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Old 08-23-2020, 09:12 PM
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It was a friend Andrew Bird some years ago who watched me fit a glass without, where I used tape pulls etc and said he used magnets! It allows you to check the fit without any glue, you can fit the frame and check for distortion before adding any glue.

You need more than you think, I have around 80 magnets for the big Aerobatic type canopy glasses.
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Old 08-24-2020, 05:46 AM
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The magnet trick is one of best! When I did my Joker build I also used the magnet to position the inlet ducts for my EDF version.




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Old 08-24-2020, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob_B View Post
The magnet trick is one of best! When I did my Joker build I also used the magnet to position the inlet ducts for my EDF version.


Bob,

Where did you get the inlet ducts from for your Joker?

Robert
Old 08-24-2020, 06:27 AM
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You can update the van with a little fiberglass package too!

https://www.thedrive.com/news/35856/...-custom-colors

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[QUOTE=LimitDwn;12626797]Bob,

Where did you get the inlet ducts from for your Joker?

Robert[/QUOTE

https://www.schuebeler-jets.de

Danny at Aeropanda may have an extra set in stock.
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Work got in the way the last two days, so slow progress. On the full production kits the surface control rod slots will be cut 2mm wide to allow you to open to suit the arm offset you use. Mine was already opened to 5mm so I have ended up with a wider slot than I wanted. I may put fairings over the front section anyway to clean them up.
MacGregor 6928 Brushless servos on the stabs the same as the two prototype Bolt! Airframes.
Note the kit comes with carbon sleeves for the pushrods. I’ve just not set the length yet.



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Old 08-24-2020, 04:27 PM
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[QUOTE=Bob_B;12626831]
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Bob,

Where did you get the inlet ducts from for your Joker?

Robert[/QUOTE

https://www.schuebeler-jets.de

Danny at Aeropanda may have an extra set in stock.
Bob
Thanks, Bob will give hi a call in the AM.

Sorry to hijack you thread Dave, but you never know where you can get good info from.
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[QUOTE=LimitDwn;12626971]
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Thanks, Bob will give hi a call in the AM.

Sorry to hijack you thread Dave, but you never know where you can get good info from.
Danny does have a pair ...

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[QUOTE=LA jetguy;12627027]
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Danny does have a pair ...

David
Thanks, for the help, paid for and should have by Friday. Now if CARF would get back to me I can get this project under way.

Robert
Old 08-26-2020, 06:33 PM
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When you get a chance can you measure the stab width ? TIA
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41 5/16”

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I love this jet. Amazing quality - really innovative design.

Great job with the build as usual Dave!
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I’ve spent far too much time with accountants this week and can’t wait to be in the workshop again!
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Spent a little time tonight looking at various parts. The bypass should take all 200-260 turbines with little effort. The JetCat P-220Rxi Iím using just needed the lugs taking off the cover and a notch cutting to clear the strap and 6mm packers.
Trying to decide where to mount things. The two prototype models had the bubble trap mounted right at the front, but I think Iíll go for the shortest fuel line runs into a 6oz Map twin input tank




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I think I'll just have to get one it looks superb !!!!
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Tailplane is the first part finished, the linkage screws are not final fix as Iíll wait for the programming stage for that. One of the nice things about the Bolt! and anyone who has built an Ultra Lightning or Mephisto wing will know you need the right tool to fit the servo mounting screws...so CARF have supplied Allen head screws and an extra long Allen driver for the job...makes it really easy 🙂




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I noticed the extra long tool when I unpacked the box. Nice touch from CARF
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Yep, makes it a breeze.

Fin next. The hinge line dictates a ball joint at each end, it was tried with a 90 degree pushrod but it worked out better like this. The slot has to allow for the pushrod indexing...so CARF moulded a cover. Not just a flat base flex and fix down- no itís moulded to match perfectly just sitting there like I show. Itís glass fibre not plastic.Iíve started to trim the flange and will finalise tomorrow, eldest daughter is just home from a week in Scotland so Iím required for some daddy time,.,even though sheís 23!













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Old 08-29-2020, 07:26 AM
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Here is the fin in position so people can understand the fairing is level when installed because of the angled mating surface. I have not decided whether to silicon or screw the fairing on. I donít need to remove the fairing to take the pushrod out or the servo so it might even be Hysol time 🙂




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Not much time today as I was out flying with customers. Started to install gear. Just checking wheel alignment based on square leg to square Electron yoke. I like a tiny bit of toe in.
CARF supply CSK wood screws to hold the gear which is quick and simple if you go that route.





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Old 09-01-2020, 01:19 PM
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Started looking at the nose gear assembly tonight, flats on the nose pin are a must for me. The kit includes ball links for both ends of the steering linkage but I like a nylon horn on the steering servo to reduce the pounding they get. I used a Clevis and still got a perfect alignment. the clean nose needs a wedge to get the 105 degree nose leg vertical, the parts provided by CARF required no trimming and were identical.
I was mighty impressed the whole nose assembly went in without any notching or trimming around the leg, wheel or linkage!
i treated myself to a new drill today, came in time to fix the nose unit in place 🙂











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Old 09-01-2020, 10:29 PM
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I couldnít decide on the cockpit set up, so ordered a pilot figure to see how that worked and it was too small...so I went with the original idea of tinting it.
Wonít know if it worked until I get the whole thing together and stand back!


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Decided to get the fuel tanks assembled tonight, I like them to sit pressurised for a few days before installing. I de pressure and re-pressure each day so the tank is Ďexercisedí like filling, this will show up any weakness before filling with fuel 🙂
I must say these are the cleanest tanks I have ever had. I used 1 ltr of alcohol per tank with a really good soak and shake, I struggled to see anything in the clear bottle it drained into. Each tank is just over 3ltrs each which allows for some to sit in each tank and still give near 3ltrs useable from each.
CARF supply barbs, but I used the Dubro machined version. The parallel set up allows 5/32 tube to be used. Iíll use a large bore overflow set up. Tightening the bung a T handle Allen Key is a must to get it really tight.











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Looking at the wing today. Quick check on the slot position with my MacGregor servos and Secraft arms using thin wire. The rod indexes on full movement so this is the slot shape I ended up with.





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Working on the wings again. The gear door system is genius and really easy to set up. Being ready to screw down the gear I used my usual trick of a drill the size of the hole in the unit to Ďspotí the centre and then drill through to suit the screws. The piece of balsa jamms the unit level and stops movement while I spot the holes.






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