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Reply #35 - Dec 20th, 2016 at 2:24pm
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Pete I love the Mew Gull and the Rivets was a favorite back in the 60's.

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Reply #34 - Dec 20th, 2016 at 4:45am
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Hate having to re-construct a thread, but...

Another model that made the trip to the IIFI was my pistachio "Gipsy Moth" from a scaled down MLR plan.  Unfortunately, the plane disassembled itself during the first trim "flight" (fright was more apt).  Wout Moerman was my mentor/helper and actually supplied the rubber for it (0.050" - a bit less than 1/16th) for a 10.5" loop.  The plane did a spectacular snap roll into the vinyl flooring Sad.  Fortunately, nothing really broke, but that was it for the meet for this pup.

The actual trimmed weight (sans rubber) is 3.92 grams.

Wout had expressed concern about the minimal dihedral, which proved to be correct and I have since re-assembled the parts doubling the amount and lousy launch technique did the rest.  Subsequent test glides and a couple of short wind ups after the re-build were eye openers - the bugger actually flew!

Most of the wood is 1mm balsa with some parts from 0.8mm (formers and ribs), and the ribs are sliced.  Tissue is Tengujo 8.8gm² "Kashmir" - a strong tissue with very low shrinkage (practically none).  Paint is hobbyist WB acrylic, thinned to water consistency and brushed on.

Photos are pre-IIFI...
  

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Reply #33 - Dec 2nd, 2016 at 7:29am
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My peanut Mew Gull also competed at the IIFI a bit further down on the list in 24th place overall (placed 19th in static, one place behind the RIVETS), but I couldn't get the flight times that it achieved on Saturday and then a hard bounce on its third landing tore out the left gear - couldn't repair on site.
  

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Reply #32 - Dec 1st, 2016 at 8:53am
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Pete, its great to be back at your dustbin. Beautiful airplane, prop, and pilot. Smiley Would loved to have been there to see her fly. Cheesy

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Reply #31 - Dec 1st, 2016 at 4:47am
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Peanut Scale Falck "RIVETS", built in 2012 last flown to 18th place (out of 34 entries) at the 2016 IIFI.  Would have placed higher had I applied all of the markings and painted it.  Flying weight with rubber was 14.48 grams.

I went to the "contest" just for fun (which REALLY was FUN!) as it was my first ever experience at this sort of event, with no expectations - other than to get this puppy to fly.  And fly it did - something that had eluded all my efforts previously!
  

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Reply #30 - Feb 16th, 2016 at 3:16am
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terryman wrote on Feb 15th, 2016 at 10:41am:
Pete,

What have you used for a motor peg on the Fairchild? 

Terry

It's a 2mm aluminium tube with sliced silicon fuel tubing as keepers.  The covering is a mishmash of printed shoe-box tissue (fuselage, fin and stab) and plain white for the wing(s).  The printing was done on a CANON bubble-jet printer.  All tissue white-chalked for brilliance and the registration was cut from the red printed tissue scraps.  The photos were taken yesterday.

The finish looks better in the photos - considering that the plane is going on eleven years - but still "acceptable" (it really could use a new set of wings) and is "scale".
  

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Reply #29 - Feb 15th, 2016 at 10:41am
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Pete,

What have you used for a motor peg on the Fairchild? 

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Reply #28 - Feb 15th, 2016 at 10:37am
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Beautiful Pete... you gotta love a plane with a rudder/fin shaped like that!  Your finish is top notch!
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Reply #27 - Feb 15th, 2016 at 8:56am
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Bob,
the wings are butt-glued to the fuselage upper side frame formers.  Had to be very careful to get the alignment right, and the struts are actually functional - even tho they are only 1.5 x 3mm stiff but light balsa, and streamlined.

It was not a difficult build at all.
  

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Reply #26 - Feb 15th, 2016 at 8:45am
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Pete, how are the wings attached on that beautiful bird? Iv always wanted to build one, but the wing kept me away.
  

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Reply #25 - Feb 15th, 2016 at 5:34am
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My first dime-scale model (actually the second - #1 flew away on its third test flight) built for a cook-up back in '05.  Number 2 flies just as nicely as #1.  #2 was started immediately upon returning home from the loss.

Dave Stott's pseudo dimer Fairchild 24 C8a:
  

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Reply #24 - Aug 18th, 2015 at 10:38am
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She's a beauty Pete...looks like all business for duration flying.  Watch out for "Hung"!
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Reply #23 - Aug 18th, 2015 at 6:09am
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my finally completed IKARA (Czech) "Pee Wee" P-30 outdoor duration model.  Started building this puppy 3 years ago but got sidetracked with a cook-up and a few "grey" areas in the construction sequence.  Weight is just a hair over 47 grams (heavy with 7 grams of "extra" ballast somewhere) not including rubber.
  

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Reply #22 - Jun 22nd, 2015 at 10:54am
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Here is a link to my VALENSA F1b thread:

http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=19166.0

The build looks a LOT more complicated than I surmised.  There are about ten ziploc baggies with a bunch of itty-bitty fittings and other goo-gabs (or is ir doo-dads?).  Instructions are present and make mention of built-in warps "shown on the full-sized plan" (that is NOT present or accounted for Undecided).  Another email to W Hobby has been sent.
  

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Reply #21 - Jun 13th, 2015 at 1:32pm
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Might be awhile before any real flight pics appear.  These pups need a lot of room!  I should be able to get some of the test glides on my field, but anything over 100 turns will have to be made on a "proper" site (ALWAYS with activated DT - even hand glides).

The actual build is not much more than covering, as the model is fully built, needing only the various cables from the timer to be run to the front end (delayed prop release) and the stab (VIT)/rudder.  I'm not sure if this particular variant has wing-wiggler.

Latest tracking shows that it has arrived in Germany Smiley.
  

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