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02-20-2015, 05:20 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Waiting for the weather now...

Well...I'm going to call it ready for maiden now, and since the deadline is less about 1 week away, I don't have much choice :).

I gave up on the servo reversers, and as Bill G said, I flipped the...
02-09-2015, 05:34 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

I am going to give up on electronics and make this thing free flight!

So the electrical set-up on this has been killing me. After hours of sorting out little issues, I think I am finally close to getting everything to work. One issue that I still can't sort out is...
02-01-2015, 03:51 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Markypolo - You might try Cleveland Model...

Markypolo -
You might try Cleveland Model Supply:
http://www.clevelandairline.com/ASP/PRODUCT.asp
I bought the plans for my Bulldog from them. The plans are based on old rubber-band power. I...
02-01-2015, 03:38 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Thanks for the replies everyone. Porcia83 - ...

Thanks for the replies everyone.

Porcia83 -
I read through some of that thread, and some of the comments are as if I had written them myself. Walking through the somewhat "local" hobby shop...
01-31-2015, 06:39 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Still working on it!

With the deadline looming, I have been hacking away at the VVA. Although it doesn't seem like much progress, I have been working on all the tail surfaces, ailerons and rigging. By far the worst...
12-21-2014, 10:37 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Making some progress on the VVA-14. Since the...

Making some progress on the VVA-14. Since the last post, I have mostly finished the fuse halves, and made something that looks like a wing.
Not sure if the picture captions are still in-op or not,...
12-21-2014, 10:08 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Sorry, no real updates. The plane is about in...

Sorry, no real updates. The plane is about in the same state as my previous post. I needed to get a harness adapter so I could check power and in the meantime got distracted by the EDF scratch...
11-24-2014, 02:14 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

I guess I should have been more clear. I have no...

I guess I should have been more clear. I have no plan of making this thing actually do ground effect. The more distance between a plane I am flying and the ground, the better. Like quorneng said,...
11-23-2014, 05:07 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

$100 EDF scratch build contest - Bartini Beriev VVA14 twin EDF 1/55th scale

So the cold war created some weird stuff...
Sounds like in the late 60's early 70's the Russians were worried about US submarines. To countermeasure this concern, they decided to try building a...
11-23-2014, 04:37 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Throwing my hat (ushanka) into the ring

I am going to give this a try... thread coming soon.
10-18-2014, 11:57 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Back at it after a long break

I realized that the last time I posted was back in May! The Bernard has mostly spent the summer upside down on the bench. I got around to installing all the electronics, which was really...
10-17-2014, 03:53 AM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Here's a link to a Bulldog I built based on a set...

Here's a link to a Bulldog I built based on a set of Cleveland Model Supply plans. I stretched the wingspan a bit to get about to the 40" you mentioned. Sorry the thread isn't very good but I hope...
05-15-2014, 03:31 AM
Replies: 75
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Posted By The_village_idiot

Engine details

Thanks for compliments.
Mr. Crash - I wish I was a pro so I could get paid for this...
Working on the engine details now. In one of my previous posts, I mentioned I had molded the cylinder...
05-08-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Getting closer...

Progress update:
I finished most of the painting now. The silver on the wings, the French colors on the rudder and under the wings are finished. Some small touch-up is still needed but I'll wait...
04-05-2014, 04:51 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

back at it

After all the trouble with the first painting attempt, my motivation for this project was really low. However, I kept slowly working at it. Hard to believe its been about 4 months but during that...
12-23-2013, 08:50 PM
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Posted By The_village_idiot

building this thing twice

True to my usual form, it seems like I am building this plane twice. Since my last post, I have been working on getting everything sorted out before paint. The first step was re-checking the CG. I...
10-24-2013, 04:43 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

You're fired!

Like most of this project, it seems like I need to try everything about twice before I am happy with it. I decided to fire my first pilot (see my previous post) before he even started flying. I...
09-09-2013, 04:32 AM
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Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

more slow progress

Working on more odds and ends to finally get this thing together. The engine work is on hold until I can get the rest of the plane painted. I needed to make a spinner, pilot and wrap up some other...
07-02-2013, 03:00 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Thanks for the compliments all. pmullen - ...

Thanks for the compliments all.

pmullen -
For the plug, I fit each fin individually-painfully. I used .015 styrene and was dealing with pieces that were only a few millimeters tall. Needless...
07-01-2013, 09:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Engine work - Gnome-Rhone 9K

In parallel with other work on the plane, I have been trying to figure out the engine cylinders. Part of the appeal of this plane is the way the radial cylinders poke out of the fairings - so I would...
06-30-2013, 10:33 PM
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Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Fairing progress

So I finally have the motor fairings in place. I still have a lot of finishing work to do but it is nice to finally have them stuck on the plane without tape.
05-20-2013, 04:42 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

What has that idiot been up to?

Been a while. The plane has been sitting on the bench, with not much happening to it. I have been working on all the details for the fairings, etc. so it looks like really slow progress.
I...
03-13-2013, 02:53 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

pmullen - you're right. The plan is to...

pmullen - you're right. The plan is to pre-finish the fairings and then glue them on. It would be really difficult to glue them on and then glass/sand/fill them. I am currently part way through...
03-08-2013, 03:28 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Here's the latest. Basically I have been doing a...

Here's the latest. Basically I have been doing a lot of fiberglassing, sanding, filling, sanding, priming, sanding, sanding, sanding.... I really don't know how guys can stand doing a 1/4 scale with...
02-16-2013, 03:21 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Float surgery complete

As I mentioned in my last post, I needed to do some surgery on the floats in order to add some strength to make the float wires structural. After some hacking, I got all the wires (0.080 carbon rod)...
01-29-2013, 06:01 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Making slow progress... Worked on the float...

Making slow progress...

Worked on the float struts and fairings. I decided to invest in making a set of jigs out of blue foam in order to keep the fuse and floats aligned while bending up the...
01-17-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

more updates

Sorry I have been building, not blogging. Here is the latest.

I decided to go ahead and sheet/glass everything despite the weight. Looks like it will now be a hefty pig somewhere in the upper...
12-22-2012, 08:49 PM
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Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Living up to my login name... that should say "...

Living up to my login name... that should say " the sheeted weight is 67 grams, not 61..." Man, I need to take a break. Sorry.
12-22-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Oops - the fiberglassed weight is 67grams, not...

Oops - the fiberglassed weight is 67grams, not 61...
12-22-2012, 08:46 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,109
Posted By The_village_idiot

Float update

Slowly working on completing the floats. They are almost like building 2 additional airplanes!
Here's the story on weight for 1 float:
Float in the "bones": 31grams (see pics)
Float sheeted:...
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