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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Hi Art, it's kinda cool that you'll have a third scale Eindecker again! I don't think I realized that your old one weighed in at 42 lbs. It still seemed lightly loaded on the wing. I'm subscribing and eager to see how this one comes out.

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Hi Greg

    I think Tinkerbell sprinkled it with fairy dust to make it fly so lightly on the wing.
    Imagine that, another Eindecker. This wing is an inch or two deeper in chord and about 19 inches greater in span than my old one, so I'm thinking this, too, will be a pretty good flyer and very light on it's wing.

    Billy Clink - Welcome aboard!


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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    A little more progress: this time on the stab.
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Stab is framed, time to move on to the elevators.
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Looks like the elevatora are also framed. Is the wing next?

    I added a small gusset at the rear corner of the stab.
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Starting the wing layout.......
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    It looks like a joy to assemble! [8D]

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    ORIGINAL: abufletcher

    It looks like a joy to assemble! [8D]
    That's the plan. Although somewhere along the line I wasn't told that there weren't any instructions with this kit [X(]! and that developing the sequence and building instructions was part of my job [X(][X(]. Gads! That sounds like W O R K and that's a four letter word!

    I hope Larry doesn't take off for spelling mistakes [] ..... I'm sure he'll be watching [:-]

    Actually, since it is all laser cut, the parts do fall into place and lock it all together, I just have to make sure that I don't leave anything out. Once we get the sequence worked out it will be pretty straight forward and relatively quick to build.

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    ORIGINAL: R/C Art
    That's the plan. Although somewhere along the line I wasn't told that there weren't any instructions with this kit [X(]! and that developing the sequence and building instructions was part of my job [X(][X(]. Gads! That sounds like W O R K and that's a four letter word!
    Personally, I'd advise against going the "written instructions+photos" route. Often the written instructions are incomprehensible to anyone but the builder...and of course they are useless for anyone who doesn't speak English. A much better and easier approach, which was used on MarkII of the Flair Puppeteer kit, is just to include a sheet of isometric drawings of the various construction stages. This should be no problem at all for Larry with his 3-D CAD skills. Your wing construction photo above could be easily reproduced as an isometric...and would be easier to photocopy and distribute. And with isometrics there's no language barrier.

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    How about construction details like these along with instructions on these drawings.

    Larry
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    As time goes I want to further develop the software that I have that I can make 3d pdf files.

    The link below goes to a test site that I have showing a wheel pant design.
    Anyone with Adobe reader can open this file and zoom in and rotate to look at the design drawing.

    Use the controls at the top and your mouse wheel to navigate.

    http://creativestudioshome.com/wp-co...1/08/wheel.pdf

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    I am watching this one closely Sir Art. But since I know little of the Eindekker I will just watch the progress.
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Those look great, Larry...if you don't mind printing them out in color to include with the kit (or putting them on a CDROM). In photocopier quality black and white they might be harder to read. You might consider doing simple "line drawing" versions of those. I like the idea of being able to rotate a 3-D image of the model in a pdf. One note about putting instructions only on a CDROM (or in a pdf): They are nice to look at on the computer, but printed instructions would be more helpful during the building itself.

    It would also be nice if you could generate "step-by-step" versions of the isometrics. Just seeing the "final assembly" can be confusing. For example, what's the first step in assembling the wings? I would imagine it looks much like Art's photo. With both sides of an A3 sheet of paper you could probably show all of the essential steps (including perhaps only a few minimal notes along side them).

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Why kill any trees at all? Just post to a website. 

    That way any updates are easily made and how much detail to include is not hindered by printing costs, which ESP in color (great idea that) can be prohibitive on a small profit margin product. The CDrom is OK but now you are software driven and times change, kits lie around for years before being built and now my computer can't read this old file type. You would need to keep track of any major mods and have instructions keyed to Eindecker Kit rev B etc but that's easily done.

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    RE: Eindecker EIII


    ORIGINAL: metaldriver

    I am watching this one closely Sir Art. But since I know little of the Eindekker I will just watch the progress.
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    Welcome aboard Allen, watching is free

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Well, after printing the computer drawings and a couple of pictures from Larry........the light bulb finally came on! Oh, so that's what those little parts are for!

