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« on: May 19, 2006, 14:15:38 PM »
Hi there,

First of all, thanks to Alan for the 3 views !

So, after my 1/5.5 Grunau Baby, it's time for a new scale ship !
This time, the Ka3, 2.5mtrs wing span.
Let's glue some wood !

As usual now for me, I've started with the "front box" made with 3mm plywood (from the local DIY store...)







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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006, 14:16:04 PM »
Then, it's time for hard wood strips to simulate the tubing construction of the real one.

I've used 10x3mm strps, but if I have to do it again, i'd rather use 2x  3x5mm strips. Much more easier to bend ! :rolleyes:







Nothing really difficult here. The hardest part of the building was for the rear part of the fuselage...Finally, no real difficulties, but you must be precise here !
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 14:16:32 PM »
Then, it's time to build the wings !

Really easy here ! Ribs are all the same (ok, ok, almost !), the wing is flat, rectangular... A real beginner wing here !





The first 4 ribs are in 3mm plywood. The wing spare come from the DIY shop and the key wing is in 8mm carbon rod.

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 14:16:32 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 14:16:55 PM »
Ok, so, we have a set of wings and a fuselage... time to put everything together for the first time :





Contemplation !

Fred --> happy !  :p
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2006, 14:19:27 PM »
So, it's time to start the "webbing" on the fuselage. First, I was thinking to cover the entire fuselage with balsa, and simulate the tubing with the 10x3mm strips... Finally, Why not reproduce the real structure ?! Less hassle ! And very light and strong ! (Ok, the weight is not an issue here in Ireland !  :rolleyes: )





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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2006, 14:20:21 PM »
Now, a bit of paint for the cockpit interior...

Ok, Grey like the Irish Sky !  :p  Camouflage !

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2006, 14:20:45 PM »
A bit of work on the wings now.
Put the TE made with 1.5mm liteply.

Note the wing root. Scale now (design error here...Ooopss)

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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2006, 14:21:08 PM »
Now, the ailerons :

Really easy.. nothing to be explained here... photos talk for themselves !





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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2006, 14:21:39 PM »
And finally :


So, missing on the picture : the wings root and the sheeting.

Now, it's time to start the V tail !  Yep, I keep the best part for the end !


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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2006, 14:22:08 PM »
Ok, let's make the wings tips.
One of the Ka3 Particularity is to have a hollow wing tip (mean that the wing sheeting is not going to the tips)
So, the last 2 ribs are made with 3mm balsa and the wing tip, by using 1.5mm liteply.
Here are the pictures before gluing :








So, this week end, the plan is to finnish the wings (sheeting) and to start the V Tail !

See you next week,

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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2006, 16:31:06 PM »
looks excellent Fred.the Ka3 is a very nice looking sailplane.the v tail looks unusual on a vintage scale gliders.very cool though.
can't wait to see it with a suit of clothes on  :D

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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2006, 16:35:58 PM »
Hey Joe !
Thanks a Mill !

Hopefully, the V-Tail will be finish to be designed this Week End... So, finger crossed.. If everything is going smoothly, the glider will be ready to cover next week...

I'm on a hurry, should be finish for retroplane !!

Finger crossed !

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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2006, 19:23:26 PM »
Looks great Fred  :D . Will you be giving it spoilers like the full size.
Hope to see you guys up at Killakee in the next few weeks, hopefully, haven't flown in months.

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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2006, 21:20:07 PM »
Thanks Alan,
Yes, he will equiped with spoilers like the real one. Scale I said !  :D

What are your plans for Sunday ?
If the weather is looking good, I've plan to meet Joe at Mount leinster...
If interrested, I have space...
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2006, 07:53:26 AM »
So, let's continue with the elevator :

The elevator is made like a wing. The profil is a NACA 00008. No spars but 2 wing joiners made with carbon tubes.

first, cut all the ribs (not a lot  :) ) :



And glue them on a "false" TE, made with 4x4mm balsa strip :



Then, this is the critical phase of gluing the carbon tubes. Critical because you can input some wash-out during the process.... But slowly but surely, take your time and all will be fine...



Then, you can glue the TE to the ribs :

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