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Post  batjac on Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:58 pm

So you'll all just have to subscribe to this thread to see what my next model design will be....

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Post  roddie on Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:40 am

Popcorn I'll be watching!
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Post  Marleysky on Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:27 am

Never knew epiphanies could fly. I'm now on hanging on a thread ( this one) to see the results!
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Post  batjac on Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:38 pm

Marleysky wrote:Never knew epiphanies could fly. I'm now on hanging on a thread ( this one) to see the results!

Don't tell me you never saw "Dumbo" when you were a kid...

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Post  Kim on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:42 pm

Thinking I got one digging in the yard....

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Post  Marleysky on Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:56 pm

batjac wrote:
Marleysky wrote:Never knew epiphanies could fly. I'm now on hanging on a thread ( this one) to see the results!

Don't tell me you never saw "Dumbo" when you were a kid...

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Ok, so I’m hanging onto a feather also, Wishing you luck.
lol!
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RE: I had an epiphany today!

Post  66 Malibu on Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:59 pm

Two questions :
Did you have a large pepperoni pizza before you went to bed ?
Did someone mention the words "Mothership" or "Beta Reticuli" ?
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Post  getback on Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:26 pm

PIZZA yummmm..
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Post  batjac on Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:01 pm

66 Malibu wrote:Two questions :
Did you have a large pepperoni pizza before you went to bed ?
Did someone mention the words "Mothership" or "Beta Reticuli" ?

No, but some spicy tacos and an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 may have been involved...

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Post  66 Malibu on Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:22 pm

batjac wrote:
66 Malibu wrote:Two questions :
Did you have a large pepperoni pizza before you went to bed ?
Did someone mention the words "Mothership" or "Beta Reticuli" ?

No, but some spicy tacos and an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 may have been involved...

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Ah Yes...
I had a feeling that your epiphany for a new flying model design had some off the planet influences.
MST3K is my all time favorite funny show to watch ever ....
With it's 4 or 5 gags per minute, I would laugh so hard I thought I was gonna hurt myself !!!!
I almost had to tie my wife to the chair to get her to watch it the first time. Then she took to it like a wino after a ham sandwich !! Funny...Funny.
Those spicy tacos would do it for me also like pizza indigestion dreams.
Now I can wait to see the new idea !!!
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Post  batjac on Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:39 pm

Well, got this out of my head and on to the building board finally.  Wife's in the hospital, so this isn’t going to be a quick build.  Usually I get the idea, build it quickly, and then post pictures after finishing the plane.  But this one I’ll post as I go.  So, here ‘tis:










If anyone can correctly guess what it’s going to be before I post fuselage pics, I’ll let them do the test flight on this one.

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Re: The Epiphany Project

Post  Marleysky on Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:06 pm

AAhh, it an Airplane........a Control Line Airplane!
Hope your wife is doing well, recovering quickly.
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Re: The Epiphany Project

Post  RK Flyer on Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:13 pm

Looks like 1/2 of a wing.....A flying wing!


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Re: The Epiphany Project

Post  KariFS on Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:31 am

I'll have to wait until Jan 6th for mine...

As for the plane design, interesting as always... Could it be some kind of a twin engine, twin fuselage design? Such as the NA Bronco maybe?


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Post  batjac on Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:59 pm

Well, brought the wife home today, so I had a little time to work on this.  Unfortunately, even though I built the panel pinned down, it had a little warp to it, so I had to straighten it out.  **SIGH **

I cut a couple of ribs and straightened out the panel, and then revisited the bellcrank.  I decided to change out the existing mount for a floating bellcrank.  I’d have preferred a 3” bellcrank, but one wouldn’t quite fit, so I had to go with a 2 ½” bellcrank.  I crimped the leadouts and then I did some more sheeting.  








KariFS wrote:I'll have to wait until Jan 6th for mine...
As for the plane design, interesting as always... Could it be some kind of a twin engine, twin fuselage design? Such as the NA Bronco maybe?

Hmmm…  an OV-10.  I guess it could be stretched into one. The ribs are a little thin for that, but if I extended the spars three or four inches and fitted ribs out to the end I guess it’d work.  I could fatten up the rib template and use that.  Ah, well.  Another new project for the list.

No time to start on anything more tonight, so I think I'll get a few flights in on the C/L simulator.

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Post  batjac on Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:16 am

Okay, when I got home tonight I cut the fuselage blank for this thing. First pic of the fuselage blank:




You can still guess, but I get to do the maiden flight now.  Kinda glad Kari didn’t guess it, postage to Finland would have been astronomical.

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Post  getback on Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:31 am

Dewey Bird ?? Albatross ?? Very Happy
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Post  batjac on Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:09 am

Got a little more time tonight.  I cut and sanded the fuselage to shape, cut out for the engine bearers and installed the bearers, sanding them to shape.  I then did the cutout for the wing.  Test fitting:





getback wrote:Dewey Bird ?? Albatross ?? Very Happy

Good tries, Eric.  But no, not this one.  but I do want to do a Dewey Bird at some point.


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Post  batjac on Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:17 am

I did the stab, elevator, and fin/rudder this evening.




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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:53 am

Beechcraft something or other.

I'm going to like it. Smile

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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:57 am

batjac wrote:
Marleysky wrote:Never knew epiphanies could fly. I'm now on hanging on a thread ( this one) to see the results!

Don't tell me you never saw "Dumbo" when you were a kid...

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Brilliant remarks. Big chuckles here on both!!!!!!!!!

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Post  roddie on Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:21 am

I think it could be a De Havilland DH88 Comet.. except for the nose.. Huh...
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Post  RK Flyer on Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:37 am

I think it looks like a profile version of the "Caudron Racer" plan from the Outerzone ! But thats my second guess


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Post  KariFS on Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:14 pm

The wing structure keeps me thinking about a twin engine, twin tail model, and the bellcrank location suggests some kind of a twin tail boom type too Huh...

The fuselage kind of has the engine bearers up front and the tail goes all the way to the back so...

My last guess: Twin Mustang Reno Racer?

BTW Mark, I thought I would have to fly over and hitch-hike the rest of the way to Batjac Aeroworks HQ for the maiden flight. That would have been a long way to travel just to wreck a plane lol!
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Post  batjac on Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:44 pm

RK Flyer wrote:I think it looks  like a profile version of the "Caudron Racer" plan from the Outerzone ! But thats my second guess
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I hadn't looked at it like that.  If I narrowed the nose a little, it does look like a Caudron, doesn't it.


roddie wrote:I think it could be a De Havilland DH88 Comet.. except for the nose.. Huh...

That's another good idea for another day.  BTW, Bill Turner down in Riverside, CA who built the DH-88 replica was an old family friend.  He asked me thrice to go to work for him building old race planes.  That would have been my dream job.  Too bad you can't live on what little the job would have paid...


KariFS wrote:My last guess: Twin Mustang Reno Racer?

BTW Mark, I thought I would have to fly over and hitch-hike the rest of the way to Batjac Aeroworks HQ for the maiden flight. That would have been a long way to travel just to wreck a plane lol!

Last guess? Don't give up so easily, you're doing great.  Did anyone ever race an F-82 at Reno?  That'd be a race to see.

And, if you did come over and hitch-hike across the country, it'd be like reliving your college days...

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