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Old 12-05-2008, 04:30 PM
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Hangar 9 35% Extra 260 - Build and Mods

Hi all,

I'm still fairly new to the giants and thought I'd start my first build thread to share a few things ive added or modified to Hangar 9's 35%er. There are already some good, thorough threads on this awesome kit so i'm hoping no one will mind one more.

I'll get it rolling with the landing gear....A common problem with landing gears that have a single bend (rather than a continuous arch) where the legs start is that if the gear is not bolted in the center as well as the outside edges, the edges will bend upwards and crush the side of the fuselage and you get nasty wrinkles that grow with time.....so I reinforced mine with a laminate of carbon fiber and plywood that I made at my work. Also, to make up for the 2 ounces of additional weight I milled out unneeded aluminum from the inside of the landing gear.


More to come......
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:18 PM
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The cowl could certainly benefit from better air circulation so I made an air dam from 1/32 balsa sandwiched between carbon fiber twill fabric. A cardboard template was first and then traced onto the carbon plate and cut out with a bandsaw. I then sanded the surface with 3,600 grit sandpaper to give it a matt finish. The dam was glued into place with balsa blocks and Gorilla Glue.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:21 PM
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A little texture paint to the engine box....just because
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:41 PM
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cool mods, dude!
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:29 AM
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Re: Hangar 9 35% Extra 260 - Build and Mods

G~

I'm thinking that some good ole 90's era (or was that 80's?) fleckstone would have been great! Not too late to add it.. haha

I think I'm going to send my QQ Yak over to you for some carbon fiber accents.. It just feels a bit too lite..

Can't wait to see it in person. I decided to keep my 50cc until I get off the buddy box ;p and man-up sometime in early 09'.

Looks great! Keep them coming.

David

P.S. You are a CF god.. That was the slickest piece I have ever seen. Great work!
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:39 AM
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Man.... great build pics! Take your time... spend every waking moment mastering every line... every detail... sink thousands into your build... fly it a few times and then discount it 40% and PUT IT UP FOR SALE ON RCU!! You know I buy discounted new planes RT-bind-and Fly

Looking forward to seeing her roll out of bed!
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:42 AM
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Maybe you just have extra carbon for the lg mod laying around, but why not just go for cf gear and not worry about it?
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:24 AM
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Carbon fiber has the strength, and durability for hundreds of landings......but its about the occasional "accident" that i'm after. After 30 perfect landings you make a mistake, something happens or turbulent winds strike and the plane slams down on the landing gear from 6 ft in the air. That type of impact CAN break a CF gear and also the prop, cowl, mufflers, spinner, and belly of plane. The aluminum is there for insurance.....if it were a competition plane meant to fly a few times I wouldnt be doing half of the stuff I am now
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:26 AM
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Thanks for the comments Frisk Bros !
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:35 PM
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Looking Great! Can't wait to see her all together! IMAC this year?
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Old 12-11-2008, 07:52 AM
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:12 PM
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I don't believe the landing gear mod is necessary but nice work.
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:30 PM
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I don't either! I just noticed that it was similar in construction to H9's 27% Extra..... so I didnt want to repeat THAT episode.
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:50 AM
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Moving forward, here's a little detail work on the pilot and canopy hatch. I wasnt too sure about the thin balsa that holds the pilot to the hatch, so I reinforced it with CF and secured the pilot with two aluminum wood screws. No glue needed to hold it down and it was rock solid.

The Instrument panel was glued to thin plastic and then glued and bolted down with more alumunim screws to provide a lightweight and slightly different set-up. The reason I did this is b/c the last time I applied an instrument decal by itself, the sun managed to start peeling it off...and with a glued-on canopy...all you can do is watch !
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Old 12-16-2008, 12:55 AM
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I love coming home to brown boxes with my name on it: Tru-Turn purple anodized spinner and the smart fly competition 12 ....i'll be using programmable servos so I don't need the equalizer function.

I installed a new fuel tank and redid the entire plumbing....I'm sure the stock set-up would have worked just fine....but it looked crusty and as my friends can testify...if it looks ugly, I dont trust it ! I still need to secure the tubing...some stainless steel tie wire works great.
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