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This page is dedicated to the R.eally A.fordible T.urbine T.rainer,
 Topgun Aircraft has just released.
 All balsa and computer cut plywood entry level turbine trainer, otherwise known as the DRAGONFLY.

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Put the 40th flight on it January 1, 2004

Scroll down for some construction Photos:

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Intake tube trial fit

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C&C cut lower nose gear access hatch installed

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With hatch removed

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FOD screen installed in fuse

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Tail boom formers and triangle stock glued in

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Sheeting the bottom of the tail boom

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FIRST MOD, I added 2 inches to the rear of the Rudder

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Fin sheeted with 1/16 balsa ready for sanding to shape

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Stab framed up and pinned in place

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Sheeting top of fuselage nose with 1/8 balsa cross grained

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Intake/nose block hole cut and ready for shaping

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Another view of the tri stock added to the stab and fin

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Radius sanded on front of fuselage & cutting canopy out

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C&C cut canopy frame ready to sand to shape

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Canopy sanded , ready for latches

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Intake sanded to shape

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Hatch latches from the underside

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Sanded 1.25" radius on both sides of the tailboom

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A-10 style (Hornier) wingtips installed

I sheeted the flaps and ailerons with 1/64 plywood instead of 1/16 balsa to make them a bit thinner to match the trailing edge of the wing.

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From the rear sans the engine, bummer!

Aileron Low rate = 1" up & .75" down
Mid rate = 1.5" up & 1.25 down
High rate = 1.74" up &1.75" down
Elevator Low rate = .75" up & down
Mid rate = 1.5" up & down
High rate = 2" up & down

Rudder is irrelevant as I added 2" to the total length of it, but on high rate it is 45 degrees off center. About 1" off center for low rate, tho

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Underneath the Hornier antistall wing tip ala A-10 & Cessna!

 
 
I test flew it at our club field the Saturday of Heart of Ohio. Flew great but the engine seized up on the first flight, BUMMER!! Kept me away from Ohio, double BUMMER!!!!

Got a whole week to get it done!!!!! 
 
I finished it at 2:00pm Saturday 8-23-03

Did the second flight after getting the engine fixed. All systems worked quite well. Roll on high rate is great. Needs a bit of down elevator in knife edge, but this is NOT a pattern ship. It is really rock solid in the air and I think my CG setting of 4.5 inches back on the leading edge is right on.
 
Went for the third flight and the starter motor died. ARRGH!
Flew fine at Superman, 'til the engine lost some turbine blades
 Double ARRGH!!!
 
Mucho Dinero later, Carlos has it running GREAT now!

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