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From: "John Gospodarek" <John.Gospodarek@...>
Date: Sunday, June 1, 2003 8:25 AM
Subject: Henry and Chris
Henry, I used a V-Tail mixer on my bug the first few months and it works fine. Mine was small and did not add much weight. The V-tail is less likely to get damaged on landing and I still fly V-tail with my new radio. I am planning on a cruciform tail for my next version. It will weigh more so I will really have to build light. I am going to use the flying stab that Chris posted pictures of. Looks neat and I like the fact that it is removable. Chris, Thank you very much for the details on how you built your mold. I would have been making one last fall when I got the PETG if I had had that info back then. It really sounds easy with your explanation. I still have my first standard size wing (a little battered from learning) but with a recover and the modifications you have documented it should rise again. I have the same feelings about the wing as you. It is a great design and really tough. One question. How did you mount the V-stab on the boom? Did you cut stab or boom? Or did you just glue it to the side. I'm going to use a P2 boom and don't think cutting it is a good idea. If I don't center it on the boom do I offset the notch in the flying stab to make it fit? Thanks again! --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "dimple_kwok" <henry.kwok@x> wrote: > Thanks every one who offered suggestions on rib production. I now > have a pair of wings that is true. The most useful thing I reckon is > the use of rat tail file, which makes the notching of the LE much > easier. > > Now I am faced with a dilemma. I have a simple 4ch non computer > futaba skysport with no mixing. The stock bug uses V tail so to fly > it I either have to get a mixer or buy a new radio. I have been using > mixer for my larger sloper but I don't think it is such a good idea > for the small light weight bug. > > Alternatively I can build the cruciform tail that someone here > suggests. I have the dimensions but I wonder how well it performs / > and how durable it is c.f. v tail. I also need to know the recommeded > travels and more importantly, where on the boom to place the fin / > stab as the combined "chord" of the fin/stab is greater than the that > of the V-tail > > I guess what would help me decide is whether the bug needs dual > rate / expo etc on top of the mixing. If it does then just building a > cruciform tail is not going to obviate the need to get a new radio. > In this case I will just take the plunge and get a decent radio to > replace my old one. > > If the bug can be flown without dual rate / expo then I would > appreciate if you could give me the above details on the cruciform > tail, as I will probably use that to save the cost of a new radio. > > Thanks > > > Henry