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Post by Sam Thomas on Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:26 pm

Well its on its way now, Ive just orderd it so should be here in a couple of days Very Happy
will fill you in once it arrives!!!
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Post by Mark Barnes on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:59 pm

Weston Couger?

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Post by Sam Thomas on Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:59 pm

Dammit... Yep
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Post by PDQ on Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:34 am

Good choice
Caution with the elevator and rudder controls
The kit includes pull pull wires and horns. (as in the larger HYPE). The instructions about fitting these are rather vague and can result in uncontrollable flutter and subsequent crash on it's first outing if you havn't been warned.
Make sure the horns are LONG (20mm) at the control surface ends and the same on the servo arms.
Check the amount of slop in the elevator and rudder control surfaces as they move over their full travel. There should be no slop at all whatever position you put them in.
For the ailerons, I would use metal clevises with keepers and locknuts.
Don't fudge the throttle control either.
Once this is sorted you will have a great fun fly adventure.
Your LA46 will suit it well. It flies very well even on a 32.
How many passes can you do under the limbo tape in 2 minutes ??
Last year at the Nats it was 33 and it was very very windy !
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Post by Sam Thomas on Sat Jul 31, 2010 12:13 pm

Ok thanks for the heads up, I will make sure I dont rush the build and I will make sure everything is good!
I have been warned several times about control throws as it has huuggeee surfaces.
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Post by Sam Thomas on Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:09 pm

Ok well it has arrived and I have strated the build (pics later) Ive got up to the point og getting the elevator and rudder sorted out and the instructions are quite complicated LOL
I will crack on tonight and tomorrow morning/afternoon to get it ready for the club night!!!
Pics in a bit
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Post by Brian Colclough on Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:47 pm

Take your time Sam don't make any silly mistakes just by rushing it, remember "measure twice cut once" Wink

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Post by Mark Barnes on Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:39 pm

I secound what Bri has said Sam, dont rush it!

And when it is finishied i strongly recomend you get an experianced flier to check it over and even do the maiden for you, These funfly models can be extreamly twitchey is set up incorectly!

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Post by Sam Thomas on Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:32 pm

haha mark... if you wanted a go all you have to do is ask, but yes it totaly agree Very Happy
here are some pics
So here is the box, quite thin


everything up packaged and layed out

elevator installed

then the rudder

and the rudder control horns

They ddidnt supply enough nuts to fit the blots so I had to epoxy them on there with the bolts running through them, so they should stay put Smile
sorry I forgot to take pictures when I was building the wing, but tis simple enough to hinge the ailerons and attach servos tongue
more pics to come, I cant attach the engine yet as I dont have the right size allen key for the engine bolts Sad
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Post by Mark Barnes on Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:48 am

Sam Thomas wrote:haha mark... if you wanted a go all you have to do is ask, but yes it totaly agree Very Happy

I must have flown 10 different Cougers over the years Sam so wasnt really fishing for ago mate just know what it like to spank a model on a maiden Suspect

Epoxying the control arms will be ok, you would normaly remove the covering on the area to be glued (im sure you did this ) However if you had just asked im sure like me most of us on here have a box full of them little nuts Very Happy

With the pull pull tail controls, Tape the control surface at centre then do one side of the closed loop get it tight but not like a guitar, then do the same with the other side. when you move the control the "pulling" wire will be tight and the "pushing" wire will be slack (just make sure it dosnt catch anywere)

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Post by Brian Colclough on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:04 am

Sam is there enough thread sticking through to add a nut? I'm not at all sure I like the idea of them just being epoxyed on there What a Face

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Post by Mark Barnes on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:12 am

Fair point Bri, if there is thead there may as well use it, Sam for clarification is this for both ELE and RUD or just RUD?

May also be worth sealing the hinge gap on the control surfaces with some dimond tape if you have some. and pinning the hinges!

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Post by Andy Sayle on Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:37 am

If you don't have a nut, and there is thread sticking out the other side, you can use epoxy to build up a fillet around the exposed thread, adjacent to the control surface (or spreader plate if you have fitted one). This will act just like a nut, and have the added benefit of being a right pain to undo. Make sure the control horn is seated properly though (no gaps between control surface and control horn).

