This is Bob' White's super-scale model under construction in May, 2002. After he got this far in the design-build, Bob found out that some parts were 30% and others closer to 50% scale. He decided to tear off the offending parts and rebuild closer to true scale.
October 22, 2002
It has been a while since we last chatted and I have done quite a bit of work on my 50% Ultimate. The fuselage has most of the formers cut and installed as well as a few stringers. All formers are cut from 1/8 ply and the stringers are made from 1/8 and 1/4 balsa. Everything has been handcut. The basic box frame as you know is spruce and balsa stick. Currently I am finishing up cutting and installing the rest of the fuselage formers and finishing the stringers. I have located a local company that provides scale streamlined aluminum tubing that I am going to use for the cabane struts. I have also made contact with a gentleman in Switzerland that custom makes scale streamlined stainless steel flying wires. Stits lite fabric finish is what I plan to use with the PolyFibre products.
I thought you might like a couple of pictures for the web site. The pics I have attached are of the right side from two angles and a quick pic of the removable stab system. I will send you more when I get them.
Work is progressing well and I hope to have most of the frame up completed sometime next month. The finishing is projected to go through the winter and with luck and money providing I hope to fly in the spring of 2003.
I haven't decided yet what model to call it as so far there isn't much difference between the various versions. I have been using some really good drawings supplied from Dale George in Ontario as well as a set of three views that I have been scaling off of. To the untrained eye it could be any one of the variants. I am trying to keep it scaled to the 10-200 but may wind up finishing it to the 10-300. I gave up trying for the 20-300 due to lack of information. That may be a good project for the future when Devin gets the plans finished.
As a side note, my company Innovative Wings Inc. has dropped the model building portion of our business from the official webpage. There wasn't alot of interest in it so Shane (my boss) felt that we needed to focus our efforts strictly to full scale. And speaking of which, the Legend has now flown 2 hours. We had a nose gear collapse and subsequent prop strike on the landing of the second hour. Turns out to be a design flaw from the original manufacturer (which is no longer) that we didn't see in our preflight testing. No damage to the aircraft except to the engine and prop. We have now spent the past month and a half changing over from electric jackscrew actuators to hydraulic and should have the engine and new prop sometime this week. If all goes well we should be back in the air by next weekend.
Anyway, I just thought I would stay in touch with you.
Talk to you soon
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