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  1. ScaleBirdsScott

    Static thrust

    Sounds like we need to build wind tunnels next to the trees or tractors we tie the airplanes to for our thrust tests.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I will say that time and time again the calculated weights of metal parts in Inventor has proven to be very close to the measured weight of an accurately made part. The big caveat there is metal. And the other caveat is accurately made.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I'm more reflecting on what I'm going through. I'm almost done with plane #1. And now I get to start over from almost scratch. As in, almost every single part is going to be overhauled and tweaked and refined. Some systems replaced wholesale while others will simply see thorough refinement. As...
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I'm less upset with the current result he's got than the original concept, and it seems like it would work. But it could be more elegant and lighter weight (as could the rest of the whole bird...) But yeah it'll be a matter of fly it and start over.
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    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    Seeing those inflatable spray booths more and more often. Gonna need me one of those. Those skin panels look really nice but what's really awesome is seeing that decked out and rigged frame that goes under it. Everything looks well thought out, if not almost a bit excessive. I like his...
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    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    The way Patey carries himself in the videos, its grown on me. Early on I felt it was a bit too put-on. But I think it is authentic, if elevated and edited to make the videos more entertaining. Seeing the work and thought he puts in, and the crazy amount of it on display, it's clear that he's...
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Of course there's no organized development plan required to build a prototype experimental. To get it registered to fly it has to be looked at still, but even so it doesn't seem like it would be certified by the govt in any eventuality. And, why would anyone in their right mind develop an entire...
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    I will concur: My friends have made quite the hobby out of taking old lawnmowers and making them into crappy lawnmowers that happen to be wicked fast on the dirt track. Even without the whirling spinny death blades these steel beasts seem mightly eager to send someone home in a mulch bag. But...
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    Elevator balancing for tube and fabric tail

    Yeah, I too like the idea of a pair of extra tubes running below, then just fabric cover the whole thing as needed. Cheap. If it doesn't provide the extra rigidity then go with the composite method.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    Yes but you don't have the expert advice to tell you that it's going to happen, so you just pretend it wont.
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    There is a problem with seeking out constant advice which is even if there are knowledgeable experts, they can often have their mind made up, or will quickly arrive at a preferred solution and those are not always aligned with the direction of the project envisioned. One must be enough of an...
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    Elevator balancing for tube and fabric tail

    What about twin boom? Put some P38 love on that bird.
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    Elevator balancing for tube and fabric tail

    I don't see why the early sketches that just extend the tip a few inches of the elevator past the horizontal with some forward extension of the tube would not work for a pure mass balance. If some aerodynamic surface balancing is desired then extend it further than just a few inches, and bend...
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    Raptor Composite Aircraft

    This thread be, as they would say, THICCC
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