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Post  pkrankow on Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:01 pm

Ken Cook wrote:         Jim, one thing I find that happens when something like this is brought to the table is that your faced with many why can't we do this questions. I in no means am suggesting any alteration of the rules. I'm just throwing this out there because I already own several of these models which don't exactly fit the criteria of the rules in regards to the wheel limit. Most speed contests suggest the 2 wheel rule. However, only a limited event demands the 2 wheel rule. In most of the racing events I have participated in, the rules state that a single wheel gear must be a of a certain size. Seeing that the majority of my planes are one wheel, the only advantage to this is less drag and that's marginal at best. So I'm asking, is a one wheel gear acceptable? If not, completely understood. Ken

Just use a pin and put a wheel on the wingtip.
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Post  JPvelo on Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:25 am

Ken Cook wrote:         Jim, one thing I find that happens when something like this is brought to the table is that your faced with many why can't we do this questions. I in no means am suggesting any alteration of the rules. I'm just throwing this out there because I already own several of these models which don't exactly fit the criteria of the rules in regards to the wheel limit. Most speed contests suggest the 2 wheel rule. However, only a limited event demands the 2 wheel rule. In most of the racing events I have participated in, the rules state that a single wheel gear must be a of a certain size. Seeing that the majority of my planes are one wheel, the only advantage to this is less drag and that's marginal at best. So I'm asking, is a one wheel gear acceptable? If not, completely understood. Ken

Ken,

I'm going to say no because I don't want to open the door to making changes to a very simple set of rules when there is over a year to build or modify a model.
I hope that didn't come across as snarky.

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Post  Ken Cook on Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:40 am

Not at all. I have no interests in building more as space is at a minimum now. I have refined what I have currently and the only places I have to fly this style of plane is limited to twice a year. There's currently one with dual gear not setup for suction and I will see if it's possibly doable for a tank.
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Post  roddie on Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:57 pm

Trying to figure out how I'm going to install a trike-gear on my T33. Huh... Huh... Huh... I'm pretty much set on .062" music-wire for the mains.

A 3-view that I've been working from..

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I considered an inverted "V" for the mains.. because I ran the engine-mount beams well rearward.. and could tie-into the lower beam with steel L/G straps located midway to the wing-chord.  

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I'm not sold on that arrangement though. My Rare Bear's "mains" consisted of two separate struts mounted under its' sheet-wing. That wing was built with a hardwood "strip-spar" for the gear-blocks to tie-into.

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The T33's wing doesn't have that hardwood strip-spar.. because the model was originally designed to launch "gearless" from a dolly. I still like the idea of two separate wing-mounted struts though. Not too far apart.. maybe 8".

The nose-gear/strut will also be .062" music-wire which will tie-into the lower engine-mount beam.. and be raked-back a few degrees from vertical.. to hopefully provide some shock-absorbing when the model comes down when landing.. or otherwise..

The wheels are surplus-stock.. and are the same as the ones used on the Rare-Bear. Their hubs will be bushed to fit the .062" diameter music-wire axles.

I made these wheels on a CNC router.. and have a LOT of spares. With an O-ring "tire".. they measure 1.100" diameter and .180" in thickness. I'd be more than willing to share what I have, with fellow CEF members if they desire thin-streamlined wheels for their entry. PM me.
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Post  JPvelo on Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:24 pm

Ken Cook wrote:         Not at all. I have no interests in building more as space is at a minimum now.

I understand that, I am currently in the process of selling off everything non cox bigger than 1/2a size.
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Post  JPvelo on Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:48 pm

Yep, that's a model airplane.
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Post  roddie on Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:43 pm

JPvelo wrote:Yep, that's a model airplane.
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Yep.. it sure is! You still plan on flying it CW rotation Jim? I'm Popcorn  anxious to see how you set up the controls.. landing-gear and the fuel-delivery! This should be fun! I hope that we gain more participants! We should; given the amount of time allotted to build a model.. along with flight-testing. Who hasn't wanted to build a "hot-rod" airplane for one of their little Cox engines?
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Post  roddie on Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:55 pm

I spent a little time trying to fit landing gear to my T33 Shooting Star this afternoon. Tedious......... I'd NEVER built a "trike-gear".. This design will be stout; constructed completely of .062" piano-wire.. and 1.0" diameter wheels

The "mains".. mounted mid wing-chord.. an inverted "V" with a 6" track with struts raked slightly rearward.

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The nose-gear...  I made a sheet-brass spreader-plate for tying the gear-wire into the lower-engine mount. It's strut is also raked slightly rearward..

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the "stance"... less wheels..

