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Old May 11, 2011, 01:19 PM
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What hub are you using with the APC folder? I like that little metal strip against the propnut. It's a nice idea for keeping the blades from folding back too much without a spinner.

kendall
It's the 40mm aluminum spinner from rcdude.com with the spinner's cone removed.
The idea of using a strip of metal to hold the blades out isn't mine, but it works well.

ian
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Old May 11, 2011, 01:42 PM
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I did a nylon screw wing mount on my Skywalker...has worked great. Post here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=4186
Love this! Going to add this to my skywalker. Except I bought some blind nuts for the nylon screws instead of tapping the plywood.

As far as crash absorption.... don't crash. lol. I know, rubber bands have that small benefit, but attaching the wings is a pita as well as slow. Also it beats the heck out of the foam causing dents and scratches everytime you remove or attach the wings.

All in all the nylon bolt mount is 1000x better imo.
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Old May 11, 2011, 02:03 PM
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Must be doing something wrong if it takes longer to hook up your rubber bands
than it does to screw in a couple nylon bolts. Only takes me a few seconds.
There are plenty of easy ways to protect the foam on top of the wing from
being scratched or dented.

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Old May 11, 2011, 02:15 PM
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Must be doing something wrong if it takes longer to hook up your rubber bands
than it does to screw in a couple nylon bolts. Only takes me a few seconds.
There are plenty of easy ways to protect the foam on top of the wing from
being scratched or dented.

ian
You're probably right, I've never had a plane with rubber bands before so installing them is awkward for me and I am never sure of how to do it best. The other part of it is the look of rubber bands. It looks like a mistake lol. The bolt on method is much cleaner looking to me.
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Old May 11, 2011, 03:24 PM
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You're probably right, I've never had a plane with rubber bands before so installing them is awkward for me and I am never sure of how to do it best. The other part of it is the look of rubber bands. It looks like a mistake lol. The bolt on method is much cleaner looking to me.
In FPV you rather think at the look.. otherwise we wouldn't have bought the SW (possibly one of the ugliest planes around) for first instance!
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Old May 11, 2011, 03:47 PM
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In FPV you rather think at the look.. otherwise we wouldn't have bought the SW (possibly one of the ugliest planes around) for first instance!
LOL it is pretty ugly. I'm running out of excuses. I just like things that screw in I guess.
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Old May 11, 2011, 04:41 PM
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Hey guys I just wanted to show you my Skywalker Build and some finished pictures.

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Can you give some details on that construction?
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Old May 11, 2011, 06:13 PM
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like what part?
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Old May 11, 2011, 06:30 PM
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like what part?
The plastic looking bits. They look well done but I can't figure out what material they are from the pictures.

Specifically the camera mount plate, and the plate at the wing join.
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Old May 11, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Love this! Going to add this to my skywalker. Except I bought some blind nuts for the nylon screws instead of tapping the plywood.

As far as crash absorption.... don't crash. lol. I know, rubber bands have that small benefit, but attaching the wings is a pita as well as slow. Also it beats the heck out of the foam causing dents and scratches everytime you remove or attach the wings.

All in all the nylon bolt mount is 1000x better imo.
+1. Much better
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Old May 11, 2011, 07:02 PM
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The plastic looking bits. They look well done but I can't figure out what material they are from the pictures.

Specifically the camera mount plate, and the plate at the wing join.
They are made from aircraft grade birch ply, the camera plate is 1/32 laminated and painted and the wing saddle is 1/64 ply laminated.

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Old May 11, 2011, 07:42 PM
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In FPV you rather think at the look.. otherwise we wouldn't have bought the SW (possibly one of the ugliest planes around) for first instance!
I disagree. As proof I offer the following:

If you actually make an effort to paint it and spiff it up it will look just as
nice as any other plane. If you want to make a plane look good you have to
put effort into doing so, same with any plane out there. I think the
misconception that it's ugly is just because there are very few who actually
make an attempt to make it look nice.

(Btw: Those metal screws in the picture ive already replaced with 3" nylon screws.)
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You're probably right, I've never had a plane with rubber bands before so installing them is awkward for me and I am never sure of how to do it best. The other part of it is the look of rubber bands. It looks like a mistake lol. The bolt on method is much cleaner looking to me.

The biggest problem I had with the rubber bands was durability over time.
Eventually they're going to get old and fatigued and I don't want to have
that nagging thought while flying a few months later "is one of them going
to break?". Also, as you said, they do look ugly.
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Old May 11, 2011, 07:46 PM
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What hub are you using with the APC folder? I like that little metal strip against the propnut. It's a nice idea for keeping the blades from folding back too much without a spinner.

kendall
I just use a rubber band to do that (ironic right?), I tried making a prop stopper that I put through the actual prop adapter but every time I either didn't like how much it stuck out or that it was too uneven and would imbalance the prop at higher rpms. Eventually I came up with a technique for wrapping a rubber bad around the prop adapter that worked great.
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Old May 11, 2011, 09:07 PM
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I can't visualize how a rubber band will hold the blades away from center. Got any more photos?
If they can overlap the way I see em in your photo above, then the blade often won't extend at all
when you throttle up. It just shakes violently.

The little metal plate I fashioned is pretty simple. Used some banding
from the hardware store (already has holes in it). Drilled out one of the holes large
enough to go over the adapter hub, then cut it down to the correct length
to hold the prop out with tin snips and made sure it was balanced in all directions.
Doesn't weigh more than a gram or two.

BTW, I'm using a folder, because I'm planning to do plenty of soaring with the SW this
spring on my home slope. For general buzzing around, it's not necessary.

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Old May 11, 2011, 09:16 PM
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I disagree. As proof I offer the following
Mine isn't that bad as well.. but you must agree that the purpose of this plane isn't to be beauty but to be functional, so its line isn't exactly like a sport car, but more like a old truck.

Here's:

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