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12-23-2008 05:01 PM  8 years agoPost 861
Burnt Offering

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Ahem! Well, yes. I hate to "one up" you guys but well, in cases like this it pays to live in Alaska. I just copied this off of a website for some cabin rentals out by a place we go snowmachining. Its about an hour and a half north of my house. This is their "Snowmachine Report".

The Peters Hills are pretty Wind Blown, but once you get over the top and into the Cache Creek “Valley” and into the Dutch Hills we played; (I mean WORKED) in some really nice powder (12”-24” on a 6 ft base) on the South Side of those Hills … it was as enjoyable as one could have spending the day working J Still Plenty left as we only touched a small fraction of what was available …

Now for those of us who are mathmatically challenged. If you take a 6 foot base and add 12-24 inches of powder on top of that, well that would put you in the vicinity of 8 feet of snow. When we snowmachine on that, sometimes when you step off of your machine (big mistake) you will instantly go down to your armpits in snow with your arms being the only thing that stops you. Its so awesome. Yeah, well there you go boys. Merry Christmas!

American by Birth, Alaskan by the grace of God!!

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12-24-2008 12:49 AM  8 years agoPost 862
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Snow?? No Thanks, not for me.
Here you go guys, took this last weekend

Sanibel Causeway, sandy beach, tasty waves beautiful babes and I'm there
I Love this Job

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12-24-2008 01:50 AM  8 years agoPost 863
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Yikes, you got me on that one Kevin.

How many hours of daylight do you get this time of year?

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NOW!
Back to business.

I bought (just about) everything I'm going to need for my new SS yesterday. Finally, been wanting to for some time now.

I went to my (some what) local hobby shop rather than buying online.

Any hoo ...., I picked up the E-Flight 480 and the E-Flight speed controller. Also got the Thunder Power Battery (11.1 2100 mAh) I also have a spare 11.1V200mAh from Common Sense.com .

Looking forward to completion.

I also made a stop at Bass Pro Shops Store. I picked up a box of arrow shafts. They will come in handy.

I plan to combine a few really great ideas and designs that I've seen in this thread. Plus a few ideas of my own,... I hope.

*** By the way, can I just plug the 11.1 TP battery right into the speed controller? I think that's what the guy told me at the shop. Didn't sound right, but I've only got Fuel plans up to now.

Thanks for any future help guys,

dan

http://www.danfarinastudios.com/

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12-24-2008 02:08 AM  8 years agoPost 864
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Hey Jay, I have to admit that looks pretty sweet. I can see where a beach and the sun would come in very handy after a long day of snowmachining! BTW, did you take that picture with your Slow Stick?

Dan your parts list looks pretty good so far. Yes you can plug your ESC right into your battery but you will need some Deans Connectors. Be sure and keep us all up to date on your build. I would love to see how you incorporate those arrow shafts intop your airframe.

Kevo

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12-24-2008 05:34 PM  8 years agoPost 865
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Hi Kevo,
Merry Christmas to you and the family.
That was taken with a heli but I have been using the Slow Stick more and more. Currently the bigest limitations I have with the Slow stick is the wind, It has been blowing pretty hard lately.
I will say that I feel a lot better about putting the Slow Stick over large bodies of water than I do one of my helis.
I had to shoot a Christmas boat parade for the city. I had the heli dead center of a lake and my knees were knocking. Next time I use the Slow Stick

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12-24-2008 06:13 PM  8 years agoPost 866
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wjw, I sent your picture of your Christmas boat parade to my buddy that live in Cape Coral. Sweet picuture.

Tonic

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12-24-2008 08:06 PM  8 years agoPost 867
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Nice pic, very nice.

Happy New Year also guys. 2009 is going to be a great one!

After I finish the SS, I'll have (just about) everything I need for the AP biz!

dan

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12-24-2008 08:39 PM  8 years agoPost 868
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Nice website there Dan.

Tonic

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12-25-2008 05:18 PM  8 years agoPost 869
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Thank you Sir.

I actually have more hidden galleries.

I'm trying to keep my website focused on "Aerial Photography".

