52:33
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The small one looks cool, I like it. Small models are always great, this one should be pretty fast too.

A 72" one would be very grand, I'd love to see a petrol one. A 15cc sounds about right since it is a sleek aeroplane and as long as it is light that would be excellent. Petrol engines are great, very clean and reliable, although I think the glow ones are easier to use, but such a talented modeler such as yourself would have few problems.

Keep up the work on this one, will it be a free plan?


Tim Hooper25/12/2013 21:00:27
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Posted by Concorde Speedbird on 12/12/2013 18:52:33:

Keep up the work on this one, will it be a free plan?


Maybe. If it flies, that is.......wink 2

Anyway, t'was Christmas Day in the workshop....

Well, it's finished. Came in at 25oz to give a loading of just less than 16 oz/ft.

Colour scheme is sort of monochrome.






Tim Calvert at did the graphics. Nice, huh?


Flossie gets a couple of dials to monitor.


The magnetic hatch reveals a bay big enough for a 1300 to 2200 3S pack.


The u/c and hatch get screwed in place.


The elevator snake. The horns are cut from 1/32 ply.


Down Under25/12/2013 22:03:02
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If this per chance should be a plan in RCME, add it to my build list.

You have an avid fan down under, Mr Hooper. smileyyes

Love the monochrome colour scheme too, by the way.

Edited By Down Under on 25/12/2013 22:04:13

Martian26/12/2013 11:51:01
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Excellent Tim she looks really good

David Ashby - Moderator26/12/2013 15:57:52
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Looks really sweet Tim smile

Tim Hooper26/12/2013 18:35:13
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Thank you Gents!

Well, perfect weather this afternoon saw us at the field and ready to go.

With the an old 1800 pack fitted, the Sweep ploughed through the soggy grass for 10 yards or so, and then took to the air. It's lovely!

A few clicks of down trim was the only adjustment needed, and then some slow fly-bys so Netty could grab a few pics. The we swopped tx and camera, so she could have a play with it too.

A few minutes lates later I took control again and started a few simple aerobatics - loops, brisk rolls and inverted passes followed by a very gentle landing.

No vices, no tip-stall, no flutter, no problems at all.

Now I need to hook up with my usual lensman, Bob, and get some 'proper' shots in the can.

tim teeth 2





Les Littleton26/12/2013 19:47:41
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Flew very well Tim , you have to be happy with that. Whats next , !5" span foamy indoor version ?. Go on you know you want to.

Matt Jones26/12/2013 20:29:14
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One question Tim, engine cooling? There appears to be none especially given how close the wood pieces are that you made the cowl from....

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