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Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-26-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Yes I fly mode 2 however I setup my...

Yes I fly mode 2 however I setup my rudder/elevator e-powered sailplanes a little differently...

Even though this is a rudder/elevator only plane I find myself using both the left & the right...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-25-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
MAIDEN FLIGHT VIDEO Well here we go, it's time...

MAIDEN FLIGHT VIDEO
Well here we go, it's time to see if this will fly...

Click below to view YouTube video...
http://www.scipie.com/rc/spectra/Nodd-RC-076-splash_700.jpg...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-10-2014, 04:08 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Covering (continued) It's time to tackle the...

Covering (continued)
It's time to tackle the fuselage & get that covered. I usually dread using heat-shrink covering on the compound curves of a fuselage, lots of wrinkles but in this case she's a...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-28-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Thanks guys. Yeah I notice the black...

Thanks guys.

Yeah I notice the black Parklite is completely opaque. It's just as thin & lightweight as the white & the yellow, yet it's not see-through at all. Weird they couldn't figure out how...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-27-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
LOL nonsense! There's still plenty of the old gal...

LOL nonsense! There's still plenty of the old gal in there. The fuselage, center wing & horizontal stab are original. She's like 3/5 original I'd say. We're just making a few minor tweaks here &...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 05-24-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Yes she flies but will she tow?... YouTube...

Yes she flies but will she tow?...

YouTube Video, click to view
http://www.scipie.com/rc/bird_dog/Nodd-RC-075-splash_700.jpg (http://youtu.be/nYTFvOQt3bs)
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-19-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Balance Test Before I work on the fuselage...

Balance Test
Before I work on the fuselage further it's time to see how she balances. Here's the electronics...

http://www.scipie.com/rc/spectra/IMG_0775.jpg

I placed the electronics roughly...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-06-2014, 02:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
I never thought to run the stock dimensions...

I never thought to run the stock dimensions through the spreadsheet, would be interesting to see what it thinks. I know it was fairly common practice to undersize the fins on these old polyhedral...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-05-2014, 02:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
BIG HONKIN' Rudder Okay so I'm sticking an 8...

BIG HONKIN' Rudder
Okay so I'm sticking an 8 foot wing on a 6 foot glider. According to my nifty sailplane spreadsheet (http://www.tailwindgliders.com/Files.html) the stock Spectra's vertical...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-08-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
I supose you could epoxy these in but you'd be...

I supose you could epoxy these in but you'd be kinda screwed if one ever goes bad. I know I've come close to turning the radio on when the wing was up-side-down on my work-bench. That'd be a sure way...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-07-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Yeah they're pretty cool for sure. Here's a...

Yeah they're pretty cool for sure. Here's a couple of examples of e-spoilers...

Hobby King
Glider Spoiler Servoless...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-07-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
I wouldn't say this is overly heavy construction....

I wouldn't say this is overly heavy construction. She should be strong enough for some lazy thermal hunting I figure.

Spoilers
I've been using e-spoilers in my giant scale sailplanes for a few...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 04-05-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Maiden Flight

Yeap Spring is here & it's time to see if she'll fly...

YouTube video, click to view...
http://www.scipie.com/rc/bird_dog/Nodd-RC-074-splash_700.jpg (http://youtu.be/9Gc_iCAVh8I)
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-31-2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Its been a couple of weeks, have been busy with...

Its been a couple of weeks, have been busy with other projects but I have made some progress...

Wing Rods
When I got this plane the six foot wing was one piece. Now that I've extended it some,...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-15-2014, 05:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
That's good to know Dave. I'm planning to recover...

That's good to know Dave. I'm planning to recover the entire airframe so I'll take a look at the tail structure once it's back to bare-bones. Thanks.
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-15-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
As I mentioned, I've been over this webbing...

As I mentioned, I've been over this webbing subject several times already in my other build threads. I'd appreciate it if we not do that again here. There's lots of threads out there already on the...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-14-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
I use a standard #11 x-acto blade...

I use a standard #11 x-acto blade (http://www.amazon.com/X-Acto-Knife-Blades-Blade-Pack/dp/B00006ICJW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1394815845&sr=8-3&keywords=x-acto+blades+11). I find that fresh blades...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-14-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Sheer-Webs I swear I'm not doing this just to...

Sheer-Webs
I swear I'm not doing this just to make you guys crazy. Yes the grain in my sheer-webs is NOT vertical *shudder*. I've been over this again & again in my other build logs so I'd...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-11-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Wing Assembly I printed my CAD work on 8" x...

Wing Assembly
I printed my CAD work on 8" x 11" paper, taped the sheets together & we have plans...

http://www.scipie.com/rc/spectra/IMG_0333.jpg

Started gluing the structure together...
...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-11-2014, 12:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Nice to see some interest in this project. I...

Nice to see some interest in this project. I think we're going to have some fun with this.

Over on another forum I had a suggestion regarding turbulator strips & also concerns about extending the...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-10-2014, 03:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Yes washout is a given on these planes. ...

Yes washout is a given on these planes.

Apparently even with washout this plane is somewhat of a tip-stalling bugger. But I'm totally redesigning the outer wing panel, different shape, less...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-10-2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
The Wing First thing is to remove the patchwork...

The Wing
First thing is to remove the patchwork of old covering. There had to be four or five different brands of covering on there, this wing has been repaired that many times. A heat-gun helps...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-10-2014, 03:01 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,731
Posted By Nodd
Nodd's Great Planes Spectra

http://www.scipie.com/rc/spectra/greatplanes_spectra_splash.jpg

Back in the '80s I used to fly the heck out of my wooden rudder/elevator Gentle Lady. Wonderful little glider, would launch her from...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 02-17-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Here's some more YouTube fun for you... The...

Here's some more YouTube fun for you...

The Bench Test
It's finally time to see if my hardware will play nice together...

YouTube Video, click to play:
...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 02-16-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Yeah at this rate it'll be mid Spring before the...

Yeah at this rate it'll be mid Spring before the snow clears. Then again I'm betting these 5" wheels might offer floatation enough to run when there's a good crust on the snow. And if not then yeah,...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 02-16-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Thanks guys. Yeap not long till the maiden now &...

Thanks guys. Yeap not long till the maiden now & yes there should be plenty of cameras on hand.

Battery Tray
This beast is way too big for my home-brewed balance stand so a couple of chairs will...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 02-05-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Yes I'm pretty impressed with the Sullivan tail...

Yes I'm pretty impressed with the Sullivan tail wheel. I hear nothing but good things about them.

Finishing up the Covering
More fun with wax paper templates...
...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 01-13-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
POS Tail-Wheel Okay so I hooked up my steerable...

POS Tail-Wheel
Okay so I hooked up my steerable tail-wheel & guess what? It don't steer!...

http://www.scipie.com/rc/bird_dog/IMG_1002.jpg

I tried lots of different springs, the rudder turns...
Forum: Warbird Electrics 12-28-2013, 04:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,537
Posted By Nodd
Rudder & Elevator I'm happy to report I have a...

Rudder & Elevator
I'm happy to report I have a functional tail. Today I hooked up the rudder pull/pull system & also the elevator...

http://www.scipie.com/rc/bird_dog/IMG_0996.jpg

I was a...
Forum: Night Flying 12-22-2013, 02:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,188
Posted By Nodd
Nice to see you got a chance to do some testing,...

Nice to see you got a chance to do some testing, the more data we get the better. So we know the 3 watt LEDs are good to at least 600 feet in overcast conditions. If the sun ever comes out I'd love...
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