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My Homebuilt (now with pics)

Old 03-01-2008, 10:58 AM
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Hey guys, just about to finish up my homebuilt plane, and i'm trying to think of a way to mount the wheels to my landing gear. I am using Dubro 2.25" super light wheels, and i am going to be mounting them on 1/8" rod for my gear. I have already bent and cut this to shape, and there is about 1/2" of metal left if I put the wheels on.

I was wondering if you guys know of any method that i can use to mount my wheels to my gear without the use of wheel collars. (I don't have any, and i won't make a trip to my LHS just to pick some up.) Is there any method using something that i would probably have in my garage? Possibly using balsa wood?
Old 03-01-2008, 11:10 AM
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With care you can dolder washers on. Maybe you have some of those thingies that push on an grip (too early in the morning to come up wit the right name). I've seen guys use servo mounting grommets on park flyers: just slip them on. you can also use fuel line. Several layers of heat shrink will work.Hope one of these ideas helps.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:27 AM
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I definitely have fuel line, but i think it would be pretty hard to get it to fit over 1/8" rod.

I'll go try this right now, with some washers in between the wheel and the fuel tubing. (so there isn't a ton of friction)
I'll also put a drop of CA in there just to hold it in place.

Once my plane is done, i'll be sure to post pics for you guys. I think you'll really like this one.

Here's a few specs:

Wingspan: 50"
length: 28"
weight:13 oz.
(this is not a typo)

I am using a GWS power system with a 300 motor, gearbox, and an electrifly 10x4.5 SF. This is running of a GWS 480Li speedo and a 6 cell nimh pack. It has 2 hs-55's in there, and i hope to add a third for ailerons.

All foam wing, and a balsa fuse. My plane is alot like this one:
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:48 PM
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You'd be surprised how far you can stretch fuel line. I'm thinking that 1/8 rod can't be much larger than a pushrod clevis.

Nice looking bird. Bright color schene
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:55 PM
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I put the fuel line on, and it works great.

My plane isn't going to be all bright, that's just an example of what the general shape will be like. My wings are solid EPS foam coated in white monokote. I am going to leave the fuse as just plain wood.
Old 03-02-2008, 07:30 AM
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help to glad.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:38 PM
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here are some pics of my baby:
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:20 PM
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Here's my new plane, made from 1 sheet of 5mm poster board. can't wait to fly it...[sm=spinnyeyes.gif]
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:18 AM
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that's a weird aileron setup.

Whoah!

It doesn't like how big my pics are!

Does anybody know how to make them smaller?

They are 3072x2304x24 BPP right now. How can i make them smaller?
Old 03-04-2008, 07:07 PM
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put it in paint and adjust the size there. microsoft word works well too.
Old 03-04-2008, 07:33 PM
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sorry, but these are high quality jpeg's, and they cannot be resized by paint or word. Word can't even view them in their raw form. I already have Irfan View if that helps.
Old 03-04-2008, 08:03 PM
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finally found the resize button:

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Old 03-05-2008, 10:17 AM
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The wing loading looks high on that last one, but I'll bet it brings smiles when it's in action (-:
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Old 03-05-2008, 02:40 PM
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that's my little puppy. Her name is Oreo. She was bugging me the whole time i was taking the pics.

Yeah, she's a blast. She will jump about 3.5" off the ground (measured from the bottom of her feet)
(i think that's alot more than most home-builts)

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