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Post  fit90 on Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:52 am

A few weeks ago I was surprised by an incredibly generous gift from 944_Jim. It was a House of Balsa 2x4 glider kit. Now that I have a little free time I am going to start building it. I have just recently assembled the required components. They include: a 4.8v, 300mah NiMH battery, standard switch, 2 HS-65HB servos, an AR 6100 reciever and a Cox Franken engine. The engine is basically a drum back end from a VGE RR-2 and the front end from a Valentine Speed Bee.

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All these goodies come in at a hefty 4.4 ounces.

The next pictures should include parts removed from their sheets, sanded, labeled and ready for assembly.
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Post  NEW222 on Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:03 pm

Very nice. I will be watching this too. I have wanted a 2 x 4 glider myself for a while now since a friend at work told me about his and how nice of a flier it is. But, I have a couple planes in the hangar already so I have to wait for some space to clear up.....
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Post  944_Jim on Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:47 pm

I'm excited to see it being used! Good for you.
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Post  fit90 on Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:56 pm

It has been a long time but I finally got some time to start building the kit.

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I have enough of the fuselage framed up to do the equipment and pushrod layout and install. I hope to do that tomorrow.
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Post  NEW222 on Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:22 pm

And...... We're off to another great build thread. Great start. I'll be watching.
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Post  dckrsn on Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:50 pm

Hey Bob, the Valentine/VGE mill grabbed my attention.
I'm tuned in.
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Post  944_Jim on Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:49 pm

Hi Fit!

I was just wondering about this one earlier this week. Glad to see it is a bit further along now. Subscribed!
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Post  Cribbs74 on Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:11 am

Neat stuff! Lots of building going on. Hopefully a lot of flying to follow!
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Post  Kim on Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:16 am

Yes...good stuff happening! That engine ought to make it "Haul the Mail" !!!
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Post  getback on Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:04 am

Got a good start on her , subbed RC Plane
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Post  fit90 on Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:21 pm

I made a little more progress, today.

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I got the pushrod tubes mostly installed.

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I made and installed a servo tray.

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I finished the bottom fuse sheeting and got the the basic equipment lay out taken care of, at least as much as possible without the plane assembled for a CG check.

Tomorrow is supposed to be rainy so I should be able to get a little more done again.
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Post  fit90 on Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:30 pm

Took the engine out to find out what kind of plug will work best with the new Kamtechnic turbo plug adapter and found out the engine had been wearing in a weird way between the case to back plate fit. It behaved like the con rod was bent. I could not find anything wrong after disassembly and a visual inspection. The problem kept repeating itself after re-assembly and testing. I chose to set the back plate aside and simply replace it with a killer bee back plate. The engine is running beautifully, again. It was running steadily at 16,200 rpm on an apc 5.7x3 with three head shims, Sig Champion 25% and a merlin type drop in plug. I am very happy with that.
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Post  fit90 on Tue Apr 14, 2020 3:57 pm

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The horizontal stab is done. I will be working on the vertical stab tonight and the rest of the tail feathers this week.
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Post  944_Jim on Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:06 pm

I'm glad I'm not the one building this one. But I am having fun watching!
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