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Old Nov 27, 2013, 09:02 PM
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Fiat CR-32 from Manzano

So I'm starting my first build log of a Fiat CR-32 from Manzano and inspired by the build thread by Bill Bradley. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1326207

The kit included lots or laser cut parts and 4 pages of plans but minimal written instructions. If anyone has experience building this kit, their input would be much appreciated

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Old Nov 30, 2013, 01:21 AM
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Some pictures of latest progress. If anyone has thoughts about the need for the battery tray in the fuselage (see last photo) please comment. I'm thinking it isn't necessary given the revised battery tray is located in combination with the motor mount.

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Hey David,

Nice start on what looks like a nice kit.

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Some pictures of latest progress. If anyone has thoughts about the need for the battery tray in the fuselage (see last photo) please comment. I'm thinking it isn't necessary given the revised battery tray is located in combination with the motor mount.

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Does the battery load from behind or is it permanently installed. It seem there would be a hatch at the point it shows the floor?

Edit: It looks like the cockpit is the hatch, The floor may be necessary to slide the battery to the front?
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Old Nov 30, 2013, 11:18 AM
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I think you are right about the battery floor being a continuation of the tray under the motor mount. On the other hand, if the battery is loaded through the cockpit hatch, that's a long distance to place the battery. Have to think this through before I seal up the fuselage.

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Battery Floor

Dave, when you install the battery floor make sure the front edge is even with the engine mount floor. Only reason for this floor is to make the battery slide smooth to the full front position. It also stiffens the lower fuselage for that goofy landing gear spear.

Really looking good....

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Thanks for the clarification Bill. And, it's possible to slide the battery all the way to the front from the cockpit? Thanks.

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This website has some nice camo schemes for the CR-32.

http://www.silverwings.pl/edc_media/...instrukcja.pdf
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I have finished adding the stringers and gear box/battery box to the fuselage. I'm still not certain about the how practical it will be to load the battery through the hatch. Will open up the front of the battery box to give me the option of loading the battery by removing the cowl.

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I'm still not certain about the how practical it will be to load the battery through the hatch. Will open up the front of the battery box to give me the option of loading the battery by removing the cowl.

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I made a hatch right behind the cowl and load from the front. Different design though. Just a thought....

Edit: Looking at the girth of the tail of your model it may be necessary to have the battery forward the motor to avoid 4 oz. of lead in the front. Once I replaced the motor on mine from the 2228 to a 3010 I only needed 1.25 oz. of counter balance.
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Wow, nice build. How big is that model? Who kitted it? The forward hatch makes sense. On my kit, the hatch would need to come from below, or taking off the cowl, or possibly the bottom half of the cowl.

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Wow, nice build. How big is that model? Who kitted it? The forward hatch makes sense. On my kit, the hatch would need to come from below, or taking off the cowl, or possibly the bottom half of the cowl.

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Scratch built. Designed by Ruggero Pantini. Here is my build log...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1830594
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