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Old 05-01-2018, 01:22 AM
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I'm impressed with the amount of effort you've put into this! You may end up with Iranians wanting you to build some for them!
Gerald Bull (of Martlets and, later, "Babylon Gun" fame) would advise against that, but only via a ouija board or a shaman... :-)
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:43 AM
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I'm impressed with the amount of effort you've put into this! You may end up with Iranians wanting you to build some for them!


They can have the prototype if they want it. I think I can do better with the next one.

I'd suspect that the performance of the IR camera, which will have a wooden lens, will be sub-par, so the joke's on them.
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Rusto 2x white primer is on. Found a few gaps in fillets around the wings that I'll need to fill, but mostly looks OK.

The nose cone will eventually be painted separately, once I, you know, actually make it.
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Old 05-22-2018, 08:57 PM
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After a four month epic search of every dollar store, supermarket, Michaels, Target, Staples, Amazon, you name it - I finally scored at a dollar store and found a good item from which to fashion the IR dome. See picture 1. And I get ten of them to play with for a buck. Picture 2 shows what one of them looks like.

They're ever so slightly larger than I wanted (1 1/8" vs. 1") but they'll do. After cutting the dome off just above the green with an Atlas hobby saw, I sanded the heck out of the thing until it was almost exactly 1" in diameter. Then 2 coats of Future were applied inside and out, to protect it from handling. See pictures 3 and 4.

Due to starting off a bit oversized, the curvature is not *exactly* what I wanted, but it's close enough and should look good, at least until the first flight when it'll probably get scratched all to heck. Oh well!

The rest of the nose still needs to be fabricated. Soon.
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Old 05-23-2018, 01:12 AM
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If any of your local department stores or malls have FOIZ vending machines (see: http://www.google.com/search?ei=Zvs...1.0.vS7pJPNsuQY ), some of the plastic "bubbles" that the little toys come in might be a good "fit."
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