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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    IT FLIES!!!
    The maiden flight was last Friday was a great success. Still need to do some tuning but it handles like a dream. I am waiting for pictures and video of the event so hopefully I can...
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    [FS] Re: Futaba 16 sz

    No location, few details, sounds like a scam...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    I ran the fuel pump for a couple of minutes to push out all the air bubbles and clear away any possible foreign material. First run was done here in my back yard. Swiwin SW190B, I love this thing! ...
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    Plumbing completed. Nice thing about such a large plane is that there is lots of room to mount everything.
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    Batteries are as far forward as I can get them. Since I need nose weight, I am using 5000mAh battery for turbine ECU. Most of the electronics are mounted.
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Checking balance. I will need to move everything I can forward. I mounted the engine far back so the hot end is sticking out, but I'm going to have to move it forward. That is moving 3 1/2 lbs:...
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    Got the engine! After a few measurements the motor mounts are made and turbine is mounted. Only 2 screws holding it now, but tomorrow I will add the rest.
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    Fuel overflow mounted.
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    A friend made up a vinyl decal sheet!
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    I wasn't completely happy with the operation of the rudders so I replaced the servo arms with these aluminum ones that clamp on to the servo. Just had to cut them down so the long length is not...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Aileron controls are completed. Pushrods are 3mm threaded rod with cf tubing for added support. After all, with this length of servo arm, it can push approximately 36lbs.
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    I am not too worried about the engine heat because the hot end is sticking out of the end. However, painted the engine mounting area with high temp paint.
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Past my deadline for when I thought I would have it in the air. However, there is a good reason. I decided to order a larger turbine to install, so I am waiting for my new SW190 to arrive. In the...
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    I made up a tip plate to minimize vortices. These are temporary to be used on initial test and trim flights. They go on with two 3mm bolts so will be easy to change. I plan to try a number of...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Nose gear is complete. Everything is done with loctite so should stay put.
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    I found SAVOX has released a new mini servo and I had to get a pair for the rudders. SV-1261MG at 7.4V = 0.095sec & 277.7 oz-in. Got them installed and working great.
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Canopy is black and got a bit of color on the fin. I will put a bit on the wings also. The body work is nowhere near done but a bit of color will help to see it in the sky. Most of it is still ugly...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    The fuel tank is mounted. I am working on everything that has to go at a particular location. All the other stuff that can go anywhere like batteries, receivers and such will be last to help locate...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Hiding under that pile of steel are a couple of wing tip plates.
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    Got the wood framework for the nose gear mount all done. I was going to make a custom strut but decided my time is better applied elseware, so I just ordered one. Cleaning up and mounting the...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    So many things to do...
    Soldered ends on brass tubing to make up the fuel pick-up.
    Got the nose gear mount in place with 3mm blind nuts to hold the retract. Tomorrow I will add a few braces.
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    I would guess about the end of July but don't bet a lot of money on that date.
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    The main gear is mounted and I spent a couple of days soldering up the wiring to the wing connectors. Will still have to make up the covers for main gear openings, but for now, I am moving on to the...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    So many things with this build have gone south on me, why should the landing gear be any different. Buy cheap and you get to buy twice! I am so done, with HobbyKing landing gear! Now I got a great...
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    Re: The birth of Solstice (build thread)

    Got the fuse in grey primer and air intakes smoothed out. I will put a few splashes of color to help visual orientation.
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