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Events / Re: 2019 events
« on: June 27, 2020, 20:50:46 PM »
Ok, found a good software to make galleries, so now, I can start to offload my photos!

First album, France/Ireland meeting 2019. 400 photos!
Enjoy!! :)

https://www.gliderireland.net/france-ireland-2019-2/

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Slope Soaring / Re: Killakee today
« on: June 22, 2020, 13:45:01 PM »
Sorry Joe, missed that!
Weather was a bit wild down here with a few scattered showers. Did you go up?

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PSS / Re: Joe's F86 PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 13:41:08 PM »
Another build that will put us all to shame!  :-* :-*

(I moved the topic to its own thread, totally deserve it!  :-*)

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Slope Soaring / MOVED: Joe's F86 PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 13:40:14 PM »

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 13:38:39 PM »
AAwww, thanks, but definitively nothing compared to your F86 build! That one is just a box with wings, so quick and easy :)

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 10:00:13 AM »
And we are almost done (in a cosmetic point of view :) )

Left to do:
Ailerons servos linkage
CofG
Trow it off a slope
Have a beer (to celebrate of forget :) )

All in all, very simple to build. Very quick (that thing can be done in less than a week I'd say) and plus, I like the look!
I thought I did the fuselage too fat, but, overall, does look right I think.
Only a couple of things to modify on the plan, so not a huge amount of work to finish it off completely.

Hopefully, first flights will tell if that was a good choice of plane... or not!

On a side note, I know nothing in electrics, but seeing it, that would be easy to put 2 electric motors in that thing for an unusual (rare) subject on the flying fields

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 09:55:03 AM »
Could not find spinners that would match the real thing, and the size I need.
Printer to the rescue :)

4 printed (2 spares) and glued straight away to achieve the look.

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 09:38:15 AM »
Pilots are printed, painted and canopy finished.

For the transparent "glass", good tip is to use laminating film sheets. Comes in all sizes. A5 cost 1.99 for 10 at my local supply store. They also do them in A3 for 2 quids more...

So, templates cut, plastic cut then glued. A white vinyl trim finishes it off.

They look happy, so we call it job well done :)

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 22, 2020, 09:31:53 AM »
Alright, weekend, big push :)

Covering done.
Subject chosen

Now, time to piece everything together so we have what's look like a plane :)

First, the subject. It is an Aero Commander 500 from a company called "Pan Adrian" in Croatia. Now the national company I believe.
It was between this one, or one from the Argentinian Air Force.

Anyway, that one did fit the bill in simplicity for a quick job :)

So, all covered in white film. Rudder in Red vinyl. Once fuselage covered, the root ribs are glued and edges covered to hide the wood. At this stage, the wing joiner tube are glued also.

Then, vinyl is cut :) And applied following the photos.
I added my panel lines using my usual 1mm vinyl tape. Less is more, and it does enhance the plane big time. Small things... :)


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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 20, 2020, 17:09:50 PM »
Alrighty, today's work on the tail.
Simple in a way that they are cut in 5mm balsa.

The Shrike have angled elevator (about 7 degrees if I remember). So to reproduce that, I created a flat bit, that goes on the fuselage, and 2 "tail joiners" at the correct angle.
They are glued into notches cut in the balsa. Simple.

I used 2mm Robart hinges, installed with the nice Robart drilling jig that everyone should have!

You can make the back removable if you glue 5mm diametre tubes and use bent piano wires.
The elevator will be moved by a Y. Servo is located under the canopy

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 19, 2020, 13:59:30 PM »
And now, the nacelles!
I was not too sure how to make them, but luckily, they are simple.
So like the fuselage, it will be a box :)

The sides are made of 4mm balsa. 2 formers are here to give the usual rigidity. Now, there is a left and right side!
The wing profile is cut on the sides and match where that goes on the wings.
Sheeting is made of 3mm balsa.

For the top, to reproduce the effect of the real one, 2 4x4mm balsa strips are bent/glued on top the wing from the LET to TE of the nacelles. This is then sheeted in 3mm balsa, sanded then covered :)

Proud of myself moment, as it's easy and does look the part.

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 18, 2020, 08:14:46 AM »
Work continues on the wings :)

Wings are sheeted in 2mm balsa. TE is made of a 5x5mm square strip as usual.
Wing joiner tubes are glued in place, and servo cable puts in.
Basic stuff.

I then used the 10x5mm leftovers from the spars to glue at the TE. just to give some "meat" when I do the covering as I will use the covering as hinge as per my habits, so again, nothing special here :)

Wing tips are a mix of 3mm plywood and 2x4mm balsa. All that will be sanded in shape later

Ailerons are made with the stock TE.

Next, the engine pods :)

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 17, 2020, 10:39:53 AM »
Just like me :)

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:14:07 AM »
So next, canopy. Simple top and bottom, a couple of wood pieces et voila! Canopy done.
It will be sanded with the rest of the fuselage. That hide the radio and it is removable for access to plug stuff.
Need 2 pilots to be glued on the canopy floor now!

Then, attention is turning to the wings! Simple platform, so quick and easy job.
The spars are 10x5mm and are put on a 2mm strip to compensate for the sheeting. As usual, built inverted.
The first rib includes the diedhral, and without forgetting to build the servo frame, the build moves very quickly.

TE is from stock. Simple.

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PSS / Re: Aero "Shrike" Commander PSS build
« on: June 17, 2020, 09:07:59 AM »
https://youtu.be/I0BZMdW3-aE  Bob Hoover in his Shrike Commander

I picked another subject :)
Bob Hoover was the obvious choice of course. SO I went for something else  ::) Wanted something dead easy to do  ;)

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