OLY III 2018/19 Build

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Oct 24, Deep Cleaning all Pieces

  • did I mention CF strip on the upper spar
  • CF tow lower spar
  • triangle gusset from nose block back to former at wing rod tube, fuse bottom I like to round the corners here
  • CF pushrods.
  • will look at getting the elevator pushrod to exit within the walls of the fuselage
  • removable, bolt on stab is in Order
  • jump in with your Build Ideas

Sept 25

More Pictures soon, still time to grab a Kit and join in , chime in with you Build Details, Pictures, queries and ideas.

  •  Instructions mention extra ply root ribs for side of fuselage, will cut them from 1/8 lite-ply as couldn’t find them, 1/4 to 3/8 Inch fillet
  • some formers for fuselage are numbered, will sort thru to ID their location, tabs will need a bit of thinning to fit slots
  • will add hole to nose block for lead
  • found spare set of 1/64 ply doublers for stab
  • ribs are all numbered, still looking for some reference to these numbers elsewhere on the plans or documentation

UPdate, Aug 28 2018

there’s appears to be interest in a parallel Build with a fellow Builder in Ohio

woo hoo,

UPdate, May 31 2018

This project is still a go just need to clear some other stuff from the Deck. Apparently these Kits are hard to get now, that surely will create demand

May 21 2017

Well here we are 2017 May already, have had a chance to look thru this kit and so far I like what I see, everything nicely packed. I might add though that the spars don’t fit into the rib notches, there’s at least 1/32 ” in the difference. In this day in age with Laser cutters I would have thought that getting these notches to fit the spars would be a pita.

I will file the notches wider, and I reckon they will have to be deeper as well, to suit the spar material supplied.

The one other item I have learned to watch for is warped fuselage sides. They are laser cut from a sheet and I have seen the straight edges top and bottom get a twist as much as 3/ 16. If that is one way on 1 side and the other opposite it makes for quite a challenge getting a straight fuse.

Stay tuned 🙂

Dec 17 Unpacking a Oly III Kit, nicely done


Oct 18 (S)

  1. Painted white fuselage and canopy
  2. canopy and hatch ?
  3. 1450 LiFe Battery  Size( L   w   h  )
  4. 6110HV x 2 Servos Wings
  5. 6100HV x 2 fuselage
  7. Violet transparent
  8. 🙂

wonder about the Silver though.

white vertical fin and rudder

all white fuse and canopy

another OLY III for comparison

Oct 18 (S)

  1. Painted white fuselage and canopy
  2. canopy and hatch similar to Sagitta 900
  3. 1450 LiFe Battery  Size( L   w   h  )
  4. 6110HV x 4 Servos
  5. 🙂
  6. 🙂

Oct 12   (S)

Yes, tape on wings

(built up wing saddle on fuse)   requires longer wing rod.

+ servos in the spoiler bays

You could simply run the spoiler servo lead inside the fuse –

I would simply plug the spoiler servo leads to leads from the Rx.

Build Moving Forward, Dec 04

Took a minute to weigh some pieces and get some thoughts on what direction to head

tip pane ribs
1/8 x 3/8 spars I have marked the weights
wing panel LE Balsa
trailing edge , can’t remember?
wing tips
fuselage sides, rear top filler, etc
fuselage lite ply
spar ply doubblers and panel joint doubblers
Canopy and canopy aft Balsa

Some more weights

rudder , fin , stab doublers, I found spare doublers as well
Nose Block, will hollow out Later
Balsa shearwebs
Misc Hardware
Lite ply sheets
Lite ply fuse sides
fuse formers, removed from sheets need more holes , up down?
rear fuse ply doubler
forward fuse sides, and doubler, aft sides are balsa
glue with bottom edges aligned against level, and checked for straightness
forward ply aft Balsa, watch for warps in lower edge of rear balsa, it needs to be straight
Ready for ply doubbler

Some More Fuse Build, a Look at the ribs


I just stacked both sides with doublers and glue in place and weighed them down, Once the ply doublers are in place I’ll see how all the formers fit
ribs , 5-15 is ribs 2 thru 15 panels
No notches for spoilers, and the root balsa rib has a hole for wing rod tube
tip panel ribs
more ribs
ribs 5 thru 15 and 2 thru 4
spars a strong 3/8 inch , perhaps 1/32 over
spars a strong 1/8 thick, they need to fit the notches
got them stacked and now will file the spar notches
same for the tip panel ribs
Ok, these look better
Fuselage sides and formers, whats Up, where do they go, get it right

