Friday, June 18, 2010
Hi to and from Brian.
Below is an e-mail I received from Brian on Thursday 10th June . He came accross the link to our blog from Dave West's page.
""wow, thanks for the speedy reply! attachments are always cool, so ive attached a few pics of my models. you will also see a picture of a bundle of veneer, about 25mm wide, that i attached with contact glue on the top and underside of the wing spars to create an "I" beam that made a smoother curve when folding. it seemed to work really well, and didnt add too much extra weight. i wouldnt think that its something that you need with your models, as they look pretty perfect already, but if youre interested in what i did as a possible improvement, ill be more than happy to share more details. also, i wanted to make my own "spinner", and since i have a workshop at home full of wonderful tools and machines, i decidet to make a wooden one on the lathe. to correct the CG, i simply drilled a large hole into the back of it and added a few snug-fitting washers.
you mentioned doing a build group on RC Groups, what would that be exactly? is it like a forum? sure, im interested and i would certainly follow. i just thought that as a project, you might like to do a formal instruction manual with LOTS of pictures and in-depth information (that only an expert like you would know) on how to build a really successful Mig-7 slope soarer.
ive always been interested in flight, and started my hobby with a small electric glider. limited by not having ailerons, i was keen to move on to something a bit more dynamic. (still, at about 12 or 13 yrs old, i was pushing this little glider to do big loops and radical fly-bys!). since then ive been through a number of different toys, including a helicopter and a 3D Extra. but the one that i have always turned back to was the Bee. this delta slope soarer has seen it all. in fact, it has traveled through a big part of Africa on its quest for the ultimate slope. we leave today on a trip to Namibia, where i hope to find some nice sand dunes to soar again. im 19 now, and the joy that ive been given and still get through this plane is mostly due to the fact that it is a slope soarer. no hassles with fuel and the mess it makes that everyone denies (myself included), no battery and motor problems... the list goes on.
at first i was very keen to build a correx Mustang, and it seemed like the obvious choice. but after spending hours wading through the net, i found the Mig-7 plans. the plans sat in a file inside another folder for ages, until i realised that it was time for me to try them out. this was still before i had seen your blog. then, after looking through the blog, i became more and more keen to build my own (or two, as it turned out) and put in a lot of effort. unfortunately, i started noticing that there are lots of small changes to the original plans, and that it was not quite as straight forward as i had hoped. after spending more time on the blog, i picked up the majority of the changes, and was able to adapt my plans accordingly. as you will notice, only one of my Migs has a tapered nose! im sure you will agree with me when i say that you learn something new everytime, and even just by working with the correx you get a better feel of how best to manipulate it into a Mig-7!
anyway, im keen to build another one, even better this time, with all the little changes, but im not home for the next ten days so i guess my build time is up for the time being.
enjoy the pics! talk soon.
Brian (Cape Town)""