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Old Nov 06, 2012, 12:41 PM
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Cheers for the Advice..... again! :-)

In the first picture you can taper the thickness of the fuselage side foam to improve airflow to the prop..
Agreed, I will do this

Also use some 3/32 or 2 mm balsa and sheet in the bottom area under the motor to improve airflow. If you make the profile of this area curved to avoid the sharp change of direction in the airflow it will reduce prop noise. Look at pic 4859 and make the bottom of fuse curve up to the prop.
I'll do my best with this, i could possibly use a foam block

Also you can shape the trailing edge to provide a cutout for the propeller as done on the RiteWing flying wings. See
I'll cut the TE of the wing out to make more room for the prop, How bigger gap do you recommend from prop to trailing edge?

By relocating the LG by 2.5 inches the CG should be very close. Measure from the target CG position of the plane to the approx center of mass of the LG as it is now. Multiply the distance by the weight of the LG. Write the number down.

Then multiply the distance of the new location of the LG to the target CG by the weight of the LG. Write this 2nd number down.

What you now have are a torque arm calculation for the current position and new position of the LG. The difference between these two numbers is the inch oz or gram centimeters of torque change, caused by moving the LG. Knowing this number you can test the effect of the relocation.

To test this without moving the existing LG, you calculate what weigh placed ahead of the planned CG has the same effect. So I will assume you have a number of 100. That is 10 oz at 10 inches or 5 oz at 20 inches.

Next place weights on the nose of the plane to get the plane CG where you want it. Measure the distance from this weight to the target CG position. Multiply by the weight. In my example, if this number is more than 100, moving the LG will not be enough to get the CG correct. If this number is less than 100, then moving the LG will probably get you close to the CG. Then the battery or other equipment can adjust the CG to the final position.

What you have effectively done is the old school yard teeter totter calculation. Heavy person short distance, light person long distance. By calculating the existing versus the target you can get a pretty close approximation.

If this process is old hat to you, I apologize. If not try it out and see what you get. It is the process I use for equipment relocation.
This process looks good, I am going to need the weight of the LG in order to do it. I do have approximate weights, but dont know how heavy the glue, ply and screws are that the LG bolts onto, i'm guessing total weight of rear LG is around 290g.

Cheers for the advice, Iwill be doing the mods on thursday evening as well as replacing alloy booms with lighter carbon booms.
Had some annoying news today, Sheffield insulations refunded me the money i paid for a single sheet of bluecor styro foam, as apparent they arent able to get single sheets of dow floormate any more. I'm going to try b and q , knauf spaceboard next, failing that, i'll use EPS Polystyrene again, I may reduce temp on hot wire to get a smoother cut, and cut slower.

I'll follow Thursdays work with an update ....

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