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Rebuilding the Formosa II
« on: March 25, 2014, 03:55:50 PM »
I just didn't have the heart to throw out the pieces, so here I go with GG and hot glue. before crash and after crash photos attached. Note the pilot lost his head.
She will require a paint job but that's what our new airbrush is for. toughest part will be the cowl, can't buy 'em for the Formosa II anymore.
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2014, 07:32:01 AM »
Jeez Reg. You can rebuild mine anytime. They look just slightly better than before repair. ???

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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 03:54:07 PM »
Gord, that is the 'before' photo, I'm still guing and screwing!
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 08:09:44 PM »
 :-[OOPs  :-[ I'm sure it will look just as good though. ;D

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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2014, 09:39:00 AM »
Oh ye of great faith, I'm not so sure, the fuse got crushed to one side and it's turning into a bigger deal than I thought. But I've got to get it together for this weather!

for some reason, I'm not getting notifications on the threads I've subscribed to here. Webmaster??
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014, 10:42:17 AM »
So here are some progress pictures:
1 - got it down to three big pieces
2-3 I had to virtually reshape a new cowling from the pieces, and then made a plaster female mold. Next steps, a male plug from this mold, then the Pop bottle treatment. I'm also thinking of making a fibreglass one too, right in the mold.
4- Down to two pieces, and a new motor mount unassemled under the wing.

After today, sanding and painting
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2014, 01:28:25 PM »
Looking good Reg. I've made a few cowls out of glass and epoxy using foam for the mold and melting it out with gasoline to melt it out. Although I found that method too messy and ended digging it out with a knife and soldering gun with a copper wire spoon shaped end on it.
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2014, 02:19:12 PM »
Thanks, Gord, I'm heading downstairs to do the engine mount.
The plaster mols hasn't dried out enough to use yet. I've been looking forward to doing that ever since I saw it on YouTube.
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 05:58:43 PM »
Well, it
It's finished!
Don't look too closely!
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2014, 08:18:55 AM »
Reg: What did you find with that rudder servo that has a mind of its own.??

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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2014, 08:45:38 AM »
Gord:
Haven't got to it yet, still gluing the Spit back together. Later today, maybe. I'm working on a small contract and got tummy trouble, so I'm keeping things in priority ( not getting too far from the loo!)
I'm thinking on that big Spit, maybe starting when I get back in June. It looks fantastic, handles easier apparently.
Later
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2014, 01:42:40 PM »
Your wife might not appreciate taking the workbench in the bathroom. ;D Bummer to lose you for a month.

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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2014, 02:03:52 PM »
Yah, I'll miss you guys and the flying. Last year we did a walkabout and every time I passed a big field I thought about how great it would be for flying.
Tummy has settled down so I can move the "Mosa out of the John!
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2014, 02:32:24 PM »
Gord:
I just had a minute to check out the Mosa rudder. with the tail wheel on the ground, no problem, but as soon as I propped up the tail, the thing started to chatter and drift. It still gave full force both directions, but it crept away off center. I trimmed it back, wouldn't go all the way and kept on chattering.
So I unplugged the servo lead and plugged a new servo into the receiver, and it worked fine. So it looks like a servo swap, not a receiver or transmitter problem. (I guess)
Ever see this before?
Reg
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Re: Rebuilding the Formosa II
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2014, 05:00:53 PM »
Fairly common. Sometimes it takes a bit of running for new servos to wear in the fingers in the potentiometer to wear into the carbon strip. Usually a few cycles is all it takes. Old servos just wear out the carbon in the pot. I have saved a few by taking them apart and spraying with WD40 to clean them, but with the price of todays servos, it's hardly worth while.