    I layed all the parts out on the plans and benches, studied the graphics (nearly got my little pea brain fried in the process) - oh yea, bugged Larry with a couple of phone calls - realized I was missing a couple of parts and had a couple of other parts extra .........OK! now I'm ready to build a wing.

    Maybe tomorrow I can actually glue some wood!
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Is there any info on price and availability for this plane yet?

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Art ,will you go and look at my post on the 1/2 Scale radial engine that i have been working on and let me know what you think ! I am six days into it and would like your opinion , PS ! never got a invite to your get together a few days ago , musta got lost in the mail by the mailman ! yeah i bet that is what happened ! Keep building ! billy

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    RE: Eindecker EIII


    ORIGINAL: CubCrafter

    How about construction details like these along with instructions on these drawings.

    Larry


    Larry,
    That is a great idea. A great drawing/picture is much better than typed words!


    Art,
    With this kit....you ALMOST look like a speed builder! LOL!
    Keep up the pace and that in its self will sell those kits.
    I can see the head lines now....

    " If Art Shelton can build this in 45 days ....so can YOU!"


    This should be a very educational build thread........Thank you both for your time and efforts.........

    HPA


    PS dont bother looking at Billys 1/2 scale radial.........[&:] its nothing special [X(][X(][X(].........................
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    RE: Eindecker EIII


    [quote]ORIGINAL: Horsepoweraviation


    ORIGINAL: CubCrafter

    How about construction details like these along with instructions on these drawings.


    Art,
    With this kit....you ALMOST look like a speed builder! LOL!
    Keep up the pace and that in its self will sell those kits.
    I can see the head lines now....

    '' If Art Shelton can build this in 45 days ....so can YOU!''


    This should be a very educational build thread........Thank you both for your time and efforts.........

    HPA



    PS dont bother looking at Billys 1/2 scale radial.........[&:] its nothing special [X(][X(][X(].........................
    Now that's funny!


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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Work has actually started on the wing. Last evening was devoted entirely to establishing the building sequence and writing step by step instructions.

    Believe it or not, I usually jot down building notes when I scratch build and much of the time they consist of sequenced instructions for a particular phase of the build. On a production kit, there just has to be some kind of written instructions. Even an experienced modeler needs to understand where the designer is coming from and a general approach to the build.

    I laminated the two root ribs using 15 minute expoxy because CA would be too expensive and I didn't want to wait on carpenter's glue to dry. It's somewhere under all those weights on my desk.

    I glued up the provided root rib angle gauge.

    I joined the trailing edge together using a small a/c ply scab. Larry's laser bed is restricted to size and sometimes pieces need to be joined to get to the size required on the plans.

    I also layed out the main spars, shimming them up with 1/8 balsa to account for the 1/8"balsa cap strips.

    As soon as the epoxy cures and I get a bite to eat, I'll start laying in the ribs.
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Progress report:

    All ribs are in, front spars with I beam shear web is in place and also the rear spars are glued.

    You can see 2 rib bays where spar material has filled the space between the upper and lower spars. Even though this is a Fun Scale type of model, if a modeler wants to add scale landing and flying wires, they would be fixed at these locations. Anytime I drill through a spar for any kind of a filtting, I always put ply shear web material on the front and back of the spars. These ply shear webs replace the strength lost by drilling into or through the spars.

    I think I'm finished for tonight.........
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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Looks pretty good Art (Speed Builder).

    k3 valley flyer

    As soon as we have the ones that Art and I are building in the air I will be releasing the production kits.
    Hopefully we will have flight videos by the end of March.
    The pricing will be determined by then also.

    Thanks,

    Larry

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    RE: Eindecker EIII

    Art, how come the root rib looks like it's leaning the wrong way. Looks like you're building anhedral rather than dihedral. I suppose its a weird view but it looks unusual.
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    ORIGINAL: geezeraviation

    Art, how come the root rib looks like it's leaning the wrong way. Looks like you're building anhedral rather than dihedral. I suppose its a weird view but it looks unusual.
    Doc
    That's what it looks like to me too. It might just be camera distortion, but...


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