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Oct 08, 2010, 10:02 PM
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Stuck on Mounting the ESC and Battery AGAIN !

Man, I spent 3 days scratching my head on how to mount the ESC and battery on my latest build, a Radical RC Stick 400. I do that on every plane I build.
I did finally work out the ESC mount, photo later in the Stick 400 build thread.

What I ended up doing is to CA glue some wood blocks the same thickness as the esc, then CA a wood strip across it at each end. I can simply pull the wood off and re-glue it if I need to remove the ESC. Most people don't remove their ESC and show it off, so I guess I am ok there.

Now the battery. I can't use velcro and cross my fingers so the best I can usually do is make a battery box from a wood frame for an oversized battery, then fill the space with foam blocks. They have to fit in a way that they can be easily removed to load a larger battery and I keep other foam blocks handy for smaller batteries.

That is about the best I can do for this situation.
This is easy on heli's, but man do I scratch my head on how to mount this stuff on airplanes.
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Oct 08, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Velcro, velcro, velcro. If there's no room, then simply remount in a different location.

Using CA not only will damage your components, but it gets everywhere too.
Oct 09, 2010, 12:10 AM
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I'm about to deal with the same issue on another Radical RC plane. I'm thinking some sort of "bench," probably 1/8" plywood, mounted to the plane's bottom with balsa blocks. The bench is raised off the bottom just enough so I get velcro-tie downs under it and back over the battery.

The trick is to not block access to the landing gear tie-downs, but I think it's do-able.
Oct 09, 2010, 12:14 AM
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Cut two pcs of 1/16 ply the size of your battery.
Wax fuselage ahead of front wing seat.
Cut four 3/4" long sections from 3/8 sq.motor stick stock. [assuming that your fuselage is like the stock SS]
Center fuselage on one of the 1/16 ply parts and glue the four blocks one on each side front and rear. Go for a tight fit.
Shim the tops of each of the four blocks with scrap 1/64 ply or thick paper.
Glue the remaining 1/16 part to the tops of the four blocks.
This will result in a tight fitting sliding mount for the battery on the bottom and the ESC on the top.
Use thin velcro for both and follow up with tie-wraps.
Use a GWS cowl screw to hold the double deck sliding tray where balance dictates.
Works for me. art
Last edited by Art Schmitz; Oct 09, 2010 at 03:35 AM. Reason: added info
Oct 09, 2010, 06:45 AM
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Art's way is similar to what I did on other planes. Not only Radical but all of the scratch build types. Velcro is ok but after some use it looses some grip. That is unless there is a good quality brand available. Getting it loose from a tight space can be a problem too.
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