Here's a couple hidden ones .... if your bored enough. lol

CLICK HERE

and

CLICK HERE

dan

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12-25-2008 06:05 PM  8 years agoPost 870
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12-26-2008 12:39 PM  8 years agoPost 871
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Keep'em coming Dan, great work pal. My sister is a professional photographer and so is her partner …they got nothing on you!

Tonic

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12-26-2008 02:23 PM  8 years agoPost 872
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I agree, Dan very nice shots, great color and composition.

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12-28-2008 11:42 PM  8 years agoPost 873
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Thanks guys, That's quite a compliment.

OK, I have some photos of my first Slow Stick build. Let me know what you think. If you have ideas on how to simplify or save time .. what ever, let me know.

By the way, I'm making it a PUSHER prop plane.

You can see my new motor mount in the photos. It's made from G10 -Garolite. My battery died on me in the middle of drilling "lightening" holes. It was harder than I thought to get in square. It's still not square, but my tools are limited. I'm in a condo now so ... no work shop any more . lol

I made the square frame from arrow shafts.

Thanks,

dan

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12-29-2008 12:46 AM  8 years agoPost 874
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Wow Dan, you really got right after that project. It'll be interesting seeing it fly tomorrow. lol

Troy

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12-29-2008 01:05 AM  8 years agoPost 875
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Dan told me he was going to have it flying tonight.

Looks good. That's a pretty beefy motor mount. Is it heavy?

Tip

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12-29-2008 02:37 PM  8 years agoPost 876
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You guys a hilarious! not ha ha

I weighed the motor mount with a postal scale. It's around 2 1/2 oz. I can drill a few more smaller holes, that'll help a little.

I haven't figured out how to attach the landing gear yet. I want to do make it a 3 wheel set up, but I'd like the single wheel in the back, out of the way of forward shots.

I think to do that I will have to use another arrow shaft across the back in front of the tail to have a spot to mount it. I have a spare nose wheel assembly, The wire for it is too heavy though. I'd much prefer to be able to make the single wheel "steerable" w/ the rudder servo.

I'm going to lay it out today, (I.m off Mondays) to see what I can come up with.

Any ideas guys?

Thanks,

dan

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12-29-2008 03:58 PM  8 years agoPost 877
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I had thought of the one wheel in the back too, but it would make a linkage nightmare. I do have a bar across the back, but decided to just put a piece of small aluminum plate on each end and let it drag. It'll only be a few feet before it's off the ground anyway.

I did have a wheel on each boom, but when I landed and the plane spun out it broke both back wheels.

1/8" steel rod bent to give you enough height for the camera gear. My camera is up front so not as much would be needed. I also have it mounted higher instead of hanging from the center boom. The center of the rod has a section bent back, then back forward on the center boom to prevent the legs from folding back. I have them coming down from the tailbooms on each side.

The motor mount seems quite heavy, as much as one of my mounts with metal gear servo. A bit overkill. The motor is also not perfectly horizontal or vertical. Most RC planes front engines are angled slightly down and to the right, I guessed and aimed the rear mount slight down and to the left (looking forward). Seems to be perfect.

Troy

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12-29-2008 04:06 PM  8 years agoPost 878
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Oops, my sailplane has the bar across the back, the slowstick is an inverted V tail "A". I think closeups are on page 36 of this thread.

Troy

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12-29-2008 05:09 PM  8 years agoPost 879
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Thanks Troy, as always,

I saw your V tail design, and thought about doing that way too. NO rudder? Just an elevator?

Below is a photo of my tail set up. Nothing original. I wish I would have waited to attach the vertical pieces so that I could have run the fasteners I used right through the main tail boom too.

No big deal though. I bent a piece of wire in a "U" shape and epoxied it to the horizontal stabilizer up through the vertical. (I'll take another pic later)

I think I have figured out how to attach the front landing gear. Not sure yet how to do the back. I'm a little concerned that making it a tail dragger might limit the clearance too much for the camera mount. ? Not sure yet.

The best thing about my idea for the front gear is that I should be able to slide it back to front a little if I need too. Maybe. ha ha

dan

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12-29-2008 09:17 PM  8 years agoPost 880
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Vtail is both rudder and elevator, you either need a radio that can do the mixing or an in line mixer to the servos.

If your LG is to far back the plane will always nose over on landing. I wouldn't connect them with plastic, you'll be to hard on landing gear.

Troy

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