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Old May 30, 2014, 06:27 AM
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I thought i would start this thread so people can discuss there build of Troy's Thunder Bird. Well i cant say how long USPS will take but lets wait and see cheers Brian
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Old May 30, 2014, 04:43 PM
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Iím exited to confirm that project ThunderBird is certainly underway.

I have received mine, packaging is excellent, the workmanship of the parts is excellent. I have not begun the assembly process as of yet because Iím still setting here marveling at the structure and spinning the gearbox.

All that ordered will be impressed upon arrival of their model. I am certain Troy would appreciate your feedback, he cares.

Items required to complete the kit:
motor w/10T pinion
ESC
receiver/transmitter
battery
servo
zip ties
Velcro
Velcro straps for extra battery mounting (personal recommendation)
time (to study Troyís videoís)

Enjoy your ThunderBirds.

Rick
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Old May 31, 2014, 01:54 AM
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I have esc's motors 28mm 4200kv and 5000kv 22mm .

Both types of motors i have used on i my Ph i sold to a Rc groups member in England.

They work fine i will see which IMO suits best. I have various pinions as well .I know Troy said 10 but my first option will be 9 tooth which is 48 pitch and the only 48pitch the rest i have are 0.5 pitch .

Is just my choice but i will compare 10 as well. I will try both motors as the 5000kv i have as small as 8tooth plus 9, 10 ,11.

IMHO i think if i used the 5000kv 8 or 9 tooth would be fine as it is higher kv .I like to experiment .

The 5000kv i found better than the 4200kv on my PH 2 reasons longer flights plus less weight.

Well being on the otherside of the world in the land down under i will just have to be patient and wait till it gets here . Is it here yet is it here yet

regards Brian
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 12:20 AM
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Iíve been placed in the position to try out Troyís instructional videos before public release and the results are looking great, if your fashion senses can handle hot pink and florescent yellow together.
The material is very tough and appears as if it will be very durable. Yet easy to work with. The two types of assembly tape required is included with the kit and all of the carbon rods are precut. The tail took a little over an hour to build and the wing took three hours. There is some optional hand stitching recommended on the wing which I have not done as of yet, but expect it to take another hour.
This is not a difficult build, I started and stopped the videos as more information was needed.
PM me if you have any questions, Iíll answer all that I can.
Rick
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 10:49 AM
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nice build Rick
you are the first ST owner in the world,congratulations.
what glue you have used besides the tape on the wing
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 01:10 PM
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nice build Rick
you are the first ST owner in the world,congratulations.
what glue you have used besides the tape on the wing
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Thanks Sam, someone had to be first!
I've been watching Troy's antics intently for months. I'm even more impressed with what I am seeing now that I have the bird in hand. It is worth more than two in the bush.

No glue is used on the wing and the tape is furnished with the kit. The tail has a couple of joints that require CA to bond the rods to the support bracket that will mount to the servo. Complete assembly videos will be available soon.

Iím enjoying the assembly, eagerly anticipating maiden flight day.

Iím ready to prepare the chassis as soon as life lets me have a little time.
Rick
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 09:49 PM
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It was quiet this afternoon so I was able to sneak off to the garage and work on the ThunderBird.
Preparing the gearbox has been completed. The procedure went with out a problem. Gluing the bearings in place was not difficult. Troy has described how to glue the bearings in one of his videoís.
There are lot of parts when disassembled, I would say one the main parts to watch are the aluminum spacers as there are different sizes. Most of the parts can only fit one way and it is well designed. Another part to watch for correct reassembly is the dual gear sets, if put on backwards, left for right, the bird will still fly but the glide lock will not work. As I have in the past on my SK orniís, mark them for correct reassembly.
I took a series of images before disassembly for reassembly but did not need to use them, it went back together that well.
I would recommend watching the recent posted videoís in ĎSuperTroys Ornithopter Projectí thread a few times. You will pick up much needed information and tips.

Good luck with your ThunderBird kits to all that order.
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 11:13 PM
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looking Good Rick
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 11:31 PM
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looking Good Rick
Thanks Brain

You should be receiving a package very soon. The contents will be impresive I predict.
Enjoy your new orni.
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A link to the store?
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Old Jun 05, 2014, 09:39 AM
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A link to the store?
Here is a link to a page of complied information of the project and at the bottom an e-mail address to contact the builder of these ornithopters. He will step you through the order process.

http://www.seabreezeparachutes.com/o...pter/view.html
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Old Jun 05, 2014, 02:44 PM
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Here is a link to a page of complied information of the project and at the bottom an e-mail address to contact the builder of these ornithopters. He will step you through the order process.

http://www.seabreezeparachutes.com/o...pter/view.html
Are these for sale and where would one obtain it?
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Old Jun 05, 2014, 09:24 PM
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There is a email link on the site
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Old Jun 14, 2014, 05:13 AM
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Well i made a start one good beer to do the body .
Also the set up of the electrics.

Then Dinner and a desert beer and cut out the wing and tail .I also made a template of the wing in case i want to make a different colour wing out of material i have at a later date.

The ripstop material Troy has used i think is great it is nearly as lite as the material i have mine is just a touch lighter but is very similar.Which i think is great material

All in all IMHO a great kit and hopefully i get more time to finish the wing and tail soon. Here is sum pictures so far
regards Brian

PS: They say you do your best work when you are relaxed
to be continued
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Old Jun 14, 2014, 07:01 AM
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I meant the kit,not the beer
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