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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:29 pm 
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Finally getting back to the DeJaVu.

My wife is working again this weekend so I brought the fuse into the house to work on it while I watch the kids.

The right side adjuster works just fine with the anti-rotation pin but not the left because the pin is not perpendular to the center line of the fuselage. But it's also not that far off.

So I decided to put some 1/8" dowel in the holes on the left side and I'll drill new holes slightly ahead for the left stab.

I also cut another inch off of the anti-rotation pin. Should be plenty going into the adjusters and stab but not the excess I had before. I'm hoping to get the incidence set tomorrow and be done with it to get back to the Cadence in the case I can't find a buyer.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:32 pm 
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On the adjuster that I was having the most diviculty with, I noticed some glue buildup that was probably causing it to be at an angle. So first thing I did was make a sanding tool to work that down.

After that I filled in the screw holes with dowel again and then drilled new holes. I also decided to clean up the opening for access to the screws. I was finally able to get the 0 incidence to the fuse. I need to double check my angles on the Robart meters but the stabs should be really close so if anymore adjustment is needed, it shouldn't be much.

I'll double check tomorrow evening and hopefully get everything put back on to be able to fly it after the club meeting on Saturday if the weather is good.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:20 pm 
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The DeJaVu which I can now conclude is 10 years old via the original owner, is basically done. I got the elevators matched up and I put my alignment tools in my flight bag. I also got the prop and spinner back on in case the weather works out Saturday.

My apologies for the poor pictures of the tail this evening. The first picture is after I got the right side setup before I had the left to match. And the second is after the left matched the right.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:34 am 
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Supplies to finish the Skeeter 40 V3 have been ordered. I went through my covering stash and I have enough different colors that I can use what I have. I had more rolls of unopened Ultracote than I remembered :lol:

I ordered the axles for a 48" EF plane, spinner, and Radio City hinges from Extreme Flight.

From another supplier I ordered some fresh CA with some tips, a micro tailwheel that should work, 2-56 12" rods threaded on one end, and some control horns.

I went through some random stuff I have and found some main wheels off of the 3DHS 48" EPP Extra I had and some other stuff to try as well. So it seems all I need is some LiPos and some 1/4" tristock for the control surfaces.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:05 am 
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I'm need some balsa triangle stock to finish up the Skeeter 40, but not having a local hobby shop is making that difficult to get. I went to Joann's yesterday and didn't find any so I'll try Hobby Lobby tomorrow.

I'm also thinking about significantly lowering the price on the Cadence if I can sell the power system I have and maybe getting back into helicopters. But then I remember the reasons why I got out of helis in the first place. And if I got back in, look at what kits are out there, it would probably be the Synergy 516 again.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:56 pm 
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Back to the Skeeter 40 show!

I ran out of 1/8x1/4 balsa and Hobby Lobby didn't have any either. So I took some 1/8x3/8 and sanded it close to the 1/8x1/4.

Not as easy as it seemed but I got it glued on. I'm hoping to work on sanding the trailing edge of wing next and work on gluing on the tristock to the control surfaces. Probably wouldn't hurt to write down some notes and come up with a list of stuff to do so I don't miss anything.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:04 pm 
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Got a flight in today on the DeJaVu. The tensioning tab on the Dean's blade decided to take a 90 degree turn so that ended the day from making 2 more flights. But some other people were out flying so I got so socialize a bit which was nice.

It might be time to do what I wanted from the beginning and use XT90's on my packs.

Came home and sanded on the Skeeter 40 a little. Made a minor uh-oh, but that can be easily fixed.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:18 pm 
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I think I figured out why the Skeeter 40 was designed to glue on tristock for the hinges.

I missed that note on the plans and had just glued on some 1/4x1/4" balsa and man it was tough to get the bevels sanded.

I started by marking the middle of the balsa and then I was just going to go back to the other piece of 1/4" balsa that makes up the aileron. I only did one aileron tonight and I'll do the other one tomorrow. The problem I believe was how light the structure is.

And that's not to knock the desing in any way. It's a 40" electric profile so you have to keep it light.

I did glue on the tristock to the rudder. I used Gorilla Wood Glue for that and taped the piece down while the glue cures.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:30 am 
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I'm shipping off my transmitter just to make sure everything is still OK. It's been 5 years since I did it last and there's a 10 - 12 week turnaround :face

I might end up picking up a Taranis in the mean time but we will see.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2021 10:41 pm 
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Worked some more on the Skeeter 40 today. I got the second aileron beveled and this time I used a Razor Plane. Still a pain in the butt.

I'm seriously considering picking up a Taranis 9D+ too. If I try it and like the system, I can just upgrade every few years instead of sending my transmitter in to be checked out.

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