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This was a tricky thing for me. I hadn't made provisions for any landing-gear. This model was to be launched from a "dolly".. which had been previously built. It's a "trike" now........  Laughing and I hope that she rolls-out on track. I have a few degrees of starboard-castor bent into the nose-gear's axle.

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Post  RknRusty on Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:52 pm

That looks like a nice job, Roddie. How do you know the fore-aft position? Is there a rule of thumb for model planes' trike gear as with conventional tail-dragger gear? I was just talking with a friend yesterday about his trike Pathfinder and he was frustrated having a hard time with rolling takeoffs.

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Post  batjac on Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:19 pm

RknRusty wrote:That looks like a nice job, Roddie. How do you know the fore-aft position? Is there a rule of thumb for model planes' trike gear as with conventional tail-dragger gear? I was just talking with a friend yesterday about his trike Pathfinder and he was frustrated having a hard time with rolling takeoffs.

An old rule of thumb I learned lo 'bout 30 years ago is 15%.  For a conventional gear plane, the main wheels should be 15% of wing chord ahead of the C.G. point.  For a tricycle gear, the main wheels should be 15% of chord aft of the C.G.  This makes for easy rotation.  It's worked fine for me as a general rule.  But then, I never fly a plane long enough to want to fine tune the landing gear position.  I know some people put the mains closer to the cc.g. for a tricycle gear to make it rotate quicker, but I figure they drag their tail more, also.

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Post  batjac on Fri Nov 03, 2017 11:20 pm

Nice looking plane, Roddie. Can't wait to see it tricked out with paint and details. Are you gonna fly it with the Medallion for the contest?

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Post  JPvelo on Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:42 pm

Nice work Roddie!
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Post  roddie on Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:14 pm

RknRusty wrote:That looks like a nice job, Roddie. How do you know the fore-aft position? Is there a rule of thumb for model planes' trike gear as with conventional tail-dragger gear? I was just talking with a friend yesterday about his trike Pathfinder and he was frustrated having a hard time with rolling takeoffs.

I don't know Rusty..... lol! I'm fairly certain that the model would have been excessively nose-heavy prior to the gear installation.. so this gear retro-fit is probably in my favor. Some added functional-weight via the mains-position at mid-chord; I thought was a safe bet. The few degrees of "rearward-cant" on all three struts I figured might provide for a less "bouncy" roll-out.. as well as some shock-absorbing when the model falls out of the sky when the engine quits.. Laughing

I made the struts long initially. so I could trim them shorter. I trimmed 1" off the nose-gear.. and 1/2" off each main-strut..

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Here's how she sits now; "less" her 1" dia. wheels..

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2.5" above the deck.. plus 1/2" with wheels. I hope that the 1/2" increase in height doesn't make it look fugly.. but we'll need ground-clearance for a 5" max-dia. propeller. The nose gear's wheel I've decided to consist of a stronger material than the lightweight main-wheels.

I also bit the bullet today.. and bought a Dodge Viper RT/10..

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Laughing It's probably the closest I'll ever get to one.. $.94 at my local Walmart.. Smile
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Post  roddie on Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:37 pm

batjac wrote:Nice looking plane, Roddie.  Can't wait to see it tricked out with paint and details.  Are you gonna fly it with the Medallion for the contest?

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Thank you Mark!! That engine is a Tee Dee .051 that I fitted for the photos. You can see it more clearly in my last post. A Tee Dee .049 will be the engine of choice.. and is packed-away in a zip-seal bag because I borrowed its glow-head for a reed-valve engine that I entered into this year's CEF tach-race unlimited-class.

For the 2015 Speed-Contest, I bought some "Krylon" Cover-Maxx paint; aerosol "true blue" base-color and a pint-can of "sun yellow" for the trim. I'm hoping to accurately represent a "Blue Angels" color-scheme.

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Post  roddie on Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:08 pm

JPvelo wrote:Nice work Roddie!

Thanks so much Jim! "You've " been the catalyst since this whole thing started four years ago. It gave me a focus back then.. when a lot of my life was out of focus. I'm thankful for that Jim. The very "nature" of this contest is creativity. That's what I love the most about it! One-off models that there are no kits for. Each one; a unique creation.. unlike anyone else's. We all hope that we can control them when they're unleashed.. biting into the air with fury!
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Post  roddie on Sat Nov 04, 2017 7:57 pm

batjac wrote:
RknRusty wrote:That looks like a nice job, Roddie. How do you know the fore-aft position? Is there a rule of thumb for model planes' trike gear as with conventional tail-dragger gear? I was just talking with a friend yesterday about his trike Pathfinder and he was frustrated having a hard time with rolling takeoffs.

