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#1 Rat Brother 1 Feb 13, 2012 05:53 PM

SebArt Pilatus PC-21
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Getting all the parts together for this beautiful airframe.

Motor: Hacker A50-14S V2 Outrunner 425kV
ESC: Hacker X-70-SB-PRO
Battery: Thunder Power 5S-4400mAh 25C
Prop: APC 16x12E
Servos: Hitec HS-5496MH HV Digital (all around)
Retracts: E-flite 25-46 tricycle, SebArt stock struts
Pilots: (2) Pete's Pilots 1/9 scale jet bust

#2 Rat Brother 1 Feb 14, 2012 03:28 PM

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Ailerons installed. Manual says to use medium CA but I used thin as I feel it makes for a stronger bond and does not clump up at hinge center where I want easy flexing. Horns installed with medium CA per instructions. Servos centered and rubber grommets installed with brass sleeves flat side down. After screwing down I unscrewed them and added thin CA to the wood to give added strength.

#3 Rat Brother 1 Feb 14, 2012 03:58 PM

Step 014
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The hardware kit comes with 8 small washers. The assembly manual doesn't indicate where they go but I'm using them against the control horn as shown. Once tightened down I'll drop a dab of medium CA onto the nut to keep it in place.

#4 Rat Brother 1 Feb 16, 2012 02:08 PM

Installing E-flite 25 - 46 Electric Retracts - mains
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Installation was pretty straight forward with just a few modifications to mounting pocket and strut. :)

#5 Rat Brother 1 Feb 16, 2012 02:14 PM

Installing E-flite 25 - 46 Electric Retracts - mains completed
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These should offer trouble-free landings. :rolleyes: Well worth the added effort!

#6 Rat Brother 1 Feb 19, 2012 09:03 PM

Nosegear Install - retract comparison
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The nosegear retract supplied with the kit mounts from the bottom whereas the E-flite retract mounts from the top. In addition the E-flite is considerable larger. I have spent the better part of the day cutting and trimming the existing mount to fit the E-flite retract. I'll post photos of the the modifications to the pocket and new mounting rails in a day or two.

#7 Rat Brother 1 Feb 20, 2012 06:55 PM

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Retract weight data.

#8 Rat Brother 1 Feb 21, 2012 04:36 PM

Nosegear Install - modifying the pocket
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Tools required:
X-ACTO knife with No. 11 blade and sawtooth blade
Dremel with No. 420 cut-off wheel and chipper bit
Small modelers wood chisel

This was pretty much a learn-as-you-go procedure. Lots of test fitting and 'is this gonna work?' moments. :confused:

#9 bruff Feb 21, 2012 10:05 PM

Looks great! Just finished mine, White and blue version. Should be flying it any day now.

#10 Rat Brother 1 Feb 22, 2012 04:23 PM

Thanks Bob. It was a toss up between the blue and white or the red and white as both color schemes look fantastic on this airframe. My final choice was more of 'keep it in the family' as my fleet is predominately red and white.

Good luck with your maiden flight!


#11 Rat Brother 1 Feb 25, 2012 02:49 PM

Nosegear Install - continued
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After much trial and error I feel that I'm nearing completion on this phase of the build :)

Before testing your servo to steering arm connection I strongly suggest that you set up a mix for the nosegear servo. This will cut power to the servo when the landing gear is up. Set up as follows.

I'm using a Spektrum DX7s transmitter.

Mix 1
Rate: 100%
Offset: 0%
Trim: Inh
Sw: Gear0

#12 Rat Brother 1 Feb 26, 2012 02:18 PM

Nosegear Install - completed
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Took longer than I had hoped but satisfied with the results.

#13 Rat Brother 1 Feb 27, 2012 03:30 PM

Vertical Stabilizer and Rudder
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Straightforward per the assembly manual.

#14 Rat Brother 1 Feb 27, 2012 03:57 PM

Reinforce the bridge between the two elevator parts
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I saw this done on another build thread and... 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.

#15 Rat Brother 1 Mar 01, 2012 12:50 PM

Elevator install
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Installing the stock hinges did not go well. :censored: One of the hinges nearest to the fuselage got hung up and just would not go in completely leaving me with a uneven gap. CA can be very unforgiving. I let it dry overnight and cut and trimmed the hinges flush with the surface and made new slots for Du-Bro small nylon pin hinges No. 118. Test fit them to make sure they would seat properly; had to trim back part of the hinge to get it into the stabilizer section before mixing up some 30 min. epoxy. Tip: before using epoxy on pin hinges bush a little Vaseline on the pin hinge portion and melt it with a heat gun to prevent the epoxy from getting into the hinge area and binding up the hinge.

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