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Old Jun 21, 2015, 08:50 PM
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Just wanted to say Lee has provided great customer service in trouble shooting my build. After months i was finally able to get it up in the air thanks to his help!

If you're thinking about buying one of his kits do it!
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Old Jun 24, 2015, 07:24 AM
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I know its sounds pedantic but when you stick the pod into the fuselage, instructions say angle it to the front left of the fuselage, is that a line through the center of the pod or do you put a ruler along the left side of the pod and angle it so the ruler is in line with that corner? Sounds daft but makes fair bit of difference to the angle.

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Old Jun 27, 2015, 01:23 PM
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I know its sounds pedantic but when you stick the pod into the fuselage, instructions say angle it to the front left of the fuselage, is that a line through the center of the pod or do you put a ruler along the left side of the pod and angle it so the ruler is in line with that corner? Sounds daft but makes fair bit of difference to the angle. Tanks. Dave.
Dead center on the pod to the left front corner of the fuselage with the motor parallel to the fuselage. This is to counter act the prop torque that is created with the elevated motor and turning of the propeller. The goal is to have the plane fly the same under power and while gliding without a change of trim.

When the motor is on the nose it is pointed down and to the right because the motor is below the center of rotation of the plane.
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Old Jun 27, 2015, 02:37 PM
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Thanks Lee.
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Old Jun 28, 2015, 02:10 PM
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Hi did a maiden flight today with poly wing pod mount albatross.
It keeps dropping the right wing and turning right. I didn't see
Any mention in instructions to angle pod to the left mine is
Pretty square with fuse do I need to shim motor mount to left?
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Old Jun 28, 2015, 04:34 PM
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Hi did a maiden flight today with poly wing pod mount albatross.
It keeps dropping the right wing and turning right. I didn't see
Any mention in instructions to angle pod to the left mine is
Pretty square with fuse do I need to shim motor mount to left?
Either file the pod to get an angle to the left or shim the motor.
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Old Jun 28, 2015, 04:39 PM
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This is a lot of tape but a great price without shipping charge. These are 50 meter rolls!!! This is about 1/3 the usual price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291478312167...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old Jun 28, 2015, 05:40 PM
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Lee, isn't that 8950 tape just single glass reinforced rather than the bi-directional 8959? I think that ebay item has the wrong picture?
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Old Jun 28, 2015, 07:00 PM
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I didn't think of angling the pod (which is what I'd do next time) and shimmed my motor. I'm not sure if it's quite angled enough or not (I can't check until the new one goes on), but the throttle didn't change the trim much. IIRC the shim is a piece of flat toothpick between the mount and pod, you might see how that works for you.
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Old Jun 28, 2015, 07:08 PM
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I think I want to reduce the number of rubber bands I use--we've been fairly nice to the plane, but we've had a couple of nasty wingtip strikes that skewed the wing far enough to make the rubber bands tear up the foam a bit. I used more bands to counteract that, but it started bowing the body. Six may be too many and eight is definitely bad, so I want to find a different solution.

I might try the protective goop trick, but is there any reason I should not put strips of leftover foam on the underside of the wing along the fuselage? Seems like that would let me drop to, say, four bands without making the wing too prone to moving around.

The nastier crashes were actually with another pilot at the controls, but it led to him buying an Albatross kit of his own so in the grand scheme of things maybe it was worth it.
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Old Jun 29, 2015, 12:01 AM
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Lee, isn't that 8950 tape just single glass reinforced rather than the bi-directional 8959? I think that ebay item has the wrong picture?
You are correct looking at another source. Take note everyone. The picture is wrong!!!
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I think I want to reduce the number of rubber bands I use--we've been fairly nice to the plane, but we've had a couple of nasty wingtip strikes that skewed the wing far enough to make the rubber bands tear up the foam a bit. I used more bands to counteract that, but it started bowing the body. Six may be too many and eight is definitely bad, so I want to find a different solution.

I might try the protective goop trick, but is there any reason I should not put strips of leftover foam on the underside of the wing along the fuselage? Seems like that would let me drop to, say, four bands without making the wing too prone to moving around.
I only use 4 bands--two straight, and then two crossed. Works great--i've never noticed any shifting/lifting of the wing. Not sure why you'd use 8? even 6 seems overkill.

One time I only had 2 bands and just did a cross--worked fine (but definitely not wise!).
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I only use 4 bands--two straight, and then two crossed. Works great--i've never noticed any shifting/lifting of the wing. Not sure why you'd use 8? even 6 seems overkill.

One time I only had 2 bands and just did a cross--worked fine (but definitely not wise!).
I always say use one more than you need.
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I always say use one more than you need.
And replace them more often than you think you need! I find the durability of rubber bands can be shockingly poor.. Sometimes they just don't last. I'm sure that heat and UV don't help things either. Also, living in a country that is a huge producer of rubber, I can tell you that the quality of rubber can vary dramatically!

Certainly not a part that is fun to see fail....
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To keep my wing from shifting, I put 2 small pieces of 200 grit sandpaper on the fuselage and matched them up with 2 pieces on the underside of the wing. It added enough friction that it keeps the wing from shifting unless I hit the ground pretty hard. I usually use 4 rubber bands.
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