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Old 03-28-2018, 11:27 AM
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has anyone built a SPAD LC40 trainer and have come out anywhere near the advertised 5lbs.-10 oz. ? I built one and have nothing more on it than what the plans call for other than a MagnumXLS.46, rather than a .40 of any brand and it came out after balancing weighing 6lbs.-5oz.. does the weight of coroplast vary that much ?.
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:29 PM
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I cant answer your question exactly, but if you are within 11 ounces as you describe and you are using a Magnum XLS .46, you are going to be ok. I'm sure weights of coro can differ from one manufacturer to another, but your not that far off that I wouldn't worry about it. Just make sure you COG is within spec.
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:23 AM
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belated thanks for that. I couldn't find any 2mm. corro for the wing locally, so I used what Home depot had. read that many people did the same thing with no bad reports,. I was just a bit puzzled over the all up weight issue with that .46 in front. to be honest given the area of the wing, I doubt the published weight was true even if 2mm. was used for the wing, as stated in the article.
as a side,....I don't think I've ever built a plane that came close to what the article's published weight is........
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Was going to ask if you had a RNAF wing, 2 mil top, 4 mil bottom. Found your weight gain. It won't float as well as the original but you can always dial the ailerons into flaperons, bout 5-10 degrees will do. Hard to get 2 mil here in the mid states now, you can have it shipped in but the cost is absorbent.
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yeah, there's no 2 millimeter anywhere around here either. I've been to every sign shop in the area within about 25 miles looking for some , too. I found one sign shop that will get some for me,..... if I order 25 sheets.
the plans spec'd 2mil. for entire wing, i'm pretty sure. I wasn't really worried about the added weight, just wondered about the issue of using 4mil. instead of 2 mil. for a wing after the wing was built, it had that " well,... it feels a bit heavy but it should be ok", feeling,.... if you know what I mean. not as light as it should be, but not really heavy feeling.
it flies fine.........
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Ward; WHEN I was building and flying I almost always just used 4 mil corro for the wing. Only had one ever have a problem, and since it floated nicely I'm not calling that weight, more like under-powered. (Also it had a twisted wing so it flew.. interestingly..)
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Originally Posted by Adui View Post
Ward; WHEN I was building and flying I almost always just used 4 mil corro for the wing. Only had one ever have a problem, and since it floated nicely I'm not calling that weight, more like under-powered. (Also it had a twisted wing so it flew.. interestingly..)
figured the added weight wouldn't be a problem,...just putting out there for reassurance. thanks for the comment. my first impression of the finished wing was,.." well, it feels a bit on the heavy side for it's size, but not so much that it will be a problem." then the next time I handles it , it seemed OK for it being a coro wing. it would be nice to be able to build it with 2 mm. I guess i'd like to see/feel physically, what the difference would be. I had no doubts that it will fly, OK.
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I've been struggling with the 2mm coro problem also. Hard to find, and when you do, its too expensive for the project. Considered just using 4mm, but don't like the added weight, especially when on some of the plans they say performance will be affected. Foam board from the dollar store might be a solution, but would need some kind of fuel proofing like EconoKote.
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Would foam board be strong enough? I've considered it as well, but when I was flying a lot I tended to push the envelope on my air frames. I like to make them dance!
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Well, I'm thinking .15 size as in the Friday Night Special. But it would be worth experimenting. I've got a great little Magnum .15 that I had on a Gnat, but would like something like the Friday Night Special. I just want something I can start and throw into the air even on windy days.
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Another thing that could be done, is strip off a side of the 4mm to reduce weight. That might save enough weight for a wing that requires 2mm. What do you think?

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Originally Posted by Tom Nied View Post
Another thing that coule be done, is strip off a side of the 4mm to reduce weight. That might save enough weight for a wing that requires 2mm. What do you think?
Iíve given thought to doing something like that. Use it like sheeting material with a spar and some wing ribs. I have a good supply of 4 mil. I just donít have the time to experiment. Interesting thought.
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Ah, what I said earlier is crazy thinking. Remember what S.P.A.D.S. are suppose to be. SIMPLE. I've assessed what I've got, and I'm going to hack something together using the 4mm that I have. Don't over think this, keep it simple. The easier the better. I'm starting with a Dynamo wing. Engine is going to be an old OS Max 35, or a TT GP42. Would love to get the old OS Max 3 flying again. What the heck, we're suppose to be experimenting
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Ah, what I said earlier is crazy thinking. Remember what S.P.A.D.S. are suppose to be. SIMPLE. I've assessed what I've got, and I'm going to hack something together using the 4mm that I have. Don't over think this, keep it simple. The easier the better. I'm starting with a Dynamo wing. Engine is going to be an old OS Max 35, or a TT GP42. Would love to get the old OS Max 3 flying again. What the heck, we're suppose to be experimenting
THAT is the spirit of SPAD!!! Build it, Fly it! If it crashes build another!! (Or as is most likely, put a new prop on and fly it again!!)
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That’s right
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THAT is the spirit of SPAD!!! Build it, Fly it! If it crashes build another!!
Exactly!!!



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Wing almost looks ok?
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Wing was totaled too. Split in 2 on the bottom and spars broken. Only the tail feathers were reused. I built a new plane that is still flying with a few dings.

That crash was January 2015. My first flight returning to RC. Screw came loose on carb throttle arm. Engine went to idle and SPAD came down fast.
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I am thinking a solution for going from 2mm to 4mm would be to take any plan for a plane that calls for 2mm coro, and double the size of the plane. Of course you would need more power. I am not trying to be funny. I think it makes sense. SPAD◊2
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I get what you're saying. You're trying to reduce the wing-loading, right? I don't think you need to go all the way 2x, but use LAR, (looks about right) and see what happens. More power will ultimately make sense. I'm trying an old .35 OS Max on a .25 design. I'm not too worried about it if it flys ok. I will not be flying any combat. I just want something I can throw into the air and have fun with.
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you can follow here
http://spadworld.net/forum/viewtopic...288&highlight=
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Interesting problem. Looked at that and replied. I don't see any Spads at my field, so I'm weirdo. Keep experimenting for sure.
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I am glad I got a few sheets of 2mm a few years ago for $14 a sheet. The company never has any in stock and is quite hard to deal with. Unfortunately they are the main supplier for the whole country, it seems. I just junked a small heavy 4mm winged combat plane with a .40. It flew fairly well but needed to have a bit of power. It would fall out of the air at about 1/4 throttle but was fine at 1/3. It was quite fast at full throttle. It felt like a brick when carrying it around. Don't forget that a SPAD by definition allows for foam with tape or ____kote covering. That could be 1/4" foam sheets or hotwire cut foam. I have some blue fanfold 1/4" and blue 1/2" that I have some silly ideas for. Maybe a flat foamy Extra with a .40? Some pics here The blue and white 4mm wing before it's demise, 1/2" foam delta with an .09, And 4mm Gnat wings are an option too.


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I retired this one. A bit flexy but ok really.

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