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Jan 07, 2013, 01:22 AM
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Transall C-160 build log

Starting on the Transall C-160 from HobbyKing
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Jan 07, 2013, 01:27 AM
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Transall C-160 build log

First impressions:
Very high quality, great paint job w/lettering/labels.
Also, very well packed and double boxed. No damage
No instructions but this is my 8th build so I think I can muddle thru.
Did find an instruction manual on the HobbyKing site:

I'm starting with the right wing glueing up the aileron. It comes with the slots already cut in and the CA hinges in place but not glued
Last edited by ecworks; Jan 08, 2013 at 11:59 AM.
Jan 07, 2013, 01:29 AM
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Small wood blocks glued to servo hatch to hold the aileron servo in place. I also used amount of hot glue to attach the servo to the hatch and then used two screws to secure the servo to the wood blocks. The small wood blocks come with the kit
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Jan 07, 2013, 01:34 AM
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Then I fished some control rod thru the wing and pulled the servo wire back thru the wing and then seated the servo which is now attached to the servo hatch. Note that I needed to cut away (pic #1) some of the balsa on the wing for the wood blocks supporting the servo to clear.
Last edited by ecworks; Jan 07, 2013 at 01:41 AM.
Jan 07, 2013, 01:36 AM
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I then attached the horns and clevis' on the aileron. These were pretty high quality, normally I trash the stock hardware that come with these models but the stock hardware seems high quality.
Last edited by ecworks; Jan 07, 2013 at 01:43 AM.
Jan 07, 2013, 01:40 AM
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Repeated the same process on the left wing:

Left Wing Aileron test (0 min 5 sec)
Jan 07, 2013, 01:45 AM
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Right wing aileron test:

Transall C160 build right aileron test (0 min 6 sec)
Jan 07, 2013, 05:33 AM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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The C-160 brings back some memories.

I scratch built an electric powered Transall, (brushed motors, belt drives, and Nicad batteries), way back in 1991, (first flight was July '91)

She had opening rear doors and could drop a parachute load, two troopers or a pallet.

Also at the time I ran quite a small car, so she also had to fit her 80" span wings and big fat fuselage in there somehow. She became my first model that could be disassembled in a big way.

Sold it a few years later, fool.

Hope you have as much fun as I did ecworks
Jan 07, 2013, 03:36 PM
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Read many comments about the high wing loading so I'll be putting together an alternative wing (from Twinstar II) for slower, more forgiving landings.
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Jan 08, 2013, 12:41 AM
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Transall C-160 build log

Started work on the motors. This part is pretty easy. Used 2 x Turnigy G10 810 kv
375 watts:
Jan 08, 2013, 12:44 AM
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Transall C-160 build log

Using 2 x Turnigy Trust 40amp ESCs. I removed the power wires and soldered the longer power wires directly to the power terminals and then covered with electrical tape.
Jan 08, 2013, 12:45 AM
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Transall C-160 build log

Esc with power wire extensions
Jan 08, 2013, 12:46 AM
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Motor installed in the mount and temporarily installed the 2 piece nacelle. Motor test using a Master Airscrew 9x5 3-blade tractor:

Transall C-160 motor in nacelle w/9" prop test (0 min 36 sec)

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