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The Mirage was pretty much all wing.  A kite.   Dead stick you had to give it at least 15% down or it could do the Leaf thing in the wind.  Stall out and FLOP. 

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9 hours ago, ArcticDave said:

13:1 is pretty good! I think the Eagles are only 4:1.

This is how you handle engine failure. 

 

Well in that case I guess a parachute is overkill, unless your in some heavy winds or your wings snap off!! :yikes:

The pilot did seem quite relieved after he touched down!! :fl:

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I will have to go home and change my shorts the first time that happens:laught16:

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I never had it happen  but the guy I sold the plane to did about a month later.  I think he used a bad mix.

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 I started on the bungee struts yesterday. Got one strut end made before the drill press broke ?
I needed one end thinner than the tube I made the strut from, so this how I narrowed the end without losing strength. I "milled" the end of the tubing with a hand grinder equipped with a flap wheel. Then cut and shaped two tabs to weld on the now flat faces of the tubing. Next, I drilled a 3/8 hole for a bushing and welded the bushing in place. After a bit of shaping with a flap wheel, the final step was welding a securing strap around the end of the whole assembly. It came out nice :-)
Off to the hardware store for a drill press this morning...

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Dang, so your a Black Smith too !  LOL     That's cool.

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I'm learning all kinds of new stuff doing this project, but past fabrication experience is helping a lot in this stage. 

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Looking great Dave,

I have been doing some gas welding and brazing of late and find it a relaxing activity when everything is flowing right.  Took a class many years ago so starting at ground zero pretty much.  There is certainly a lot of good information online and on youtube.  I am curious as to what tip you are using on that .040 material, filler rod diameter, and pressures you are running.  Thanks for taking us all along for the ride.

Jeff

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Hi Jeff!

Thanks for stopping in :)

Gas welding is indeed a relaxing thing if everything is in tune and flowing well. 

I'm using a Smith AW1 so my tip sizes are different than standard Victor numbering. I believe a quick google search would yield a cross reference chart. Generally I use the #201 for the tiny stuff. I have an even smaller tip, a #20 but it rarely gets used. Maybe for welding sheet metal end to end. The #203 is my go to tip for most everything up to~ .062. I break out the #205 for bigger clusters or thicker sheet stock(.090). I did use a #207 for a couple of spots that had a significant heat sink and required more heat. 

Pressures I have been running are 8-10 psi  on both tanks. 

The majority of the rod was 1/16 Tig filler rod. Alloy is ER 70-2.  I did buy a lb of .045 filler and it has come in handy on the thinner items. 

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Hey Dave, I have two drill presses lying idle for the time being.  If you can't fix yours you are welcome to use either one of these.  PM either Tom or me and we can arrange something. 

   Old Tom

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2 hours ago, Old Tom said:

Hey Dave, I have two drill presses lying idle for the time being.  If you can't fix yours you are welcome to use either one of these.  PM either Tom or me and we can arrange something. 

   Old Tom

Dang it! I bought one yesterday. :tisk-tisk:Thank you though!

I managed to eat over 90% of that huge bag of grapefruit you gave me a month ago. :droolin:

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Finished one of the bungee struts! I've been cutting extra parts as I go along, so the next one is mostly an assembly job:)

Bungee material is wrapped around those horns with the spade shaped retainers, and the strut works by using the rubber to slow expansion of the strut. Kind of like a reverse spring. The last pic is hard to see because the shadows, but it'll give you an idea of how the geometry works. 

 

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The Desert Eagle is finally sitting on its own legs! 
This has been the hardest part of the build so far. Everything has to be just so...or caster and camber get all out of whack. A lot of detail that pictures will never show and only a fellow builder will understand, but I'm happy with the results. 
Now I need to get real wheels and tires for it...those little hand truck tires are just for moving it around easily. 

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Very nice Dave !!   :thumbsupanim

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On 5/18/2017 at 7:31 AM, ArcticDave said:

13:1 is pretty good! I think the Eagles are only 4:1.

This is how you handle engine failure. 

 

Just remember ... any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.  A landing where you can reuse the plane is a great landing :)  

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Looking Good Sir.   Your Moving on most well.  Now I see what your deal with the Landing Struts was . 

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Thank you gentlemen :)

I got to sit in it last night and make airplane noises :laught16:

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1 hour ago, ArcticDave said:

Thank you gentlemen :)

I got to sit in it last night and make airplane noises :laught16:

Did you play with the machine guns as well??:41:

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7 minutes ago, Au Seeker said:

Did you play with the machine guns as well??:41:

:ROFL:

Funny you should mention that...but yup!

Jen came over to see it last night and suggested putting a paintball gun on it for mock aerial dogfights:yesss:

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14 minutes ago, ArcticDave said:

:ROFL:

Funny you should mention that...but yup!

Jen came over to see it last night and suggested putting a paintball gun on it for mock aerial dogfights:yesss:

That question stemmed from me watching the "History of the Navy Seals" right now, lots of tat tat tat tat tat...

When I was a kid there was an old air frame in this guy's back yard, it was of WWII era, but every time we were close by we had to go and take turns getting into the cockpit, and of course had to make airplane and machine guns sounds....vvaaarooom.... vvaaarooom...tat tat tat tat tat...tat tat tat tat tat... the Red Baron never had a chance with us in that cockpit!!!:brows:

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:25r30wi:

When I was little my dad helped a guy restore an F4 Corsair. That was cool! The guns were removed but the buttons were all still there :41:

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28 minutes ago, ArcticDave said:

:ROFL:

Funny you should mention that...but yup!

Jen came over to see it last night and suggested putting a paintball gun on it for mock aerial dogfights:yesss:

 

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