It’s raining non-stop in Miami so I’ve taken the opportunity to build and repair. This time I’m cutting some carbon fiber rods that will be going into a 30″ Dead Simple Wing. I use a Chicago Electric Dremel-like rotary tool with a cutting blade to snap 2 CF rods down to 18″
Presented in HD 720p Thanks to my new Flip UltraHD:
I got a little tired of seeing the that outdated logo I’ve had on the site header since like forever so I went into Photoshop and made me a new one. I also changed to graphics on the heading around the site and brought it all a little up to the times. Did away with the ugly orange that was previously bathing your eyes in blood. Thoughts?
If you’re flying like me, you’re probably replacing propellers and bending motor shafts like there’s no tomorrow. This is especially true if you’re flying from a grass field. The problem is that when your propeller hits the ground, either it takes the force of the impact or, if it’s still turning with throttle, it can bend the motor shaft.
Early on when I started flying RC I kept hearing about prop savers. I didn’t really get the benefit until I used one myself. Now I use a prop saver on every 3 or 4 mm motor shaft! I’d love to say I have no more broken props or bent shafts but all I can say is that it has drastically reduced prop fatalities and shaft replacements.
Here’s how a prop saver works
It’s a small aluminum ring that fits on the motor shaft like on Figure 1. It has two milled, threaded holes where little screws go and it comes with one or two rubber bands (you only need one).
After putting the prop saver on the shaft you tighten the screws so that it doesn’t spin free from the shaft or slide off the shaft. You then put the propeller onto the front of the prop saver and attach the rubber band from one screw, around the front of the propeller and onto the other screw.
Now your prop has some room to flex back-and-forth and spin free from the motor a little. So if you hit the ground, the rubber band takes the force a little instead of passing it to the prop or shaft.
Spent a week doing little things here-and-there to the SC and ended up with a very different model :) I’m happy because I did a lot of stuff I had been meaning to do to it for a long time.
I only have pictures (and crappy ones!) because I lost my digital camera so I had to use my mobil phone.
The first thing I did was put flaps on. I used these hinges I had bought from HobbyKing like a year ago and didn’t know what to do with them because they sucked as “hatch hinges” like they had been advertised. I like them for flaps because I can make a single cut instead of having to bevel the edge of the flaps, thus keeping the wing totally free of indentations when the flaps are up.
That was supposed to be IT. I just wanted to add flaps to the SC. I then thought “Hmm… I should put flapperons TOO!” so I did. I removed the Y-lead and installed two 200mm lead extensions on the servos to split the aileron channel in two. Then I mixed them together with two switches. So I can lower the flaps with or without the flapperons.
I also mixed in down-elevator with the flaps and also on a switch to turn it on and off. You can see that in the two pictures above.
Now, my transforming Super Cub (hopefully) can slow down to a crawl.
But WAIT! There’s more! :D
I went up to the attic and found a few goodies in a bin! I found my old SC landing gear! I put those on, as you can see from those pics up there. I had been flying with the rear end of the floats set held on by screws!
I also found a brand new rudder in a pack that used to be a SC tail feathers kit. This rudder has a tail wheel on! AWESOME for me because I had cut off my old tail wheel when I was flying the SC with tricycle landing gear.
And something I had wanted to do for a long time: I counter-balanced the elevator and rudder, as found in many clipped wing cubs. I LOVE the look of that :)
Of course I’m using the OrangeRx 6-ch receiver and taking up every single channel and every mix on the DX6i, including the gear mix, Mix 1 and Mix 2.
Actually I didn’t use the Flaps mix for reasons only known to me. lol. I can change it later if I feel I have to ;D
Step-by-step tutorials and videos on how to do all this will be coming soon. I just have to find my camera :(
I’ve also started and finished construction on a new flying wing (pictured) made from foamboard. Flight video within a week or so.
More reviews of HobbyKing stuff coming, also some instructional videos on programming for best results and DX6i stuff, I’d like to concentrate on instructional videos more and start building with bluecor foam so watch for that.
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