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Archive for April, 2009
Posted by jpgcag | Apr 10, 2009 @ 01:32 PM | 2,455 Views
Finally after getting all my parts together I've begun the assembly process. I decided to use gyros for pitch and roll/yaw to give me the most stable platform for FPV. I'm using the Range Video 900-500 system together with his On Screen Display module.

I decided that since I was going to have a ton of components in the front compartment that I should cut in a hatch on the bottom of the plane to take advantage of the two unused cavities that are there. I'm using a Micro Dan motor & mount. So I'm putting the ESC in the furthest rearward compartment. In the next one forward I'm putting in the Hitec receiver together with the gyros. The battery, plus the OSD module and the power distribution board will be up front. I'm guessing that the CG should be fine without having to add weight.

Right now I'm waiting for the paint to dry on the elevator and the wings. I didn't like the gray color, so I'm painting the wings white. I learned from my first paint job that its VERY IMPORTANT to wipe the surfaces down with denatured alcohol to remove any lingering form release which will not let the paint adhere the foam. This time I also put on two light coats of primer first. I then sanded the surfaces with 400 grit paper to make them smooth. Then two coats of color are put on. I'm using Krylon white H2O primer and Krylon white H20 enamel. They say on the can that its low oder paint, but don't believe it. I had to paint outdoors to keep from breathing the fumes.
More tomorrow.....