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Old Oct 24, 2004, 05:33 PM
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Stevens Aero Stella: Building Thread (part 2)

This is part 2 of the Stevens Aero Stella thread. Part 1 can be found here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=269783

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Old Oct 24, 2004, 05:56 PM
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Grant,

Definitely go with C/A hinges. They're a bit more work, but they are the way to go. I did use five on each wing - five may be a little overkill, but Bill said do it, so I did it!

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Old Oct 24, 2004, 06:16 PM
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Grant,

I agree that the CA hinges work best.

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Old Oct 24, 2004, 06:55 PM
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I thought the wood would be hard to get the hinges installed but the knife slid through like butter. The wing has the slots precut but the aerilons didn't and since you cut through the CA joint I thought it would be a little tough. Man was I wrong, I finished then in 20 minutes.

I'm glad I asked.

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Old Oct 24, 2004, 09:53 PM
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Pete, I am totally inspired by your covering job. Would you be insulted if I used the same pattern but changed the color??? I have really been thinking about a really cool design for my Stella and that is extremly awesome.
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Old Oct 24, 2004, 10:25 PM
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Love the tiger theme. Sign me up for thread two... My Stella's on the building board.
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Old Oct 24, 2004, 10:26 PM
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Another question...
The instructions say to see plan sheet for installing the control horn on the ailerons but the plan sheet doesn't show where the control horn goes. There is no slot for it to insert into. Where does it go??

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Old Oct 25, 2004, 12:45 AM
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tmproff - Insulted? Heck, I'd be flattered. Stripe away!

Grant - Remember the A2 aileron sub-rib is made of three parts sandwiched together; two full length balsa pieces with a half length ply piece in between. The aileron horn slides into the front half of that sandwich after covering, and is then secured with a couple drops of thin C/A.

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Old Oct 25, 2004, 07:35 AM
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Another question...
The instructions say to see plan sheet for installing the control horn on the ailerons but the plan sheet doesn't show where the control horn goes. There is no slot for it to insert into. Where does it go??

Grant
Grant, see the pictures in the beginning of part 1 of this thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=91
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 10:45 AM
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Well I contacted Bill this weekend and he said he temporairly ran out of Stella Kits and mine was sent out last Thursday. I should get it today or probably tomorrow. This weekend, I did have a unfortunate accident with my Groove. It was an overcast Sunday morning and I had my hat and sunglasses on (I am pretty sensitive to light). Well the Groove was doing its thing and the sun abruptly came out from behind the clouds and blinded me! I desperately looked for the plane but it hit a tree before I could locate it. Here's where things get interesting! Where I fly, a small river runs alongside. The Groove just barely hit a tree that overhung the river!! I was about 4 feet from crashing it straight into the water. I was very fortunate that it was a particulary soft tree and did very little damage. The plane was at idle and flew perfectly straight into some leaves. I did have to climb the tree over the water and retrieve the plane, but I'm happy that nothing was terribly damaged. I was planning on getting everything out of my Groove to put into the Stella this week anyways!
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 03:45 PM
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Rudder Servo

I am about 3/4 complete with my Stella build. I have noticed in the instructions and the posts in this thread there are 2 positions available for the rudder servo.

For the guys who have completed their build I would be interested in where you put your rudder servo and why? It appears the easy way out would be to use the mount at the bottom of the fuslage. Would using this option affect the CG? I will be using an AXI 2212-26 with a Apogee 1530 3S battery.

I appreciate all your valuable knowledge and experience.
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 03:57 PM
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i have my rudder servo in the position infront of the canopy, runnin cables to the slots through two short tubes and out to the rudder. not that much extra effort and it helps the aesthetics.


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I am about 3/4 complete with my Stella build. I have noticed in the instructions and the posts in this thread there are 2 positions available for the rudder servo.

For the guys who have completed their build I would be interested in where you put your rudder servo and why? It appears the easy way out would be to use the mount at the bottom of the fuslage. Would using this option affect the CG? I will be using an AXI 2212-26 with a Apogee 1530 3S battery.

I appreciate all your valuable knowledge and experience.
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 04:17 PM
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Yup, it all comes down to, do you want a quick and (real) easy install, or do you want to spend a little more time to make it look good. The internal set-up also keeps the dirt, water, grass, etc. out of your servo.

Mine's internally mounted - quite easy to do really.

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Old Oct 25, 2004, 04:43 PM
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I'm an idiot sometimes.. I remember putting those parts together and wondering what they were for. Oh well I guess I'm too anal, if it isn't in print I can't figure it out.

Since the center part is shorter than the outer parts I guess it goes in the front, duh.

thanks,
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 09:07 PM
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Darn that Bill Stevens

Well....not really but guess what showed up at my door today....Yup, a Stella. I was very suprised, My brother ordered it for me for my birthday mid-day Thursday and it is here today. I was hoping I was going to get the Building/Guest room (the better half likes it better when I call it the guest/building room) cleaned up after my first scratch build of a Mini TOC. I was hoping to get my E-star Porter finished up before the Stella showed up, now what do I do . Once again Bill's kit looks awsome, looking forward to getting her in the air.

Cheers,
Jim
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