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Apr 18, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Thrust tube

Hello guys,
What exactly is a thrust tube. Basic and advanced.. Tell me what you know about it!

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Apr 18, 2012, 03:38 PM
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Apr 18, 2012, 03:58 PM
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Basicallly its a tapered tube that runs from the back side of your EDF unit to the exhaust portion of your aircraft. Ive made them extend from the back of the exhaus up to an inch, or flush with the opening, or even just inside the opening. Just to experiment with the results.

There are a wide variety of materials that can be used. But from what Ive seen and found out myself is that mylar works very well. But dont want to use the super thin stuff. I believe what I use is .005-.010 transparencie sheets that can be found at your local office supply store.

Now as for the dimensions that are required that is the trick. And it requires a little math to do which I suck at. But there is a program for it.

Click on that link then you'll have to do some poking around. when you find the excell spread sheet input the information it asks of you. This is what I use and it works pretty good.
Apr 18, 2012, 08:19 PM
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Here's the free app for making and printing a flat pattern for your thrust tube.

You need to ad 1/4" to the length (for overlap when taping together with shiny Scotch tap on the insdie and out side) and add 1/4" to the "EDF" end for slipping over the EDF and taping.
We use .005 thick Acetate ("mylar") for jet's up to 100mm EDF size.

Here's a few pics of the process. The tube ends about flush with the end of the models exhast pipe (or up to 1/8" beyaond if you like.

Steve's FSA calculator is great.
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Apr 18, 2012, 08:25 PM
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nice pics Gary ...i use a "tool" too ...but after seeing that spoon wifes wood spoon is going to disappear
Apr 19, 2012, 03:52 AM
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