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Old Feb 03, 2009, 05:40 AM
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Really cool . The baseball field looked quite small from post launch height,but in the landing it was way bigger than i thought , and there was traffic on one of the crossroads . It's quite interesting and challenging to fly over built-up area , mess up something and you might be in trouble . Nice vids and good luck in the competitions .
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Old Feb 03, 2009, 11:06 AM
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Howdy,
here's one for your Viewing Pleasure...

http://www.soaringusa.com/videos/Xplorer_F3J.wmv

Thanks to Ed Stewart, and ISS !

All the Best,
Bob
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Old Feb 03, 2009, 10:09 PM
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Very cool camera setup!!!!!!!!!!!

Very impressed
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Old Feb 04, 2009, 09:05 AM
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Hi finnwizard , i have a question about the aileron rds yoke pocket , exactly how did you get the pocket's walls width to match the yoke diameter for no slop . And what is the yokes angle i mean the bend degree . Could i use the same dimensions and stuff from the M.Drela Supra RDS drawing from the charlesriverss site :? I want to get rid of the huge servo covers on my tragi 705+ wingtips . And what do you think of the weight of two aileron rds setup you did on your explorer . ? How did you secure the round servo covers to the wing ??
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Old Feb 04, 2009, 09:25 AM
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Bob, that's a very cool video! Well worth the download!
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Old Feb 04, 2009, 09:29 AM
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Hi finnwizard , i have a question about the aileron rds yoke pocket , exactly how did you get the pocket's walls width to match the yoke diameter for no slop . And what is the yokes angle i mean the bend degree . Could i use the same dimensions and stuff from the M.Drela Supra RDS drawing from the charlesriverss site :? I want to get rid of the huge servo covers on my tragi 705+ wingtips . And what do you think of the weight of two aileron rds setup you did on your explorer . ?

Hi Charged,

I have all the details drawn up in post #651. The RDS rods with the bend are .104". I made pockets with .100". The bends are 30 degrees. In the pdf, it shows 2 angles 30 or 32 degrees. I thought I may need the throw, but now I know on the X I will only bend 20 degrees on the next one.

The additional weight was about 3-4g per side because you'd be able to get rid of the control rod for the ail which would usually be 2 clevises and its connecting rod.

You could probably do it Drela's way and it would work fine. I opted to make different yoke at servo because then the servo arm does not have to be 180degrees in line with the wing skin.

Study the pdf in post 651 carefully and you will see all the info is there.

Good luck with modification if you do it and pictures please !

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Old Feb 05, 2009, 04:15 AM
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ok Thanks man .The rds install dont seem not that hard to do . Just have to get everything aligned and tested before i glue something in . A one more thing , how did you attatch the round servo cover to the wing . ??
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Old Feb 05, 2009, 10:20 AM
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ok Thanks man .The rds install dont seem not that hard to do . Just have to get everything aligned and tested before i glue something in . A one more thing , how did you attatch the round servo cover to the wing . ??
Hmm thought I had posted this picture already, but I guess not.

I just cut a round piece of tape and put on there. I have a friend that had cut some round vinyl for me also, but have not changed it out yet.

There's no support under the cover as I felt it did not need it since it is a nice tight fit.
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Old Feb 05, 2009, 11:20 AM
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Looks good and inspiring , i found that my wingtip hinge line is in the top skin and it makes a difference and the flap spar in the center piece is much further from the hinge line .
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Old Feb 05, 2009, 11:27 AM
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Looks good and inspiring , i found that my wingtip hinge line is in the top skin and it makes a difference and the flap spar in the center piece is much further from the hinge line .
That should still work. Just try to have the elbow of the bent rod lay as flat to the hingeline as possible. even if the elbow in in the middle of the space it should be ok if you allow enough for/aft movement of the yoke.

If you want some help to think it through, take some pictures of the panels and post it. I can help you draw it out on PDF.

Man, have I mention how lucky am to be working at home and on the computer all day?

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Old Feb 06, 2009, 05:34 AM
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Hi finnwizard , thanks i'll probably post some pictures for your help , have to lend a camera meanwhile . But did you get the system slop free or how tight did you get the rds system , i mean the pocket and the rod holes. Im using hitec 5152 mg digitals by the way , these should do the job ? Im gathering some knowledge how it works , not to forget anything and get a whole picture what i have to do ,get it as close to 100% reliable to certain extent of usage limits .
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Old Feb 06, 2009, 08:57 AM
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Charged, I sent you pm so as to keep this thread on Xplorer.
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Old Feb 07, 2009, 09:02 AM
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Howdy,
here's one for your Viewing Pleasure...

http://www.soaringusa.com/videos/Xplorer_F3J.wmv

Thanks to Ed Stewart, and ISS !

All the Best,
Bob
Thanks Bob...The Jimi Hendrix tune was a cool touch. Is this Cali or Down Under?
This is another Xplorer vid I found on YouTube.
Xplorer (8 min 31 sec)
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Old Feb 07, 2009, 09:39 AM
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Its in Riverside California, S. East of Los Angeles
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Old Feb 07, 2009, 10:42 AM
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Xplorer vid

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