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earthsciteach's STOL Build for the "Contest"

earthsciteach

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#63
Great?? Ha! I'm a hack. But, I'm pretty happy with the way this is turning out.

I'm installing the main spar at the moment. I may put in a secondary spar, but not sure, yet.
 

earthsciteach

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#64
The wing is now in one piece and has a carbon fiber rod installed as the spar. I still need to do some filling and sanding on it to make it nice and smooth. Next, I'll make a wing cradle for the fuselage on which it will sit since it is a highly cambered airfoil.

To do:
flaperons
cowling
firewall
windscreen and windows
landing gear
covering
install electronics and power
(not necessarily in that order)
fly
 

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Liemavick

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#65
I like the progress so far, shaping up real nice. Where are your servos going for the flaperons? Whenever Ive gone from scratch I always find myself figuring out the controls at the end, instead of a plan. It's gotten easier on each successive build, but still stumps me at times.
 

earthsciteach

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#66
The servos will be under the wing. I don't think I can fully recess them due to the thin wing, but I'm not worried about it. This plane has a longer wingspan than a Hobbyzone Super Cub and will weigh much less. I've decided to use the same brushless motor I have in my HZ SC with an 8x4E prop since I have one of those motors available at the moment. This thing should get around pretty well!
 

earthsciteach

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#70
I'm making a form for the cowling from XPS foam. I didn't have a scrap piece of wood large enough to carve and use to heat shrink a bottle over. So, I'm going to lay up fiberglass. The cloth I have is really thin, so I'm not sure how rigid it will be when done. Its going to take several layers.
 

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earthsciteach

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#76
Bah, its together already except for installing the control horns and connecting the clevises. I'm really impressed with the quality. The paint is outstanding.