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    RE: Lightning Build

    Jeff,

    thank you very much for the plans. I got them printed on a staples-center in Hamburg with minor problems due to the european paperformat DIN A O, the maximum paperformat staples could print and which is a little bit smaller than the american original. But with the knowledge of staff, they managed it.

    I will start in two or three weeks, cut all parts by hand and hopefully build it within four month. With your permission the buildingprogress will be reported in the german forum rc-network.

    Regards
    Hans


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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hans,

    Definitely do a build thread. Just make sure to give us the link.

    Jeff
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hi Jeff,

    Wondering if I could impose on you for a copy of the PDF plans, we do not have a Staples here in Aus. But I am sure I can work around this.

    Thanking you in advance.
    Frank.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Just wanted to publicly thank Jeff for his generosity in making his plans freely available.  I think it says a lot about a person's character and commitment to a hobby when they willingly share their hard work with others.  This looks like it will build up to be an awesome model.

    Thank you again Jeff

    Dan

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    RE: Lightning Build

    +1.

    I would like to thank Jeff for his generosity, without people like Jeff in our hobby we would all be much poorer.

    Thanks Jeff

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hello

    Jeff is a gentleman.
    When I asked him to send me the files, I received immediatly.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    I feel like I need to add to the Love here. I am just some guy out in Utah getting back into pattern after a long absence. I PMed Jeff about plans and a few other things and he got right back to me with answers and help. It really helps my motivation to get back into the hobby when I get a chance to cross paths with guys like him.

    One other thing, concerning the plans and short kit specifically. Everything fits. Perfectly. Weird perfect. I sheeted my fin with 3/32'' and left a little "lip" at the bottom of it like you would see at the root of a plug in wing or stab. On the top of the four inch 1/8" balsa sides of the plane is a 1/16 ledge the turtle deck sheeting attaches. I continued this all the way back to the tailpost, per plans. When I cut the slot for the vertical web that attaches the fin to the fuse, I slid the fin down on and, Click!, the 3/32 sheeting lined up exactly to the sides of the fuse. Not a few thousandths off anywhere. This is the Good Stuff!!!

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Guy et al:
    I agree, I need to add my love. I met Jeff at the 2011 Nationals and I must say that he and Tim Taylor were wonderful to talk to and just great guys. After returning to San Antonio, I e-mailed Jeff and the drawing files were in my inbox post haste.

    Nothing but the kindest of words for Jeff. As you say, true gentleman and I am greatful for his service to our country.

    thanks Jeff.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Thank you everyone. It is my pleasure to share my airplane with people who love pattern planes. I get alot of personal satisfaction through the design and building process, which was really my intention starting this project. I am happy to hear that it is going together well for everyone.

    Unfortunately by Lightning is going to have to stay grounded a bit longer than expected as I have to make a short notice move across the country, followed by a several month long training course. My old Lightning is flying well, but I am really anxious to get the new one back in the air as it was really getting dialed in. The down time since the season has also given me a little time with the CAD program to start shaping the next creation.

    Good luck with the Lightnings, I hope yours all fly as well as mine.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hello

    Also I want to say thanks to Jeff. Two times he sent the file, because I got problem with email system.
    He is a gentleman realy.
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    RE: Lightning Build


    ORIGINAL: Viper Driver
    Definitely do a build thread. Just make sure to give us the link.

    Jeff,
    I started my build-thread in rc-network. Sorry only in german and no pictures till now.

    http://www.rc-network.de/forum/showthread.php/301355-Selbstbau-des-F3A-Modells-Lightning-%28Holzklasse-!-%29?p=2598720#post2598720

    Hans

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hi Jeff,
    First off I want to say thank you for your great effort. I would like a cad file of your plane if that is possible. If you like my email address, I would be more than happy to forward it to you. Another question, what is it REALLY like to pilot a F-16. Do you mostly do air to ground, or do you primarily focus on ACM's. Can you really take 9 g's?

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    RE: Lightning Build

    proparc,

    Check your email.

    Jeff
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    RE: Lightning Build

    You didn't answer the man's question (publically), Jeff.

    Inquiring minds want to know!
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    RE: Lightning Build

    All right Ryan, a little off the Lightning topic, but here goes. Flying the F-16 is a constant thrill, as you can imagine. It is certainly capable of pulling 9 Gs, and we do that often during air to air combat. You feel pretty beat up after one of those flights. The airplane fits your like a glove, and is quite comfortable for such a small space. Lucky for all of you, flying in a pattern contest is a close second in excitment level to flying an F-16!
    Jeff Carder

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    RE: Lightning Build

    John Redman (one of my coworkers, ex -16 and -117 crew chief) loves the airplane. He and another coworker, and ex -16 crew chief John Diniz both have gone for a ride in one. It certainly is an awesome airplane, and you have an awesome, albeit stressful I'm sure, job. As Ed said, thank you for your service!

    I hope you are relocated somwhere warm.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Thank you Ryan.

    I do think Phoenix qualifies as warm enough!
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    RE: Lightning Build


    Jeff,

    How do I request a copy of your drawings and how much do you want for them?

    FYI, I escaped the heat in Phx. when I joined the AF in 1974.

    Regards,

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    RE: Lightning Build

    I don't want to swell your head Jeff but, it is not often we get an honest to goodness, actual furball, telephone booth,knife fighting,yank and bank, fighter pilot who is a bonafide F3A man.

    Do you have an opinion about the F22 Raptor?

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hey Jeff
    Are you getting station, at Luke Airforce base in Goodyear,Az. If so welcome to Dist 7, hope to see you at the Phoenix contest in late Feb, 2012

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Now I gotta find a NFB.


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    RE: Lightning Build


    ORIGINAL: Mastertech

    Now I gotta find a NFB.


    No, you just have to move with him. I saw some pictures of the house. He has room...lol

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    RE: Lightning Build

    the build must go on..

    some advances and little modifications of hinges respect original lighting.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Thanks jeff. thanks for the wonderfull plans !!! a few gentlemen remain like you. thanks a lot once more

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Hello

    Awesome building by Hans
    http://www.rc-network.de/forum/showthread.php/301355-Selbstbau-des-F3A-Modells-Lightning-%28Holzklasse-!-%29?p=2615433#post2615433
    Wings and stab will be made foam and balsa or scratch built ?

    I love these pics

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