T-Hunter Discussion & Planning

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Lyle J
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Re: T-Hunter Discussion & Planning

Post by Lyle J » Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:31 am

Good morning!
I have send an email to each member of our club who purchased the kit, complete with a couple of photographs, of Tim Glover's finished T-Hunter! I thought it might be beneficial to all to post his pictures here as well. I'm hoping this will act as an incentive for the rest of us to move forward with our builds.

I should point out that this was Tim's first balsa build! Talk about a baptism in fire!

Thanks Andy, Ann & Tim for your detailed posts on the build.

Cheers!
Lyle
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Andy M
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T-Hunter Half ribs #s 14 & 12

Post by Andy M » Tue Sep 13, 2022 4:25 pm

Note the half rib numbering for 2 of the ribs in the intermediate panels is incorrect on the plan. Rib #12 on the plan should read 14 and half rib #11 (NOT THE FULL RIB #11) should read 12. The numbers on the ribs themselves are correct.

Andy

Andy M
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T-Hunter Wingtip washout

Post by Andy M » Thu Sep 08, 2022 2:51 pm

Here is how I did it. Looking at my description below it may seem complex, but it is not. Essentially just interrupt the build half way through to introduce the washout. Most of that below is general observation, tips and things I noted.

Andy

1. Assemble and glue flat on the building board (i.e. with no washout) only the following parts: TE (FP), bottom spar, full ribs; 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, wing tip and gusset 5. Do not install the wing tip half doubler, as it will make it more difficult to pin down the LE of the wing tip later.
2. When the glue is set remove this assy from the board.
3. Make up a triangular wedge from ~5 mm scrap balsa, 100 mm long x 4 mm at the thick end.
4. Using thin double sided tape attach the wedge to the underside join between rib 27 and the wing tip, with the 4 mm thick end flush with the rear of the trailing edge. Note 4 mm is more washout than you need, but when you unpin the assy from the board after step 7, the structure will spring back part way. On my build, 4 mm of wedge resulted in 2.5 mm of washout.
5. Using 1/2” clear 3M tape, tape a 1 mm balsa shim on the board positioned at the underside of the bottom spar just inboard of half rib 22.
6. Pin this assy back on the board, making sure it is well pinned so there is washout twist in the assy. Make sure it stays that way during the next step. I used T pins in the thick sections (TE and tip) inserted at an angle.
7. Assemble and glue remaining parts; top spar, LE and half ribs. Since the tip is pinned near the LE, glue the tip doubler after removal from the board.

Observation and notes:
• After cutting the slot in rib 17 for the joiner, the rib becomes very weak where it joins the spar. It helps to glue a small gusset between the front of the spar and the rib before cutting the slot. Another way to do this is to cut the slot before installing the rib with the lower spar and then glue rib 17 to 17a. Ribs 17 &17a are then attached to the spar together.
• The rectangular hole in rib 17a needs considerable enlargement to accommodate the joiner.
• I found half rib 18 to be too long such that the rear edge would interfere with the 100 joiner. So check and shorten the rib if necessary. It will be very difficult to do this after rib 18 and the top spar are glued together.
• It is much easier to get a good fit of the joiner between the spars before the joiner is glued to the adjacent wing panel. I’m building the tip sections before the adjacent sections.
• The joiner length extends to the outboard edge of rib 19. This has no structural value than the joiner only extending to the inboard edge of rib 19. So I shortened the joiner accordingly. This also saves cutting the slot in rib 19 to accommodate the joiner. The same applies to the adjoining wing section where the joiner meets the outboard side of rib 15.
• As previously noted by others, the half ribs are too short at the upper and lower surfaces to extend to the spar and need some additional balsa inserted to fill the gap. I filled the gap after gluing in the half ribs.
• Generally, and this applies to most of the kit, I’ve had to do a lot of trimming, sanding, filing etc. to get good fits. I’ve mostly found joints are too tight and if not careful trying to fit may result in parts cracking or breaking. Not a big deal but requires good dry fits before applying adhesive.
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Ann T
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Re: T-Hunter Discussion & Planning

Post by Ann T » Fri Aug 19, 2022 5:37 pm

I received the missing fuselage formers in the mail from Bernard today. There are 2, both marked F10. One is slightly shorter than the other, so I'm hoping these are correct. 🤷

Ann

Andy M
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T-Hunter Tip Washout

Post by Andy M » Thu Aug 18, 2022 3:36 pm

Update: See Sept 8 post for how I did it

I've just started on the wing tips. Just a thought from me, but don't skip adding some washout as Bernard indicates on the plan. This will reduce stall speed in a turn and also assist in tighter turns. The plan states using a 1/16" shim which gives 0.36 deg of washout. Typical washout is 0.5 deg, but in this case the tip is quite short resulting in the washout being over only 30 cm of span. So I'm going to us a 1/8" shim giving 0,7 deg. But it makes for a more difficult assembly and I'll post later on the assembly sequence I used, as I'm still thinking about the best way to do it.

