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Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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ian davis
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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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Well off thread. Do you know that Totnes is twinned with Area 51.

I apologise but couldn't resist it.

Ian ;)

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My how times do change, the last time I passed through it was twinned with Narnia..

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Peter Balcombe
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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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Just to get this thread back on track.
I found a few minutes between other build projects to make up two outrigger assemblies which can be plugged into hardwood blocks mounted in the wing, rather than permanently fixed as per the plan.
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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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ian davis wrote:Well off thread. Do you know that Totnes is twinned with Area 51.

I apologise but couldn't resist it.

Ian ;)
I know that I am going to regret this, but someone will have to explain...

:? :? :? :?

BC

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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Barry, a few jokers in the area see their town made up of lions, witches and wardrobes..

I was only looking for some infor on the aeronaut RF4... ahh well.. Cheers Rob,
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Peter Balcombe
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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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Interestingly, I note that the Aeronaut electric setup (from instructions found online) uses a motor capable of 2.5KW which is approx. 3 times that proposed by Mick Reeves. Although Mick's recommendation is to use a power level suitable for long take-offs, I have decided to increase the power level to 1200W or so to give a bit more of a margin.
Thus I will try a Motorolfly DS3620 750Kv which should give me up to 1200W off 4S or 1600W off 6S if required.

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Re: Mick Reeves 1/4 scale RF4

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Hi Peter, thanks for this.

I have an offer an ESC / Motor combo from a friend who has just acquired a tucano he wants to convert to glow/IC.. I will get the full detials of this set up and compare your notes here. I am tempted by a twin IC motor just for the scale enjoyment of such an installation and the space in the RF4 cowl/nose; however I really do fancy being able to close the motor ff in flight and see if I can soar with the RF4 or at least slope soar her.. one of my flights sites has a super flat field off onto a lovely south facing slope..

I'd agree wholeheartedley on a little more ooomph, you can always close the throttle rather than worry about a lack of it.. for some - their famous last words! :shock:
I will report back, Cheers

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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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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

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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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Motor & cowling fitted

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