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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:46 pm 
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What's that bipe in the background of the first picture? Looks like fun!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:51 am 
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That's the QQ Byp Yak that I crashed some months ago. I need to see about gluing it back together.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:04 pm 
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Tonight I marked the F44 piece for the reinforcing piece and then transferred that to the turtledeck. Once I had my marks, I glued the two pieces together. After that I cut notches for the assembly and also the foam for the canopy alignment tab.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:11 pm 
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Today was our club's Toys for Tots Fly In. We had a decent pilot turn out and an excellent haul of toys. Most members came with more than the required one toy and a couple of people that came out to watch one of our members fly also brought a couple.

I was the CD and so I got to the field early in the morning. Cold for a good while but what little flying that took place began a little before 11 AM. I flew the EF Yak twice and the Synergy 516 once. My tail was kind of moving around when in a hover but had no problem holding when I poured on the collective. I might try lowering the gain a little but I also though maybe it was from the belt since it's been sitting for 4 months.

I also worked on the Cadence tonight. I got the front former for the turtledeck glued on and the notches for the associated former on the canopy cut. I'll try to glue the alignment tab and do a dry fit of the rear canopy form before gluing anything for the canopy.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:16 pm 
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Hopefully I can continue to do small things every night on the Cadence when I'm home. I actually felt like I made some progress this weekend.

Today I first got the canopy alignment tab glued in with Gorilla Glue. I also glued on the reinforcment piece for the former that goes on the canopy. Later after the kids were asleep I got the former glued on to the rear portion of the canopy and put of few drops of thin CA along the alignment tab to hold everything firmly in place.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:22 pm 
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Tonight I worked on getting the canopy and front framed up. I need to do some more dry fitting but it's looking good. I need to check the canopy to nose interface to figure out what to do there for a nice smooth transition.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:54 pm 
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Tonight I started gluing pieces for the canopy. I started with the aft most piece of sheeted foam. As I move forward i can make adjustments.

Considering I'll glue the vertical fins on after I set the horizontal stab, after I get the canopy and top nose section done, it will be all wings and the horizontal stab.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:50 pm 
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It's kind of like peeling the layers of an onion but in reverse...

I also recieved a new in box K&B Sportster 45 I found on ebay today. It's a clean motor that I may have to put in one of the Patriot kits I bought.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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I got the second balsa pieces that go between the two canopu cores glued in yesterday and then I worked on the final canopy core tonight. It was a little too long so the first thing I did was place it back in the shucks to sand down the front so the former that goes on the front would have a proper fit. After that I noticed in the dry run that it the core seemed to be about 1/8" too high. So I marked, taped, cut, and sanded down both sides by 1/8". The fit seemed to be pretty good so I glued it down.

Next up is to get the former glued on and then start working on the rest of the front. Before I sheet the next part that comes up to the canopy, I'm going to install the retention latch. I have a pen that's been used up that I'm going to use the spring out of for the canopy latch.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:26 pm 
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It looks like it's almost time for the part I love the most: Getting after it with a razor plane and sandpaper! :)

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