Sketer-40 V3

Sketer-40 V3

PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:50 pm

The Skeeter-40 under went a bit of a re-vamp recently.


I didn't get to build one of the old versions, but I can't imagine that it was much different from the 36.


This kit involves less laser cut parts, and relies on the builder to be able to actually cut a stick or two! :shock:



So far I haven't done much of anything, unrolled the plans, and broke all the laser cut parts out of their sheets. Typical laser cut wood, half of the parts broke themselves out for me! :lol:

The fuse and Aileron's will be first on the board. I'll probably do the wing last.
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The bundles of Laser cut wood, Top one is the S-36, bottom is the S-40 V3. You can see how much less cutting there is.
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New plans, no more white and green computer paper.
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The sheet's of laser cut parts,... yep that's all of em.
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All the laser cut parts of the fuse, the rest is all sticks. The sheeting is hand cut, and will be shown later, this is a work in progress.
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Yep, that is the ONLY laser cut part in the aileron!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:06 pm

Rookie,

What are the changes?
X-Fuse?

Longer?
More wing area?

Spill the beans, young man.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:20 pm

You did the older 40 right? I haven't.

Take a look at the pics, did your build look like that?

Q tells me it's more of a builders build, more stick cutting and less laser cut parts.


You did get one thing right tho, it's got shockys!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:17 am

3dRookie wrote:You did the older 40 right? I haven't.

Take a look at the pics, did your build look like that?

Q tells me it's more of a builders build, more stick cutting and less laser cut parts.


You did get one thing right tho, it's got shockys!


Yep, I built the older Ver.

Shockys, Hmmmmmmmmm,
Well, we'll just have to see.
Good luck on yours.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:03 am

ozzyman wrote:Good luck on yours.


Thanks tim! 8)



Got cracking on the 40 tonight, and in the last about 3 hours, (Spaced out with lots of fooling around watching TV, or chatting online) I've managed to get some real work done!


Fuse is ready for sheeting, Aileron's and rudder are built and ready for a quick final sanding before covering!

All that's left is the Elevator, wing, and cutting the sheeting for the fuse.



So far this has been a fun build. Not nearly as self jigging as the Skeeter-30 which gives me more room to bugger it up, but still very easy!

Good job Q!
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Somehow managed to forget to take progressive pics,... but the fuse is ready for sheeting. You can see that most of it is sticks cut by the builder.
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Aileron, Pinned down the laser cut piece, then the LE and TE 1/4x1/4 sticks.
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Capped the ends with more 1/4x1/4
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1/4x1/8 supports went in last
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1/4 tristock for the LE and it's done,
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The Rudder is mostly laser cut.
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Top and bottom 1/4x1/4
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The remainder of the sticks are 1/4x1/8. Again the LE gets capped with 1/4 tristock.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:59 am

Wow! This really is a minimumaalust build! It should be light. I can not wait to see her fly!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:20 pm

Lots of Angles for the builder to cut that's for sure. I kinda liked it.



Done building this one, need to sand and cover...... I like explainging everything in the captions for the attachments... so I'll STFU now.... :wink:
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Laser cut parts of the Elevator pinned down over the plans,
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I chose to put these 1/4x1/8 pieces in first.
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Then the 1/4x1/4
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The last of the 1/4x1/8
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1/4 tristock LE again.
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I glued a couple sheet's of 1/16 together, laid the fuse down on top of it and traced the outline. I also traced the wing opening and tail servo opening for reference.
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Q, included a template for lightening holes to be cut in the sheeting.
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I used thick CA and weight to apply my sheeting. Coat the fuse contact points with CA, position the sheeting, and apply weight until the CA is cured.

Repeat for the other side.
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the sheeted fuse,....... I had left a good bit of flashing around the outside to sand down after assembly.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:29 pm

More,... :wink:
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Glue the halves of the wing spar and TE together. Unlike the rest of Q's planes that I've built, the LE of this wing is built out of sticks. but the Laser cut spar and TE still make it nearly as self jigging as a Skeeter-30!
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Slide the ribs down on the spar, for the end ribs I used a small drop of thin to keep them on
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work the TE into all the ribs and make sure it's fully seated.
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The LE is made from a 1/4x1/8 stick laying flat, and a 1/4x1/4 stick in front of that. So what I did here was seat the 1/4x1/8 and with the wing squared up over the plans, glue it together in the middle, then I wicked a small amount of thin into all the
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Next I coated the contact surfaces with thick CA and installed the 1/4x1/4 LE sticks
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This is what the end looks like, I went back over each of the joints in the wing with thick CA on all 4 corners to make sure they're stuck good and solid.
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I buggered up a little here, I added the 1/4x1/8 TE strip to the wing at this point..... Should have weighted until after I had the Spar Capstrips and wingtip doubler's installed.... Oh well.
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I used hardwood for the capstrips of the wingspar, top and bottom. Probably don't need the extra strength,... but the way I fly you never know.
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Install the 1/4x1/8 hardwood servo rails
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Sheet the center section, note the grain on the LE runs across the wing, while behind the spar runs front to back.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:34 pm

11.5 oz in the bones, doesn't seem too bad to me.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:49 pm

looks really good rookie...I need one of these I have some 2250 11.1's needing a home. Been wanting one of these seems like the perfect size to me. Kids are cute too bet they keep you on your toes lol
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:04 pm

Looks good, rookie...

Interesting, new leading edge design.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:12 pm

ozzyman wrote:Looks good, rookie...

Interesting, new leading edge design.



Is that the only change from the one you built? (Aside from the shocky's?)
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:29 pm

I wonder how strong the shocky style fuse is compared to a tube?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:07 am

It dosen't flex nearly as much as a Tube does, especially during flight.


During a crash, they help disperse the impact into the TE of the wing, which on most dorking's just creates what appears to be a broken glue joint at the TE of the wing,... maybe a cracked shocky. It's often slightly worse then that, but it's not noticable.

Crash it hard enough in a wingtip strike and either the shocky or TE of the wing will explode resulting in the snapped fuse of my avatar. (which has seen repairs for both the shocky nocking out the backside of the wing, and shocky's failing, snapped fuse, both wings snapped, broken rudder, broken elevator,...... it goes on,..... suffice to say that plane was getting soft anyway.)

Take a close look at your mojo next time you flex the fuse hard enough to puncture the covering with an aileron,... I'd bet the wood that runs from front to back is broken. :wink:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:20 am

Looks good! Did you snap a pic of the lightening holes on the fuse sheeting? I wanna see! Can I? Can I? OOOOh OOOOhh
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:31 am

Zamfir wrote:Looks good! Did you snap a pic of the lightening holes on the fuse sheeting? I wanna see! Can I? Can I? OOOOh OOOOhh


Of the S-40? :roll: Scroll up! :P
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:36 am

Looking good!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:11 am

Ohhh its the squares :doh: I was looking for purdy circles :-)

Ya missed some good flying today! Looks like you made some great progress though! Lookeeen Gooood my friend...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:18 am

Zamfir wrote:Ohhh its the squares :doh: I was looking for purdy circles :-)

Ya missed some good flying today! Looks like you made some great progress though! Lookeeen Gooood my friend...




I hate that I missed out on flying today, the only one in flying shape is my brawler tho,.... :(


I got some good work on the S-40, and it's RTC now..... Now to find a covering scheme? :wink: :twisted:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:55 am

So you need what a 300 watt moter for this?
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