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Old 01-30-2018, 12:35 AM
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Well, it's been almost 10 years since I made any progress on the 109 but I'm slowly get back in the saddle. I apologize to anyone who may have been following this build but I had some life changes which created a slight detour. It seems though that I left you in good hands as I've seen some great looking 109's here.

I left off with graphics and now I have in hand nomenclature graphics from Callie. I'm still working on another couple of projects but I hope to get back to work with the graphics in the next month or so.
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:01 AM
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Wow...talk about a blast from the past. Don't feel bad...I haven't built or flown a plane of any type in well over a decade. My Taylor 109 short kit has never even been laid out on the workbench and I've probably had it for 15 years.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by G.F. Reid View Post
Wow...talk about a blast from the past.
Haha! That's funny. I know it has been a while and I debated whether to even continue the thread but in the end I want to finish what I started even if it is rather anti-climactic.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:52 AM
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Always learn so much from your builds.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:05 AM
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Thanks Clive! I only have the graphics left to do to finish it up but it will be my first time with these graphics so I'll be learning myself as I go.
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My apologies once again. I don’t post much on RCU anymore because I find posting photos to be a little tedious. Anyway the model is pretty much up to maiden status, I had paint issues that had to be dealt with but unfortunately I couldn’t get the paint match that I needed when I repainted.

Here is what was done to complete the model. Go to the top. I gave up trying to post the photos within the post.

”Birdy” was painted.

And where she stands now.

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Old 08-12-2019, 10:17 PM
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Fantastic job!
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Lovely work, it's going to look great when it's all togather

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Very very nice
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Thanks for the kind remarks Greg, limodune and planekrazee.

I had wanted to use a RCV90SP for this model but after trying it in a Seagull 109, there just didn't seem to be enough power so I am considering changing to a Saito 125. Right now I'm a little on the fence about this and will wait for the Saito to arrive to see how it fits within the cowl before really making the decision.
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The Saito 125 arrived and I did a quick prelim check to get an idea of cowl modifications and it was obvious that too much of the cowl would have to be removed for the engine to fit. So, I’ve decided to go ahead with the RCV for the initial flights and if I find the power to be unsatisfactory then I’ll make the engine change.
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The RCV has been reinstalled in the model and a shake-down test with the engine and airframe was conducted. Found a few items that needed attention including a couple of loose cockpit pieces and some engine problems because of a new carb and intake manifold. Did another run today after some work on the carb and the engine is running better but not quite there yet. With any luck, the engine will be running well tomorrow. This photo was before the first test run.
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Have spent quite a bit of time dealing with engine issues. I've had to rotate the cylinder 90 degrees in an effort to cure a sag as the engine decels from full power to idle. Still working this issue.

In the meantime, a Vanessa rig was built and I have been playing with it some with the 109. With 99% of the model assembled, she weighs in at 11 lbs (5 kg) and, in its current state, the cg sits 4.5" from the leading edge with the horizontal stab sitting level.



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Finally got the engine problem sorted...it was a new carb that I had installed but is defective somehow so the original was reinstalled and engine runs great now. However a new problem has arisen with glue joints coming unglued after 10+ years. First, the throttle servo mount broke free from the balsa slab base and then today, while running the RCV, the left aileron hinge broke free and the flap mounting nut came loose.



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Repairs to the aileron and flap hinging have commenced. The aileron hinge will just require a re-glue while the head of the flap hinging bolt pulled through the hinge hole so a washer has been added to prevent this in the future. The other wing half will have to be checked as well.

The problems that have arisen from the engine vibration have led me to the decision to replace the engine with an electric motor. I have no experience nor knowledge of electric motors so I am soliciting advice as to the proper combination of prop/motor/battery for this 11lb (5kg) model.
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