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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:30 pm 
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I spent what little hobby time I had tonight inspecting my 14SG...

I did this because last night when I was putting it up, I closed my radio case or so I thought. The latches didn't catch and so when I picked up the case, my transmitter came tumbling out. I was not happy.

So far it seems everything is OK though. It didn't fall far but I still was not happy that it fell.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:42 pm 
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I had spent some time preparing for a vacation starting on Thursday of this week but it looks like the tropical storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico is going to change our plans. So I ordered some 1/4" x 1/8" basswood from Midwest via Amazon.

It looks like I will be heading to the companies office in Dallas to meet with others and the Global CEO of the company on Thursday so I look forward to doing some building this weekend and hopefully also some flying after the rain hopefully passes on Sunday.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:18 am 
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Looking forward to getting a little bit of RC done this weekend.

Last night I ordered a Truxedo Edge cover for my truck. This will help me protect my pattern plane from wind and weather and also be able to do some contests without having to rent a trailer if my wife and son do not go.

https://www.truxedo.com/p-36216-edge.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:15 pm 
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I had to watch my son this afternoon who is possibly sick so the only RC time I had was while he was taking a nap. I was able to get the thrust bearings in the head of the PROTOS packed with grease and also lube the one-way bearing/pinion. Both seemed to be in good condition lubrication wise but about due. I'm just using the Tri-Flow grease to use it up and then when the tube is done I will switch everything over to the Boto-Lube.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:28 am 
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That bed cover looks slick! I've had an Extang Trifecta on our truck for many years now. The first one started to lift off the corners of the frame after a few years, and much to my surprise all I had to do was cut out the fabric patch with the serial number and mail it to them and they shipped me a brand new one! Lifetime warranty.

https://www.extang.com/p-36825-extang-t ... cover.html

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:34 pm 
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After looking at the pictures on the website and the products, I'm wondering if the two companies get their products from a common supplier.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:34 pm 
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I wouldn't be surprised.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:00 pm 
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Well I maidened the 516 today. Something is happening between the HW 100A V3 and the Brain 2 so I need to do some research on what I should do to get them working together. I just setup a V curve and went on.

I had some issues with the tail not holding despite adjusting the gain so I increased the headspeed and the problem pretty much went away so I'm thinking it was too low of headspeed. But I would prefer to have the governor working.

At the end of the second flight, I decided to do mini-auto from about 5 feet up. As the head began to slow down the 516 started to tip over and one of the blades went in to the mud. There is some minor damage to the other blade and I bent a linkage. After tearing things down I discovered a couple radial bearings were damaged and it also looked like maybe the head axle was tweaked so I just ordered some replacements as well.

I don't know what I'm going to do with the blades after I check them for being the same weight and balancing in the spot. If I need to do something, I'll see about using some milled fiberglass in epoxy to fill it in.

I also flew the DeJaVu twice. I didn't have much time to fly but it was better than staying home.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Finally sold some of the last parts for the Dalton 300 today. I had a hard time getting rid of the headers I bought for pipes/cans if I went with a GP 176.

I used those funds to get some M2x14 bolts among the remaining parts I need to do the rear magnetic canopy mounts on the 516 from McMaster Carr.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:08 pm 
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Hardwood glued in on the wings. I just need to sheet them now.

I'm probably going to try to start working on that and begin building the control surfaces and stabs.


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