Author Topic: Flights of Fancy  (Read 5520 times)

TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2018, 05:50:30 am »
It was a retirement shutdown, back in Nov. Spoke to one of the owners in May last year and they were having trouble finding a buyer but were hoping they would.

I should think all IPR still held by the original owners so probably not a good idea to put copies of the plan up without approaching them first.
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Morat

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2018, 07:33:57 am »
Thanks for the info! I hope WW comes back  with their full range.
Tandem Stoker, CX bike abuser (slicks and tarmac) and owner of a sadly neglected MTB.

Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2018, 09:08:40 am »
I've made the afore mentioned purchase of a Drone and am currently awaiting it's delivery. Watch the 'Crap carries' tread for adventures in DPD land
Sorting my life out, one shed at a time.

clarion

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2018, 10:59:14 am »
Sad to hear.  Yes, their kits are spoken of highly.
Getting there...

TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #29 on: March 26, 2018, 08:25:39 pm »
Oh dear.  Never mind; balsa's cheap and it'll only take a couple or three hours to cut a new set.



Top tip.  When drawing new rib templates* take measurements from plan and not from the die cut parts when marking positions for the spar slots.




*If anyone is interested I have some noddy C# code to create svgs of aerofoils suitable for use in Inkscape or a.n.other vector graphics prog.  Code + ~1500 ready generated 100mm chord aerofoils here.  I chose 100mm cos it's dead easy to work out scaling for other sizes in your head.

You'll need to sign up to download from HPA, but I'm happy to send out copies in e-mail.
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clarion

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2018, 01:12:32 pm »
Oops!
Getting there...

TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2018, 03:32:46 pm »
First decent flying weather since late Oct. last year

New winding stooge in action on hollow threaded rod  thread.

And a short video of a mate flying my build (cos I kept stuffing up the launches).

Jack Plane flies No 5 properly.

For those interested in detail.  Single loop of 3/16" flight rubber length about* 1.6 peg to prop, braided, on 450 turns.

*New motor made up in a bit of rush Thurs. so less "measure twice, cut once",  more "that looks about long enough, crack on".
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Torslanda

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2018, 07:36:47 pm »
Today marks the centenary of the death of Manfred von Richtofen.

Thought it appropriate to mark it here.
VELOMANCER

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Kim

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2018, 08:19:02 pm »
Today marks the centenary of the death of Manfred von Richtofen.

So glad I didn't learn that until *after* today's BHPC racing.
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Torslanda

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #34 on: April 21, 2018, 11:22:17 pm »
Today marks the centenary of the death of Manfred von Richtofen.

So glad I didn't learn that until *after* today's BHPC racing.

You'll have to explain that . . .
VELOMANCER

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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2018, 07:32:32 am »
Today marks the centenary of the death of Manfred von Richtofen.

So glad I didn't learn that until *after* today's BHPC racing.

You'll have to explain that . . .
IIRC someone OTP has a darkside machine called, "The Red Baron".
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Torslanda

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2018, 09:20:14 am »
And someone else is a tad dense...
VELOMANCER

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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2018, 07:37:48 pm »
Formal naming complete and now waiting decent weather for trimming.  So first flight some time about August eh?



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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2018, 10:26:33 pm »
I'd post a few pics of my model aeroplanes, but I still can't work out how to get a pic to show here (despite reading the sticky) - I can work out how to insert a link to a Flickr file, but not how to get the pic to show here.  Anybody help out a Luddite pls?

Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #39 on: April 30, 2018, 08:18:23 am »
That has a K6 look about it, if the K6 was squarish like the Swallow and not all round like a K6. 🤯
Perhaps it has a Swallow look about it 😁
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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #40 on: April 30, 2018, 07:44:51 pm »
That has a K6 look about it, if the K6 was squarish like the Swallow and not all round like a K6. 🤯
Perhaps it has a Swallow look about it 😁
It's probably the fin & rudder although I think the K13's fin & rudder are more like the Swallow's than the K6.
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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #41 on: April 30, 2018, 07:57:20 pm »
I'd post a few pics of my model aeroplanes, but I still can't work out how to get a pic to show here (despite reading the sticky) - I can work out how to insert a link to a Flickr file, but not how to get the pic to show here.  Anybody help out a Luddite pls?
See yer PM. :)
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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #42 on: April 30, 2018, 08:35:57 pm »
Thx to The Lurker OTP, I may be able to post some pics - here's one to start with.  Airsail Auster, 30cc petrol.  Built 2011

[/url]03-IMG_0189 by AndyFtheflyer, on Flickr[/img]

Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #43 on: April 30, 2018, 08:45:04 pm »
ftfy
Thx to The Lurker OTP, I may be able to post some pics - here's one to start with.  Airsail Auster, 30cc petrol.  Built 2011



by AndyFtheflyer, on Flickr
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #44 on: April 30, 2018, 08:46:43 pm »
ftfy
Thx to The Lurker OTP, I may be able to post some pics - here's one to start with.  Airsail Auster, 30cc petrol.  Built 2011



by AndyFtheflyer, on Flickr

How did you do that??  The pic does not show on my laptop......

Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #45 on: April 30, 2018, 08:48:40 pm »
Like this:

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I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #46 on: May 05, 2018, 09:00:11 am »
Stickleback's a flier.  Sighs of relief and celebratory drinks all around in the boardroom at Lurker Industries. A couple of early proving flights from last night.

Proving Flight No. 1

Proving Flight No. 2


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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #47 on: May 06, 2018, 08:22:08 am »
K5083's a flier. Low power trials (about 1/6th max) and initial trimming yesterday.

I managed to get footage of one of the very early flights without dropping the camera or getting nothing but sky :
Room for improvement.

As is typical I have no footage of the better flights (I really do need a third hand for the camera), but if you're considering building a kit Hurricane at this sort of scale (1/24 to 1/32) then Andrew Darby's design for VMC flies more or less off the board which is impressive for a small low-wing monoplane model.

There'll be the usual trim adjustments to make as I bring the power up and, as I feared might be the case, I'll probably have to lose the spinner* to get a reliable freewheel and therefore a decent glide phase.  Not obvious from that video, but on the later flights I could see the wind resistance kick the prop back against the motor at the end of the power run and act as a socking great air brake turning the glide into a dive.   

*It was obvious when I built it that room was tight and the shaft was occasionally catching on the inside of the spinner preventing freewheel so I'm not as upset as I might otherwise have been.
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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2018, 08:06:42 pm »
Fun morning out at Uffington with the Swallow and a mate. Ideal conditions for a lightweight (AUW ~ 80g) stick and tissue FF glider.

Needed a bit of additional trimming after last week's initial proving flights.

Lost the port wing on final tow of the day.  Best guess is due to damage sustained on an earlier very, very hard landing when the tow didn't let go. 

Of course we didn't film the previous flight which was text book.  Hey ho.

Should be repairable. If not werl a new wing is easy enough to build.

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TheLurker

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Re: Flights of Fancy
« Reply #49 on: July 07, 2018, 01:16:06 pm »
Patched up the Swallow's wing over the wet bank holiday weekend a week or 5 back; remember "wet"? No, me neither. Had it's first proper outing post-fettle at the Oxford rally on Port Meadow last weekend and it flew well off the bungee; even managed one flight over a minute.  I'm claiming it was one minute 10 seconds, but that's not an official time.

Took it out this morning to try bungee launching in the (relatively) small field close to home that I use for most of my flying and managed to get some good flights out of it, including this one.  Not the best of the day, but a good flight nonetheless  and I wasn't going to waste good gawping time trying to film every flight. :)
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