Min-X Pulsmite

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Min-X Pulsmite

Post by Mike_K » 04 Sep 2019, 17:01

I've been reading a lot of old RCM&E and RM on holiday (who needs a book on holiday?) and I read the original article of Dave Hughes Soarcer glider and I was surprised that the prototype was flown using GG at Ivinghoe Beacon. With the Ivinghoe Beacon Nostalgia Day rapidly approaching I thought it would be nice to have a GG Soarcer so I've decided to convert a Min-X Pulsmite to 2.4GHz and use it with a Tobe Rand LR3.


I've got two Min-X Pulsmite sets, one's immaculate, the other missing its graphics and not quite so neat and tidy. As the one without the graphics has a badly corroded PCB and can't easily be repaired, I've decided to convert that. The first problem is copying the graphics. A quick Photoshop of a photo of the "good one" has the graphics sorted. I'll use Ron's excellent method and laser print it on clear/transparent vinyl and use a quick spray of polyurethane to stop it getting damaged.


And there is the little matter of building a Soarcer. I've cheated a bit and bought a set of laser cut wing ribs from Neil at iGull and printed a set of drawings from Outerzone. So it looks like I'll be cutting some balsa this evening :P


I'll let you all know how I get on.



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Re: Min-X Pulsmite

Post by Mike_K » 06 Sep 2019, 08:45

Well, there has been a slight change in plan. Phil_G kindly pointed out that I had got my facts slightly wrong on the Soarcerer being test flown on GG, it was actually tested with a Staveley analogue set. Bugger!

I'd got it mixed up with the Veron Impala review where it was test flown with a MacGregor GG set. The good news is I already have an Impala, so last night was spent taking out the modern servo's and putting in bearers for the Tobe Rand. I've got to re-hinge the surfaces as they're still a bit stiff and then make up some balsa push-rods.

The Min-X Pulsmite transmitter is nearly finished, I just had to be patient for the polyurethane lacquer on the label to dry overnight before fitting it. Thanks again Ron for sharing your label method, I'm really pleased with the result. I've fitted the label slightly right of original so I don't touch it when holding the transmitter how I would normally hold it when flying, the labels are not as durable as the originals.

For the moment I'm using a modified version of my Arduino Nano encoder, I still need to sort out the progressive throttle, but as I don't need a throttle for the Impala, that can wait for another day.
label still on its backing
label fitted, but still to be smoothed down

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Re: Min-X Pulsmite

Post by ozrs » 06 Sep 2019, 09:26

I found this pic of a MIN X - similar but slightly different:
Min-X Pulsemite GG.JPG

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Re: Min-X Pulsmite

Post by Shaun » 06 Sep 2019, 20:34

Looking good Mike. Sounds like a plan with the Impala.


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Re: Min-X Pulsmite

Post by RON » 06 Sep 2019, 21:16

Hi Mike,

glad the decal system worked out, Looks really good

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