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Old Mar 28, 2010, 11:15 AM
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Len,
You're the primary reason for posting this so use at will. There are any number of ways to "skin a cat" so use what you can and improve as well. I think I'm the first builder at this point so I'm just trying share some initial experiences and observations.
I agree about the stab elevator servo locations but several of Hempel's planes seem to share this. It actually gives a pretty good mechanical advantage to make use of the max servo travel by using a relatively short servo arm and longer stab horn to make the servo travel further in its arc to achieve enough surface throw.
I, too, questioned the stab attach plates as an afterthought but reconsidered when I thought about the relatively thin, soft balsa plate with corresponding short stab tube sockets as the only hold downs at the root. I plan to use the screws.
More to come.
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