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Re-purposing Guillows Kit # 26 Eagle Glider (Read 1500 times)
Reply #28 - Jul 22nd, 2018 at 12:09am

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I spent a couple of hours on the wheels today, but you would never know. I put small scraps of clear acetate on either side of the wheels to hold them in place. You don't notice it unless the flash lights it up. The tyres are painted with a sharpie and i used a hole punch to make the wheel covers. Both mains and the tail wheel add up to 0.35 grams.
ian
 

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Reply #27 - Jul 21st, 2018 at 3:41pm

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I'm just loving this, Ian! One of my Grandad's homebuilts was a plans-built Bensen. I've always been fascinated by them. Now, I can be fascinated by yours!
 
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Reply #26 - Jul 20th, 2018 at 12:19pm

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Ian...you never cease to amaze!  Well done!
 

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Reply #25 - Jul 20th, 2018 at 9:57am

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looks great Smiley
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Reply #24 - Jul 18th, 2018 at 6:02pm

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Still working on the gyroplane, but intermittently. Lots of outside and inside work to be done as well. I am redoing the rotor hub because I was not pleased with the way it turned out and fortunately there is enough wood left over to do a second set. Wheels are laminated cross-grained balsa from the rudder/Stab part of the kit. The mains are three layers, and the tail wheel is 2. all will have 1/16" aluminum bearings. One of the mains is sanded round, the second is still rough-cut stacked balsa with the 1/16" axle hole drilled. Everything is sanded to shape according to a paper template.
ian
 

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Reply #23 - Jul 13th, 2018 at 2:13pm

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Finished the first step on the rotors last night. I used Gorilla Carpenter glue to glue the wire into the hub and the rotors to the wire. I still have to glue on a doubler to sandwich the wire to the rotor. But I did sweep it through the air to see it rotate. Unfortunately, one rotor is too heavy, so the assembly is unbalanced.  Cry I will probably have to sand down the offending piece. At the same time, I glued some leftover sticks from the original fuselage to make the nose plug.
ian

PS. The rotors are about 6" long which makes this a Peanut model.
 

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Reply #22 - Jul 13th, 2018 at 1:22pm

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Making progress.
I am out of my cast and had both pins pulled so trying to get my fingers working again. But no complaints. Going to spend a little time on my flying aces moth tonight.
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Reply #21 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 11:33pm

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Well Paul, that makes two of us. I am thinking of finishing it in dark green with black rotors, struts and wheels.
Right now, I am working on getting the rotors affixed to the hub with this thrown together jig.
ian
 

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Reply #20 - Jul 11th, 2018 at 7:29pm

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Wow. Can't wait to see the finished plane.
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Reply #19 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 11:53pm

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A man after my own heart...Seems I just have to tweak a plan in my own way on each model I build.  So hard to build exactly according to plan... Roll Eyes Cheesy Wink
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
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Reply #18 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 7:22pm

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The original plan called for flat blades, but I want to get as much potential lift as possible. It didn't take too long to do it, nor was it very difficult. Just one of the additions of my own. I never build completely to plan if I can find a way to mess things up in an interesting way. Keeps things interesting.
ian
 
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Reply #17 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 7:15pm

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Did the plan call for the rotor blades to be curved, as you did by drying them on the vase?  I noticed that Ray's NoCal Rotodyne used flat blades.  Just curious!
Tom
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #16 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 10:17pm

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Well Tom, we shall see. That rotor assembly seems more daunting than anything else I've done. I was inspired by the fellow who built a boat out of a 2x4! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulv5t9K6d28 Big Kudos to Ray and his plan.
ian
 
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Reply #15 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 9:25pm

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WoW...I'm impressed!  All that from a glider kit.  You're amazing Ian. Smiley
 

If God is your Co-pilot...switch seats...
Your attitude will determine your altitude!- John Maxwell
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jn 8:32
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Reply #14 - Jul 9th, 2018 at 7:20pm

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Stringers and main landing gear wire added to fuselage. The tail cone is carved from styrofoam. Stabilizer and twin rudders built with laminated curves. The rudders need just a bit of bracing yet. I boiled the rotors and bound them with gauze to a 1 3/4" diameter bud vase to get a curve into them. Then I heated it in a low oven for a couple of hours, then left them for another 24 hours before releasing them. They look good. I am currently working on bending wire for attaching the rotors to the hub. I'll have to have a jig to get the angles right.
ian
 
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