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Kadet Junior Night Flyer

FlyingTyger

Well-known member
#2
Parts have been cut and paper removed. I am doing this as a paperless build to help it "glow" as bright as possible.
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First LED strip has been wired and applied to the fuse bottom.
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The bottom has been glued to one of the fuse sides with the two main formers. This formers are not part of the original design, I added them to help replace the strength lost by removing the paper.
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FlyingTyger

Well-known member
#8
LANDING GEAR

The mains were bent from some 1/8" steel wire. I then cut a bulkhead from 1/8" craft ply. The bent wire was bound to the ply with some embroidery thread.
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Then the assembly was glued into the fuse with some clear gorilla glue. The 1/4" thumb screw is just there to hold it while the glue dries.
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The aft end of the fuse received a 3/16" balsa mounting plate and a Dubro Micro tailwheel assembly was fitted.
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Up on its feet for the first time.
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FlyingTyger

Well-known member
#9
The forward fuse was then closed up. The bottom skin got a strip of LED's.
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The forward fuse top got a small strip the cap the firewall and another strip to form the base for the windscreen. I chose to try and reproduce the curved windshield option shown on the original Sig plans.
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I am now as far as I want to go on the fuse until I have the wing and tail feathers built.
 

Bricks

Master member
#11
I have built a few night flyers from DTFB and really no reason to remove any paper, make sure you add light to help with orientation. Biggest issue for me was going away or coming towards me so I added 3 white LEDs on the back of the rudder. This way I can tell instantly which direction it is going.
 

FlyingTyger

Well-known member
#12
I have built a few night flyers from DTFB and really no reason to remove any paper, make sure you add light to help with orientation. Biggest issue for me was going away or coming towards me so I added 3 white LEDs on the back of the rudder. This way I can tell instantly which direction it is going.
Thanks for the advice. The paper is already off of this one, so I am going to keep moving forward as such. It was an experiment I wanted to try anyway. But I will keep it in mind for the next night flyer I build.
I was hoping that the graphics would create a dark area to aid with orientation. If I do need more, the wingtips will be open and I could add red and green lights there.
 

FlyingTyger

Well-known member
#13
WING PANELS

I am doing my wings a little different to eliminate any non-lit areas. Plus I prefer a smooth airfoil over the standard faceted airfoil.
Wing parts are cut out and prepped. The paper was left on the spar pieces for strength.
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The spar and trailing edge spacer are glued to the inside of the bottom skin. LED strips are added to the front and back face of the spar.
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The top skin is folded over and glued to the spar and spacer. I use white glue for this so I have more time to get everything positioned properly. Then everything was held in place with some weights.
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Finished panels
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My cross-section.
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FlyingTyger

Well-known member
#17
JOINING THE WING

The panels were blocked up 3/4" under each tip.

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Then the root of each panel was sanded to so they mated up tight.

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The joint was taped tight on the bottom.

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The joint was then opened and glued with clear gorilla glue. The wing was placed back on the bench with the tips blocked back up 3/4". Then everything was left to dry.

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With the glue dry, I added tape to the top of the joint to help reinforce everything.

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