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Old 04-03-2020, 05:14 AM
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Work is progressing...




Note the use of flat style rivets used on the spar line above the wheel well.
Old 04-03-2020, 05:17 AM
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The details really pop!
Old 04-03-2020, 05:18 AM
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Thanks Mike!
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Uauuu...amazing job, well done!
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I'm sorry that I haven't posted anything new, but while I'm waiting for parts, I decided to tackle a project for a friend of mine. This is an Ultra Stick Ultra Lite. I thought the change of pace might do me some good as well...Work will resume shortly, till then enjoy these photos!






I replaced the firewall since the previous owner had drilled too many holes in the original firewall. A thicker firewall was installed with 2 degrees of right thrust added. A DA-35 was mounted on the front.




A hatch was cut into the top of the fuselage that will allow easy access to the throttle servo which will be relocated below.




The covering was reworked along with a different covering scheme added to the front.















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Old 04-06-2020, 08:42 AM
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Good looking bird Vince, nice job!
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Vince,
Haven't checked your Beech build in over a week. See the pics attached. These might be a bit more "realistic" for your Bonanza's wingtips and inspection plates, if it isn't too late and yours have been glued in place. These screws are M1.6 x 6mm panhead phillips. Used them on my T34C. All are sanded and primed. There might be enough left that I have for your Bonanza project. If you can use them and want to switch out what you've already attached, let me know. No charge.


Old 04-06-2020, 11:40 AM
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I really appreciate the offer Flyer, but it appears that the screws that I have already used are the same as yours.



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LMAO! On my 'puter screen, yours look like socket head cap screws...LOL. And our little screw baggies
are identical. Got mine from Micro Fasteners too! Except mine says $3.20/100 (bought in 2008). And
I actually hand sanded and primed each and every one, too!
Old 04-07-2020, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by V35BFLYER View Post
LMAO! On my 'puter screen, yours look like socket head cap screws...LOL. And our little screw baggies
are identical. Got mine from Micro Fasteners too! Except mine says $3.20/100 (bought in 2008). And
I actually hand sanded and primed each and every one, too!
No harm, that's pretty funny though... Now let's talk about the real problem as I see it. You said and I quote "Haven't checked your Beech build in over a week." Come on now Flyer a week? Get your priorities straight man, you should be checking in every day! LOL

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No harm, that's pretty funny though... Now let's talk about the real problem as I see it. You said and I quote "Haven't checked your Beech build in over a week." Come on now Flyer a week? Get your priorities straight man, you should be checking in every day! LOL
Vince remind V35BFLYER if we don't see pictures nothing happened!
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Nice setup but the switch assembly would look better a little lower.
Old 04-09-2020, 09:05 AM
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Just seen a TF Bonanza on eBay going for $799 US!
Thinking I got a real bargain with the kit and cockpit kit costing me 180 plus 19 shipping.
Now if only I could afford the robart retracts!
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Old 04-09-2020, 09:10 AM
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Just in case anyone is wanting one of these.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-TopFl...t/254564390800
Old 04-09-2020, 10:48 AM
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Thanks for the Ultra Stick postings. Long ago I had the 1.20 version powered by a Moki 1.35 2-stroke. Such a huge wing. Flew great until it met its demise in a mid-air.
Am keeping busy building a sport plane which will be my first gas powered plane with a VVRC 16cc. Your photos will provide me some visualization and detail that I will be incorporating into it.
Not that it matters, but RCU emails me each time someone posts to your Bonanza build. I am watching amidst this stay-at-home period. Like those funny videos found every where on the internet, your posts entertain me. Unless you are talented in the entertainment field, don't do any videos. Well, maybe. No, don't. It would take away from the build session.
Later,
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A selfie from twenty years ago. Today 70.

