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Anyone here not like the powerpod design?

KingWookie

Junior Member
#1
Hi Everyone,

Right now I'm working on building an FT Scout from the speed build kit. I was really impressed with the kit overall but one thing I don't like about the FT designs are the powerpods. I can never seem to get them to be mounted stably. When I put my PP in the plane with the bbq skewers there is some slop that allows the PP to move up and down. I'd Like to avoid the PP all together but I'm not sure how best to mount something to the plane. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've been thinking about just hot gluing a wooden firewall to the front of the plane. Doing this would move the motor further out and I'm not sure how this would impact flight performance.

I attached some pictures of my idea so hopefully this makes what I'm trying to do clearer. The first image is the shape I would cut out of plywood and hot glue to the plane. The second picture is with the PP inserted but it's pulled out to where it would be mounted using the plywood. It's probably pulled out an inch or two more than the original design intended.

What do you guys think?

Thank you!
 

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TEAJR66

Flite is good
Mentor
#2
I don’t always use the power pod as swappable. If you are willing to dedicate to a fixed firewall, cut the pod down to a size you like and glue it in.

One thing to consider, now that swappable is not a desire, build the pod upside down. Now when you glue it in, you have two larger flat surfaces to glue together. This will also open up some room in the nose and keep the ESC easily accessible.
 

KingWookie

Junior Member
#3
I don’t always use the power pod as swappable. If you are willing to dedicate to a fixed firewall, cut the pod down to a size you like and glue it in.

One thing to consider, now that swappable is not a desire, build the pod upside down. Now when you glue it in, you have two larger flat surfaces to glue together. This will also open up some room in the nose and keep the ESC easily accessible.
Oh yeah that's a good idea! I'll look into that.
 

Chuppster

Well-known member
#4
For the slop issue, you can drill holes in old credit cards or hotel room keys the size of a skewer and glue them up next to skewer holes. This also keeps the holes from "growing" over time.

I'm not a huge fan of the pod in all designs, but they have a huge benefit in that most nose-in crashes result in the firewall being ripped off. That is really easy to fix when you can just pull off the power pod and build a new one or fix the old one. Drastically cuts down on repair time. However, if you aren't prone to crashing this benefit is negated.

I use the power pod on the Cub (it fits very snugly so there's no slop anyway) but I cut, flipped, and glued down the power pod on my Baby Blender to make changing the battery a lot easier. If the power pod annoys me I just brainstorm a few ideas on how to do it better and if one sticks I go with it.