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 Post subject: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:12 pm 
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I know it's been a long time, but I finally started building something! Back in 2015, before everything went nuts, I bought a Skybench Oly III kit with the electric fuselage option. It's been on a shelf ever since. :face

A few weeks ago I dusted it off and started assembling. I'm taking my time, just having fun, so this will take as long as it takes. There's something gratifying about seeing a big wing come together. Here are a few pics.

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I'll be adding photos as I go to this album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ciTU2VugGvJX1ELr2

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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:36 pm 
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That's awesome Chris! I miss building with balsa, have kits set aside for "someday" too. When my dad got me into RC in about '81-82 we built two 2M gliders a Drifter 2 and a Soar Birdy. I've had the Soar Birdy kit for a few years, just found a Drufter kit a few months ago. Hope to build them both with my kids when the get a little older.

Are you going to build the electric version?


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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:07 am 
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Wow a build thread from Chris!

Wonders never cease.... :banana

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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
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i miss using the dancing Banana

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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:35 am 
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exfokkerflyer wrote:
That's awesome Chris! I miss building with balsa, have kits set aside for "someday" too. When my dad got me into RC in about '81-82 we built two 2M gliders a Drifter 2 and a Soar Birdy. I've had the Soar Birdy kit for a few years, just found a Drufter kit a few months ago. Hope to build them both with my kids when the get a little older.

Are you going to build the electric version?


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Thanks! It's been a lot of fun so far. I am indeed going to do the electric version, probably with one of the Turnigy Gliderdrive motors. I'd love to have a Neu setup in it, but really can't justify the cost of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:49 pm 
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The build is slowly coming along. You might have noticed in one of the previous photos that I added diagonals to the outer panel. I did this in an attempt to add torsional rigidity, since I'll be building the aileron version. Ailerons add more twisting loads to the wing than rudder-only of course, so it seemed prudent. After installing them, I still wasn't happy with it, so I went ahead and trimmed the ribs for cap strips. That added the rigidity I was looking for, so the diagonals were removed.

Sheeting was added, leading edges glued on and planed down. It's starting to look like a wing! I'll leave this one at this stage and start the other one next.

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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:41 pm 
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Looks great. What's the total span? Flaps along with ailerons?


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 Post subject: Re: Chris' Oly III build
PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:44 am 
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It's 132", and yep I'm building it "full house" with flaps and ailerons. :)

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