Re: Quickie Q1 Canard and wing foam cut

Robert Cringely

It seems to be working fine for me:

On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 11:04 AM Rob de Bie <robdebie@...> wrote:
Bob, when you mentioned flax fibers I peaked my ears! I've worked a bit with flax composites some 15
years ago. Is the material mature enough to use in an aircraft? I remember problems like no suitable
sizings being available to optimize fiber-resin adhesion, moisture content during curing leading to
degraded resin adhesion & quality, and moisture absorption during use leading to lower properties.
Sounded to me like it would a lot more development before it would be safe to fly. But it was 15
years ago.

I also remember reading in an eighties issue of 'Homebuilt aircraft' magazine that hot-wet test
specimens could be good indicator of the longer-term quality of the fiber-resin adhesion. Sounded
reasonable to me.


On 16 Sep 2021 17:39, Robert Cringely wrote:
> Thanks! I’m using a no-name 680cc aluminum air-cooled V2 diesel to which I am adding a tiny
> turbocharger and intercooler. What’s changed since you looked is probably direct injection. Engine
> weight is around 50kg. I’m adding a belt drive from Ace Redrives in India. It’s 1:1 because I don’t
> need a slower prop but I do need to raise the thrust line and to isolate the prop loads from the
> mystery metal Chinese crankshaft. I’m probably a year from flying, by which time I will have
> replaced most of the airframe with vacuum-bagged pre-preg. It’s not carbon or glass — it’s flax
> fiber, which fits right between e-glass and s-glass in performance, with a little Coremat added for
> stiffness.
> Bob
> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 8:16 AM Hot Wings via <> <
> <>> wrote:
>     What diesel engine are you considering?  I looked at the V-twin Chinese diesels more than a
>     decade ago and discarded the idea as not practical.
>     There are some interesting marine 2 stroke diesel development projects nearing market
>     introduction that may provide some of us with a 100LL option.
>     Look up Alan Thayer (sp) in the archives.  He had an LS-1 canard designed using Graphlite
>     rods.Attached is a *.ZIP file of some of his work.  Graphlite is no longer a practical source of
>     carbon rods for us as they are quite unwilling to sell rolled lengths of material.  The Chinese
>     suppliers are willing and at a considerable savings in cost.  Preliminary tests have indicated
>     the quality/strength is as good as the US sourced material.

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