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125ish% FT Commuter build thread

#21
@Mid7night
I guess so, but the “fit” part seems a tad hard. My fuse is 120% and I’m having a hard time getting the 2200 mah to fit in.
On another note, I got the rudder and elevator pushrods finished. The center sections are carbon fiber rods, with normal metal pushrods at the end. The joints are CA glue with heat shrink tubing around them. Made progress on the fuselage too. I’m one slow builder.
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#22
Fuse finally looks like a real plane, yay! Some pics:
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Some isssues, though: as you can see, the joints on the nose are kinda unneat. The tape hides it a bit, but it still looks pretty bad IMO. I think I’ll cover the nose, tips of the wings, and the rudder with packing tape for a paint job, to help orientation, and to cover the joints a bit better. Another thing: the original power pod was 3mm off in each direction because I forgot to account for the reduced thickness of the power pod support, so I had to design a new one:
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It turned out fine, but I’m still using only two dowels to secure it against the plane. Should that be enough, or should I add a third one?
 
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#24
The fuselage is finally done, along with the tail too. The rudder has a dowel hotglued to the lower side to counteract flex, and there is a cf tube going through the horizontal stabiliser. Servos are in too, but the rudder and elevator channels need to be reversed. Build is going really well.
 

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#25
I didn’t have a servo Y plug, so I made one out of some jumper cables I had lying around. The joints are covered with heat shrink, and there is electrical tape around wires in the same section to keep it neat. Let’s hope it doesn’t fail in mid-flight or even on the ground-the solder joints are seriously iffy, even though it worked right now when I tested it.
On another note, only 3 of the 5 mg90 servos I’m ordered are working. Is this normal?
 

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#26
I didn’t have a servo Y plug, so I made one out of some jumper cables I had lying around. The joints are covered with heat shrink, and there is electrical tape around wires in the same section to keep it neat. Let’s hope it doesn’t fail in mid-flight or even on the ground-the solder joints are seriously iffy, even though it worked right now when I tested it.
On another note, only 3 of the 5 mg90 servos I’m ordered are working. Is this normal?
no it's not normal i say send them back and get a replacement or refund
 
#27
I didn’t have a servo Y plug, so I made one out of some jumper cables I had lying around. The joints are covered with heat shrink, and there is electrical tape around wires in the same section to keep it neat. Let’s hope it doesn’t fail in mid-flight or even on the ground-the solder joints are seriously iffy, even though it worked right now when I tested it.
On another note, only 3 of the 5 mg90 servos I’m ordered are working. Is this normal?
yea those wires in those cables are super thin....
 
#28
Fuse finally looks like a real plane, yay! Some pics:
View attachment 183828 View attachment 183829 View attachment 183830 Some isssues, though: as you can see, the joints on the nose are kinda unneat. The tape hides it a bit, but it still looks pretty bad IMO. I think I’ll cover the nose, tips of the wings, and the rudder with packing tape for a paint job, to help orientation, and to cover the joints a bit better. Another thing: the original power pod was 3mm off in each direction because I forgot to account for the reduced thickness of the power pod support, so I had to design a new one:
View attachment 183831 It turned out fine, but I’m still using only two dowels to secure it against the plane. Should that be enough, or should I add a third one?
get a piece of sand paper and sand those edges and joins nice and smooth it looks really good that way