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Old 01-13-2015, 05:32 PM
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How about a copy of the plans for me too? [email protected]

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Old 01-24-2015, 04:28 PM
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Have made a start on formers and building jig, I am considering using Dualsky xm6355da motor, Are you fitting the motor directly to F1 or does it need additional support as in using a cross mount at the front. ??
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I am running a Hacker in runner on mine, so it mounts directly to F1. If you want to rear mount your motor, there is a former on the plans labeled "Plett F2" that can be used as the firewall. There is no additional reinforcement required.

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Thanks Jeff, its front mounted, just wanted to know if you can mount motors directly onto F1 without any other reinforcement

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Jeff

Could I bother you for a set of Plans?? Would like to buildthis plane.

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Thanks

John
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Will put more on later, just wanted to say i am really impressed with how this is going together
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:10 PM
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You are certainly making quick work of it!
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I`m getting closer to the decision of glassing or film covering, never glassed before, so newbie question - is 18g cloth too fine is 45g better, will probably be using poly C once sealed, although thats still not decided....
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I would use the 18 gram. The glass is only to provide a hard surface to paint. Go as light as you can.
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Jeff, could you use just Z-Poxy finishing resin on the bare wood without the cloth to keep it light?

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You could finish with resin on the bare wood, but it has very little ding resistance. I finished an airplane with this method back in the day and it did not hold up very well. I recommend using the lightest cloth you can find.
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OK, sounds good. I will probably try 1/2 ounce glass cloth to cover with.

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Hi Jeff,
Thanks for chatting with me a couple weeks ago in Apache Junction and I enjoyed watching you fly. I guess its time to get some official plans and try this build! My e-mail for this is [email protected] Thanks
John
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Almost there, just built it up for CG check to find out where batteries will go - here are a few photos, mainly any differences to whats been done before

power will be from Turnigy G160 and YEP 120A ESC
canopy has 2 dowels at front, front is CF covered ply and studs on each side at rear
stab and wings are built up
Elevator servo and rudder servo are both under canopy
Have not fitted adjustable incidence fittings due to availability and not proficient enough to notice a difference
Fuz, stab , wings ( all of it ) are all glass clothed with 25g cloth and polyester resin then spray painted
when checking CG looks like batteries (2x 5 cell 5000mah) will need to go forward of undercarriage, there will be a separate power supply fitted for RX
I dont do competitions thats mainly why i glassed all of it as i have no weight limit to stick to and would rather have it more ding resistant, hope it flies as good as it looks , wont be long now....
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Very nice work! Good luck on the maiden.

Jeff
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Hi jeff
could you send me again the plans?
my mail is: [email protected]
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Hello Jeff,

I would really appreciate a copy of your Lightning F3A plans. I have been searching for a balsa/ply design and found this thread and your design looks fantastic.
Thank you for your generosity in sharing this design. Email: [email protected]

Ken
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Originally Posted by Viper Driver
Very nice work! Good luck on the maiden.

Jeff
Thanks Jeff. will let you all know, if you are wondering how i can build so quick unfortunately had to finish work early, this is probably the quickest this plane has been built.
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Hi Jeff


I would also like a copy of the plan set.


My email address is :


[email protected]


Thanks in advance.


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Vilelas, Ken, and Geison,

The plans should be in your email.

Jeff
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Jeff....I built "Plett F2" for an outrunner and had to come up with a way to remove the motor from the rear (inside). My "Plett F2" is 1/8 aircraft ply on the inside and 1/8 lite ply in front (with blind nuts).
I'm new to electrics and have never seen a motor mounted like this before; question is....Will this work?
If anyone has tried this with or without success please chime in.
Also; Thanks for the plans Jeff. Larry


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Old 04-20-2015, 04:35 AM
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Larry,

I have never mounted a motor in that manner, but I don't see why it won't work.

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Larry/Jeff, I use to do it that way for a few planes when I was running an AXI motor, never had an issue.




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Thanks for the quick reply Jeff and Dave; I'm going to laminate "Plett F2" with C/F cloth if it ever gets here. (slow boat from China)
Really like your mount Dave....looks super strong....Oh by the way....it was your thread on building a pattern wing and stab that got this project going.....good stuff.

Thanks Larry
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Thank you Jeff, the design is perfect.

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