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  • SteveNeill
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    Slingsby Perfect - Mini Me

    While I decide whether to build the 1/3 scale Cherokee RM or a Slingsby Prefect I had this Easy Built Models Slingsby Perfect for free flight. I thought it would be fun to convert it to RC. As it turned out it has been harder than it looks.

    First of all if you have ever built free flight models you know they are delicate. And more than once I have put my bug thug fingers through the fuselage stringers.
    The first thing I did was build the fuse. It went up pretty quickly but then the hard part came that I overlooked. Having access to the cockpit for the RX and the battery! Argg…so I sheeted the areas between the stringers and carefully cut the cockpit deck away. Then rebuilt everything I destroyed in the process.
    I added more support and wood to the frame and the removable section sanded everything smooth again and voila.
    I’m using a Spektrum RX brick and a 150 lipoly , 2 pushrods for rudder and elevator. Don’t think I could take putting ailerons in the tiny wings.
    I don’t think I mentioned this sailplane has a whopping 36 inch span.
    The tail feathers I have modified for actual movement trying to stick to the scale sized planes. I added more ribs and wood to better mount then. I’ll also be adding more wood to the wing mount area and a bit of balsa aft for the push rod exits.
    I have to say this has been fun so far and a lesson in patience and delicacy.
    I have a small Carbon Cub that could tow this but the problem is I’d need to figure out a way for a release in this tiny girl, So high start might be the only answer.

    More to come…
    Last edited by SteveNeill; 11-18-2018, 01:47 AM.

  • ARUP
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    Have you had a chance to fly 'Mini' yet?

  • SteveNeill
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    I'm going to try the dunes first Jim.

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  • JimD
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    Hi Steve, we posted your build thread on the website, check out the Home Page listing... https://www.scalesoaring.com/

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  • GunnyK.
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    Originally posted by SteveNeill View Post
    I live by the beach and the dunes should work.
    Must be nice, I have to go to a land fill garbage dump to do that.

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  • ARUP
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    Rub it in... lol

  • ErichS
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    Can't wait for the flight report. Small is fun too

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  • SteveNeill
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    I live by the beach and the dunes should work.

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  • ARUP
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    You can probably slope that neat little sailplane off your house!

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  • SteveNeill
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    A bit more painting done. Next up to install a cockpit, gauges, seat and interior as best I can at this size. Then wait for good weather and more test glides.

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  • SteveNeill
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    It is and I started a 45 inch span Wakefield for fun. Pure dope, tissue and rubber band for power.

    Convertering a freeflight model to RC is not something I can recommend. I was consistently damaging the structure as I man handled it installing and making mods. It was fun but I won't do it again.

    I started painting the little plane. It still needs its skid, cockpit and I guess I'll have to sculpt a pilot. I ma a sculpture by tread so it shouldn't be too hard. I got the cabanes on the tail feathers and the wing. The wing is held on with magnets and will come off as strong as they are without the cabanes.

    I still have more paint to do on the wings and mark the ailerons with a fine sharpie. I have decals too that came with the kit yet to apply.

    Yesterday I fired up the system and gave her a toss into the wind over the lawn and found she was tail heavy. However I was able to use elevator to correct the pitch effectively and made a controlled landing without out mishap. She does fly and controls are very effective.

    So I'll finish her up next week and when it warms up and we get some lift I'll head for the slope with her and that darn big Sinbad I still haven't flown yet.











    1.45 oz FUW

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  • ARUP
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    Tissue and dope... how wonderful!

  • SteveNeill
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    I will do that for sure and I'm stocking up too for exactly the same reasons. I building the Wakefield next. I just love planes and things that fly.

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  • sheephunter
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    Neat little project. When these things came out at Easy Built I sent them an email and asked if anyone had converted one of these to RC; the response I got was they weren't aware of it but were sure somebody would, with the availability of micro RC gear nowadays. You should send them some photos when you're all done. Easy Built has some really neat stuff and I'm stocking up on some of their kits for when I just don't feel like dealing with complex RC stuff for the moment.

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  • SteveNeill
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    It's been awhile but I found time yesterday to finish the tissue covering and now it's ready for dope, final assembly and painting.










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