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Old 10-30-2006, 12:22 AM
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Well, my good buddy "onewinglow" now has the fastest plane at our field : A Diamond Dust with a Webra racing motor.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:23 AM
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He's been laughing at my latest ride, this handsome aircraft :
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:26 AM
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So, I thought : What can I build to keep up with that Diamond Dust? I looked under my workbench, and lo-and-behold, whats this?
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:27 AM
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Looks vaugely familiar...Hmmm.....
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:31 AM
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Default RE: Patriot .40 Build

Yes, I think I remember this kit. I started it about 3 years ago. I built another one that looked like this :
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:35 AM
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Old Grey had a Rossi .45 Special and Spring Air gear. She was pretty darn quick but couldn't quite recover from my deadstick split-S attempt to make it back to the runway at 100' altitude. A beautiful figure 9 into the deck. I felt sorry for the ground, the Rossi had the density of depleted uranium.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:39 AM
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So, if you kind people will humor me, I'll post some pics of my Patriot #2 build. The goal will be to outrun my buddies DD. I know this kit is no longer available, but maybe someone will find something interesting here.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:41 AM
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All this will make a Patriot .40 wing. I had already started the right wing back in 2003, but I'll show some of each being built.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:44 AM
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Here is the bottom spar for the left wing. I always start with a straightedge as I don't trust either the plans or the spar to really be straight...
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:45 AM
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Close-up bottom spar being aligned and pinned (not thru it, though!)
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:47 AM
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:50 AM
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I had already built the spars back when, so I can't show that process. I also had already done the doublers for the ribs which will support the retract rails. As on my first Patriot, I sanded these notches a little deeper, ~ 1/8" to allow the retract to sit deeper in the wing. If you go too far with this though, the wheel axle will poke the the top sheeting, not a good idea...
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:54 AM
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Here are the ribs in place, lined up and with the tabs held firm on the building board. Next step is to glue the trailing edge...
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:56 AM
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It's good to be sure everything is straight and lines up well...I just barely sand the backs of the ribs to line up better...
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:59 AM
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Next is the leading edge and the same principal applies...Try to get it all straight...

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Default RE: Patriot .40 Build

The first (root) rib doesn't attach directly to the leading edge. It has to be glued to the spar and trailing edge at a very slight angle so as to set the wing dihedral. The little gauge in the kit works OK, just don't lose it between wing panels...
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Old 10-30-2006, 01:09 AM
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Default RE: Patriot .40 Build

This shows how much angle the little gauge has; quite a bit, really...Here it's being used on the right wing. Be sure to turn it around between wing panels or you won't be happy...
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Old 10-30-2006, 01:13 AM
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After the leading edge is glued on you glue in the top spar. When you build these they will have a natural tendency to curve in some; this will cancel out when used opposite each other. The rib doublers for the retracts will interfere with the spar so you have to sand them a little to fit...
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These are the sort-of pre-cut shear webs. They go in quite easy...
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This is the dowel plate betwen ribs #1 and #2. I sanded the original too much and had to make a new one...
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Next is the trailing edge sheeting. Most people would use their Mark 1 eyeball and just glue it and sand it...I have to make sure it's straight. Now you know why it takes me 3 years to build a kit (maybe)...
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Next is the leading edge sheeting. I like to glue sheeting with glue that's easy to sand, not CA. You have to wait overnight, but what's one night out of 3 years? I also match up the sheeting by weight to try to get each wing panel close to the same...

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Prepping the ribs and leading edge for the sheeting to fit well. The sheeting will fit a little better if it's sanded at a slight bevel and, of course, is straight...
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Next is the top center sheeting. Not too much but you have to leave some room for the wing center brace. This brace gets put in later. Shown is the way I like to glue sheeting.
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