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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:11 pm 
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No work on the Cadence today but I found a 4 ounce set of Zpoxy Finishing Resin so I bought it. My plan is to use that for installing the wing tube phenotics, sub ribs, and joining the horizontal stab halves.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:22 pm 
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Another and thankfully final Marathon trip to the Corpus Christi area today.

I did work on where the aileron servo will go in the wings though. I will make cuts for the paper template and see about deciding where to put the cut out in the cardboard tomorrow. I also got a bottle of Gorilla Glue so maybe I can get the sub rib and wing tube glued in tomorrow which will hopefully be followed by cutting the servo channel and adding the rest of the strength components so I can sheet a wing soon.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:20 am 
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Late night, early morning calls, and more travel...

I worked on the sub rib for the right wing panel last night. I traced out the shape of the wing, rough trimmed it with an Xacto knife, and then sanded it to the final fit. I used a Sharpie to mark the high spots and sanded those down to create a good fit. I will hopefully glue this in with the wing tube on Saturday.

I also had to reglue the balsa plug in the end of the wing tube. I didn't sand the inside of the phenolic so I sanded down the glue on the plug and also a the inside the end of the phenolic.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:59 am 
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I sorted out the aileron servo location last night and I'm hoping this spot works well. While doing this, I noticed I didn't take the servo mounting tabs into account but that's not a deal breaker in my opinion.

I also marked where I believe to be a good spot for the servo wires to run from the fuse to the wing and then made a line from that mark to the servo box location on my wing template. I then marked both wings.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:43 pm 
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It was another quiet day at the field. I'm sure people were out this morning but not in the afternoon and I didn't think it was that hot. I did 3 flights on the DeJaVu and 2 with the Twisted Hobbys Edge.

I'm beginning to wonder if COVID19 is going to have a much bigger impact on the hobby than any restrictions that may come from the FAA.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:21 pm 
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I cut the channels in the wings for the servo wires tonight. The right panel didn't go as planned but the left did. I thought I had my tip for cutting in tight enough but it wasn't and came out when I pulled out of the foam core. Just more to try and reinforce and fill in. Shouldn't be compromised structurely.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:59 pm 
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The wing tube phenolic for the right side has been cut down and glued in along with the sub rib. The Finishing Resin from Zap is nice and thin. I really liked working with it for this application.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:12 am 
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I started working on the sub rib for the right wing panel the other day but I didn't take any pictures. I hope to get that glued in this week. Looks like some repressive heat is headed our way so I'm going to see what I can do in the evenings but this may become a weekend morning only type deal very soon. That means it's also time to start thinking about finishing up the Skeeter 40 since most of that can be done indoors.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:11 pm 
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I got the sub rib sanded down last week but didn't post anything about it. I had some work related travel and it looks like a little more this week. The heat is here and repressive.

It wasn't too bad yesterday morning at the club meeting and we will have our Big Bird event this coming weekend with recommended distancing recommmendations in place and no lunch provided. And even though it is a Big Bird event, if someone shows up with a smaller plane, that's fine too. I took my son the TH Edge to the meeting and flew a few packs. It was nice and helped with my current uneasy feelings with the situation and the future of the hobby due to COVID19. Part of the problem is I don't have much desire to go out in the heat to fly alone to work on pattern. Which is compounded by the fact I don't plan on doing any contests due to the need to restrict travel.

I did brave the heat tonight and got the wing tube and sub rib glued in. Given how hot it is, I will get the wing reinforcements glued on because I can do that in the house and the next times that I will brave the heat will be in the mornings and to sheet the foam cores.

So now I will be getting back to work on the Skeeter 40 and maybe getting a high wing 3D plane. I've been looking at the Eflite Timber X and a TH Crack Turbo Beaver. I want the Timber X more but the servo situation seem to be less than ideal and the good replacements don't seem to be in stock in the USA.


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