Fie Fly (oz15075)


Fie Fly (oz15075) by Trevor Faulkner 1996 - plan thumbnail

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Fie Fly. Magnet-steered slope soarer model. Wingspan 72 in.

Quote: "Fie Fly. A magnet-steered slope soarer by Trevor Faulkner.

This model is the latest in a series which has proved successful and reliable over several years. The version shown can be flown fairly fast. penetrating in winds of 15 mph or so. It can also operate well in lower wind speeds with the simple modification suggested in the text.

The methods of construction result in a model which is well suited to contest use, ie the surfaces stay as built with the minimum of pampering and the two-part fuselage and handed-on centre section absorb most run of the mill shocks. The steering units and their installations were explained in the June/July 95 issue, let me know if you missed it.

Fuselage: In order to accept the available Frieser nose moulding and other ready made components, a tube with an ID of 25mm is required. The prototype employs a section of carbon fibre fishing rod, bought at a bargain price from a mail order supplier due to slight damage at one end. Individuals may have the sources able to supply a one-off job. The front end is the one with the critical dimension. Slightly oversize tubes can be sleeved down, as a reduction in diameter at the rear (joint) can be advantageous. The Ronytube boom is a standard item available by mail order.

A method of making one's own 1 inch ID tube is well known in free-flight circles, but may be worth mentioning here. A 1 in diameter mandrel about 24 in long is necessary (try local TV aerial suppliers). A blank of 1/64 ply is cut to the required length, (see plan) plus 1/2 in, and wide enough to wrap around the mandrel with an overlap of 1/4 in.

Immerse this in water until the outer layers are really wet, then ease around the mandrel, allowing an overlap. Bind tightly with crepe bandage and leave to dry in a warm place. After drying, the bandage is unwound, and the edge shaped as shown. Cover the mandrel with a layer of thin plastic sheet, taped in the way shown. Apply PVA or aliphatic glue to the joint of the ply, replace and re-wrap. Avoid gluing the bandage to the joint where glue may ooze out..."

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F1E from Silent Flight, August 1996.

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Fie Fly (oz15075) by Trevor Faulkner 1996 - model pic

  • (oz15075)
    Fie Fly
    by Trevor Faulkner
    from Silent Flight
    August 1996 
    72in span
    Glider F/F
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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Having never heard of "Magnet-Flying" before, Google turned up this result for a rather thorough explanation of what it is as mentioned with this plan:
D B - 28/01/2024
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