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Lupe, great shot of you holding your Stick, no pun intended here... Twenty years ago, wow!
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This will be the last of the photos for the Stick as my job here is nearly done. All that is left is to attach the linkages on the ailerons and flaps, then weigh and balance the model. This project has allowed me a bit of time away from the Bonanza build which has been a good thing for me. First a few thoughts on this project that I undertook for a friend. If you are considering buying a used plane, you have to think about how much work that will need to go into your purchase to make it what you want. In this case the plane was purchased without engine or servos. You might think well that's OK, I want to install my own engine and servos. The point that I'm trying to convey is this, the firewall had to be replaced because of holes from the previous engine were in different locations. The servos that were supplied for this project were much smaller than the existing openings in the wing. This required me to make four new aileron and flap adapter plates in which to mount the new servos. This all took time and work. All of the 2-56 control rods were swapped out with 4-40 rod, and the list goes on... In the end, my friend has a great plane which I'm sure will give him much pleasure and fun for a long, long time.

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Question on the fuel tubing used on the Ultra Stick. I notice that its color is an opaque yellow. I purchased some Tygon tubing, but looks a transparent yellow. Is it Tygon? A club member mentioned a newer type called TPM, or was it TPU. Will have to search the internet for that.
True words about what happens after buying a "used" plane. I've only done that once. Man, there was so much to change out. Not to mention the time expended in updating it to my liking.
Thanks for the humorous remark about "holding my stick". I had to scroll up to see how I was posing. That brought a laugh. I was 50 when I took that picture.
Keep up the good work. The Bonanza photos make it look like a full-scale plane is being worked on.

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Old 04-10-2020, 10:56 AM
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Question on the fuel tubing used on the Ultra Stick. I notice that its color is an opaque yellow. I purchased some Tygon tubing, but looks a transparent yellow. Is it Tygon? A club member mentioned a newer type called TPM, or was it TPU. Will have to search the internet for that.
True words about what happens after buying a "used" plane. I've only done that once. Man, there was so much to change out. Not to mention the time expended in updating it to my liking.
Thanks for the humorous remark about "holding my stick". I had to scroll up to see how I was posing. That brought a laugh. I was 50 when I took that picture.
Keep up the good work. The Bonanza photos make it look like a full-scale plane is being worked on.
Lupe, the fuel line that I like to use is made by Sullivan and it's called ProFlex. Tygon fuel line hardens and requires yearly replacement, especially the clunk line in the tank. Switching over to ProFlex has eliminated the need to replace clunk lines that aren't flexible. The down side is that it is pricey! If you chose to use it be aware that it comes in two sizes so make sure to purchase the larger line when using on gas engines.
S215 ? ProFlex Universal Tubing for 3/16? fittings 2? ? Sullivan

With the Stick nearly completed, work can resume on the Bonanza. The photos really don't do any justice to how the wing has come out. The scale details added thus far has made it appear very realistic in appearance.
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Bobcat, thanks for taking the time to post the Bonanza kit for sale on E-Bay. These kits are becoming harder and harder to find along with the price rocketing upwards. The $799.00 price may cause some eyebrows to raise, but for me I would have paid that price in a heartbeat. Our kit that we purchased along with shipping was about the same price. Actually, we paid more if you factor the additional price of the missing windscreen!

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Originally Posted by VincentJ View Post
Lupe, the fuel line that I like to use is made by Sullivan and it's called ProFlex. Tygon fuel line hardens and requires yearly replacement, especially the clunk line in the tank. Switching over to ProFlex has eliminated the need to replace clunk lines that aren't flexible. The down side is that it is pricey! If you chose to use it be aware that it comes in two sizes so make sure to purchase the larger line when using on gas engines.
I second that. Proflex is great! Switched over to it on two of my gassers. But.....buy it from Tower. $1.99 shipping. Just fyi.
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All of the rivets on top and bottom halves of the wing are finally done!








If you're wondering how many rivets it took to complete the wing, be my guest you can count! lol




Filling-in the minor imperfections on the ailerons and flaps before rivets can be placed on them...

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Originally Posted by VincentJ View Post


All of the rivets on top and bottom halves of the wing are finally done!








If you're wondering how many rivets it took to complete the wing, be my guest you can count! lol




Filling-in the minor imperfections on the ailerons and flaps before rivets can be placed on them...
Absolutely love the corrugations in the control surfaces!!! That definitely took skill, patience and creativity.
Just wondering if you're leaving off the last half inch or so (full size) of sheet metal lip at the trailing edge where the upper and lower skins meet at the rear edge and are held flat together by a row of rivets.

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Steve, that lip at the trailing edge of the control surfaces will not be duplicated.

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