An old rule of thumb I learned lo 'bout 30 years ago is 15%.  For a conventional gear plane, the main wheels should be 15% of wing chord ahead of the C.G. point.  For a tricycle gear, the main wheels should be 15% of chord aft of the C.G.  This makes for easy rotation.  It's worked fine for me as a general rule.  But then, I never fly a plane long enough to want to fine tune the landing gear position.  I know some people put the mains closer to the cc.g. for a tricycle gear to make it rotate quicker, but I figure they drag their tail more, also.

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I don't really know what to expect from this trike-gear. Huh... It's my first model-airplane so equipped. I basically "winged-it" (pardon the pun..) with the orientation/placement. This model-subject being a "jet" is way outside the box for a front-engine propeller-driven variant. Its "sheet-wing" is small and offers zero-lift.. Laughing Its proportions are eye-ball scale.. so as to "look" the part. Whether it will fly and be controllable is anyone's guess. The wingspan is 15.0" with a 4" root-chord and 2" tip-chord.. for a total of 45 square-inches.

The model sits with a slightly positive angle of attack. It has very small (scale) tail-feathers. The stab./elevator span is 5" and the elev. area is only 2.5". Control-throws will be tight.. maybe 10-15 degrees. I don't dare provide more deflection than that. What "will suck".. is if I need to have "more" control to avert a crash.
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Post  Oldenginerod on Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:56 am

I might have missed something here as I haven't been following the thread so closely, but with Roddie building a "trike" I do recall that the orignal rules stated "2 wheels". Is a third wheel allowed, like on Roddie's model? I remember some discussion about single gear models not being allowed. What's the latest?
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Post  JPvelo on Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:27 am

Oldenginerod wrote:I might have missed something here as I haven't been following the thread so closely, but with Roddie building a "trike" I do recall that the orignal rules stated "2 wheels".  Is a third wheel allowed, like on Roddie's model?  I remember some discussion about single gear models not being allowed.  What's the latest?

I just modified the rules to read "landing gear with a minimum of 2 wheels". That was always the original intent, I should have been more clear from the beginning.
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Post  roddie on Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:42 pm

WOW!.. this thread has 4K+ views in less than 30 days.. Damn!

I've been trying different wheels on this jet. These are Perfect-brand 1.375" dia. streamlined mains.. and one of my homemade wheels for the nose-gear. I may swap-out wheel "types" later for balance.. but the 1.375" diameter seems to look better than anything smaller or larger.

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With these wheels; the airplane currently balances at the extreme-front of the wing-tip pods, without a tank or fuel payload. A premature estimation; having no paint or control-linkage.. but I prefer to check balance a few times throughout the build.. in an effort to avoid having to add non-functional weight when the model is finished. A piano-wire vs. carbon-fiber pushrod can be all it takes to trim the CG of a model this tiny.. as long as it's in the ballpark at finish-time.

The model sits much higher than scale for propeller-clearance.. and a "Kress-Midwest" ducted-fan unit would be trick.. Cool but let's be real... Laughing

I'm considering adding a "KFm" (Kline-Fogelman) stepped-airfoil leading-edge for my 1/8" sheet-wing, to hopefully gain some stability. Something in the order of the KFm-10 shown in the image below. A symmetrical foil.. having a L/E made from 1/4" stock with trailing graduated-strips of 1/16", 1/32" and 1/64" wood.

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A .015" dia. piano-wire "tail-skid" with an "eye" on its end will serve as a stooge-pin launch-point.

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Post  JPvelo on Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:47 am

This things getting close.

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Post  roddie on Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:10 am

That is WICKED Jim!!!!!!!!! Thumbs Up Popcorn
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Post  GWILLIEFOX on Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:31 am

Are the final rules listed all together in one place?
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Post  JPvelo on Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:49 am

GWILLIEFOX wrote:Are the final rules listed all together in one place?

The rules posted at the beginning of this thread are the final complete rules.

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Post  roddie on Fri Nov 10, 2017 3:14 pm

I figured that there's enough time to design an "additional" model for this contest. The post-title has meaning.

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That's a wooden window-blind. I found a stack of them (10) in an old abandoned garage a few years ago.. and being "me".. thought about an aero-modeling application for them.. and gathered them up.

They measure .130" thick x 2.375" wide x 24" long. What's unique about these.. is that you don't commonly find hardwood cut as thin as this. The pieces are perfectly straight and warp-free.

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The blinds "are" wood.. possibly basswood.. but I'm not sure.

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My "challenge".. is to use one piece of this blind, to build "most" parts of a Speed model for this contest. It will be a "profile" model to keep it simple. I have 57 sq. in. to work with..
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