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Old Mar 14, 2011, 05:26 PM
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Scottie and Bob,

Just a quick question for you. Given that the Raven has 6 servos what kind of speed controller are you going with? Are you going to go with a higher end ESC like a Jeti Spin that has a switching BEC built in and is rated for lots of servos. Or are you going to go with a lesser ESC like a Castle Creations Thunderbird and add a separate BEC to power the Rx and servos.

Oh Jedi masters share your wisdom.

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Old Mar 14, 2011, 06:06 PM
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Hi Wayne,

I'm going with the Phoenix 35 and the CC-BEC 10 amp.

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Old Mar 14, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Well I got a little more done so I thought I would post an update. First let me state for the record that the Raven fuselage has very few straight lines in it. Very curvy, and spruce is not very bendy and it does not like pins. That said, I got some of the 1/8 x 1/4 stock glued up to one side of the fuselage and I started fitting the formers to the fuselage. I did not want to cut the notches in the formers until I could test the fit.

I also made the tail plane ribs, again using the stack method. After shaping the 50+ ribs for the main wings, the 14 little ones needed for the tail were easy. Slowly chugging along, I am really trying to get a little done every couple of days, baby steps.

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 09:22 AM
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Well got a little more done so i thought I would post an update. First let me state for the record that the Raven fuselage has very few straight lines in it. Very curvy, and spruce is not very bendy and it does not like pins. Wayne
It works OK if you stick the pins either side of it Wayne.

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Hi Mike,

That is what I ended up doing with the spruce pieces. I used a pile of pins to make an outline of the fuselage side and then I pressed the spruce up to it and glued it.

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Say Mike another question for you. I think I am the only one using the pull pull rudder and I have a question about the holes in the fuselage where the cable exits. Do those holes/slots need to be reinforced with anything to protect the fuselage from cable chafing?

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 04:22 PM
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Scottie,

Would you be willing to snap a closeup picture of your spinner and how it blends into the nose? Also what sized spinner are you using? I think you mentioned it earlier but I am too lazy to go search for it. 42mm rings a bell.

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 05:39 PM
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Looks great Wayne. I'm going to start my inboard leading edge, top section next.

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Old Mar 16, 2011, 09:44 AM
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Wayne-I'll get a shot and post it in the am on thursday,I have a 1 3/4" dubro spinner in place for now as I'm still looking for the slim jim spinner that I have stashed somewhere.The slim jim spinner is also 1 3/4" dia but is about 1" longer than a standard spinner and should make the nose look better if I can find it.The slim jim was a Fox mfg. product and I don't think they are made any more.There are some long profile spinners that the control line stunt guys use but to use either the dubro or any of the other units you need to use an APC prop as the blades mount to a hub rather than the spinner.
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 11:14 AM
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Thanks Scottie,

I am more interested in seeing how you blended the fuselage into the spinner.

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Old Mar 16, 2011, 03:48 PM
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Say Mike another question for you. I think I am the only one using the pull pull rudder and I have a question about the holes in the fuselage where the cable exits. Do those holes/slots need to be reinforced with anything to protect the fuselage from cable chafing?

Wayne
Hi Wayne,

Not in my experience, the ply sides are OK to resist any wear.

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Old Mar 16, 2011, 08:58 PM
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A quick question if you don't mind. What is the thickness of the ply sides of the fuselage?

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Old Mar 16, 2011, 09:48 PM
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Hi Ed,

The plywood sides are 1/16" thick.

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Old Mar 17, 2011, 08:08 AM
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Mike tells us that sailplanes don't have cowls,most of the time any way.I could have reversed the shaft in the motor and mounted it from the front but the wire clearance would have been too tight going past the bell of the motor so the firewall mount won out.I used the same set up on my riser 100 and it works fine,as with the riser the cowl will be held on with 1/4" wide pin stripeing tape and a pair of alighnment pins.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 07:20 PM
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Hi Scottie,

Looking really good. I'm still struggleing with the top skins on the D box.

Bob in Seattle
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