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Old 01-24-2005, 08:34 AM
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Hey guys, just thought I'd post a few pics of my latest project. It's a scratchbuilt Microjet2 from older MAN plans. [link=http://www.rcstore.com/rs/general/detail.asp?catnum=fsp04951&catego=PL]Available via this link.[/link]

Initially I had planned to go with a VA .049 I have but recently got a hold of a new Enya .09 so I have decided to go with that. I've beefed up some of the design and have attached a few pics of how it sits at the moment. It utilizes a composite arrow shaft for the main spar and it's super rigid! I'm waiting on a Tower Order to arrive so I can continue.

I may not get back to this for a week or more as I'll be on the road for work...but i'll post more pics when I do.
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Old 01-24-2005, 03:57 PM
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I like it....it looks stout. The carbon fiber spar is trick.

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Old 01-24-2005, 04:16 PM
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Ha these good ol'designs [8D] !

Thanks for pointing these out

"This 1/2A prop jet design by Michael Van Staagen features sleek lines and impressive high-speed performance. "

A bit exaggerated I guess...
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Old 01-24-2005, 05:10 PM
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It'll look more sleek once i get the nose faired in and the fuse rounded off....

Yes, the arrow shaft worked out well. The ribs are supposed to be 3/32 balsa, but i laminated 1/16 balsa with 1/32 ply on each side. Then i have 1/32 ply cap strips the full rib length, then 1/32 balsa sheeting and a 1/32 balsa cap stip over the others between the sheeting. a bit tedious but there was only 8 ribs and it is very solid now. [8D]

I'm going to go with a reversed blue angels scheme...(a) to be more visible as it will be mostly yellow, and (b) to be different.
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Old 01-24-2005, 06:09 PM
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Mhhh I was talking about impressive speed....
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Old 01-24-2005, 09:04 PM
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ahh...gotcha! with this crowd it's 'ho-hum' speed...haha. maybe with the .09 on there it will hall the mail a bit more than the .049 it was designed for. one thing that i thought was interesting in the design is that he used a 2 oz. tank on an .049 with no throttle.... i've had a couple .049 planes with no throttle and if it's not singing when you launch it you're flying a 'dog' for 8 mins. haha.

anyways...less talk more rock....i'll post some pics when i get back at this puppy. gonna be heading to AZ for a week to get away from all this snow (great building weather) we are having on the east coast....
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Old 01-24-2005, 11:28 PM
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Looks good! Keep us posted on how she does.

It kinda of reminds me of a GLH I used to have. I think that was made by ACE... not sure. I had a little .074 in mine and it moved out great. I bet yours is gona burn some holes in sky for sure!
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Old 02-06-2005, 11:03 PM
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Well gang, she's all finished! Here's a couple pics top and bottom...i reversed the blue angels colors as my theme for visibility more than anything, but it's also kinda unique. [8D] Final dry weight ready to fly is 1.5 lbs on the dot. At 21.5" span and the .09 on there is should really be fun to fly. It has 3 channels (ail, elev, th) and the batter is in the back of the fuse in front of the stab for balance.
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Old 02-07-2005, 08:37 AM
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Sean, you do great work. Interesting that the color scheme is easily recognizable as blue angels.
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Old 02-07-2005, 08:51 AM
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Really cute!! Nice work!

And good to see someone's well thought out design re-appear! There are lots of kewl little gems like this in the plans archives
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Old 02-07-2005, 04:35 PM
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Very nice indeed !

What about this draggy antenna tube [sm=confused.gif][sm=confused.gif][sm=confused.gif]
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thanks for the comps guys! ...strykaas, i might come to appretiate a little bit of drag! to be honest, i was just going to let the antenna fly out the back, but this looked cooler...and adds to the 'fast' look even when it's not going anywhere! [8D]
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Old 02-11-2005, 05:01 AM
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cool looking microjet..I really like the paint scheme...lots of blue angels themes out there, nice spin on it... hope you give us a flight report soon!
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Old 04-14-2005, 12:00 PM
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Well gang, i'm pleased to report it flys! Used a 7x3 APC prop and it seems to really fly it nicely! after the first flight i had to tone down the elevator a little as it was pretty sensitive at the speed it was travelling. First flight was cut short when the engine quit...not much of a glide...lol. we found that it ran better without muffler pressure so the second flight we went without and it ran great! did a bunch of circuits, some rolls etc. the long moment made it very stable and looked very cool in the air. the third flight wasn't as successful, upon launch it climbed to about 30 feet in the air and went with full down elevator into the ground like a lawn dart. did considerable damage to one wing panel. appears that the battery may have come loose and jammed onto the elevator linkage. well, after 2 evenings it's already to fly again with everything very secure inside! i'll try and get some video at some point, but all in all i'm very pleased with it!!
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She tuned out looking SUPER SEAN! It was a good call to go with the .09. If you ever get a chance, ENYA had an .11 CX [AAC] that was a screamer, probably a direct swap with the .09. I gave up on ENYA for the long haul because their product support was non existent, all they want to do is sell new engines. Well guess what, OS and some other companies have excellent product support and they also have my business too.

Glad to hear you got it put back together. I never cease to be amazed by some people who come here to criticize other's planes. Must be some kind of name for it in psychology lingo. There is a difference between helpful advice and just,"taking shots". The only shots I want to take at your plane, SEAN, is with my camera!
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Hi Sean

Nice to hear from the maiden !
Fitting all equipment securely in these micro birds is no easy task, I used to have such problems inside my Wonder. Something comes loose and game is over...
Can't wait for the vid !
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I dunno but I think Sean's kits are some of the bst looking on RCU- EVERY time he posts something it looks flawless!

Congrats on flights 1&2- glad she is still around after #3!

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Is the arrow on the bottom, there to remind you which way to hold the plane for lauch ?

Very nice job and plane , and good luck with the madden flight. [sm=thumbup.gif]

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ORIGINAL: RC-FIEND

Is the arrow on the bottom, there to remind you which way to hold the plane for lauch ?

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haha...thanks guys for the comps! i was pretty pleased to see it fly too....that certainly gave me the incentive to repair it. It's already to go again for this weekend...i'll see if we can get some video of it...
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Ok gang, got some video but it's a ginormous file so i need to do something about that if possible. had 7-8 great flights this weekend and the engine seems to be coming in quite nicely. [8D] here's a picture for size reference...

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wow smaller than I thought !

You can use "Windows movie maker" included in win xp sp2 to decently crack down on video size ... and probably select the best video moments...
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OK, I have a video clip that isn't too bad...just less the 2 mins and about 3.1 MB in size...how do i post it?

Also, here is a better pic of the jet and I....

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Amazing little thing and good landing !

Here is the vid :

http://menez.thomas.free.fr/micro_jet.wmv
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strykaas,
thanks for kindly posting the video! not the easiest little guy to follow through the sky but maybe over the summer we'll get more practice!! [8D]
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Nice plane Sean, here is a pic of my micro-jet built from the same plans you built yours from...with obvious differences.

Yours looks great!!!!

I have got no less than about 130 flights on mine
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