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Mar 31, 2003, 11:17 AM
Motor Maniac
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How to cut EPP for servo installation?

I have a Mini Tornado I am working on. The instructions are rather thin and this is my first EPP plane. What is the best way to cut the bays for the servos and electronics? I have started to just hack away with a sharp Exacto knife, but it seems that there should be a better way.
A little help from any of you experienced EPP builders would be appreciated.
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Mar 31, 2003, 11:22 AM
The Magician.
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A soldering pen/iron with a small tip works well, is cheap if you don't already have one and is very quick.

Mar 31, 2003, 11:40 AM
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Using a fine tip felt pen, trace around your servo.

Using same pen, mark your depth on your x-acto blade.

Cut your servo 'trace' line (inside of line).

Now cut in between your trace lines and create 1/4X1/4 cubes.

Mark your needle nose pliers to same depth.

Starting in the center, insert needle nose to depth line, twist till it 'pops' (approx turn) and pull.

Last edited by William A; Mar 31, 2003 at 11:44 AM.
Mar 31, 2003, 11:58 AM


I'd have to agree, Justin told me about that trick, worked great, used a pointy tip, and cut the servo holes almost exact...thanks justin, and the problem yesterday was just somthing funky with the motor, I swapped the motor out and it works fine...(justin handed me the controls on my Pocket Combat Wing and me being a newbie hit too much up stalled it and piled it into the ground. after that the motor was weird, I just fried it that was all)
Mar 31, 2003, 04:17 PM
Motor Maniac
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Thanks for the ideas. I will probably do a combination of both suggestions. Hog out most of the area with the knife and pliers, then tune the depth with a modified blade in my soldering iron (I have an old iron that came with a knife blade adapter). I don't like melting foam odors, so want to keep the hot knife work to a minimum.

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