DEc 14 , Getting things right

nose block and fuse pushed together
formers appear to fit this way, dry fitting clears up a lot of things. Not going to use the tray as servos have different size
more glue
doublers at Rear?
nose block lead room, a bit of a guess, I may not need it later though
rudder, top and bottom get some sheet
wing panel trailing edges, used top and bottom 1/16 sheet
wing panel ribs spar leading edge
tip panel start, rear of lower TE sheet is cut straight to start
Number 27 is not the last rib, I had to look for number 28 🙂
fine measuring , no more questions
Pins,  is that spar glued to the sheet , and yes, it is   not parallel to the rear edge. Kind of a gottcha moment here.


So are the spars in one plane or the rear edge of the d-box sheet, will have to check that out before I join the inner and outer Panels.  Long wings, you going to build joiner boxes and a Joiner

DEC 18    More Wing Panel Build, Inner Panel, with CF strips and Tow

CF strip at top and tow at bottom on inboard panel spars
lower sheet and spar, spar glued in place and then I pin it down
lower rear trailing edge , I like to bevel it before I place it on the board
here is the spacer I use between for and aft lower sheet
forward sheeting with lower spar in place
spar located and glued in place
straight edges all around, I like to draw the lower dbox sheet with spar affixed back to a straight edge before I get started with the rib placement
placing the lower sheeting, I like to use a spacer and repeat with the other side panel
one rib at a time, have a piece of aileron stock under the LE of the lower d box sheet, and that way I can glue the full lower rib edges.
making sure the lower rib edges are down flat to the board

Dec 28



I like to bevel the TE sheet before adding the ribs
the inboard lower filler sheet, a clean round and the other side is here somewhere
some pins get the two edges down tite
added some marks for the ribs here, to get them located later
left inner panel lower filler sheeting
left panel and lower inboard sheeting
more left lower sheet
upper spar in place
forward ply spar doubler

More Fuselage

Fuse formers, I have the orientation in order, and as part of the diet plan, making holes bigger
Holes cut and cleaned up
HV 6100 servos, and big holed servo tray, I am going in a different direction
still dry fitting, and the pushrods should go thru here
there’s a spare hole perhaps for a antenna guide for 72 MHZ
Root ribs from 1/8 lite ply will be added to the fuse 3 pieces each side. Longer tube and wing rod in order though
OK, this should work, but will fillet nicely once this gets glued together
the tabs and corresponding slots needed some slight clean up to slide together
canopy opening doubler fit to fuselage formers
OK, this should work
I want to round the forward bottom corners, so I have added a lower 1/4 x 1/4 fillet
All good

Fuselage Cover, really

Lower fuselage ply set , aligned with premarked centerlines, and marks on formers.
I don’t use clamps here just some weights
ply doubler for tow hook
I had previously notched the bottom corners of the formers to allow the lower corner tri to pass thru
I needed some filler here to get the top of the nose block wider to suit the width of the fuse once the balsa gets added to the side
fuse hatch frame and 1/32 ply cover
This cover turned out clean, and will need some accoutrements added later to keep it attached to the fuselage
Going to clean up the tail and get the horn for the elevator in the center of the fuselage
rear doubler for the inboard end of an inner wing panel
soon, panel join and top sheeting

More Photos

rear doubler in place, there are two actually
left panel second doubler, I added a doubler at a tine
pull wires so I can weave some thread thru later to wrap the spar buildup
wrap sheeted undersides should go better with this setup
OK, here I have some thread thru
a couple loops to get thread moving in both directions
this should do it
3 bays each with a wrap
These lines will get tied off and I will spread a bit of epoxy over the lay
I have shaped the leading edge to tie into the upperside of the lower sheeting
the upper edge of the leading edge is also shaped to a large extent before it gets glued in place
I’ll set this aside for the glue to set up
working on the tip to inner panel join
tip panel block up, and aligned over a straight line on the board
spoiler servo opening framing, will pick up the ply covers later
spoiler oping frame
spoiler opening frame
spoiler opening frames in place
spoiler and spoiler sub spar
join at tip panel
tip panel joiner doublers
prefit and ready for epoxy
I will drill a couple holes and run a CF tube between the spar fillers
this should be close
tip shape
wing tip block

