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TOPIC: Building the Skyleada Cutlass for Jetex 50

Built-up Skyleada for Jetex 50 1 year 7 months ago #771

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Can't wait to see it assembled, it looks very nice indeed already. The translucency will look a treat in the air with the sun shining through the tissue. Hope she flies a good is she looks.
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Built-up Skyleada for Jetex 50 1 year 7 months ago #775

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The Cutlass wings are simply 'butt glued' to the 1/16" fuselage sides. As is my usual practice, to ensure accuracy, I made a sort of jig so I could make sure everything was lined up accurately, i.e. the two wings matched and were square to the fuselage etc. Make a mistake here and the model is ruined!







I used epoxy with a bit of filler; though it is 'quick setting', there is still plenty of time when it is still 'gooey' to make small adjustments before it sets hard. Note the datum line on the board, the matched balsa blocks under the trailing edge and the cotton thread used to check alignment.

All this might be a bit 'OTT', but our models can fly quite fast and accuracy of the flying surfaces is important. I was pleased the Cutlass seemed to line up OK without too much 'fettling' .:cheer:
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Built-up Skyleada for Jetex 50 1 year 7 months ago #783

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Taking time off from the festivities, I lined the trough with 'Carplan' foil and glued on the fins, making sure they were square and vertical (using the 'jig' shown in the earlier posting). I was pleased it all went together well with only a few small gaps needing filling.

I was less pleased with the weight, 41.6 grams (without motor) but the good news is it appears to balance at the correct place so little (if any) nose weight will be needed when it comes to trimming on the flying field ;)







So that just about completes the build. If it flies as well as the profile version I will be very pleased!
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Built-up Skyleada for Jetex 50 1 year 7 months ago #784

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Congratulations it looks very nice indeed
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Built-up Skyleada for Jetex 50 1 year 7 months ago #789

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And let me add my congratulations, Roger. It looks superb from every angle!

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Built-up Skyleada for Jetex 50 1 year 7 months ago #790

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Roger , excellent model - really does look the business. i especially love the printed tissue finish and would appreciate a few pointers on materials used and the basic process .. To my mind that is much more attractive than a spray finish and lighter. As my father used to say -- if it looks right it probably is -- are you going to use that original jetex 50 , probably got some original fuel if you need some and motor spares also . Well done - look forward to seeing this at OW
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