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Re: Brodak Ringmaster S-1 build

Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:01 am

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Cribbs74 wrote:Thanks!

While I would personally use ply instead of 3/32 balsa, I think that it's a benedicial mod and very transparent. Glassing builds up the TE about 1/16" or so which makes for a tight fit into the fuselage.

The slotting of the LE makes for a nice tight joint.
I agree with ya on the ply. I'm trying to "Fox proof" it a little. I'm also going to be making some 7075-T6 aluminum engine barrier plates as well to help keep that thing stationary. going to be putting a 40th anniversary .35 on it which I've already at least mostly broken in looking for a NVA now to replace the stocker flat tip. (Bandit)
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Good call on the aluminum. ST and PA needles work well for me. The new Fox needle is good as well, not sure if they are available anymore though.
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Post  TDbandit on Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:32 am

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Cribbs74 wrote:Thanks!

While I would personally use ply instead of 3/32 balsa, I think that it's a benedicial mod and very transparent. Glassing builds up the TE about 1/16" or so which makes for a tight fit into the fuselage.

The slotting of the LE makes for a nice tight joint.
I agree with ya on the ply. I'm trying to "Fox proof" it a little. I'm also going to be making some 7075-T6 aluminum engine barrier plates as well to help keep that thing stationary. going to be putting a 40th anniversary .35 on it which I've already at least mostly broken in looking for a NVA now to replace the stocker flat tip. (Bandit)
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Good call on the aluminum. ST and PA needles work well for me. The new Fox needle is good as well, not sure if they are available anymore though.
I don't think they are, I've been looking and haven't found any. Last time i talked to Fox they said that they were flat out of parts including the NV's and unless the economy improves and jobs start coming back, they have no plans on making any more in the foreseeable future. Still looking though. (Bandit)
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Re: Brodak Ringmaster S-1 build

Post  TDbandit on Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:16 am

Ok all I was going to start uploading the weight box pics tonight but had something come up so it's gonna have to be tomorrow however I do have a somewhat stupid question since I'm getting close to that point.
The kit comes with two control horns, one which is the stock sterling style which i know I can use and another that is an updated one with three holes observe:

My question is in the interest of keeping it OTS legal, Can I use the modded horn or do I have to stick with the original style due to the fact that they want the model as close to the original design on the outside as possible. The control horn is a visible component and the modded one is not original so I'm concerned about using it (I want too because it will allow for more throw control) I plan on using this model for OTS after I get my bearings and don't want to install it only to have them kick it out of a contest because of a horn. I appreciate the input guys! (Bandit)
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Re: Brodak Ringmaster S-1 build

Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:55 am

I have yet to see someone tossed out of OTS due to the control horn. Usually bonus points are awarded for period engines/covering.

Unless your modification alters the design in a way that makes the plane fly better than originally designed
then it won't be knocked. That is what I have experienced, keep in mind each OTS event varies by region.

That said, the horn you choose is up to you. If it were me I would go Nylon. If you want to use a ply one then the longer one is better. Bushing it will make it last longer. If you don't bush it then make it part of your pre-flight inspection each and every time you fly.

I am assuming you have flown a Ringmaster before and as you know they work best with minimal elevator deflection 20-25 degrees. The longer horn will aid in that goal. Using the innermost hole on the bellcrank helps in keeping the throw tamed.

Hope that helps a little.

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Re: Brodak Ringmaster S-1 build

Post  Ken Cook on Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:56 am

While I'm not a huge fan of the Fox needle valve, your flat tip works well provided you seal it. I like it better than the tapered replacement and it screws in farther than the tapered replacement version. The flat tip is no longer available nor is the tapered version. Randy Smith needles are far superior if he has them. The Fox has a turned down spraybar in the center which can easily be done on a Tiger needle. RSM provides a Tiger copy. They stay put. If the Fox needle is to be used, I highly suggest clipping it down and bending it out of the way. I said it many times on here, choose not to and the plane will do it for you. It will snap clean off flush with the spraybar. Hopefully you had a good needle setting or you will be packing it up and heading for home if you don't have another. Finding 3-48 screws in long lengths are a tough find, I made some needles by grinding a point onto the 3-48 screw. The screws fit tighter in the spraybar and are stronger.

I would recommend not to  use a wooden horn as failure will come quite quickly. The older Sterling wood horn was tough, it would fail at the glue joint or the hole. This newer laser cut plywood will fail even quicker and I've seen it many times. Use Nylon and you will have better adjustment and longevity. The secret to a Ringmaster is making the controls as slow as possible and making the elevator move as little as possible with a large horn. This requires a 1/64" ply pad under and above the horn otherwise the horn will pull through the elevator, There's a lot of stress on the horn with the large elevator and flexing takes place usually cracking the elevator if the ply pads aren't used. Too many times the elevator is flipping too far and fast. It stops the plane like a brake. Fast flying and slow inputs are essential otherwise it drops like a stone.

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Re: Brodak Ringmaster S-1 build

Post  TDbandit on Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:11 pm

Ken Cook wrote:While I'm not a huge fan of the Fox needle valve, your flat tip works well provided you seal it. I like it better than the tapered replacement and it screws in farther than the tapered replacement version. The flat tip is no longer available nor is the tapered version. Randy Smith needles are far superior if he has them. The Fox has a turned down spraybar in the center which can easily be done on a Tiger needle. RSM provides a Tiger copy. They stay put. If the Fox needle is to be used, I highly suggest clipping it down and bending it out of the way. I said it many times on here, choose not to and the plane will do it for you. It will snap clean off flush with the spraybar. Hopefully you had a good needle setting or you will be packing it up and heading for home if you don't have another. Finding 3-48 screws in long lengths are a tough find, I made some needles by grinding a point onto the 3-48 screw. The screws fit tighter in the spraybar and are stronger.

