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 Post subject: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2013, 00:06 
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Seeing as it's Tomcat fever, thought I'd post my latest :)

This is scratch built from a 3 view as a free flight catapult launch glider. I'm prolly going to go with VF-103 'Final Tomcat Cruise' scheme.

The pics show the 3 view, working out the construction on the drawing and where I'm at with construction. This will have working swing wings actuated by the launch hook with a friction damper so that as I pull the rubber tight to launch, the wings will swing back and then on it's way up and as the speed bleeds off the wings will slowly swing forward again for the glide.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2013, 02:09 
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Y'know, I think you might actually be crazy :lol: :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2013, 06:44 
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Wow!


Glove Vanes! :-D Got it. :lol:

Your builds are always a joy to watch. Thx for sharing with us.


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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2013, 17:11 
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m4rek wrote:
Y'know, I think you might actually be crazy :lol: :wink:


Yup, completely bonkers!

Been adding the string guides and did a quick test :)

The string will run to the launch hook and the rubber band will be replaced by a small spring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8KMPlYNBNk

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2013, 22:00 
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m4rek wrote:
Y'know, I think you might actually be crazy :lol: :wink:

I had that idea some time ago, but you know, crazy people sometimes can be very creative and entertaining.

Very interesting with the swing wing idea, I suspect it will change the C.G. during flight. I hope it works.


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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 26 Aug 2013, 22:14 
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jeffreynic wrote:
Very interesting with the swing wing idea, I suspect it will change the C.G. during flight. I hope it works.


It also moves the wing itself though, so the aerodynamic reference points (ie, where the lift happens) move too. I assume that the real thing accounted for this, and if the model is true then it will also benefit from that design!


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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 30 Aug 2013, 18:36 
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From what I've read of others that have built similar sized F14's for R/C they need a bit of up trim when the wings are swept or they need to fly real fast to not use up trim. These wings will only be swept during the launch phase, which will be high speed and almost vertical, so I don't think there will be any issues.

All the bits have arrived, so making more progress now. Got the wings sorted, ali tube in tube pivots with nylon bolts keeping it all together. Seems nice and sturdy.

Also got the bottom formers on, so I can start stringering everything up and let it take shape :)

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 31 Aug 2013, 08:44 
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That is going to be one awesome model! Looking forward to seeing it fly. :smt023

How's the model weight looking?


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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 31 Aug 2013, 12:37 
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Cheers Dean! So far, up to the pics below, it's just on 40g. I'm aiming at 60g completed.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 06 Sep 2013, 21:29 
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Bit more done on this one, got all the stringering done, ready to start covering.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
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Ouch! Looking good. :smt023


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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 17 Oct 2013, 21:57 
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I really like your work Monique! I also love working with balsa..
Where did you get the blueprints for the aircraft?

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 19 Oct 2013, 14:42 
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Hi Hein, I have a collection of many thousand 3 view drawings.

You can go here though: http://www.the-blueprints.com/ and register for free to get access to the downloads. Almost anything you can think of is there.

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 Post subject: Re: 1/32 F-14 Tomcat
PostPosted: 20 Oct 2013, 08:44 
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Thanks a lot!

I also found this website http://www.outerzone.co.uk/browse_plans/index.asp , there is a huge collection of vintage model aircraft plans you can download!!


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