Or, you could just tell me whether it is an M3 or an M4 thread, and I'll bring a stack of nuts to suit for you Smile

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Post by Sam Thomas on Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:33 pm

This is the rudder and elevator and there are threads sticking out but not alot.
Something tells me it wont be ready by tonight as I dont have a drill for the elevator push rod, or any allen keys for the engine mounts as dad has taken everything to work with him, I have tightend the wires to a decent tention but there is about 3mm play either way, but im not sure if this is just the flex of the balsa or what.
Thanks for the info and I think I will do what andy suggested with epoxy on the threads, and Andy, im not to sure what M3 or m4 threads look like so could you bring a 3 or 4 of each for me to try over the weekend as Im going to be working on the plane tonight as I dont think I will make it.
Im not gonna rush it and bodge it to get it done by tonight so I will have it ready for its maiden by the weekend Very Happy
Thanks for the tips and help Very Happy
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Post by Sam Thomas on Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:14 pm

Ahh this rudder pull pull is getting to me!!!
I cant get the right tension on it!!!
Im sure a stick with a clevis on the end would of been much more simple!!!
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Post by Mark Barnes on Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:48 pm

lol Sam stick with it it will be worth it Closed loop is far better


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Post by Sam Thomas on Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:53 pm

Well when I tighten it up to where there is no slop in the rudder, the pushing wire doesnt become slack, so I losen it intill the pushing wire becomes slack and then it has shed loads of play!
Ahhhh Sad
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Post by Mark Barnes on Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:27 pm

It wont go major slack, just abit loose

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Post by Sam Thomas on Thu Aug 05, 2010 6:26 pm

Ok thanks for that mark, I think Ive got it set up ok, got the elevator sorted, engine sorted, fuel tank sorted all ive got to do now is stick the throttle servo in and conect it to the engine, install the Rx and battery and check CofG and thats the build done!
But then ive got to go and set up the control throws (and rates) to suitable settings, then im DONE!!!
No flying tonight mind, Im hoping to get it maidend this weekend.
Pics soon!
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Post by Sam Thomas on Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:25 pm

Ok well I got the rudder wires sorted out with virtualy no slop


Then I got the engine mounted up


then the throttle servo installed and linkage set up

Then I installed the tank, rx and battery, check the CofG and it was spot on with an empty tank, so im very happy Smile
I sorted out the control throws to the recomended throws but I had to put heaps of Expo on the ailerons because they were so twitchy.
So here is the model finished and ready for irs miaden flight


Ok, so over all I really like the quality of the model, all the plastic nylon parts seemed very strong, and the included engine mount was extreamly strong, most of the build went without a hitch.
On to the bad points, when I got the modle out of the box, every pannel on the modle had wrinkels or a dent/ding in the covering but thats easily sorted, the instructions on the rudder pull pull system are very very vauge and the pictures do not show clearly how to set it up, but luckily I had help on the forum Smile
The included engine mount required some serious butchery on the grinder to get the inluded bolts to fit! Shocked

Over all I really like the look and feel of this model, and I think its gonna fly great!
I enjoyed the build and would definatly do it again!!!
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by Guest on Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:21 pm

nice job Sam, youl have plenty of fun with that.

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Post by Sam Thomas on Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:25 pm

haha thanks, mark (hopefully) or someone else who is experienced will maiden her to make sure I havent got any stupid throws on or somthing daft ( I dont see why it would be bad coz everything is set up as per the maual, even the C0fG is bang on, maby a little forward), then once thats sorted, away I go!!!
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Post by Sam Thomas on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:10 pm

Many thanks to Jem for sorting out the cougar, so it wouldnt self destruct!!!
Got her maidend with the help of Sam Dean Razz Thanks again
Just got a few niggels to sort out but then it should be good!!
Im loving how she fly's, very light feeling and floaty!


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I'm sure Nigel will be able to help but why go to another club there are plenty of people that are willing to help you

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Post by Sam Thomas on Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:16 pm

Nigel..? Whos nigel?
It was Jem who helped me Very Happy
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