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Old 09-27-2010, 08:35 PM
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It seems my winner went with this instead....

http://cgi.ebay.ca/NEW-Top-Flite-Fus...73847658550631
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:55 AM
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With all due respect. eBay is a gamble at times. Sometimes you win, some times the other guy wins.

I think if you tell everyone here watching what you want to for your fuse, it would have saved you a bit of time.

And maybe frustration.

Back in the 90's when we did this, we would just throw a number out there, then adjust it according to demand.

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Old 09-28-2010, 09:13 AM
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Thanks Steve. but I think I'll just build a few for myself and some local guys - you're right - it's just not worth the effort. If someone will pay $160 for that ARF replacement fuse that the covering's gonna fall off of with a little fuel rather than pay me $100 for an epoxy fuse, the world has changed. It doesn't change my fun because the only kick I get out of flying them anymore is that it's the completion of a job well done. Dang I feel old....lol
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:14 AM
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I agree with SCALECRAFT, ebay is a gamble AT BEST. If the gentleman doesn't pay you for the one you had on ebay PM me a price shipped to Pennsylvania 17356. I missed the auction and can pay rite away through Pay Pal. Mark
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OMG I just read this whole thread until my eyes have bled. I cannot believe you didn't sell it on eBay. The guy that bought the Top Flight balsa fuse not only paid 159.99 for the fuse but also paid 82.84 for shipping. I started reading this to help educate myself on composite/fiberglass molding. All I can say is that you are a master of what you do, and what you do is priceless. I would gladly have won your fuse and would have begged you to sell a wing when it is finished. I can see what my winter is going to be filled with for 2010/2011 and if I could do half as well as you I would be proud of my efforts. Please consider selling these because I would love to own one. At the moment I think it would be beyond my skill level to be able to fly it right now during the winter I plan on doing some indoor flying along with flying the simulators and building building building. One question I gotta ask is what resin can I get for a reasonable cost that will work on fan fold foam without eating it because if it can be done I plan on molding a Mig3.
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Old 10-13-2010, 04:31 AM
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Hi Brian - hey man, you only have one set of eyes don't let the internet ruin them - lol
Ya, I'm a little miffed still. I ended up selling it to a local guy for $60. He had an evil look about him like he'd just stolen candy from a baby after he talked me down from $75. I'm looking at the three twenties now. I'd like to sell a few and see what people do with them, but shipping them costs more than they're worth and truth be told, packing them up doesn't really thrill me too much. At least he came to my door.
Good luck with your project - please make sure I get a link to the build thread.
As for recommending an epoxy - I don't even know what fan fold foam is to tell the truth. The best advice that I can give you is to find a composites supplier that is close to you and ask them to recommend something. Shipping costs are a major consideration and they pay experts to ask you all of the right questions. You'll get want you want that way.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:36 PM
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Slow Low I promiss not to kill my eyes after that is the only part of me that is still good. I havent messed with the mig in over a year but plan on it this winter. The build thread for it iswww.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php Im considering turning it into a plug to make a mold. Fan fold foam is insulation board that is 1/4 inch thick and folded. Ive worked with fiberglass in a body shop in the 80's on corvettes but that was long ago.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:55 AM
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...speaking of glass and cars, here's a couple pics of a mould that I made this summer...
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Don't be discouraged or miffed. Assemble one, fly it, (may take more than one) then you might sell a few if thats what you want. But don't plan on fortune, just RC fame.

You have not felt ( I figure) the satisfaction of flying your own composite design. You really should know what that is like.

I don't sell any of my models. I barely can get myself to lay my own stuff.

My buddy and I are just now getting ready to mold a full composite Wildcat once the weather out here cools. Around 54" span. I know, the Landing gear!!

I'll post a few pics.

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Old 10-14-2010, 09:12 AM
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hahaha - I've thought long and hard about a Wildcat and yep....the landing gear!!! Can't wait for the pics.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:44 PM
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Here"s what we have so far. All work done by RCU member HVACMAN.

Should have a flying composite model by end of Jan 2011. Yea, right.

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Oh now you've gone and done it. I've been trying not to look at anyone else's projects for just this reason: the itch, the itch - you've given me the damn itch
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:58 PM
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slow low, please show us current pictures of of your p-40, that s if any progress...
otherwise we would love to see your workshop!

Oh and I looked over your youtube videos and saw where you say to "aspiring machinists" and go on and say how malleable the clay is for tooling.
just so happens I am an aspiring machinist and went to college to learn how to operate machines last fall.
can run manual lathe, vertical mill, surface grinder etc... measuring to .002 (two thousandths of an inch for tolerance)
But didnt get a chance to learn CNC, had stomach flu for a week and after my energy was drained, finally had parents return my calls and went home.
buggars couldnt answer the $%^&ing phone to hear my distress till the very last minute (friday night at 8pm).
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Oh now you've gone and done it. I've been trying not to look at anyone else's projects for just this reason: the itch, the itch - you've given me the damn itch
If we all try to one up each other, ultimately we will all be winners. Its an endless loop.

If all men were created equally, they would all equal the same. Anybody notice they don't. How is that?

Endless Effort, ect.......... In whatever one does.

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Old 11-02-2010, 04:11 PM
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any news?
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I am laying up a fuse for someone in Edmonton Alberta this evening. Price was not an issue for him and he had a very convincing story.
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:37 PM
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hmmmmm worth while profits!
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If price was not an issue, why did he need to tell convincing story.

Personally, I never trust one who says "price or money is no issue". Its always the issue

Hope it works out how you want.

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I guess we'll see Steve, I'll post some pics. I'm targetting a finished weight of around 24 Oz's for this one. I sourced a box that will let me ship it with the tail section unjoined from the main fuse. This should provide easy access for installation, but it also accomodates a box that falls within normal parcel service. I'm scuffing up the internal surfaces prior to joining for him also. He needed to tell a convincing story, (in the form of a $250 deposit) because I initially refused to make him one. Apparently his grandfather flew one in Canada. He had pictures, so I hope one day, maybe we'll see some pics of a finished model. Only time will tell Steve. I can be a bit of a curmudgeon too Steve, but hey, money talks and BS walks. If you got the money Honey, I got the time...

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Money talks. Everything else is fluff.


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3rd pull - approx 3/4lb, 12oz, 340grams - solid

Tail separate to minimize shipping cost and ease installation.
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Very nice work! Slow



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Thank you very much Bill.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:42 PM
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Yes folks, it could be you. Today, I realized that hey, I'm a manufacturer! ...and you can be too....now get sanding


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uh how is he going to attach the tail end of the fuse? I thought you would make it easy on him and not have the vertical and horizontal permanently in place and leave the aft end of fuse on and let him attach left and right halves of horizontal and glue in vertical......
headache!
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