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Old 10-17-2020, 09:36 PM
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So I purchased this very unique those days Bvm rafale with some light damage and I decided to rebuild it specially for the more convenient size , so I started glued the broken areas using six10 epoxy and fiberglass cloth.

















Old 10-18-2020, 09:05 AM
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I'll be flying my BVM Rafale within the next 2 weeks, long time coming and looking forward to it.

What happened to this one your repairing?
Old 10-18-2020, 09:41 AM
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Most likely bad cg , I think har landing and the front gear collapsed and one of the main retracts side plate broke, nothing very serious but needs a lots of small areas work with all the electronics and air plumbing, Iím trying to build this one very light with one canard servo , one for each wing with fused elevators with ailerons 3 fuel tanks and single turbine 170-210 size, maybe someone has the clear canopy this will help at least to borrow I could make the plug and make some copies.
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One of the benefits I like about the BVM Rafale you take it completely apart and it will fit on a large car or medium sized SUV without any issues and its one tail and 2 wings that take a few mins to install.

You don't see too many of them around anymore and I think Bob and BVM did a great job making it. Yes its older tech and on the heavier side but for as long as I've been registered on here, I've always wanted one.
I'm glad I was able to find one thanks to Buck selling his to me.

I'll be interested to see how you repair the one you have.
Old 10-18-2020, 01:19 PM
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Now I have two of them the twin and this one single turbine, not only this very bvm rafale is rare but rafale model from other companies, I have before the small aviation design and the Tam jets feibao one and I think they nice models specially in the f-16 era they everywhere in large numbers, yes I will post the rebuild pictures,thanks for looking
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Quick question for you. Can you make me a plug for my clear canopy for my F14?
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Do you have the original one brand new?
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I do not. Itís the used one on the jet.
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If possible to remove it from the frame with no damage?
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Making a new canopy for yellow f-22
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Not much today, just doing some epoxy and drawing for new formers










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Cool project! I might pickup something like this to just build.
Old 10-22-2020, 07:32 AM
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This jet has very limited damage and was seating for a long time but lucky me I was able to purchase this very rare model, the Chicago winter usually take at least 4 months, plenty time to do it right I hope
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Nice find! Easy fixes with a little patience. Would be a lot of fun with a few modern controls to improve reliability
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Originally Posted by sysiek View Post



What's going on in this sequence of pictures? Are you using the epoxy to form a solid structure that you will then shape? I've never worked with that Six10 stuff, I presume it sands well?
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Great airplane. Kind of wish I still had mine.

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So many great schemes if you are up for a respray. Even just a fin flash

https://www.airliners.net/search?keywords=rafale&page=1
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Rafale 2020!
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So many great schemes if you are up for a respray. Even just a fin flash

https://www.airliners.net/search?keywords=rafale&page=1
Soon after I fly my BVM Rafale the plan is to have someone repaint it and use one of these schemes in your link.

Buck did a nice job with the aggressor scheme I have now, but its needs a repaint
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Oh so you ended up with Bucks! Good to know its still around
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Yes indeed, Buck did a great job of looking after it and maintaining it over the years and after a few updates on my end I'm hoping to fly it here in the next 2 weeks. For me this this is nearly 15+ years in the making of owning one so I'm really looking forward to it. I used to see them at FL jets, the old Lakeland jet rally during Nov and Deland jets lol but they have always been a fav of mine. Same with the Gripen, I bought KevinW's old PMP yellow Gripen back in the day with the inverted OS.91 and loved every min of it. Now hopefully next week I will have delivered a AirWorld Gripen built by Airworld delivered from Germany to here in the next 2 weeks.
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Lots of good times and good memories of Jets over Deland, and those early Florida jets. KW has another of those Gripens set for a 60 he flew for a bit. Ok back to Sebastian's Rafale.
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The six10 itís relatively easy to send out just like hard bondo and works structurally very strong and none brittle material
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Not too much just cutting the front formers and some plan




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Old 11-04-2020, 09:56 PM
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Sysiek - question for you and you may have not thought this far but I wanted to ask, have you decided on what valves you will use for the retracts and brakes?

Mine has the BVM Hi-flow Valve and smooth stop II but they just don't want to hold air when been used, you hear air leaking around the seals, the Hi-flow Valve is brand new and replaced the old one.

As you know its a older system and I just don't trust it, plus updating the systems is probably not a bad idea.

Here in Colorado a belly landing its a sure way to total a jet since we don't have soft grass to land on lol

So plan for me is to use the following for retracts/gear doors and brakes.

Xicoy Smart Data Terminal including FADEC
V1S Single action electronic valve
V2S Double action electronic valve
Sequencer and pressure failsafe for air landing gear.
Replacing all the air lines


Just thought I would ask... - Thanks

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