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Apr 19, 2003, 04:10 PM
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Reliable method to give your SlowStick down/right thrust

Super simple & safe way to bend the fuse, doesn't cause it to kink.

Just cut the 2x4 with a gentle 3-5 curve, put in the vise with the fuse sandwiched inbetween, and presto, perfect curve with no kinks. Rotate the fuse and bend again if you want to add right thrust.
Last edited by Steve Nolan (eBird); Nov 04, 2003 at 12:14 AM.
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Apr 19, 2003, 04:12 PM
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In the vise...
Apr 19, 2003, 04:37 PM
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Now wait a minute. Thats TOO simple! We've got to complicate it somehow

Another addition to the "why didn't I think of that" file. Great job!

Apr 19, 2003, 09:10 PM
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Yeah, it is too simple, but more complicated than the "2 thumbs" approach which is "kinky" if you know what I mean

Pour on the coals on my latest SS and it just hauls, without pitchin' up... Love that aluminum fuse!
Last edited by Steve Nolan (eBird); Nov 04, 2003 at 12:16 AM.
May 26, 2003, 12:28 PM
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eBird... had to search back for this thread to show someone. Must have been too simple or something as Joe said as it hasn't changed since I first noticed it. Just wanted to pop it back up front and also say that I tried this on a friend's stick (mine already had something else) and it works great! My next one will be done using this method as well. Great stuff!

May 26, 2003, 03:10 PM
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looks simple enough, but i just CAN'T bend my nice, straight metal fuse... but when i absolutley think i must have some motor offset, i just whittle out a short, crooked, hard balsa stick same size as metal fuse and find a good application for the normally unused black plastic joiner... it also extends the motor foward just enough so i can now place the heavy battery pack rearward, directly under the wing's CG point for least pitch inertia effects and with different shaped sticks, various offsets can be played with..... but if you've just gotta bend metal, that looks like a great method................. kw
May 26, 2003, 03:58 PM
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I had no problem bending my nice straight metal fuse, mental or otherwise.
No add'l weight, no "parts" at all, and I've got the down thrust that keeps it straight under full power.

I've since plowed it into the ground twice due to wind, hard enough to explode the motor mount, and the fuse is just fine.
The "bend mod" does not compromise the fuse strength at all.
Nov 04, 2003, 12:14 AM
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I've had two requests now to resurrect this thread, so here it is.

Mine has been bent this way for 8 months now, and is still strong as ever.
Nov 04, 2003, 01:25 AM
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down/right thrust

Thanks Steve,

This looks good and maybe I can even get it done to my SS.


I like the tendency for the plane to climb when going to full power. It sounds like this eliminates that, or does it? Maybe change it 1 to 2 degrees down and right?

Nov 04, 2003, 01:51 AM
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Roger, it'll still climb when you hit full power, just like a plane should. It won't, however, porpoise and climb straight up like it does without the down thrust.
Nov 04, 2003, 01:57 AM
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How about making a plastic plug with built-in right and down thrust ?
Nov 04, 2003, 01:58 AM
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It'll Still Climb


Thanks for the information. I have been flying electrics for just over two years now and really am limited in experience to the planes I have.

Thanks again for posting this thread. I'm sure I'm not the only one who will get good out from it.

Nov 04, 2003, 02:41 AM
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The others are right, that is far too simple. Perhaps we need to make it harder by saying the blocks must be some composite material and the vise needs to be Lipo to find some wood...
Nov 04, 2003, 04:05 PM
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Thanks for pulling this thread back up Steve. I've done 2 so far this way and it's the best.

I put a link to here in the penguin's SS help thread too.
Nov 08, 2003, 11:37 AM
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That's a nice method, another thought is if you still have the black plastic piece for the "removable tail option" from your build. Cut the fuse about three or four inches back from the front (enough room to reinstall the motor) and put the cut section back on with the plastic part. Then apply some heat and bend down and right. Once you have it where you want it use epoxy to set it and take care of any gaps created fromt he bending plastic and you've get a perfect strong down right mod without having to bend the fuse. Just another method that doesn't take much thought or time as long as you still have that piece.

PS pay no attention to the kite string that is holding on my landing gear!!! it really does stay in place
Last edited by BrunswickOH; Nov 08, 2003 at 12:06 PM.

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