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Old 06-23-2009, 05:59 AM   #151
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I use a light spray of Windex (or equivalent). It allows you to move the stickers around, but still allows them to stick once it dries out.


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I need to put the final stickers on my WRX, the race ones. Has anyone here done the trick where you spray a solution of water and soap on it first so you can slide the sticker around and get less air bubbles? I've never done that before.
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:09 PM   #152
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Maidened my first successful scratch built today.



My hurried construction techniques bit me a little, but all in all a very good series of flights.

Tomorrow, I'll try to get a camera-sized payload off the ground.




WOOT!

Looks cool!

Maybe a little more dihedral, but that's just nitpickin'.

So how much weight are you planning on lofting with this plane? It seems a little scant for wing area for an AP platform, but I've been out of the microcamera stuff for almost 5 years now.

Don't forget that GWS Slowstiks are still the most popular AP platform, you'll probably do fine with this plane, but, just sayin'....
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:32 PM   #153
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WOOT!

Looks cool!

Maybe a little more dihedral, but that's just nitpickin'.
My unscientifical tests prove you correct.
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So how much weight are you planning on lofting with this plane? It seems a little scant for wing area for an AP platform, but I've been out of the microcamera stuff for almost 5 years now.
It looks like about 2-3 oz for a whole FPV setup -
camera, tx, batteries, antenna. This plane will lift that easily.
I tried to launch my Canon A470 @ 8 oz and it flew, but would not climb fast enough to escape the tree vortex. It was more a power issue than a lift issue I think.
The wing is back on the drawing doard - it was basically a scaled up Vapor wing with a KF-2 airfoil.
Plenty of lift but squirrely. It turns on a dime though!
I think I'll increase dihedral, cut 2" of chord off and add some span, maybe 8-10".
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Don't forget that GWS Slowstiks are still the most popular AP platform, you'll probably do fine with this plane, but, just sayin'....
I hear ya - I stole some design ideas from the SS, as you can probably tell. CF arrow shaft from the sporting goods store - $4.
It's all modular so I can switch wings and tail feathers in minutes.
Next wing I'm going to try a built up undercamber using EPP ribs and either ultracote or 2mm EPP skin.
Ditch the full flying tail surfaces too.

I'm determined to get a good AV platform built from scratch.


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Old 06-23-2009, 09:42 PM   #154
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oh, and add ailerons...

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Old 06-23-2009, 09:54 PM   #155
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Yup carbon fiber arrow shafts rule. You've probably already discovered hot wire cut foam airfoils. I've got a slim little slope flying wing called the MOG that uses a 48" length pull-truded CF rod for the mainspar. It's amazing what G-forces these things will take.

As a side note I picked up about 20 pounds of tweaked and damaged hollow CF thingys from a sailboard shop locally that went out of business. I actually ended up with a lot of useful bits, but I'm using two of the nicest tapered sail stays to ...keep the 5th door on my Turbobrick's rear open while stowing models.

I had that bitch come down and crush one of my planes. Dammit, never did get to see it fly.

OK now that I see it up closer it's bigger. Lotsa wing area.

Damn, I should try to make it to WestFest, but I'm basicly bikeless and pretty broke right now. I think it would be a hoot to get together and do an on-site daily report with AV coverage of the ongoing arrivals and rides. My Pigi 3D is my favorite AP platform, I love that ugly thing.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:38 PM   #156
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Me, out in front of my house. E-Flite Blade 400 heli with a GoPro Hero helmet camera hanging from the skids. Fun stuff!
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:46 PM   #157
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Me, out in front of my house. E-Flite Blade 400 heli with a GoPro Hero helmet camera hanging from the skids. Fun stuff!
Very nice. I'm thinking to myself, "Powerlines", "Light Poles", "Trees", etc... I was waiting for the 3D stuff to begin, too.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:11 PM   #158
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Sailplanes, RC controlled is my vice. I built them and flew them for years then put them away for about 15 years, now my stepson and I are just finishing off a Fling and I can see it starting the whole thing up again.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:20 AM   #159
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Sailplanes, RC controlled is my vice. I built them and flew them for years then put them away for about 15 years, now my stepson and I are just finishing off a Fling and I can see it starting the whole thing up again.
Same here, LOVE sailplanes.

Just one word of caution. Beware of the Discus Launch Gliders (DLG). They are so damn addictive!!! So addictive that I haven't flown anything else but DLG for about a year now.

They are so nice because they are 1.5m wing span that will fit in most cars fully assembled (with a little work and careful planning), and they don't require any thing to launch them (no High Starts, wenches, etc). Just you the Tx, and plane.

You can get 200 foot launches, with some practice.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:46 AM   #160
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I have one electric glider, it is so nice just power up to where you want and it just goes on forever.

I have a bad shoulder so I can't toss the plane...it has also kept me off the bike for the last 18months....hopefully I can get back to both someday.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:49 AM   #161
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:32 AM   #162
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Same here, LOVE sailplanes.

Just one word of caution. Beware of the Discus Launch Gliders (DLG). They are so damn addictive!!! So addictive that I haven't flown anything else but DLG for about a year now.

They are so nice because they are 1.5m wing span that will fit in most cars fully assembled (with a little work and careful planning), and they don't require any thing to launch them (no High Starts, wenches, etc). Just you the Tx, and plane.

You can get 200 foot launches, with some practice.
I always jsut found a windy hill to launch my 2M from. Only problem was landing it as it wouldn't want to land. Then there were the Red-Tailed hawks that started chasing it. Overshot the hill and ended up in a tree on the backside. Fire department helped with the extraction as they were already there.

I'm sticking with powered flight.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:12 AM   #163
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:21 PM   #164
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Man, I need to dig out the E-Maxx
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:35 PM   #165
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