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  • #1162
    dougmaas
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    My first structure completed, the wing.  And got a start on the fuselage. A few observations.  First, the fit has been near perfect. I have had to do very little trimming on skins or foam. Next, I love the design.  The parts turn out to be super light, but also incredibly strong for a model like this. And finally, this isn’t like any of the other couple dozen foam board builds I have done.  As you can see from finished parts the aircraft looks like a high end model, not a cheaper one built from foam board. It is a whole new experience from me.

     

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    #1166
    dougmaas
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    Made some progress with completion of the fuselage. Forming like this is usually an advanced skill set.  But this kit really makes it easy.  The parts are really very precise and have required little to know trimming for a perfect fit. The formers work nicely and the result is a very light but also very strong fuselage. The removable nose piece really looks great and obviously took some thought. And I have to say this is a little more satisfying than traditional foam board builds because as you progress it looks like a real airplane!

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    #1170
    dougmaas
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    A couple of ‘touches’ on mine.  My eyesight isn’t what it used to be so I like to use high visibility position lights to help me maintain orientation.  These lights I found I get from Amazon for $25 a set.  They can be moved from aircraft to aircraft if you mount them with velcro. They are self contained so no need to wire them up. And they are rechargeable and a charge lasts for a long time.

    https://vimeo.com/517665776

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    #1173
    dougmaas
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    Doing a couple of custom items.  I added a set of self contained position lights. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be so these help a lot.  They don’t require any wiring up and are rechargeable.

    And I hate hand launching and my fields in Southern California are rough.  Thus I need to add landing gear.

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    #1175
    dougmaas
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    A builders note on power pod installation.  I test fitted my motor, ESC and battery placement.  It is a pretty good stretch form the pod back to where the battery needs to connect.  And I found that my ESC power plug was a little too short.  That would have resulted in a lot of hassle plugging in and placing battery in.  So I spliced on a few extra inches of wire.  Checks yours out before you get too far along.

     

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    #1178
    dougmaas
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    did some customizing with self contained position lights, landing gear and steerable tail wheel. Turing out to be a very nice looking airplane.

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    #1181
    dougmaas
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    The c.g., battery and placement is a bit of a challenge and took some experimenting.  The 3s 2200 listed in specs on website is definitely too light.  Sam recommended a 3000A 3s. I installed that pushed all of the way forward to firewall and think c.g. is pretty close.  To install battery, each time, you need to remove the cowling (it is designed for that), then pull the power pod all of the way out.  Since I normally have my ESC right behind the motor I had to pull that forward to the opening under the cockpit.  Then it takes some care when installing a fresh battery because the esc wires are routed through the power pod too.  Securing the power pod requires a couple of small skewers.  If you can’t reach them after loosening the cowling then you will need to remove your prop each time you install a battery.  I put these skewers at the very rear of the cowling so that I could get to them without pulling the cowling off the power pod.  Sounds confusing, but if you check out a video I did you will get the idea.

    Here is link to video to help explain how I set this up. https://vimeo.com/519229517

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    #1190
    dougmaas
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    Brief update. I made major mistake of installing the horizontal stabilizer upside down. Rookie mistake but I couldn’t quite make out the detail and instructions in build links. Thus I destroyed my beloved Texan on second or third attempt to get airborne. So…I have been out of business for awhile. Sam felt bad enough about ‘my’ mistake and sent me three models, vulture, texan and the Seven as replacements.  Great company and Sam is clearly dedicated to customers.

    I am going to start a new thread and new video links to document building and flying all three.

    #1161
    dougmaas
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    First ‘structure’ completed, the wing. And got a start on fuselage.  A few observations. First the fit is near perfect.  I have had to do very little trimming of foam or skins to make perfect fits.  That is satisfying in the midst of building. Next, I love the design.  This is turning out to be very light model, but very strong.  The scale look is incredible.  Which leads me to say that this isn’t turning out to be anything like my couple dozen previous foam board model builds. As parts are finished it just doesn’t look like a foam board model.  The skins make a huge difference and make me feel like I am building a top quality, high end model. I am looking forward to finishing, and flying this one and then looking for my next favorite Hangar model.

    #1138
    dougmaas
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    First things first. Make sure you have the right type of glues!  I made this mistake on a flite test model so made sure to ‘test’ the 3M glue I have on hand on a test piece of foam. I cut out a scrap to test, stripped paper off one side and reapplied it with this glue.  Same result as last time.  It eats the foam!  Be SURE and not use this product.  One of the build videos mentions you can use just about any glue.  I would recommend editing that to add suggestion to TEST the particular glue you are using before you start with the real skins.  That will really mess up your day quickly.  Off to the store in the morning for Gorilla Glue.

     

     

    #1148
    dougmaas
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    Opened a folder on Vimeo to document some of the build experience. Enjoy. https://vimeo.com/manage/folders/3721163

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