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Wright Flyer

Postby ADW 123 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:32 pm

I am currently building the wright flyer for show. it looks like one of the leading edge sticks i need for the bottom wing was defected. it was correct size (1/8" by 3/16") on one side, and then it got skinnier and skinnier. i didnt want to be a pain, but i had to contact customer service about it a couple of day ago for a replacement piece, after all, i cannot finish the bottom wing without it. no reply yet. usually guillows is great with replying to those emails, but it seems they have been a little slow lately.... so hanging in there......
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Postby ADW 123 » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:01 pm

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looks alright.... certainly not how i would design a plane. that thread trailing edge on the wings is a pain to cover. (Phugoid, your method for covering did work quite well for that situation)
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Postby BillParker » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:22 am

certainly not how i would design a plane.


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Postby ADW 123 » Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:53 am

im designing one now for rubber flight. its great because i can make it how i want it, and give it qualities that will greatly help stablility and flight time.
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Postby ADW 123 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:35 am

anyone have any good methods for adding rigging. ill be using the thread from the kit.
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Postby lukebozek1 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:16 pm

Question on the tissue job. This plane has (appears to me anyhow) a concave bottom surface, which if my memory is correct, means it bends in. How did you get the tissue to stay in place and not go flat as it shrunk? Or is my wife correct again and I am just babbling? I have a DR-1 which really looks nice, but looking at the ribs (many to look at) it certainly is a concave lower surface. Your build looks really great. This is a kit I would stay away from due to the multitude of struts, and the wire rigging and an inherant ability to gravitate to something I could finish.
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Postby ADW 123 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:22 pm

this depends lukebozek1 on mainly how the leading edge is built. if it is built like this plane, where the is a big balsa stick that is the leading edge that is to be sanded, than covering that end is much easier. the problem from there is the trailing edge (at least on this plane) for the top, i just used dots of full strength glue in the center tops skips a few ribs at a time. the back is where you really have to cut the tissue so it bends nicely and make sure the glue is on on the string and the back of the rib, otherwise it wont stick and it will look sloppy. i followed the bottom in a similar mannar.


in short, the answer to your question is, i put a fair amount of glue (thinned) on the bottom ribs, to the back bottom spar. from there i switched back to full strength after the other glue dries, and proceed from there.
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Postby ADW 123 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:43 pm

some good progress. almost finished. its been a while though. i got sidetracked with another plane, but i usually get back around to the one i looked away from.... eventually....


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Postby lukebozek1 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:45 am

I hope that you realize how good this looks! And I realize I will never build this kit.
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Postby ADW 123 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:28 am

the rigging was/is very difficult on this, so ive taken my time as much as possible. this is why i had to take a break from this one for a bit. i could not find a sheet of paper or anything that told me the part numbers, because they arent labled on the parts themselves. i had great difficulty finding the right parts. im not sure if anyone else has had this trouble, but then again i dont think too many people have actually built the thing enough to find out.
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Postby ADW 123 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:51 am

ill keep my eyes peeled... i hvnt seen too many though. anyways, im looking to get this done in the next couple of days, assuming there are no major setbacks. next is either a triplane for show, or the Arrow for rubber powered FF. any suggestions"
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Postby Squishyp38 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:28 pm

Cool! does it fly? is it actually powered?
The P-38 is arguably the best... Forget that, it is THE BEST fighter of world war two, and is epically AWESOME!
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Postby ADW 123 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:31 pm

no. i wouldnt even risk test gliding it. its probably too fragile. i know that the fuse is practically made out of string. the skids are really easy to break.
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Postby ADW 123 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:05 pm

update. nearly all done. just have some small detail riggin to the bottom

of the wings and fuse, around the stab, and one to the rudder. im quite

impressed with the way it looks. maybe its worth sending a picture of it to guillows.


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Postby ADW 123 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:44 am

done.

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