On this Day

leading edge top sheet, with a sliver removed from the rear edge to get it straight
about 1/16 or so wide at the middle
here I have added a strip to the forward edge of the top sheet, to make up for the shortfall as a result of setting the sheet over the top of the LE rather then butting it up against the back
trailing edge top sheet, epoxy used at the bevel, and titebond over the ribs.
a level place over the top after will get the sheet down straight
level and weights in place over the trailing edge
pins at the forward edge where the TE meets the ribs
a closer look at the end
a fillet is added top and bottom, where the tip panel TE sheet meets the inboard panel

Feb 13

Some time later, not a big fan of balsa aft fuselage sides, especially when they are accurately laser cut. Trees move, and this balsa is no different

wing root transition 3 pieces 1/8 lite ply at each wing to fuse connection
some CF tube as a spar system for the stab
this 1/64 ply was included in the kit to use as doublers at the stab center
tubing and t nuts, needed for bolt down stab, and center re inforcing
wooden interface locks
need more blocks to secure the fin
2-56 screws up thru to get the lock in the fin
tip block holes
they are supposed to mesh with the wing openings
a bit of weight reduction as well

Mar 03

rear of canopy
magnet latch hold down
Hatch, and forward end will get filled to add meat for a better transition from the canopy
new hatch forward frame member
canopy aft, and bleeding it round into the fuse at the wing roots
Nose shape, still needs some work
here is the sum of what I have done to bolt on the tail group

Mar 17

wow, 2 weeks since I was last here, I have since added the top sheeting , added some fillets into the corners of the boom and got some more detail work done with the canopy and the hatch.

canopy forward edge where it meets the nose block
Canopy rear, as well as forward end of hatch
rear edge of hatch
wing root filler and fillet, needs to be cleaned up and sanded
underside of canopy, left right stops, and forward pin locater
Rear canopy fuse magnets as well as pin for forward edge of hatch
by rotating the pin up, pulling forward, you can release the forward edge of the hatch to remove it
pushing down at the rear of the hatch flips the canopy out
forward edge of hatch
underside of both canopy and hatch
Rear hatch hold down


May Day 2019 May 01

Final days of the Build, Paint, covering, controls, some stab work and of course sanding. I also put some effort into CG at this point, so putting the plane together is also part of the package

set up with 5 cell eneloop, this gives me an idea where to safe some weight, It’s the tail as usual
servos set at wings
looks like I still need to clean up where the wings meet the fuse
left tip panel, these one piece wings are quite long and care needs to be taken with handling especially at the trailing edge where there is no vertical filler sheet between the top and bottom sheet
inner panel, I rounded out the root filler sheet top and bottom I prefer this over square transitions
fin and rudder knock outs, this took 20% of the weight out
stab also needs some knock outs, as well as a bit of a spar after
a bit of a cardboard template will get the same knock outs on the other side
this should work
what color huum, who knows, white , yellow , violet, stripes 🙂
I transition the holes aft into the moveable part of the stab
yes, nothing exciting here, just a white vertical
The fuse after a few coats brushed on and sanded
rudder clean up, off to covering
fin also gets the white treatment
here we go
violet on the inboard
then blue, and a Yellow tip
still need to run the iron with the sock over, then I go over with the trim iron on the ribs, and more closely on the edges, then another pass with the sock on the big iron

May 05 2019

misc hardware I still need to get in place
servo tray 2 x 6100 servos here
access hatch between wing roots
stab mount, holes for screws to secure stabs, and clearance holes for 2-56 screws that secure fin to H stab
the 6100’s
underside of h stab with 2 screws 2-56 ready to go
screws secure, t- nuts in the other two holes accept the screws that come up thru the boom from the underside
pushrod exit
4 40 screws used to hold stab in place
white for H stab
violet voila
wing set

May 10 , Oly is Finished, will fly soon, stand By