I would recommend not to  use a wooden horn as failure will come quite quickly. The older Sterling wood horn was tough, it would fail at the glue joint or the hole. This newer laser cut plywood will fail even quicker and I've seen it many times. Use Nylon and you will have better adjustment and longevity. The secret to a Ringmaster is making the controls as slow as possible and making the elevator move as little as possible with a large horn.  This requires a 1/64" ply pad under and above the horn otherwise the horn will pull through the elevator, There's a lot of stress on the horn with the large elevator and flexing takes place usually cracking the elevator if the ply pads aren't used. Too many times the elevator is flipping too far and fast. It stops the plane like a brake. Fast flying and slow inputs are essential otherwise it drops like a stone.

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Thanks man for the advice, I intend on installing a smith needle in it as soon as i'm able to get one however i'm gonna have to stick with the flat tip needle until I can. I've already clipped it down and put an L bend in it. Also I would like to find a high Zoot crank for it too but it appears that there are none available now outside of engines I though about having the stock crank balanced but it seems there is just not enough meat for it so I decided against it.
I have decided not to use the ply horn and will opt for the nylon one instead for fear of deflection and load issues. another issue i've noticed is the balsa for the elevator is a little on the soft side so i'm planning on putting a 1/64 ply strip bout 1/2 inch wide that will be integrated in with the horn doubler that will go down the center of the elevator from LE to TE to help stiffen it up a bit. (Bandit)
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Re: Brodak Ringmaster S-1 build

Post  TDbandit on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:31 am

Ok next in line is building the weight box. This is another one of the goodies that that comes with this kit as stock. I'm pretty sure you don't really need it but it does provide a nifty advantage for adjusting tip weight without cutting into the covering so here goes.

First of all, the weight box is an optional item there fore has it's own instructions separate from the build manual and it's construction is quite simple.
First, find all the parts for the eight box, you should have six components along with a 4-40 screw, washer and blind nut and lay them out to get an idea how things go together. ((Note)) the instructions say to use one 1/4 oz weight (the weight that has the hole in the center not a sticky weight) to help square up the sides however I found that the weight is not necessary for it's construction.

Next lightly sand the ends of the box sides to remove any burrs then take a steel scale with true edges and slip the first two sides together, square them up using the steel rule then glue together. Once done the box goes together quire easy just keep the side at 90 deg glue the remaining sides together and use a rubber band to hold together till dry.

Here is a side view of the box once the glue dries.

And now an end view. Also take  note of the two ends which are identical except the holes "Pay attention to this" the end with the larger hole is for the top and is where the blind nut lives which gets glued into place later, the one with the smaller hole is the bottom and is the hatch which does NOT get glued and must remain free so it can be removed for weight adjustment.

Now  find the top (The one with the large hole) and using the bolt supplied and washer install the blind nut by tempararly putting the top and bottom on each end of the box and install the blind using the bottom to help pull the blind nut in place. lock the blind nut in place with a couple of drops of medium CA being careful as to not get any CA in the threads of the blind nut.

Now its time to make the box cover hatch, Find the bottom (one with the small hole) and locate some 1/4" balsa. Then cut yourself a piece that is roughly the same size of the hatch bottom (Should be slightly bigger for shaping to fit) and lay the piece of balsa on the hatch till its roughly equal and then using the hatch bottom as a template, mark where the hole will be drilled then remove the balsa and drill  a 1/8 hole. Then take the bolt and slip the washer onto the bolt the slip it through the hole that you just drilled in the balsa cap and using the washer as a template, draw a circle them remove the bolt and washer. This is for the hole to clear the washer for the securing bolt for the weight box hatch.

Now ream the hole to match the washer, once satisfied glue the balsa cap to the ply hatch centering up the hole in the hatch with the hole in the cap. Use thin CA to strengthen and fuel proof the hole.

Now temporarily assemble the weight box using the securing bolt to hold the ends together then true them up best you can and snug the bolt. The using a sanding block blend in the sides and ends. once done and with the box still assembled, test fit the box in the wing mark the box as necessary in order to trim the box so the top of the box will be 1/4 inch below the top surface of the wing,  For the Ringmaster you will have to trim it down. Remove the box and disassemble...

Ok this is the final pic for the night there will be more tomorrow! OK now time for some ZZZZZZZ's (The bandit turns and flunks down on the bed) sleep
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Post  Ken Cook on Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:03 am

If possible, I would remove the blind nut. Sand the mating face of a Nyloc nut and epoxy it to the top of the box if there's enough room. Vibrations make the screw fall out during flight and out goes the weights and the door to hold them in. If that's not an option, after the weight is installed determine how long the space is from the weight to the underside of weight box lid and cut a piece of fuel tubing and place it on the screw. This will provide enough resistance to keep the screw from walking out. Ken
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Post  TDbandit on Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:36 pm

Ken Cook wrote:             If possible, I would remove the blind nut. Sand the mating face of a Nyloc nut and epoxy it to the top of the box if there's enough room. Vibrations make the screw fall out during flight and out goes the weights and the door to hold them in. If that's not an option, after the weight is installed determine how long the space is from the weight to the underside of weight box lid and cut a piece of fuel tubing and place it on the screw. This will provide enough resistance to keep the screw from walking out. Ken
Didn't think of that, heck I might go a step further and cut a stud and thread it into the blind nut then put a jam nut on the other side and use a lock nut on the hatch end would make it easier to slip the weights in. (Bandit)
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Post  TDbandit on Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:14 pm

Sorry for the wait having to work alot lately, haven't forgot just waiting on a fuel tank and supplies for finishing. I will hopefully have some more pics up to complete the weight box and then the tail feathers tomorrow evening. Smile lata folks (Bandit)
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