After several weeks of building, waiting for parts, and building some more, it all came together. HAL took flight for the first and second time. I have a lot of trim work to do over the next few days when I can get back into the indoor arena or without any wind outside. It was very difficult to control, even in stabilize mode, so I used loiter mode for most of my flying. In loiter mode, even in a 12mph wind, it held rock solid in place.
Flight controller and receiver mounted on the mid-deck
Kyosho Zeal vibration dampening gel, with double stick tape on both sides to mount the flight controller. Vibrations were 1 to -1 on the IMU logs!
GPS and Compass mounted to the top deck
Fully assembled, just need to attach the motors.
After my first two flights, already broke the landing skids. They're flimsy, not surprising. Newer better ones on order.