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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:11 pm

Just now epoxied on the hard luck vertical stabilizer.  Moral .... even after a 36 hour cure don't sit the 48 hour cured fuselage get anywhere near it.  Also don't try to respray during a tornado (Cyclone) alert with high humidity.   But alls well that ends well, lower humidity this morning allowed a respray.

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The kit came with "elephant ear" cowls and bracing which I chose not to use.  Instead I'm thinking about cutting one of the Lustercoat can covers to fit finishing with a lightened circular reinforcement and appropriate relief's for the cylinder and needle valve exposures.  No need to paint to match.  It's a perfect fit north/south for the existing firewall.  I would sandwich the landing gear between the two.

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The kids (all in their 50's) were over for Father's day and commented that the pilot wasn't smiling.  Knowing that I was at the controls I responded, you wouldn't smile either.


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My Dremel hinge slot cutter worked great, best slots I ever cut and in a sixteenth of the time, took me less than a minute to make eight perfect cuts.  The bell crank to control horn traverse is straight with no need for a bend, ought to control nicely on this Walt Musciano design.

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The kit came with a wood screw to affix the control horn, not having a lot of confidence in that I used a machine screw, washer and a nut.  But this is a great kit, ultra complete with music wire lead outs and quality wheels.  I test ran the engine a couple of weeks ago and it ran great.  The eyelets under the leading edges of the wings are functional providing inlet air for the Space Bug Jr.  

I still have to fillet the wing roots and clean up a few details before I fly it.  Wonder if it will fly like my old Cyclone.
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Post  pkrankow Sun Jun 21, 2015 4:44 pm

I get annoyed with single screw horns. The durn things twist.

Super fine looking machine there!
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Post  batjac Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:55 pm

As Guy LeDouche from MXC would say, "Ooohh! Geee Like!!!"

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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:32 pm

Thanks guys, It's the first 1/2A model that I have built in over 35 years.

One thing I forgot to mention, this kit had no provisions for a rudder, it was only supplied with a tip weight. I was thinking about adding some off-set shims to the engine but after reading Ken Cooks analysis in Roger's Stunt Trainer Design thread I wonder if it's necessary.

I know the "step back" procedure when launching but having it come back on me is a worry.

BTW - I like the Lustercoat finish technique. It's really just dope in a spray can and it applies evenly, just don't use it in high humidity conditions.
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Post  cox24711 Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:33 pm

thats so cool my black hawk model raven is coming my first cl plane! YOURS LOOKS BRILL" that spacebug looks epic
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Post  cox24711 Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:35 pm

cox24711 wrote:thats so cool my black hawk model raven is coming my first cl plane! YOURS LOOKS BRILL" that spacebug looks epic
p.s you need to put a smile on your pilot's face! Very Happy
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Post  rsv1cox Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:51 pm

cox24711 wrote:thats so cool my black hawk model raven is coming my first cl plane! YOURS LOOKS BRILL" that spacebug looks epic

Not the most sophisticated of tip weights but cheaper than a nickel.

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The spray can cowl may work?? Or maybe look for something else.

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I hope that BRILL means something good in Aussie speak. Smile Welcome to the 1/2 A CL club, I'm thinking that Raven is going to turn out BRILL.

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Post  KariFS Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:39 am

Well it does look BRILLiant Very Happy Nice job indeed.
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:36 am

KariFS wrote:Well it does look BRILLiant Very Happy Nice job indeed.

Hey, I'm still working on whatsup man...........Smile
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Post  getback Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:59 am

That is Sweet man I love the look of the rounded wing tips and the sporty look of ole time fling Very Happy where did you get the kit from Bob ? And that SB jr. sets it off I hope it flys as good as it looks ! videos if possible tongue
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Post  rsv1cox Mon Jun 22, 2015 3:36 pm

I found it on ebay Eric sometime last year, around $36.00 if I remember correctly.

I roughed out a cowl off of a spray can of some sort. I didn't use the Lustercoat top as it had lots of printing on it. I fit's nicely if a little large but I'm not sure that I will use it because I also like the looks of that red tanked Space Bug Jr. hanging out there in the wind. Smile

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Post  KariFS Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:18 pm

I like the look with the cowl, although you might want to open up the front a little more. The Bug jr is a good looking engine, so you can't really go wrong whether you go with or without the cowl Smile
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