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Old 03-19-2015, 01:59 PM
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Decided to drag out an older sailplane been sitting for years in the garage. had a brushed system a geared 550 turbo Goldberg motor. I installed an E-flite 10 with an 11 - 6 prop new Spektrum 4 channel receiver. for fun I am installing a variometer and a temp and volt telemetry. wingspan 74 inches finished will weigh about thirty ounces. its a three channel plane rudder elevator motor. I built this from some plans I found at a garage sale I don't have the plans anymore so I don't know what its name was.
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Old 03-28-2015, 04:44 AM
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Hi JMCHASE, interesting looking glider. some bigger pics would be great, the wing planform is interesting.

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Old 03-28-2015, 08:12 AM
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Thanks for asking

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Old 03-28-2015, 08:24 AM
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Nice, I like the "feathers" I might have to try a covering job along those lines.

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Old 03-28-2015, 09:45 AM
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Use a template like cut out card stock paper so you can flip it over to do opposite wings
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Here is my first attempt at using a template JM, you can see I did not mirror it properly for the wing but I was not going to go through all that cutting again, got the tail mirrored though.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:48 AM
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I like it. It gives it some character. There is something that it ads to the plane that makes it stand out. Are you going to ad anything to the top?
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I did a lightining bolt scheme that I am not all that happy with, but it should show up in the sky, so it will do.

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One thing ive learned over the years is an artest is never happy with his work. Usually we see the fine details and mistakes but everyone else sees the art. I think you did a great job looks FAAAAST.......
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Thanks, it has yet to get in the air, in the next few weeks I hope.
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Have you seen the video in tips and techniques called new monokote techniques i just watched it great idea
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Yes I have and have found I have trouble with the colors bleeding when I use trim solvent to seal the edges. I am going to try this "monocote glue" recipe next time to see what happens.

You can easily mix up a brew that will allow you to use the "wet" method to attach your Super Monokote trim

(not the sticky-backed stuff) that is very easy to do and will not require any sealing with the iron when it's dry.

In an old Windex or other spray bottle mix up about 4 oz. water, 2 or 3 oz. of denatured alcohol, a small amount

of dishwashing liquid (about 8 or 10 drops) and about 1 to 1-1/2 oz of Trim Solvent.

Shake it up good and spray it on the base covering, getting a even thin coat.

Lay your Monokote trim (be sure to remove the clear plastic) onto the sprayed area and slide it around until it's

in exactly the right position. Take a soft rubber squeegee (get these at the car parts place) and working from

the center in all directions squeegee the liquid out until there are no bubbles or creases.

Use paper towels to sop up the excess and then allow to dry at least four hours (depends on temp and humidity).

The trim will be fastened to the base Monokote as if it were ironed on and won't come off.

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