Andy
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Tim G
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T-Hunter Canopy construction

Post by Tim G » Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:16 pm

Hi all,

I have mentioned to a couple of members that I was struggling with the canopy on the T-Hunter.
I just got off a call with Bernard who explained how it is intended to be built. Note that I emailed him and he called within 5 minutes to help me out.
Along with the clearly marked canopy sides, there are 3 other rectangular components:
A long piece with cutout with magnet slots on each end. Note that the cutouts can be left in place if room is not needed for larger batteries, etc.
A shorter piece with cutout and only the aft magnet slot
The shortest piece with no slots (this part is not identified)

The idea is to build a rectangular block with these 3 parts in such a way that the slots line up and the profile exceeds the profile of the side pieces
The side are then glued to this block, The magnets fitted as per the provided instructions on the drawing, and finally the block is shaped to fit the contour of the side pieces as well as the width of the fuse - yes, a lot of the side pieces will be sanded or planed off in final shaping - especially towards the front of the canopy - they are there mostly to provide the side profile
Bernard said he will provide either a video of this or detailed instructions to assist with this part of the build.

ISince I had already attempted another approach, I will build the canopy using the side pieces and some 1/4 stock instead of the supplied parts

Ann T
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T-Hunter F10 & F11 are wrong

Post by Ann T » Mon Aug 01, 2022 9:28 pm

Okay. So Adam posted on the T-Hunter thread on rcgroups about f10 & f11 not matching the plans at all and Bernard confirmed that the included parts were out-to-lunch and he would send replacements. I've followed up on this because I've reached that stage in the build as well.

I will post any news of the replacement formers when I hear same.

Edited Aug1/22: Bernard says he will cut the replacement parts this week.

Andy M
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T-Hunter - V Tail Sanding

Post by Andy M » Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:30 am

Here is a suggestion for sanding the V Tail to achieve a symmetrical airfoil. I used this method on the Bubble Dancer V and H Stabs and it worked a treat. You can achieve both an airfoil and a tapered section from root to tip with this method.

A Drela HT21 airfoil can be used as shown here: [attachment=0]BD htail_V2.pdf[/attachment]

The method is shown starting about 2/3 down this page: http://aviatorstudio.net/bdwithjig/bdw_fin.html

And starting about halfway down this page: http://aviatorstudio.net/bdwithjig/bdw_stab.html

I am nowhere near this stage yet, I've just got the wing midsection assembled before sanding. But am posting this as it may be useful for you more speedy builders.
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Lyle J
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Re: T-Hunter Discussion & Planning

Post by Lyle J » Wed Jul 06, 2022 7:38 am

Morning!
I have finally cleared my work bench and I am now starting the T-Hunter build. I have been noting the deficiencies and have acted accordingly. I am going really slowly, dry fitting all the pieces together, then disassembling and commencing the actual build. Hopefully, this will help to eliminate too many errors!

It's not a great time of the year to be starting a build, imo! There's so much going on, holidays, outdoor maintenance/projects and oh, let's not forget flying! It's a great time to go flying!!! For these reasons, this will be a slow build and that's okay with me. I have decided not to rush this build and just enjoy the journey.

I read somewhere that only 60% of kits purchased, actually get built! it will be interesting to see the numbers for this build. I am encouraged by Tim Glover's success with his T-Hunter. He just has some sanding to do, covering, and finally the servo install and he will be most likely be first to maiden his T-Hunter! Yay!

Cheers!
Lyle

Ann T
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Re: T-Hunter Discussion & Planning

Post by Ann T » Thu Jun 30, 2022 11:26 pm

I'm working on the centre panel. Just installed riblet 1sp and mistakenly glued in a "1" riblet (as specified on the plan) on the other side of the centre stack of ribs 🤬 It doesn't have clearance for sheeting...🤬🤬

I'm getting really frustrated with the number of errors in this kit. I've watched the videos and I've been trying to keep up with the build logs, but holy smokes, this is awful.

Please tell me the centre panel is the only error-filled part of this kit! I'm ready to pitch it.


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