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Old 01-23-2009, 03:48 PM   #31
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Before I continue this building thread, I would like to clarify a few things, the manuufacturers shouldn't worry too much about the blue foamies, it's more likely to their advantage, more people will get into indoor flying. I my opinion, if a copy of their model flies well when it's made with blue foam, what do you think people will buy when they graduate to Depron which would make the same model one ounce or more lighter than blue foam and much easier to fly, I know what I'll be buying when that happens.

Many of the newer Depron models look alike, except for side force generators, speed brakes and other little changes. I would think that most of them would fly well with blue foam until someone can attempt flying the fragile Depron models.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:50 PM   #32
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This pic shows the beveling of one of the ailerons, place the aileron at the edge of the table to avoid sanding too much material. Do the same to the other aileron, the elevator and the rudder. Make sure you're sanding the leading edge of the control surfaces on the rough side of the foam.
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:56 PM   #33
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Install the control surfaces, using 2 in. packing tape or your choice of hinging material, I find this tape pretty tough and easy to get, I even cut it down to 1 in. to see if it would make a difference but it was inconclusive and a pain in the you know what.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:04 PM   #34
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Now would be a good time to paint or add some stripes, I just wish LGM Guitar, lived close by, I'd ask him to paint it for me, he's a very talented person, maybe I'll give airbrushing a try some day but for now I'll just use a chisel tip Sharpie, everything flying in that gym is blue, I just want to make sure I'm looking at the right plane.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:10 PM   #35
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Re: Blue Foamie

When applying glue for the fuselage, don't use too much, it adds weight, I guess it could be lighter if CA was used instead but I just can't resist hot glue, it's so fast and very tough except during midair collisions but then I don't think CA would help either.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:24 PM   #36
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Wing bracing

Cut 4 pieces of 1mmx9in. carbon fiber to make the wing bracing, just make a small hole at each end of the rod locations, without going through the foam all the way. Remove one end at a time and put a drop of glue in each hole, put the rod back in, you don't need much glue.

When all the ends have been glued, put a couple drops of hot glue at the center of each X brace. I never read the original instruction manual for this model, the methods I use are from different articles and many of my own fabrication.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:28 PM   #37
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Wing bracing

I should have also mentioned to place something on the wings to keep everything straight while installing CF braces,
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:59 PM   #38
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Landing gear

Bend 2 pieces of 3/32 in. aluminion tubing 45 deg. to attach the CF struts to the CF axles, deburr the inside ends of the aluminion tubing with an Xacto knife.and sharpen the tips of the CF rods a little bit to make them go in easier, just add a drop of CA where each rod goes into the tubing. be careful not to spill any CA on the foam, it will eat it. I've tried to remove the CF rods from the tubing for testing, I couldn't, it's there to stay.

The bender I'm using is a piano wire bender, if I recall but a bolt and a piece of metal held in a vise would also do the trick.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:09 PM   #39
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Re: Blue Foamie

Wheels

The 25mm GWS wheels will have to be drilled for the 1.5 mm axles, I used a slightly larger drill bit than 1.5 mm, it was 1,75mm.

You can easily replace the wheels for 2 in. and fly at the field during the summer.

Use a couple of 1/8 in. pieces of 20-1104 medical tubing to secure the wheels or a couple drops of hot glue near the end of the axle and you can now cut the sharpened ends of the CF axles for safety.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:20 PM   #40
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Landing gear installation


Install the landing gear as shown, making certain that wings are level, if not just cut one of the CF strut to level the wings. Don't go through the wing with the upper part of the struts. Apply a drop of hot glue where the struts meet the foam but keep an eye on the wheels for proper alignment at all times.
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