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    SPADSTICK QUESTION

    hi all, i want to build a Spadstick. the description i find on the STTB site says the wingspan is 52 inches and fuse length is 46 inches. but the build plans show the fuse length to be 36 inches. (5"/11"/20") im confused. which is it? i want to used a .60 size 2 stroke. it seems 46 inches may be more proper (7"/11"/28"). thanks in advance.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    I think the rudder and motor/motor mount equal the extra 10".
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    I kinda thought that as well. i eneded up making the fuse 40 inches and the wingspan 52 inches. gonna reshape the stabilizers to be more like the original ugly stick.
    bolt on a s.t. 61, paint it rustoleum red, add the crosses, balance on the spar and go for it.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    Get the scallops in the ailerons too.  Thrill and amaze everyone with that.
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    you mean like this ??
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    I'm thrilled and amazed, maybe even motivated to do one.  I was going to do a Gnat.. Maybe I can Eindeckerize it.  The Spadstick looks like a better candidate.
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    WING IS FINISHED. JUST NEED TO INSTALL SERVOS.
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    A6,

    Nice job on the build.. You'll love the plane.. I think a .60 is too much for the size of the plane, but you don't have to fly it wide-open.. Enjoy! Post pics and/video of the maiden..

    Jim Gallagher

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    Hi A6TEXAN
    Nice job. Are you going to mount the aileron servos on the wing surface, partly in the wing, or totally inside the wing?

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    thx for the compliments fellas,
    jimgee, i increased the w.s to 52" and the fuse length to 40". maybe this will help with the .60 size engine.
    villa, im going to install a servo for each aileron, on the bottom of the wing. similar to most "arf" installations.
    ill post more pics as i get farther in the build this weekend as the weather is supposed to good for building not flying.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    Hi A6TEXAN
    I have mounted aileron servos inside the bottom of the wing, with only the servo arm protruding. I usually cut thru the bottom surface on three sides and hinge the forth side of a 2" by 2" square. What you will then have is a 2" X 2" hatch that is kept closed with a bamboo skewer into one of the flutes, from the trailing edge of the wing. Try this on a scrap piece of 4MM Coroplast. I have posted this procedure some years ago here, with photos, if you want tp search for it. Makes a nice clean instalattion. I sand the Coroplast servo mounting surface, and also sand the servo, and use thin CA glue. I usually cut off the two servo mounting ears. I believe I usually use a plastic tie wrap also, over the servo, but I always wonder if it is needed. Let me know what you think.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    i have a little more accomplished. been a long week at work. i did install 2 servos in wing so it is finished. also alot has been finished on fuse. need to install push rods, servo tray, and switch. then install front and rear turtledecks and paint with red rustoleum. will post more pics soon.
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    Looking good A6!


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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION


    ORIGINAL: A6TEXAN

    I kinda thought that as well. i eneded up making the fuse 40 inches and the wingspan 52 inches. gonna reshape the stabilizers to be more like the original ugly stick.
    bolt on a s.t. 61, paint it rustoleum red, add the crosses, balance on the spar and go for it.
    A6 have you painted coro before with rustoleum and is it fuel proof? I hadn't thought of painting it before. Have you tried lusterkote on coro? A camo SPAD would be kool!
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    hey Shooter,
    i got a tip from a friend to use the rustoleum that is "made for plastic". he told me it was fuel proof. i cant confirm it yet. i did get an extra long slim line muffler to use just in case its not. i think the longer it gets to cure before flying will definitely give it a better chance. ill be flying soon and let you know how it works out.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    The regular old gloss Rustoleum is what holds up to glow fuel.  Scuff up the plastic, paint it and then let it cure for a couple weeks before you fly it.  I had a DPS that I painted camo and it held up pretty well.  When you clean your planes, if you scrub the plane clean with paper towel and windex, you can take the paint off, but if you clean it gently, it'll hold up ok.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    shes getting close to flying !!
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    It almost looks too good for a SPAD.  Only 5 months.  I have taken a couple of years to build a spad.  I think about it too much, and change my mind.  A lot of people make them on a Friday night. (or Saturday if it is special)
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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    Tex,

    Very nice! Keep up th good work.. Post video if the maiden.. oh, and you can build one for me!

    Jim Gallagher..

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    Hi,
    Having built several of these over the years I think your 60 will be great. We usually had to add quite a bit of nose weight anyhow.
    I extended the nose 2" for my 2 cycle 40s
    Personally I still have not found a good "coro paint". I just swip a sign of the right color[:-][>:]
    Yes dear, I did glue my hand to the airplane to keep from dropping it.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    finally flew the aircraft today. excellent flights. only 2 clicks of down elevator trim and 1 click right aileron and she flew hands off. had a funny tail waggle that i didnt like though. could have just been the windy day. i find out on a calm day.

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    ORIGINAL: A6TEXAN

    finally flew the aircraft today. excellent flights. only 2 clicks of down elevator trim and 1 click right aileron and she flew hands off. had a funny tail waggle that i didnt like though. could have just been the windy day. i find out on a calm day.
    Congrats. on the maiden flight !!! The tail waggle wasn't flutter was it ? With the bigger engine and prop wash produced, I've found out that flutter can be a problem. Try stiffening up the stablizer and vertical fin with bamboo skewers for extra support.

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    A6Texan,

    Congratz on the maiden, but without pictures or video it never happened..

    Jim Gallagher

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    RE: SPADSTICK QUESTION

    LOL im with ya Jim.
    i have 4 skewers in each stabilizer. it definitely wasnt flutter. im thinking i should have made the fuselage a little longer, maybe at least 4 inches. it reminded me of my hangar9 corsair. you know how short coupled they are. other than the waggle its a keeper !


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