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Old Sep 01, 2015, 02:30 PM
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Nice work! The fuselage looks very smooth. And the landing gear struts looks perfect. I want a pair of those, they would fit my MD-87 perfect. Did you by them from Hobby King?
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Old Sep 01, 2015, 05:32 PM
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Thanks...

Yes I did... Got lucky on the length, they came out about right, about 1.5 inches ground clearance on the props.

I also bought the retracts from HK after the ChangeSuns didn't work. They are very nice.
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Old Sep 03, 2015, 07:33 PM
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I am consistently amazed with the size of airplanes that can be flown with such tiny motors.

Save me a front row seat for the maiden.
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Old Sep 04, 2015, 06:11 AM
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Yep, a 9x3 prop on 3S with this motor produces roughly 28 ounces of thrust. X2 gives me 56, auw will be approximately 72 ounces. Actual power measured at 71 watts per pound with not so optimal batteries, she should be scale like with max speed of 48 knots. A bit over scale power-wise, with enough to get back from downwind situations. I have a trainer that came in at 65 watts, she isn't fast but can get back to you.

With electrics the way they are I probably won't mess with any gassers.
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Yep, a 9x3 prop on 3S with this motor produces roughly 28 ounces of thrust. X2 gives me 56, auw will be approximately 72 ounces. Actual power measured at 71 watts per pound with not so optimal batteries, she should be scale like with max speed of 48 knots. A bit over scale power-wise, with enough to get back from downwind situations. I have a trainer that came in at 65 watts, she isn't fast but can get back to you.

With electrics the way they are I probably won't mess with any gassers.
She's light, and you've given her plenty of power to spare Kev!

Looking superb!
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Old Oct 10, 2015, 01:15 PM
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Slooow progress...

One of my flying buddies used his 3D printer to print out the proper size nose gear fork. Getting something the proper size kept running into dead ends unless I put out lots of money. The first one isn't quite right with the attachment point to the strut, so he is printing me another.

Now that I have the nose gear fork, I can retract the gear and then measure up to complete the cockpit area. The nose will stretch out a bit from scale, hope it still looks OK and doesn't affect the flying characteristics.
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Slooow progress...

One of my flying buddies used his 3D printer to print out the proper size nose gear fork. Getting something the proper size kept running into dead ends unless I put out lots of money. The first one isn't quite right with the attachment point to the strut, so he is printing me another.

Now that I have the nose gear fork, I can retract the gear and then measure up to complete the cockpit area. The nose will stretch out a bit from scale, hope it still looks OK and doesn't affect the flying characteristics.
Love your 404's nosegear Kev! Looking great!
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Bump...

OK, bumping the thread...

Not a lot of progress, one of my flying buddies printed out a nose gear fork plus he had one printed online for about $8. The one he got online isn't as stout as the one he printed but it is much smoother.

You'll see in the pic that I had to extend the nose about two inches to allow full clearance for the strut.

I need to get on to filling in the nose area.
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OK, bumping the thread...

Not a lot of progress, one of my flying buddies printed out a nose gear fork plus he had one printed online for about $8. The one he got online isn't as stout as the one he printed but it is much smoother.

You'll see in the pic that I had to extend the nose about two inches to allow full clearance for the strut.

I need to get on to filling in the nose area.
Looking superb Kev! A thought . . . . couldn't you shave 2 inches off the nosegear Strut?
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Old Nov 27, 2015, 04:01 PM
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I thought about that... It would work if I brought the gear down some. I chose this route so I wouldn't have to mess with relocating the retract. I'll give it some more thought.
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Do you know where I can get a similar nose gear fork? That one looks perfect for a project I'm about finished with.
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How is your 404 build coming Kev?
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Hi DD, it is crawling along unfortunately...

Lot's of stuff going on.

I have the nose underside foam glued up but not shaped yet.

Stay tuned, next post right-away is a request for advice on the nose gear retract and setting up the steering.
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Old Mar 13, 2016, 01:48 PM
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Do you know where I can get a similar nose gear fork? That one looks perfect for a project I'm about finished with.
Sorry for the delay... Been off the grid for awhile but still want to build.

Do you know if this is the proper size for you? I have a FB who drew this up for me and sent it to a web site that printed it for about $9. I can get that link for you.
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Steering Setup Question

Hi,

Question. Have a look at the photo below; this is one of those steerable nose gear retracts from HK, I really like this one as it has metal trunions and works very solid. I'm trying to work out the best way to attach the steering servo (in front) to the arm on the retract. The arm appears to stay in just about the same location as it is when retracted, and I want to know what the builders here think I should do to get them connected. Is there some kind of pivot that will take a wire and slide onto the linkage on the retract?

Thanks,
Kevin
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