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From: "gldrgidr" <gldrgidr@...>
Date: Friday, April 9, 2010 3:49 PM
Subject: Re: BUG HLG
I agree about the fuselage. After years of flying mine, the only parts of the fuse pod that are still original are the plywood formers. Everything else has been replaced at least once. I stuck with 1/16" balsa but use medium weight fiberglass (2 oz) in high stress areas like the nose and the main former area (the widest part of the fuse), and the bottom surface of the fuse. Yesterday I had a battery failure on my first launch and the glider nose dived from about 40 feet and the only damage was where the forward part of the hatch cover broke when the battery popped through it. John --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, John Godwin <johng@...> wrote: > > I've put some photos of my much repaired Bug in a photo folder called SA Bug. > It now weighs 128 grams. > For the fuselage I used light 1/8 balsa rather than 1/16. I covered > the fuselage with very thin glass fibre cloth and acrylic paint. > In a couple of years of flying I find the wing is strong enough but > the fuselage tends to suffer from the rough and tumble of landing. I > suspect you would have to be careful with a Bug weighing less than 90 grams. > I can easily side arm launch the V tail version with the following > set up. (I'm right handed). > Rudder on right stick > Elevator on left stick -- I learned to fly with a simple two channel tx > Mix in some right rudder on the left stick and hold this with the > thumb for about a second during launch. It's primitive but it works. > I use a 110 mAh nicad, a small 4 chaneel GWS rx and an Azzar aerial. > John > >