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MIG 29
« on: February 23, 2018, 13:04:35 PM »
Oh no, what I have done!!  :-[ :-X

My “plan B” for Macon just arrived! No room left in the workshop, so I need to get my act together and start to do a bit of cleaning!

Nice piece of kit I have to say.
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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2018, 07:59:27 AM »
Wahou  8)
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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2018, 13:50:47 PM »
Did JP not have one of these?

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Re: MIG 29
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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 18:17:37 PM »
Hey Bill,

There is a strong possibility! :)
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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 19:12:54 PM »
Think he switched out the wings for a glider airfoil and repainted it in camo colours

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2018, 22:06:32 PM »
Yes guys, this is the Mig 29 I flew at bigL, a few years ago. The wing that comes with the kit is an RG14, good for ducted fan use, but not for slope flying on this model. I used the SD3020 and increased the wing by' I think' 14%. I will get a set of wings cut for you Fred when I get the CNC up and running again!

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2018, 11:32:50 AM »
When I read John’s reply I must admit I was sceptical. How could a change of wing section make much of a difference to this model? Surely the low aspect ratio, short and enormous fuselage, double fins, huge tailplane and all the other lumps and bumps guarantee that the parasitic drag on this model is going to be so great that the comparatively little differences between one aerofoil and another would be insignificant. Surely this one would fly with any wing section. However I was curious and had a look at the RG14 drag curves. Sure enough the low drag range at low Reynolds numbers only extends from a CL of 1.0  to minus 0.2 so it’s not a thermal soaring section. It won’t fly slowly but it will fly inverted at high speed!  Maybe it was time to do some sums………….

The wingspan is 1.145m and the wing area is .226sqm giving a mean wing chord of near enough 200mm. The weight is given at 2.7kg. Doing the maths …..  at a cl of 1.0 (ie slow flight!) the model would fly at near enough 50kph. This will be exciting to land – too fast to land on a rough slope. The Reynolds number is over 180,000 so we can forget about the 50k and 100k plots. 2.7kg is far too heavy and a wing section that would fly slower (ie at a higher cl) would be an advantage.

Redoing the maths with a weight of 2kg and using a wing section that would still be in low drag at a CL of 1.2 the model would fly efficiently at 39kph and would still fly (with high drag) even slower so landings without damage might become more frequent. At 2kg the Reynolds numbers would still be respectable so the weight could be reduced even more.

SO:
John has a point. An aerofoil that works more efficiently than RG14 at higher coefficients of lift would reduce the landing speed and that would be good. However reducing the weight is even more important. I still think that in the range of cl’s from 0.8 to 0.3 (where most of the flying would take place) the differences between RG 14 and a more glider friendly section wouldn’t amount to much compared with the parasitic drag.

JIM

PS to John – I cannot find any drag curves for SD3020 – have you got any?
PS to Fred - Would you be tempted - as I would - just to reduce the weight and fly it at it is....... the difference between flying at a cl of 1.2 against a cl of 1.0 is less than 4kph and the high drag at slow speed might help in getting it down!!

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2018, 12:36:28 PM »
If I remember right, John found the model too light and had to ballast it up a bit.

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2018, 19:53:11 PM »
Hi Bill – so the plot thickens.
I wonder what weight John’s model was. Had he also started light (no batteries for the motor etc.)?  Did he feel it needed to fly faster in order to get the wing working or was it just lacking in response at the lower speeds? Would it slow down for landing? Was it difficult to throw it fast enough at the launch? Hopefully John will log again on soon………………
Or, just maybe, it’s only a pensioner like me that thinks that fast flying models are a pain to land and the thing will be fine for everyone else at 2.7kg!

JIM

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2018, 13:57:18 PM »
Jim,
 if I remember right (and my memory ain't what it was!), the model was fairly unresponsive and wouldn't penetrate

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2018, 22:04:13 PM »
Hi Guys, well this post is getting very technical, when in practice it is not!. OK let me explain, the mig29 was designed as an twin EDF model, now AUW of the EDF model was over 2.7kg, that includes two 90mm fans, two 120amp speed controllers, two b36 1800 motors, an under carriage airup/airdown, and two 5000 5cell lipo batteries, all pushed into a small foam jet. This is how the model first flew, at speed the model flew nice!! at slower speeds, ' a big brick' and yes on landing, even on a smooth runway, a pain in the ass the land!.
So i decide to convert the MiG to a PSS model. First test flight, took out all the fans units etc, so ended up with a very light foam model, which was fired off my local hill and just did not want to fly!. Lessons leaned, model has a lot of drag and the airfoil section RG14 does not create good lift at slow speeds. Next reduce drag by covering up the air intakes, also improve lift by using a glider section wing with a larger surface area. So I cut out a new set of foam wings, and yes The section I mentioned is wrong, it is a SD3012 or 3021 I need to check, glassed the wings and fuselage, and tried another flight. This time the model flew great with a good over all speed range and lands at a walking pace. The overall weight of the model is light for a PSS model I think around 1.2kg with ballast. So, I took a model which did not fly well, made a few changes to it's design and ended up with a good PSS model which flys well off the slope!

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Re: MIG 29
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2018, 10:51:27 AM »
Great explanation John,

That all makes perfect sense to me. I love it when I understand (or at least I can convince myself I understand) what’s going on.  Yes my initial response was from a technical standpoint but I like that approach. I am an extremely slow builder (so slow I have been stationary for a few years) so I like to know how things are going to work out before I start. I suppose that I sort of hoped that my initial reply would spark off a discussion of the technicalities of our models – mainly because I would enjoy it.

Maybe I will start a new post on the technical side – I could start it off with some aspect of the subject I think I understand and see if anyone joins in.

Thanks again,
JIM