OK, after a looong wait for stuff to arrive from Hobbycity, finally they are here. All the electronics arrived te other day and I started progressing with this build again.
Here's what I've done so far.
- Servos placed (not yet screwed)
- All pushrods and connections are made
- Elevator + Rudder servo tray moved forward
- Firewall cut and reconfigured
- Battery hatch cut underside of the cowling
- Motor mounted and adjusted
- Battery tray prepared ready for installation
- Esc + Bec + Motor connections made
- Stickers applied
Still has some work do be done though:
- Battery tray has to be epoxied in place
- Retracts have to be installed and adjusted
- Servos need to be fixed into place
- Belly pan and air scoop have to be mounted
- Holes in the cowling need to be cut for airflow over the motor
The model currently weighs 2580g (5.7 lb). When all is done she should be a tad under 6 lb. As is, she balances perfectly.
I've tried the motor with various props (11x8.5 ; 12x6 ; 12x8 either APC or EMP) I am getting between 580 - 840 watts with 38-58 amps, depending on which setup I use. The motor is rated for 50-55 amps bursts. So I want to stay at around 650-700 watts with 40-45 amps.
A setup of this sort should provide more than 100 watts per pound, around 60mph speed and 0.8:1 thrust to weight. She won't be a power house but should fly fairly well.
Here are some photos of the progress