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Post  batjac Fri Feb 25, 2022 12:45 am

I just can’t help it!  They won’t stop!!!!

It seems like every idea I’ve had for the last few years just keep popping into my head and nagging me to do them up for the Cricut machine.  THEY! JUST! WON’T! STOP!    I'm finding I'm having more fun drawing up planes and cutting them than building them, which I enjoy more than flying them.

Today it was my Skyray 110 (here).  It just kept weighing on me, and I eventually had to do something about it. There were a couple of things on the first one that I wasn't satisfied with, so I'd toyed with doing another one, but didn't really feel like taking the time to cut a kit out, with all the other things I'm wanting to do.  With the Maker, no reason not to do it. My first Skyray 110 was a beam mount, so I went ahead and designed it for a radial mount as the SIG Skyray has.  A Black Widow will be more suited to 110 sq.in. wing than a TD .049 engine.  The fuselage is 1/4", but the Cricut Maker won't cut thicker than 3/32".  So I'll cut two 3/32" fuselage blanks, and one 1/16" blank and laminate them together to make a nice, stiff 1/4" fuse.

Behold, the Skyray 110 MKII:

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The red parts will be cut from 1/16" sheet, and the purple from 3/32" sheet.

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Post  layback209 Fri Feb 25, 2022 12:57 am

Wow Mark that looks fantastic. You a leading the cricket cutting charge! I have only tried cutting a basic shape, but it was a success Smile. I love your built up beam mount skyray 1/2a from a few years back.
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Post  getback Fri Feb 25, 2022 6:34 am

Sounds like you are having some fun cutting and designing projects , Will you be interested in cutting kits for sale in the future?? Very Happy
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Post  cstatman Fri Feb 25, 2022 9:45 am

please keep showing pix of this project. I would love to see how it comes out in wood... Smile
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Post  batjac Sun Feb 27, 2022 7:19 pm

Eric, my wife keeps telling me that I need to find a way to make money off of this. With the cost and quality of balsa, and the cost of shipping, I don't know that anyone would want to pay what it would cost me to make kits.

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Post  batjac Sun Feb 27, 2022 7:22 pm

So, I cut the parts for this last night.  Now I need to make a build table and start assembly.

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Post  batjac Tue Mar 15, 2022 1:45 am

Okay, got time to start gluing today.  I won’t do a lot of pictures, since it’s almost the same as my previous Skyray 110.  I’ll just do pics of things that are different from the first build.


The wing goes together too easily.  Everything fits just right the first time, in no time.  

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As I said earlier, the fuse is ¼”, but the Maker will cut 3/32” max thickness.  So I’m laminating two 3/32” and one 1/16” fuse blanks, sandwiching the 1/16” between the two 3/32” blanks.  The laminated fuse is solid.  Doesn't bend at all, which is an advantage over my first 110.  That one twisted with prop torque.  This one won't twist at all.

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I learned a couple of new things. I use Glad cling wrap over the plane to glue everything up, since CA doesn't stick to the cling wrap. But, CA DOES stick to Glad Press N' Seal.... Don't do it!

Also, I made a new building board using some purple foam that Home Depot was pushing for projects. I taped two sheets together with 3M Heavy Duty clear packing tape to make a 24"x38" to fit the desk area I have in the spare room. I normally tape the Glad cling wrap with scotch tape to the building board. But as I was tearing off the wrap and trying to lay it on the board, I found that the Glad wrap sticks to the tape. Hmmm.... So I placed two vertical strips of the packing tape on the building board, and then stretched the cling wrap over them to hold it in place. Works great! When I'm done with this project, I'm going to put several strips on the board so that I can hold down the cling wrap this way for all future builds.

More to come…

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Post  Woody Thu Apr 28, 2022 1:42 am

This is really great stuff Mark.
I look forward to it getting finished.
Do you have to have a special program to do model planes with the Cricut?
What actually cuts the balsa?
I mean.... is it a tiny revolving bit like in a router machine?
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Post  getback Thu Apr 28, 2022 5:24 am

Hi Woody check this out i think it was the first post https://www.coxengineforum.com/t15919-let-s-see-where-this-goes?highlight=Cricut I searched cricut Very Happy
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Post  rsv1cox Thu Apr 28, 2022 6:10 am

How did you set the angle (degree) of the horizontal stabilator with the chord line of your symmetrical wing? Zero degrees +/-? I have always been curious about how other people do it with certain types of airfoils and models.
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