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Dec 06, 2012, 12:39 AM
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Ok, it's been quite some time since i made some progress on the Spit mostly due to a little side project that came to my mind one weekend:

This being finished - although not yet maidened due to bad weather - progress continued on the Spit again. Details and images will be online soon.
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Dec 06, 2012, 02:04 AM
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Ailerons added and wings joined

Since the wing is pretty thick i managed to find 2.5 grams servos that fit completely in the wing. I mounted them in the most in-board rib and made an internal linkage to the aileron. This is the first time i did this because before i did only torque rods or standard linkage. It works nicely!

The aileron throw isn't 3D but enough for our purposes. I have to limit servo travel even though i used the smallest arm possible.

Then i joined the wing segments using about scale dihedral (6 degrees).
Dec 06, 2012, 02:24 AM
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Looks awesome
Dec 06, 2012, 10:15 AM
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Nice work, gupi. I really like your internal aileron linkage.

Dec 06, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Yeah, I like the internal linkage too, a very elegant solution. I might have to 'borrow' that idea.
Only drawback to your servo mounting system is if one of the servos dies it's going to be major surgery to replace it. Or maybe you have an elegant solution for access that I don't see?

And an open note to Guillows, why don't you laser cut lite ply and dump that useless vinyl crap that nobody uses?
Dec 06, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Being an X-Guillows conversioneer, you got my attention.
Dec 06, 2012, 09:46 PM
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I agree on the aileron linkage, looks good. Anything to clean up the air going across the wing is worthwhile I think.
Dec 07, 2012, 01:00 AM
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Thanks everyone.

Glenn, I like to have access to servos after completion, too. I had dying servos more often than I liked, so sometimes you need to swap them. I have chosen the compromise of having to open the covering to get to the servo because I liked the idea of an internal linkage so much.
Dec 22, 2012, 03:46 AM
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The time before Christmas isn't exactly the time when you get much done on your builds especially as father of two little kids.

Still i managed to squeeze in some buidling: i built the access hatch for battery and RC equipment.
Dec 22, 2012, 10:08 AM
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Looking real good. How will you cover this Gupi?
Dec 22, 2012, 10:53 AM
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Thanks. I've not decided on the color scheme yet but i'll definitely cover it in classic Japanese tissue.

I've found some pictures of nightfighter Spitfires that would be easy to realize - because they're mostly black. It would also be easy to keep it light since i have black colored tissue so i wouldn't have to paint it.
Dec 22, 2012, 04:56 PM
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You might want to consider laying the battery flat and extending it up into the cowl.
Not hard to plan for now. You can extend the battery mounting plate to protrude into the cowl and have room to shift the battery around for balance.

Dec 22, 2012, 07:14 PM
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I'll keep that in mind. The final battery placement will be decided when i've got the tail covered and linked to the servos. If then she balances with the upright battery - fine. Otherwise i'll try to move the battery into the cowl.

Yours, gupi
Dec 23, 2012, 02:42 AM
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More progress on the RC equipment. I built a motor mount out of 0.4mm ply and beefed up the firewall with the same ply. The motor mount is detachable and allows to set the thrust line with washers. Nylon bolts, nuts and washers are used. The motor is attached using nylon bolts, too.

A stupid flaw in my hatch was encountered, too. I had the front side mini-magnets placed below the upper motor mount bolts. So i had to move them up.

Other than that she develops nicely. I taped her together for rough CG test and currently she balances too far front. Cool! I expect to add weight in the tail as the rudder and elevator isn't linked to the servos yet. Covering will add weight, too.

Current total weight including battery is 152 grams. Very good!
Dec 23, 2012, 09:36 AM
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Absolutely beautiful!
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