OLY III 2018 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

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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
  6. Violet transparent
  7. :)


wonder about the Silver though.

white vertical fin and rudder

all white fuse and canopy


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