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From: "John Gospodarek" <John.Gospodarek@...>
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2002 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: Wide Bug
Colin, I added right at five inches (the space between the 3rd and 4th rib on both sides is +-2.5 inches). I made a copy of both wing sections and taped the third rib on one down over the forth rib on the other. That way I had the same rib spacing. I also used .056 FG cloth on the wing tips. I just sprayed adhesive on the tips and smoothed out the glass. Then I dropped thin CA on it for a really strong wing tip. I also ran the CF tube to the tip. I then sanded the tube to feather it down smooth at the tip. I added thick CA in the open tube where I had sanded it. I can't tell any difference in the wing strength. The wing is not that noticeably larger than my original but it sure floats more. The five inches that was added is close to the cord so the % of area added is considerable. I doubt that I will ever build another wing without the added rib. P.S. I did add a considerable amount of washout by twisting the wing and applying heat with my iron after the wing was covered. That really helps the wing not to tip stall. --- In BugHLG@y..., "Colin Bosch" <colin.bosch@m...> wrote: > John, > > Many thanx for the input. I've been planning to do the same with the > wing the next time I rebuild mine. Tail surfaces are broken now and > just too much else to do. I really miss having my Bug available, but > it will come around in time. I was thinking of adding about 6 inches > to the wingspan by adding some center ribs. How much additional > wingspan did you end up with by adding the additional #3 ribs? > > Regards, > --Colin-- > > --- In BugHLG@y..., "John Gospodarek" <John.Gospodarek@i...> wrote: > > Great day for The Bug! > > > > The last two days on my lunch hour I have had 4+ minute flights > and > > several 2 + and 3+ flights. The dead air flights are up by about 30 > % > > to 40% too. The secret! I have built a new wing with two #3 ribs on > > reach side. I guess it is about the size of the Gambler. It works > > great and is a real floater. It is not quite as quick to respond > to > > inputs as the regular wing but it makes me a much smoother Bug > flyer > > and it doesn't take much to make it go up. It side arm launches > > straight, and climbs out really high. It seems more stable than the > > smaller wing and has to have a great wing loading advantage. Now I > am > > going to build a new pod & tail using a 1/8th in. boom. I am toying > > with making the pod taller and narrower to hold the servos > vertical. > > Not sure if I will do that, but I think it would reduce overall > drag > > and add more stability. I can't decide if I should switch from the > V- > > Tail (my transmitter will not mix) so I could dump the onboard V- > tail > > mixer. Anyway it flies great and I'm happy!!!!!.