G10 Truss Style Frame Assembly Guide
Before starting assembly I suggest you read the entire assembly guide to get an idea of how the frame comes together, it may save you some time in the long run.
Note: I recommend using blue loctite or a similar thread locker on each screw to ensure they will not loosen with vibration.
Note: When inserting the tabbed pieces into their corresponding slots you will notice they initially go in only half way. This is per design, to prevent damage to the frame do not push them in the rest of the way until told to do so.
Note:You'll notice in your kit you may have 4 standoffs that are thicker and slightly longer than the rest. These are for the protector plate.
1.) Remove all internal cutouts on each frame plate, a twisting motion is best, go slowly. Using a tool to punch them out is best but if you use your fingers be careful not to harm yourself. TAKE YOUR TIME.
2.) I suppose this step is optional but it is also one I recommend. With the included emery board file down the small tabs that were used to hold the parts during machining.
3.) Take 1 arm plate and in each hole insert a screw and a standoff and tighten them with the included hex wrench.
Insert a motor mount plate and landing gear plate. Place a second arm plate on top being sure to line up the tabs for the motor mount plate and landing gear plate. Insert and tighten a screw into each standoff.
You'll notice that the motor mount plate and landing gear plate are not yet sitting flush into the frame. Using your fingers as shown or a quick clamp press the plates all the way into the slots, this does require some force and is necessary for a good fit. It should result in a very tight and firm joint.
Repeat this step for the remaining arms.
4.) This is your best opportunity to mount your flight controller to the top plate, or at least insert the screws or standoffs you will be using to mount it with before continuing.
With your top plate, protector plate and your 4 large standoffs attach the protector plate as shown.
5.) Flip your top plate over and attach standoffs as shown.
Note: Instead of the following step you could insert each arm simultaneously, however, I recommend the following method.
6.) Insert the first arm into it's corresponding slots and insert and tighten ONLY the screws for that arm.
Just like we did with the arms press the tabs into the slots.
Repeat this for each arm going in a circle around the frame. Since we are only tightening the screws for each individual arm there is enough flex in the plates to allow us to get the next arm in.
7.) Finally after each arm is installed insert the four final screws into each corner of the frame.
And that's it!
Final notes: If you plan on using a gopro as your main FPV camera then you will need to move the front standoffs to the alternate mounting holes which are 15mm behind the regular ones. This will allow you access to the gopro video outputs.
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Last edited by tosjduenfs; Jun 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM.
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