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May 17, 2011, 05:35 PM
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I've made a little more progress with my wing as detailed on my blog.

http://mjc70.blogspot.com/

It Includes a few more pictures and a video of the first test of the motors installed in the wing.

Still plenty more to do before this bird flies though! I'll keep you posted.
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May 18, 2011, 08:28 PM
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BTW, How did everyone elses leading edge turn out? Mine looks square and rough. I haven't covered it yet so I might still have a chance to correct it. Is it just a matter of sanding it down to a smooth shape?

Also, has anyone put landing gear on the Ptero?

Yes, I sanded to round the leading edge.

I haven't seen any landing gear yet. Belly land in grass, just keep the wings parallel with the ground and it goes fine.
May 18, 2011, 08:30 PM
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I've made a little more progress with my wing as detailed on my blog.

http://mjc70.blogspot.com/

It Includes a few more pictures and a video of the first test of the motors installed in the wing.

Still plenty more to do before this bird flies though! I'll keep you posted.
Nice looking blog. It's a fun build! looking good so far.
May 19, 2011, 06:15 AM
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Nice looking blog. It's a fun build! looking good so far.
Thanks a lot Jim. Will post more updates as I progress.
May 20, 2011, 06:21 AM
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Until I pick up a couple of servos for the wing, I've commenced work on he Pterodactyl Head and Neck.

The first stage was pushing all the laser cut head and neck parts out from their respecitive sheets ready for assembly.



Two hours later, the result was something like this, albeit the picture here doesn't show the bottom head sheet inserted.



More details and assembly steps can be seen on my blog: http://mjc70.blogspot.com/ I'll move onto the body next and keep you posted on progress.
May 24, 2011, 02:17 AM
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The head and neck have been attached to the body.



The first alignment of the wing with the body and a bit more progress adding the rear leading edges and front bottom leading edges.



More details and pictures can be found on my blog: http://mjc70.blogspot.com/
May 24, 2011, 12:06 PM
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Looking good! Make sure you leave the head open so you can add some lead to ballance it.
May 25, 2011, 06:26 AM
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Cheers Jim. I've left the head open incase I need to add any lead.

I attached the tail last night and will move onto fixing the servos and controls now.



More detail and pictures can be found on my blog. I'll tell you a tale...I mean tail!
Jun 11, 2011, 12:34 PM
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My Ptero kit just came in the mail. Looks great, can't wait to get started.
Jun 11, 2011, 12:52 PM
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Enjoy the build Mark! Take your time.
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Jun 11, 2011, 04:25 PM
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Enjoy the build Mark! Take your time.
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Will do. I ordered all the gizmos I need to finish it. I probably won't get much accomplished until I have the motors in hand, looks that like detail needs to be handled early on in the build.
Jun 12, 2011, 11:51 AM
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Jun 12, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Will do. I ordered all the gizmos I need to finish it. I probably won't get much accomplished until I have the motors in hand, looks that like detail needs to be handled early on in the build.
There is plenty to do without the motors etc if you have time. You can get started on the wing, and the fuse has plenty of work that isn't dependant on electronics.
Jun 13, 2011, 07:15 AM
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Having tested my motors with two 6*4 apc electric props, I noticed my wing was yawing around to the right with both props going in the same direction. I have subsequently changed the left hand motor (looking from behind the wing) to rotate in the opposite direction as the other motor and everything appears to be good now.

On full power it's drawing about 16amps when measured on my Watt meter.

Has anyone else had to make the props counter rotate?
Jun 20, 2011, 07:18 AM
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Having spent the past couple of weeks on my Addiction X build; I returned to the Pterodactyl yesterday and had a bit of fun installing some red LED's for eyes!

Pretty effective don't you think?

See in more detail on my blog http://mjc70.blogspot.com/


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