Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 03 Jan 2016, 16:38

Best of luck with soaring the RF4.
My plan is to use the 1/4 scale RF4 as a taster for the 1/4 scale Milan I plan to build soon. This effectively adds a standard class glider wing to a RF4 fuselage & should soar much better :)

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 12 Jan 2016, 20:26

I've managed to squeeze in a few jobs on the RF4 whilst building yet another 1/4 scale Olympia.
Canopy frame is now finished & ready for painting before the canopy itself can be fitted. The canopy shouldn't need to be regularly removed, but is secured with a couple of magnets, with toothpick dowels in the sides to maintain position once fitted.
I have also nearly finished tidying up the cowling mounting blocks now that the initial motor choice has been finalised and mounting defined. The cowling will shortly be positioned based on the spinner backplate location and the securing screws fitted.
The flight battery bay occupies the IC version tank area and the hatch for this area has been fitted with a magnet retention setup as for the canopy. This bay will also house the radio battery, switches and flight battery isolator as the hatch is easily removeable and well clear of the prop.
I then need to prepare the mainwheel doors and the fuselage will be ready to be 'glassed' in lightweight cloth & resin to toughen up the fuselage surfaces prior to painting.
Wings & tailplane will be covered in Profilm already sourced from Stan Yeo. I just need to do final surface prep and coat with Balsaloc or similar to ensure a good bond to the balsa flying surfaces.
I will add a workshop photo of fuselage once cowling is in place as it is too wet & windy to do anything outside!

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 13 Jan 2016, 17:26

The promised photo of the cowling once screwed into place with spinner to check clearance.
Just need to trim rear edge of cowling to clear battery hatch join, otherwise it will not lift off with cowling in place.
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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Andy A » 26 Mar 2016, 21:08

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Hi Peter After speaking to Clive just a few things that I changed to Mick Reeves Fournier.The main difference is the wing centre section is built into the fus so the wings side onto a flat metal bar wich makes assembley a lot easier and may be a bit stronger? Rudder & tailplane have been built with out full sheeting to try to keep the back as light as we can no extra lead in the front to balance.Motor E Max Bl 2820/07 60a esc 12x6 prop running on a 4s lipo gives a nice scale performace. she comes in at just under 7lbs and thermals well on a nice day. This is a model you will not regret building.

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 26 Mar 2016, 21:28

Many thanks for that Andy.
Mine is now pretty much complete except for red trim, so I ought to weigh the parts & check what the O/A weight is likely to be.
As you can see from my build thread, I built mine with a conventional 2 part wing which fits to fuselage in similar manner to the plan. However I did beef up the wing spars and use a steel strip joiner. The tail is fully sheeted, but your comment has made me think again about the rather heavy scale tailwheel arrangement I was thinking of using.
I have probably gone for overkill on the power train as I wanted to make sure I had enough power rather than be borderline. Your power train certainly looks to be even lower power than the one Mick Reeves suggested - although your weight is also rather lower than expected. It will be interesting to see where I come out.
It looks to be a lovely model, so I am looking forward to getting mine into the air before too long.
Peter

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 28 Mar 2016, 21:59

Andy,
Just completed the covering & hanging of control surfaces, so weighed all the bits plus a possible motor/battery combination. My AUW is likely to be approx 8.5lb as long as I don't need much additional nose weight, thus my initial intention to use approx. 900W will be plenty.

How did you add the red trim on yours? Was it all painted, or a mixture of paint & trim tape?

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Andy A » 04 Apr 2016, 23:09

Peter The model was covered in pro film. The red trim is off cuts from a local sign writing firm and the cowl was from a spray can from Halfords.Barry Cole supplied the numbers & letters which was a very close match in colour. One problem you only get one chance with the trim but with some soapy water you can make life a little bit easier. Look forward to the maiden hope it all goes well Iam sure it will !!

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 18 Aug 2016, 22:09

After a long time sorting out the power train, I have settled on a BL2820/07 motor running on 4S with a 12x6 prop which gives just over 750w.
My initial intention to have more power on hand resulted in a very nose heavy model !!
The nearly complete, but ready to fly (still needs trim, decals and pilot figure) model has an AUW of 8lb.
Radio gear has been set up, so should hopefully get the maiden undertaken sometime during the next week.
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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Noël Rumers » 21 Aug 2016, 14:37

Hi Peter,

Nearly there!!!
Looks nice and success with the maiden!

Noël

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

Post by Peter Balcombe » 24 Aug 2016, 18:36

Thanks Noel.
The maiden flight was successfully carried out today & there was ample power for the 8lb model.
She only needs approx. 60% throttle in the cruise and is a very steady flier.
Now just the final detailing to be done ...... ;)

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