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Post  NEW222 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:08 pm

Hi there, I just thought I would share an update of my beam mounted 1/2a lineup. This is also posted on another site, so if it looks familiar, it is! Very Happy

Finally got around to painting my 1/2a Nobler. It was built early this year I believe, jut that I finally got around to painting it. Just cheap Wal-Mart rattle can paint followed by 2 light coats of Minwax in an aeroaol as well. I now just have to get hardware and an engine then it will be ready to go in the spring. Also attached is a picture of my 3 beam mount 1/2a planes. Black Spitfire was built MANY years ago from plans provided by Ron Burns I believe and as well was finished earler this year, unfinished one is a White Lightening all doped and sanded ready for paint, and of course, the 1/2a Nobler.



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Post  batjac on Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:06 pm

Cool fleet! Spring is just around the corner. I guess it's eBay time to get some powerplants for all three.

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Post  NEW222 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:35 pm

Thank you. I have a very well used and abused TD already and am going to swap it amongst them, but am currently in a deal with another member to trade an older engine of mine for another TD. So I will have 3 planes and 2 engines. I can only fly one at a time, they are quick to swap, and finally, my planes somehow usually have short life expectancies!
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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:13 pm

I believe the designer of the White Lightning was Bruce Feaver. I built it several years ago and found it to be extremely tail heavy. In fact I needed a TD .09 to balance it. That actually was a good combination. Unfortunately though I found the wings to flex on inside and outside manuevers which compromised it's flying. I mentioned this to Bruce in a e-mail and he was insistent that I didn't follow directions properly. On that note I removed the wing and put a very nice foam wing sliding the wing to my liking in it which made it fly superbly. I recently gave the plane away in a attempt to clean house. Have you checked the CG? I would just be very curious as to how it balances if your using a TD .049.
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:39 pm

Nope, I have not yet balanced it, let alone finished it. I will most definitely check and recheck it before flying though. Thanks for the info.
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Post  getback on Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:42 pm

Looking Good man!! Thanks for the update , The Nobler is neeeding air , How does the mount on the Lighting ? ( not cut out ? ) hope you can fly some soon . This Site Rocks!
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:20 pm

Never got that far yet, er, I had not thought of it. I will now make sure it fits before 'finishing it. Thanks for noticing. Also, the spitfire has a solid side also. Looks like a spacer is in order. Shocked
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Post  NEW222 on Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:33 pm

Ken Cook wrote:              I believe the designer of the White Lightning was Bruce Feaver. I built it several years ago and found it to be extremely tail heavy. In fact I needed a TD .09 to balance it. That actually was a good combination. Unfortunately though I found the wings to flex on inside and outside manuevers which compromised it's  flying. I mentioned this to Bruce in a e-mail and he was insistent that I didn't follow directions properly.  On that note I removed the wing and put a very nice foam wing sliding the wing to my liking  in it which made it fly superbly. I recently gave the plane away in a attempt to clean house. Have you checked the CG? I would just be very curious as to how it balances if your using a TD .049.

Ok. So I installed my engine on the airframe. I used only 2 screws to hold the engine on the airframe. I put an unfinished tank on the needle, and it was way tail heavy as you said. Now to get my final tank, do a full hardware install and put some weight in the body somewhere up front! But on another note, my 1/2a Nobler is also tail heavy, not as bad though. Looks like I got some work ahead of me.
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