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Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-27-2013, 01:58 PM
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Posted By Don Stackhouse
If any of the electronics got wet, rinse it off...

If any of the electronics got wet, rinse it off with clean water, then dry it immediately. Most servos these days are waterproof, so rinsing off the outside is all they need, then dry them...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-25-2013, 03:27 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
I'd check with all the local hobby shops ASAP,...

I'd check with all the local hobby shops ASAP, leave them a picture of the finished plane. There's a decent chance whoever ran off with it will stop at a local shop trying to find out if anybody...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-14-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
The plane was originally designed for a Speed 600...

The plane was originally designed for a Speed 600 can motor, back in the late '90's, before outrunners even existed. For a bunch of reasons it didn't get into production then, partly because motors...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-14-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
With the exception of those folks who...

With the exception of those folks who mass-produce container-fulls of RTF models on the far side of the Pacific Rim and flood the markets here with them, I don't think anyone is just "collecting...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-14-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
We have been debating the nose length issue for...

We have been debating the nose length issue for quite a while now, and there are reasons we have not gone ahead with the extension. Yes, there are some folks who want to put little motors up front...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-12-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
As far as wind, zero to about 8 knots should be...

As far as wind, zero to about 8 knots should be fine. More than that is starting to get iffy for first flights in particular. Even if you can handle it, which a beginner almost certainly can't, the...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-12-2013, 12:50 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Too little wind should not be an issue. Too much...

Too little wind should not be an issue. Too much wind definitely is.
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-10-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Definitely sounds like your control linkages are...

Definitely sounds like your control linkages are not stiff enough.

The ends of your pushrod casings at BOTH ends (a lot of folks forget about the servo end of the pushrod) should be within about...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-10-2013, 02:19 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
You need to make sure the pushrod cables are...

You need to make sure the pushrod cables are tinned for the length that is outside the yellow tube casings, and that the yellow tube casings are securely anchored at both ends. The unsupported length...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-10-2013, 12:20 AM
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Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Weight alone will not cause it to "nose dive"....

Weight alone will not cause it to "nose dive". That's an out of trim situation. Check elevator position, wing washout, warps in the fuselage, C/G location, etc.

Also, this is RC, not free-flight!...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 06-09-2013, 01:54 PM
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Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Fishhawk, if you have never flown before, BY ALL...

Fishhawk, if you have never flown before, BY ALL MEANS please find an instructor!

I taught myself to fly. Took me five years and five airplanes. With a good instructor you can master it in one...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-30-2013, 03:19 AM
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Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Steve, that pretty shape is not by accident. The...

Steve, that pretty shape is not by accident. The Chrysalis was lofted using conic sections (circles, ellipses, parabolas, hyperbolas, etc.), not the B-splines that seem to be the rage in most CAD...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-17-2013, 08:17 PM
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Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
The shims are both a gauge and a tool. ...

The shims are both a gauge and a tool.

Shrink the covering on the bottom. Set the panel being adjusted on a flat surface, with the shims holding it at the correct washout. While holding it there,...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-15-2013, 03:01 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
On a brushless motor, swapping any two of the...

On a brushless motor, swapping any two of the three motor leads reverses the direction of rotation of the motor. It should not have any effect on operation of the throttle stick, or arming of the ESC...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 05-12-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Most (if not all) modern ESC's require that. They...

Most (if not all) modern ESC's require that. They will not "arm" until they sense the throttle at minimum for some specified time. It's a safety feature to keep you from having the motor suddenly...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-23-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Depends on your landing area. If it's grass, not...

Depends on your landing area. If it's grass, not needed. If you might land on rocks or pavement, probably a good idea, also under the edges of the poly breaks on the wings.
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-20-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
It seals the gap between the wing and the...

It seals the gap between the wing and the fuselage, which does help reduce drag a little. It also protects the underside of the wing from chafing against the top edges of the fuselage. There are a...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 04-16-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Well, not really. A lot more support is available...

Well, not really. A lot more support is available for this kit on the 'Net than for many of its contemporaries, but that does not mean that this is necessary to build the kit. A lot of folks have...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-29-2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
As always, there are a number of ways to deal...

As always, there are a number of ways to deal with the problem. The stock version on the plans does this very well, and without a bunch of additional purchased components, or their associated...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-29-2013, 02:31 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
The other popular method is to put a small 1/64"...

The other popular method is to put a small 1/64" ply wear plate on the underside of the spoiler, then let the arm on the servo push against the plate to push the spoiler open. They bury a tiny...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-26-2013, 01:36 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Checking the specs on it: ...

Checking the specs on it:
http://www.spektrumrc.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=SPMAR600

It's listed as a "full range" receiver, so you should be fine.
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-24-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Park flier receivers work well in park fliers,...

Park flier receivers work well in park fliers, i.e.: planes that don't get very far away.

Airtronics makes excellent quality equipment.If it is advertised as a "full range" receiver, then you can...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-24-2013, 02:54 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Yes, that's correct. Spectrum and JR do.That's...

Yes, that's correct. Spectrum and JR do.That's why I asked for make and model.

Personally, I do find the arguments in favor of the satellite arrangement for 2.4 Ghz somewhat compelling.
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-23-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Is it a 2.4 Ghz receiver? Make & model? If...

Is it a 2.4 Ghz receiver? Make & model?

If it's on the 72 Mhz frequencies, there is no need for a satellite.

If it's a park flier 2.4 Ghz receiver, they are designed only for use at shorter...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-23-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
This should all be in the instructions that come...

This should all be in the instructions that come with the receiver.

There is a mini connector on the side of the main receiver that the satellite plugs into. It's not the same as a normal servo...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-23-2013, 12:57 AM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Perfectly reasonable question. Yes, if you're...

Perfectly reasonable question. Yes, if you're using an old-style 72 Mhz radio you can run the antenna down through the tail cone and out through the tail. You can make a conduit with soda straws to...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-18-2013, 10:19 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Aerodynamically, out the back. However, the...

Aerodynamically, out the back. However, the geometry and kinematics at the control horns gets complicated, and for that reason we chose to not say anything about it on the plans. We figured that...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-16-2013, 11:58 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
In Step 8 (see the instructions), the glass tape...

In Step 8 (see the instructions), the glass tape goes between the aft face of F2 and the fuselage sides, the front face of F3 and the fuselage sides, and on the top and bottom of the basswood wing...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-08-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
From a weight-savings standpoint, don't bother....

From a weight-savings standpoint, don't bother. They don't save a significant amount of weight and they do reduce the strength and stiffness of the tail.

A compromise position would be to add...
Forum: Scratch and Kit Built Aircraft 03-07-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 518
Views: 31,448
Posted By Don Stackhouse
Like I've said before, the only "dumb questions"...

Like I've said before, the only "dumb questions" are ones you SHOULD have asked, but didn't.

One of the most common variations of that is doing something first, THEN asking a question about it,...
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