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Blue Angel - Build

Old 04-08-2006, 05:19 PM
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And I thought I was the only one... Been flying a Yoshioka Angel in local comps here for about 4 years and the pattern guys havent seen wheels go up for years. Mine seems to need lots of aileron differential otherwise the tail seems to swing in the rolling manoeuvers. But it is beautiful.

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Old 04-08-2006, 06:25 PM
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It is a small world after all! My friends Speeda flew very nicely but he was running an OS 61 ABC-P, 12 X10 APC prop, a pipe and tri gear retracts. It was super fast and didn’t have time for the tail to move around much! I’m setting mine up the same way! A swept wing ballistic rocket!

How about posting some pictures of your Blue Angel.
Old 04-08-2006, 07:21 PM
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Your Blue Angel looks very well done- sorry about the spinner problem next time consider Central Hobbies how about? I ordered a 2-1/2 TruTurn and a package of 100 servo screws great service.Its a bit frustrating to hear about the 'lost' screw as I have a new one I'm not going to use because I still had the cut down one from my first TTIV which was fitted with a TruTurn as well and adapted to an O.S.91FX which I bet is the same allen head you might need. So if you run into a problem which I doubt e-mail me and I will drop the bolt in a well sealed package and get it off to you.[8D]
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Thanks for the offer, but Tower has another on the way with special packing.
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More shaping work on the top tail of the fuselage. I use rubber glue to hold the part in place to shape the outside and then it can be easily pulled apart to cutout the inside.

To be continued…
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Old 04-08-2006, 08:40 PM
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8178,
I would post a piccie but I haven't yet worked it out on this site...Yes, they are quick, aint they! Mine is all wood, Thunder Tiger 61 with stock muffler, 6.5lb and flies like an arrow, you just point it and haul it around just before it goes out of sight. Lands with the rudder scraping along the ground. Retracts are Hobbico mechanicals with a servo in the wing and one in the fuse. I don't mind the apparent tail swing, but the judges are really picky...
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Old 04-09-2006, 12:17 AM
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Evan, to post pics here is easy:

instead of using the "Fast Reply" box on the bottom click on "REPLY" in the top right corner of any post. You'll see "Upload" in the bottom left corner of the new reply box. Click there and brouse to any pic you want to post.

lets see your Angel
Old 04-10-2006, 03:15 AM
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Great stuff, see, if you ask the right questions..!
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:05 PM
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Great stuff, see, if you ask the right questions..!
Great job on your Blue Angel build. Looks wonderful!
Old 04-10-2006, 05:07 PM
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More fuselage rough shaping work on the area behind the canopy. I will not be able to complete the exact shape until the canopy arrives.
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Old 04-11-2006, 06:26 PM
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The more I work with the Blue Angel build the more I’m impressed with Kato’s design work and the modifications Yoshioka made to improve the design. Someone at MK worked overtime to develop the kit and draw the plans. The fit of the parts is extraordinary.

Of course in my case I’m cutting my own parts from the plan but it is truly impressive and hard to believe that the design was completed for the 1973 world championships.
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During the days when Superpoxie was new a friend assembled one or two of the MK kits which were top drawer it seemed-and went on to do his own design which greatly resembled the MK pattern ships lost his 'scratch design'flying inverted and not pushing the stick rather he pulled it. []
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K&B Superpoxy paint was wonderful stuff except for the time I was mixing the A&B parts and had a small amount of silver splash back and all the way up into my eye. Ended up in the closest hospital emergency room in agonizing pain. No permanent eye damage though. In the end the paint job turned out fantastic!
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"Someone at MK worked overtime to develop the kit and draw the plans."

8178, one of the first things that struck me about these plans is the amount of care that went into them. Even those little "animated" scissors next to the drawing of the canopy suggests that whoever drew these was taking pride in the details. Although CAD drawings offer a great deal of convenience and eliminate a lot of work, I still prefer looking over a well done set of hand drafted plans.
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Me too!
Old 04-14-2006, 04:25 PM
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My spinner finally arrived so I could pull the front together. To do this I installed the mount in the vertical position temporarily so I could glue on the nose ring with the engine installed without cutting the fuselage side.

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Because the engine is positioned far back on the mount and has a pump on the back I decided to space the fuel tank back ¼” with a plywood spacer ring. This will provide more clearance for the fuel lines.

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Next, I positioned the front lower nose blocks on the fuselage with rubber glue and rough shaped the outside. I then hollowed out the inside of the blocks with the router blade to make space for the nose gear. The front of the block will need more shaping after I add more blocks under the engine mount near the nose ring.

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The space between the bottom of the fuel tank and the nose gear mount is very tight and I ran into a clearance problem with the nose gear steering arm and the bottom of the fuselage opening. I decided to countersink the nose gear up into the mount 1/8” and add extra plywood plates on the top of the mount. Kind of Mickey Mouse but the extra 1/8” clearance helps.

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After repositioning the nose gear I cut out the bottom of the fuselage for the nose gear opening. When I fiberglass the fuselage I’ll be able to cover about half of the cutout for the steering arm. After the bottom of the fuselage is glued on the nose gear can be removed or installed through the former hole for the back of the fuel tank. I need to fuel proof the inside of the lower fuselage that covers the nose gear with thinned epoxy.

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View of the inside of the lower front fuselage block that covers the nose gear.

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Old 04-15-2006, 05:38 PM
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8178,
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
You do beautiful work!
JLK
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Thanks JLK! I like building, but most of all I love flying these time machines.
Old 04-15-2006, 06:57 PM
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This is looking great. Incredible work! Is that a nylon bolt holding the gear in place? I'm new to retract installations, but it makes sense to have a breakaway point like that.
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Thanks rainedav, it is a fun build.

Yes. I use 4-40 nylon bolts to hold the gear in place with blind nuts. On this build, like my Tiporare and Kwik Fli III I’ll use 4-40 socket head bolts for the nose gear because I’ll need to use a ball driver to reach the bolts. I’ve never had a nylon bolt break loose and they seem to work well.

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