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Old 11-15-2019, 07:56 AM
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Very nice Paul!!! Did you cut those templates out with a CNC? They look awesome!

Soooooo...... what are you building?!?!
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Old 11-15-2019, 08:15 AM
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Got the rear deck sheeted!

Iím using a 3M water based contact adhesive for turtle decks and hatch. Hereís the process:

Apply 1 coat via roller to each surface. Letís dry for 30 minutes
Apply 2nd coat to each surface and let dry for 30 minutes.
Then, line up the part and roll the sheeting onto to foam.

After the sheeting has been attached to the foam, I go over the entire thing with my covering iron to ďsetĒ the glue.

-Craig
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Old 11-15-2019, 09:02 AM
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I also got the vertical stab/fin sheeting and trimmed. I used gorilla glue for this job! Super strong stuff!!!

I HAD to use spare engines sitting around... gotta keep motivated somehow right?

-Craig
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Old 11-15-2019, 01:05 PM
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Very nice Paul!!! Did you cut those templates out with a CNC? They look awesome!

Soooooo...... what are you building?!?!
Thanks! Yes on CNC for the aluminum templates. Friend of mine cut them for me. For a Cadence 2m pattern plane.

Curious on the contact contact cement use for the turtle deck. Youíve used that before with no issues? Is the reason just for time savings?
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:20 PM
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Yep, used it several times and it’s super strong! I use it because it’s really quick and easy.

-Craig
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:22 PM
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Next up is the lower deck! The pictures show the progress: trimmed, sanded, cleaned, glued!

-Craig
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Old 11-16-2019, 08:12 PM
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Yep, used it several times and itís super strong! I use it because itís really quick and easy.

-Craig
Thank you. That process looks very intriguing.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:22 PM
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Before glueing on the bottom deck, I need to add the gusset strips. These things are 1/16Ē balsa. They glue to the bottom of the fuse box and sandwich/lock the carbon fiber tubing in place between the carbon angle (inside fuse) and the gusset strip across the bottom.

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Old 11-20-2019, 09:54 AM
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Thanks! Yes on CNC for the aluminum templates. Friend of mine cut them for me. For a Cadence 2m pattern plane.

Curious on the contact contact cement use for the turtle deck. Youíve used that before with no issues? Is the reason just for time savings?
Cadence???
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Old 11-20-2019, 01:23 PM
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Sweet! Looking great Ben! I havenít cut the foam yet as why I have been antsy for Craig to show me how itís done! LOL
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Old 11-21-2019, 11:16 AM
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Alky, doesn’t look like you need my help! You’ve got 90% of the work done with those awesome templates!

I’m going to finish the lower turtle deck, then I’ll start work on the stabs. While I’m doing stabs for the 124, I’ll cut out a few stab sets for the 109.

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Old 11-21-2019, 11:18 AM
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Speaking of foam... hereís a few shots of the rough cutout for the motor box on the lower deck. More pics to follow.

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Old 11-21-2019, 11:27 AM
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Here are some shots of the lightening holes and cutouts for the rear hatch. With a DA200 up front, I wanted an option to put batteries in the tail for balance. Next up is to glue it on and start sanding!

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Old 11-21-2019, 02:06 PM
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Looks awesome! Like the machined tension adjuster on your bow. ACME threads? What gauge wire? Nichrome?
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Old 11-22-2019, 09:49 AM
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No, I don't think it's ACME thread. I'll take some closer up pics and post them. I'll also take a picture of the bag of wire I use.


For foam cutting, I use various bows (big and small) but for making smooth/long/controlled cuts, I'm borrowing one of my friends setups. (pictured)


Kinda hard to explain how it works, I'll just have to make a video and post it to youtube. Needless to say, it makes awesome/accurate cuts.


-Craig
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