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Old 03-25-2017, 02:40 AM
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Great work Oli, but how DO you find the time AND fly for EK?


I see ,too, you are using those fabulous JRNX 8931 servos, just refitted several models with them.

Will you be using a screw jack for wing incidence, convinced it's a better system than servos?

Now, when you finish the Crusader, how about a Hunter ,say, 1/4 scale, to the same quality, as I hear the TomaHawk quality is not up to their usual standards.

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would love to see this technology bring a F-101 to the market
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by roydefiant View Post
would love to see this technology bring a F-101 to the market
Me too!
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:01 AM
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Hi guys,

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The model posted is my model. I'm very close to flight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JkGSDE2gJc
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:12 AM
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That is so smooth Dave
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Originally Posted by roydefiant View Post
would love to see this technology bring a F-101 to the market
+∞
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:46 PM
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Nose gear CAD rendering...

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Old 03-26-2017, 09:50 PM
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A couple of renderings of the main gear assembly.
The first version will be pneumatically actuated. The landing gear struts diameter, shape, angles and attachment point are exactly scale.
The tires are 3D printed from a rubber material and true to scale to 0.15 mm.
They are hollow and reinforced with a 3D honeycomb pattern that enables me to adjust their deflection on the ground with the model weight to reproduce a scale effect.




The brake calipers and wheel disc is an assembly that is 3D printed and that clips on the brake hub.
It is easy to remove and replace in case it gets knocked off during a hard landing.



Apart from the tires and disc/caliper assembly that are 3D printed, the main gear is 100% CNC cut in-house from certified Al 2024 T3 on our Siemens machines.
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Old 03-27-2017, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Shaun Evans View Post
Oli,

I doubt even the best 'reverse-engineered' Chinese copy of your Crusader wouldn't be able to touch the engineering and manufacture quality going into this plane.
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:45 PM
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Some detail shots...

The skin wrinkles show a little bit on this picture. The flaps and slats are live hinged and have a curved quadrant.



The wing center section is designed to stay on the plane ( but can be removed with a bit of work ). The outer wing sections are removable for transport. Both inner and outer flaps are operational and live hinged.
The engine hatch is behind the wing and covers the wing tilting mechanism.



The 3D printed nose strut and tire.

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Sweet...



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Looks phenomenal Oli.
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Originally Posted by olnico View Post
It is a variant of the resin used at Airbus.
This one allows me to fuse the parts at the closing process.

Let me explain how this works.

The shells are vacuum infused up to 50% of the polymerization cycle.
The cycle is then stopped by cooling down the molds.
The bags, draining membranes and peelply are removed, then the internals are glued on with the same resin.
The molds are closed and post cured again to achieve 100% polymerisation.

This specific resin is designed to force exo strucutral chemical bonds in the second 50% phase of the polymerisation.
This enables us to fuse the internals with the shells and create a semi-monocoque structure.
Stunning work I'm not sure any gushing I can formulate is worthy of the effort - but I am truly amazed.

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Old 04-01-2017, 01:17 AM
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Thanks, all.
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:52 AM
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Hi Oli, when do you expect to begin flight tests?

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We have already extensively tested a simple configuration with balsa covered foam core wings. However the first Crusader was much lighter at 21 lbs dry vs 30 lbs dry for the final design prototype ( with flaps, slats and wing incidence mechanism ).This prototype should be starting its test flights after Top Gun.https://www.ultimate-jets.net/collec...ader-1-7-scale
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Sweet! Put me on the list. Retired now, lots of time on my hands to build��

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Originally Posted by David Searles View Post
Sweet! Put me on the list. Retired now, lots of time on my hands to build��

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You hung it up?! Grats and enjoy......
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The nose gear is finalized. This is the production version, CNC cut from Alcoa Al 6061. The strut cover is laser 3D printed...



And here is the real thing.

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Wow. Just phenomenal Oli.
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Here is a small picture of the wrinkle effects on the fuselage. Taken from our display at Top Gun...

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Originally Posted by smaze17 View Post
Wow. Just phenomenal Oli.
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I finished the ejection seat of the Crusader.
That was some work!
The CAD file was made from the Vought blue prints and Martin Baker Mk7 pictures at scale 1/7.2.
All the rivets are there. The seat adjustment pushrods and cables are all reproduced to scale.
All the ejection handles, chute devices and survival kits are reproduced. The bottom seat cushion is hinged, like the real thing.
The cushions are hollow to save weight and fabric textured.

The seat is laser 3D printed at 50 micron resolution.





The seat is hand painted.





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