jonoashton

What has happened to Foamworks

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Does any one know what has happened to Foamworks??? Their web site has been down for a while. I need a new fusion. I will be super disappointed if they have gone out of business. The fusion has been my "go to" foamie for the last 10 years

 

Jono 

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Bad news I'm afraid chaps - Foamworks shut down a few months back. Leon sold his foam cutter and is selling the remaining stock on TradeMe: http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=3138364

No Fusions unfortunately - will be a collectors item now I guess, although it wouldn't be too hard to replicate.

Watts Up is for sale and the FlightRC dude had to get another job to pay the bills - tough times.

  

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That's not good at all. The Fusion was my go to foamie for years. There is nothing on the market that is close to as good.

 

Has anyone got an un built kit that they would like to sell ??

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I was looking for a replacement and now with the international shipping it is pretty expensive so I was thinking that we will have to make our own "go to" sloper. Does anyone know where to buy epp from ?? Foamworks was the best place :-(.

 

I guess that the model shops closing is the price we pay for getting cheap RC stuff on the internet. 

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I imagine getting epp sheets probably won't be too hard. From what I understand,cutting epp is much harder than blue/Green foam.


If we were to be making our own go to sloper, then something along the lines of a reaper would be the way to go. Bee type Chevron even easier.

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I was thinking about a replacement for the fusion, rather than a completely different model. It is easy enough to get a bee from Windrider at a good price if I need a chevron 

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true. Im sure we could come up with something at least as good as the fusion.

Does Dave's cutter do EPP?

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Just an update on WattsUp. The business and website has been purchased by John Danks (JR Airsail) and will continue as an electric focused RC hobby shop. It will have a physical presence at the JR Airsail shop in Pukekawa.

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Unsure on that - in the short term anyway they have customised the website and added a new range of models.

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Hi guys just to let you know I purchased the cnc gear from Leon I have 20 years rc slope flying but very little computer skills my brother has no rc experience but is a genius with programming so between us we are 80% through getting the system up and running with the latest software so it will be easy for everyone. My friend re designed the fusion v2 so we will be up and running soon banging out Fusions as yes it would be a shame to see the Fusion die and the gear has just been sitting around with me thinking there is no one wanting them anymore that was until I read this so bare with us for a bit my bro and I are waiting on parts in the mail at the moment then we will make a few trial short kits then away we go. Thanks guys happy flying 

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likewise, that is great news.  I'll also take one when you are ready.  Any plans to do any other epp models?

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sweet! sounds awesome. Any chance of you doing other models? I was thinking something similar (10% different to) to a Reaper. Something like a Reaper but with a slightly bigger root chord to get the thickness of the wing up a little for strength.

 

PS - Happy for you to advertise your services/products on this site - PM and lets see what we can arrange.

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Hi guys wow thanks for the support and private messages I honestly purchased the machine for my personal use but then thought it seems selfish of me to have unlimited fusions all for myself I have all the original foamworks files and plan on making a few more I have a great plank foil that gives my jw a run for its money so please be patient the parts for the new system are in transit as I type then probably a few weeks of head scratching then hope to be up and running . In a perfect world March sometime. Cheers guys 

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Too cool! i thought the days of locally cut EPP were dead and we were all worse off for it. Im looking forward to seeing your offerings! If you want some design ideas or just need someone to bounce ideas off etc for high-speed DS ships then i can help out.

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Glad to hear that monster of a foam cutter will get used again!!

 

Still got a good source of EPP from Leon?

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how is the foam cutter coming along ???? I am heading to Aussie for a slope fest in september and I would love to build a new one for the event

thanks

Jono

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Hi from South Dakota USA. New Zealand sounds like the place to be for slope soaring and good company to do it.  I just got started in RC last year - have a Radian and a nitro trainer that a club member is teaching me on.  Soloed late last Fall and weather on weekends haven't been cooperating much this spring...unless one had a glider that didn't mind wind.  We have lots of hills and wind on a lot of days so was going to try slope soaring and was told to get a foamy - came across the FoamWorks Fusion V2 and can't stop looking at all the great posts/pic/vids.  If someone isn't going to make this plane again, how hard would it be to scratch build?  I'd buy one if I could, but it almost looks like it wouldn't be a terrible to make - you guys have already given out most of the great tips on the build.  I think I just need dimensions on the tail feathers, the height of the fuselage ( 32.5" long by about 2.5" wide I believe), but how "tall/deep" is the body at its "deepest" point.  And about what is the included angle of the V-tail.  Is this a ridiculous thing to think about trying?  I think I'd just have the wings made by a company here in the US - they are E374 airfoils with a cord of about 7.5" and some taper to the tips if I'm not mistaken.  I'd love to try it - the worst I can do is have some interesting looking garbage.  Does anyone know if the plans/drawings are published anywhere?  Thanks all.  Hope you don't mind me using inches instead of mm/cm.

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Hi Darren - welcome to the site. Im sure you could make something fairly close pretty easily. I could get some basic measurements if you like from mine.

It may be best to contact JohnFlys as he has got the design, the tooling and foam-cutter etc from the original manufacturer.

 

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Hi taurineman

Thanks for the welcome and quick response.  I just posted to JohnFlys directly, so thanks for that lead as well.  I'll wait to see if I get a reply before making you take up your time.  Congrats on the space launch...just saw some news on New Zealand getting into the rocket making/launching business.  Hope it makes money and doesn't cost the tax payers - got the impression it might be a government sponsored thing, maybe it's not.  Hope the weather (I assume it is starting to get cold down there and short days - maybe the ocean moderates things...huh, 6am on Friday right now and it's Thursday noon for me, cool) and flying is good - talk more later.

Darren

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