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Ft commuter maiden and semi-removeable wing mod for top loading battery

The Hangar

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#1
I just finished my commuter and maidened it today! I rigged up a hat cam so if the video turns out, I’ll be posting it. I was worried about not having enough power on 2s since I was flying pretty heavy with 9 grams servos and a 1500 mah 2s BUT I ended up cruising at only 1/3 throttle! It was great. I am using an 1808 v-spec motor (hobbyking) and a 9/5 prop I trimmed to like 5-6 inches. It’s a fun plane! To the removable wing part now... I made a tape hinge in the back with the back windshield, and then added bbq skewers for the rubber bands. This allows easier access to electronics and a top-mounting battery so I can fit my oversized 1500 mah 2s batteries😂. I also added two guides to my wing so I got the same line up every time. What a fun plane!
 

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BATTLEAXE

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#2
I just finished my commuter and maidened it today! I rigged up a hat cam so if the video turns out, I’ll be posting it. I was worried about not having enough power on 2s since I was flying pretty heavy with 9 grams servos and a 1500 mah 2s BUT I ended up cruising at only 1/3 throttle! It was great. I am using an 1808 v-spec motor (hobbyking) and a 9/5 prop I trimmed to like 5-6 inches. It’s a fun plane! To the removable wing part now... I made a tape hinge in the back with the back windshield, and then added bbq skewers for the rubber bands. This allows easier access to electronics and a top-mounting battery so I can fit my oversized 1500 mah 2s batteries😂. I also added two guides to my wing so I got the same line up every time. What a fun plane!
Is the wing glued down in the original plans I can't remember? I like the alternate battery location though on the high wing planes. The Shrubsmacker is the same where the battery fits into the fuse not under the motor. Man i miss my Shrubby
 

The Hangar

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#3
Is the wing glued down in the original plans I can't remember? I like the alternate battery location though on the high wing planes. The Shrubsmacker is the same where the battery fits into the fuse not under the motor. Man i miss my Shrubby
Yeah, the wing is supposed to be glued. One downside to the way I did it was that it is more difficult to add struts. I’ll see if I can add them somehow with removable ends. If it’s too hard, it’s fine since they’re there really only for looks. It is a nice battery location.
 

kilroy07

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#6
I just finished my commuter and maidened it today! I rigged up a hat cam so if the video turns out, I’ll be posting it. I was worried about not having enough power on 2s since I was flying pretty heavy with 9 grams servos and a 1500 mah 2s BUT I ended up cruising at only 1/3 throttle! It was great. I am using an 1808 v-spec motor (hobbyking) and a 9/5 prop I trimmed to like 5-6 inches. It’s a fun plane! To the removable wing part now... I made a tape hinge in the back with the back windshield, and then added bbq skewers for the rubber bands. This allows easier access to electronics and a top-mounting battery so I can fit my oversized 1500 mah 2s batteries😂. I also added two guides to my wing so I got the same line up every time. What a fun plane!
Cool, I’ve been waiting to try one of these. I built Ben’s viper (F-16) and it flew great!
I think I’ll have to scale it up a bit though.

You could try skewers for the struts.
Have them a bit longer than the distance needed, then punch a hole, put some hot glue in the hole and immediately use a spare skewer pushed in swirled around and removed. That “should “ make a nice socket for the struts. Might want to try it out first. The wing clamping down should hold it just fine. Straws might be another option.
 

The Hangar

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#7
Cool, I’ve been waiting to try one of these. I built Ben’s viper (F-16) and it flew great!
I think I’ll have to scale it up a bit though.

You could try skewers for the struts.
Have them a bit longer than the distance needed, then punch a hole, put some hot glue in the hole and immediately use a spare skewer pushed in swirled around and removed. That “should “ make a nice socket for the struts. Might want to try it out first. The wing clamping down should hold it just fine. Straws might be another option.
I’ll give that a shot!
 

The Hangar

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#8
A 1500 2s! What kind of flight times do you get?
Haven’t gotten a whole pack through her yet! But I’m guessing the speed I was going, I’ll probably be getting 30 min. off of it! I have three of those batteries... twice when I landed, I my motor mount came unglued since my trimmed prop it pretty much indestructible and has no give in it. One of those times my firewall actually broke so @BATTLEAXE I'll definitely be adding the landing gear to keep the prop from hitting the ground upon landing.
 

BATTLEAXE

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#12
Haha - you noticed😂
That is classic man, I love it! Lego is the greatest invention since sliced bread. I still build Lego from time to time, (Technic series). I got my daughter hooked on it a long time ago and I help the boys with theirs all the time.

What's your paint scheme going to be?