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  1. #201
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Sweet! Congratulations Jeff.

    Good luck at the Nats.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    congrats jeff. very nice scheme.
    What about a video flying?


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    RE: Lightning Build

    Viper,

    I guess that is up to Tim...but I do have a video camera.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    I flew both Lightnings today. That makes 19 flights on the new one. Here are a few photographs:
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    RE: Lightning Build

    well, first formers have been cut using CNC. Wing is going to be build using formers instead foam. i will try let it as light as possible.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    With Jeff's coming in under 10 pounds I'm not sure a built up wing is required.......

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    RE: Lightning Build


    ORIGINAL: Mastertech

    With Jeff's coming in under 10 pounds I'm not sure a built up wing is required.......

    Tim
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Those parts look familiar! Very cool, best of luck on the build. I got four more flights on mine today, loving it more every flight.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Man, if Ididnt have all these 'rebuild's' going on, id have one framed up at least by now!

    Glad to hear the mods worked out, Jeff.

    Viper2003, where did you have the CNC work done? Friend or a company?
    Im really curious what the cost was, and all that, if you dont mind...

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    RE: Lightning Build


    ORIGINAL: Shimano

    Man, if IĀ*didnt have all these 'rebuild's' going on, id have one framed up at least by now!Ā*

    Glad to hear the mods worked out, Jeff.

    Viper2003, where did you have the CNC work done? Friend or a company?
    Im really curious what the cost was, and all that, if you dont mind...
    A friend cut it with a home made CNC. Very usefull and perfect finish, only require a little sand around borders. Looks like take out of a kit box?

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Well, first pics of petrol version. DL 20 will be pushing in the nose. A bit smaller version than original. Wing formers has been cut too. As lighter as possible, with holes. All made in CNC, of course
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    RE: Lightning Build

    step by step
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Looking very good. Can't wait to see how it comes out with a gas motor.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    mini-lighting #2. Thanks to Jeff one more time for send me the plans
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Spent all week with Jeff in my group at the NATS. Pictures do NOT do this plane justice. It is a true work of art. On the official scales at the NATS he was 4612 grams. Incredible craftsmanship Jeff.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Well, like me, Jeff grew up building kit planes. (and like me, grew up REbuilding kit planes..)
    The satisfaction is unmatched compared to any ARF.... isnt that right, Jeff

    Cant wait to see that thing one day.

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    RE: Lightning Build


    ORIGINAL: rcpattern

    Spent all week with Jeff in my group at the NATS. Pictures do NOT do this plane justice. It is a true work of art. On the official scales at the NATS he was 4612 grams. Incredible craftsmanship Jeff.

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    amazing weight indeed. what batteries use in these weighing?

    our mini-lightings are very light too

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    RE: Lightning Build

    Arch, thank you for the kind words about the airplane.

    Viper, the 4612 g was with Power Unlimited 4900 batteries, 900 mah thunderpower RX battery, APC prop, and Truturn spinner. I weighed very piece I put into this airplane and only used the lightest materials acceptable for each application.

    The Lightning flew very well at the NATS. My placing was a direct result of the way I flew, not the airplane.
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    RE: Lightning Build

    Jeff,

    Where you finished with this group this year, after being gone for a couple of years is truly a testiment to your building and flying skills. 10th in this years group is nothing to sneeze at, especially with the group you were in. Jeff flew extremely well all week.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    The 4 rounds I called for him were without a doubt the best I'd ever seen him fly.

    The second flight of the second day, I didn't see Jeff make over a .5 deduction per maneuver from take off to landing. The top ten were not seperated by much.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    updates. Owner expect finish it at end of month.[:-]

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    RE: Lightning Build

    After reading Jeff's build thread and conversing with him as well as looking at Jeff's plane at the Nats I decided to build one. I got the plans from Jeff and have been working with a laser cutter here in the San Antonio TX area to cut the wood. Attached are the photos of the first short kit. I had him cut all but the fuse sides. Attached are the photos of the short kit.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    When we cut the short kit, I had the cutter cut enough wood for me to build two canopies. My plan is to build one for the plane and one will be used for a plug to see if I can make a light fiberglass canopy. Attached are some more photos. One of the canopy frame work and then a few of the fuse jig.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    A couple more photos of the fuse fixture. Since Jeff has already done a build thread my plan is to periodically post progress reports.

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    RE: Lightning Build

    I was thinking the Lightning would look good in a nice Green and Yellow scheme.... ?



    Idunno...







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