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What engine will you use Harry?
No firm decision yet but my thinking is to use a Wren 160. That is far too much power for straight flight but I can (and do!) throttle back.
I'm considering ballracing the stabs....structure wise mine are ok with foam laminated into the structure which I think was'nt there on my original.
No firm decision yet but my thinking is to use a Wren 160. That is far too much power for straight flight but I can (and do!) throttle back. The reason for so much power is that the engine is the same size and weight as a 120 so there is no penalty there (though will probably want to carry a bit more fuel for it), and the party trick of the Lightning is to get airborne, raise the wheels and go vertical off the end of the runway. If it can't do that, it is not a Lightning, imo! I can't see the point in having a Lightning that can't do that with ease on every take off. So why carry a 120 that will struggle to do that when for much the same weight I can have a 160 that will do it easily?My model will be carrying a bit more weight - the aluminium coating requires several layers of paint, there is the brake chute, the twin ring afterburner system, added detail etc. So I want the engine to have all the oomph I can get.
Harrymodified the nosewheel steering to cables.
I am tempted to make my own tailplanes from solid balsa. I have found a supplier of ballraces in holders that can be bolted to the mounting plate.
Hi HarryAny progress?.. Can you PM me the ballrace supplier if you get a chance please I was wondering how to mount them......I'm making good progress on the Vampire so I'll be on the Lightning very soon...can't wait....I'm using Micks metalcoat and probably 92 sqn but I do like the OCU scheme I did originally. First time using the foil I was torn between that and the new ali paints with different shades of undercoat....will have to see..I did a test of the metalcoat on one of the stabs and have to say it looks good...