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Old 03-22-2014, 09:42 PM
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So, longerons (I think is what the manual called them) are now on the fuselage halves.




and the firewall.

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Old 03-23-2014, 03:23 PM
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The fuselage is starting to come together, finally!!!

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Old 03-24-2014, 11:34 AM
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Very impressed with this build. Hard for me to think this is your first, it's that good. Good choice on your servo selection too. This is a plane I have never built but at one point in time there were a lot of them flying. Fantastic plane for people wanting to get into giant scale flying.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:53 PM
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Thanks for the awesome comment! It's been fun but I was a little intimidated to start with a BUSA kit but I'm glad I did and it's much easier than I expected. I've really enjoyed adding things not in the manual.

I think for now, I'm going to throw the electric motor on here just for the ease of setup. If it survives the maiden and looks to be a plane i won't get bored with after a half dozen flights, I may throw a four stroke on it.

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Old 03-24-2014, 01:01 PM
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EMPTY!!!!


I never thought emptying a bottle of old wood glue wood feel so satisfying.

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Old 03-25-2014, 06:39 PM
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It's starting to resemble a fuselage!

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:05 AM
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So how are you loading pictures of you're build? I do not have any problem seeing pictures on other threads, but on this thread, I can't see any of the pictures....Bummer....
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by starbird2000 View Post
So how are you loading pictures of you're build? I do not have any problem seeing pictures on other threads, but on this thread, I can't see any of the pictures....Bummer....
I have been linking the images from my imgur account. It's been showing up for me every time on three different computers...hmmm.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:29 PM
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Finally getting to use some of the fixtures for my magnetic building board to glue cross braces.

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Old 03-27-2014, 03:04 AM
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I can view the picture with the fuse sitting on the table with the bowl of fruit in the backround, but so far that is the only one that is visible to me. I'm hoping the others will show up sometime soon...
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by starbird2000 View Post
I can view the picture with the fuse sitting on the table with the bowl of fruit in the backround, but so far that is the only one that is visible to me. I'm hoping the others will show up sometime soon...
Can you see this pic ok?







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Old 03-28-2014, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by starbird2000 View Post
I can view the picture with the fuse sitting on the table with the bowl of fruit in the backround, but so far that is the only one that is visible to me. I'm hoping the others will show up sometime soon...
Check and see if you can see all the other pics now. I used the insert image button this time. All the images should now be thumbnails you can click on to make larger.
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Old 03-28-2014, 08:59 AM
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I've been waiting on a couple drill bits to arrive in the mail so I can drill out the wing dowels.



In the mean time I started on the tail.



Those magnets are AWESOME!!!



More whittling to do.

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Old 03-29-2014, 07:22 PM
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Got the wing dowel holes drilled!

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Wing dowels in place.



Drilled the rear wing bolt blocks.



I tapped them for the nylon wing bolts then hardened with thin CA.

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I do not know what you did, but I can see the pictures now.... Thanks you. I have this kit wanted to see how it went together...great build thread!

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Old 04-01-2014, 09:54 AM
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Thanks, glad you can see the pics!

Back to the tail. I have to cut down this piece for the center section of the horizontal stab.



I found a piece of somewhat see through paper from my recycle bin.



Trimmed it up a little and used spray adhesive to stick to the balsa.



Ran it through the scroll saw.



done.

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Old 04-03-2014, 09:32 AM
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Finally finished framing the H-stab. (and added some extra lights in the garage).



I think I'll go ahead and build the elevator joiner like the plans call for.

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Got the epoxy applied. For the dowel rod, wrapped a round pencil, which was a bit smaller diameter than the dowel, in sanding paper and it sanded a perfect size curve.



Here it is without all the magnets in the way.

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Looking good man

btw; I was able to see the pictures before. It may have been some sort of anti-virus or adware of some kind blocking the images before.
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Originally Posted by JRgraham View Post
Looking good man

btw; I was able to see the pictures before. It may have been some sort of anti-virus or adware of some kind blocking the images before.
I could see them on all my PC's, both at home and my office. This way they take up less space I guess and they can be clicked on to view larger.

The v-stab went together faster than I was expecting.

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Started on the turtle deck. The instructions called for gluing this like so:



It seemed it would break off easy just being connected on each of those 1/4" balsa sticks so I added a wider balsa block underneath.

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This is just a sport plane, not much more than an advanced trainer. If this is how Balsa USA designed it, it'll probably be just fine. Then again, like with the dowel rod, it's kinda twisty.


Old build threads here on RCU stated that the first former of the turtle deck is a weak spot and needs bracing if you use a 1.20 or larger engine. Since I'm not 100% sure of the power source I added extra material.

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Got the landing gear block in place for the upgraded landing gear I'm going to use. This will look much better than the bent wire gear the kit came with.



I cut 1/4" ply to shape with my scroll saw.



Good fit.



I added some square stock for added strength.

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Where did you get the landing gear from?
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