Well today placed the order for a few bits n bobs with a widget or two thrown in :) the Ardupilot and accessories was ordered. This includes the 900Mhz Xbee Pro, only the FMA sensors to order still as they are back in stock on the 15th :D

The new DSX9 2.4Ghz and the EasyStar with brushless upgrade can now be put to good use, well as soon as the thing is built....

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 11, 2009 at 3:40pm

I would check the FMA website daily for the arrival of the FMA sensors. If they come in before the 15th, they may all be gone by the 15th.

Just a thought.


Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 14, 2009 at 4:10pm

If you have not checked, FMA moved the arrival date of the FMA sensor to May 29th.

I was hoping to get one on May 15th also.

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 15, 2009 at 2:29pm
Thanx TCIII, yes I saw that. Placed and order on them anyhow..... See if they ship? For me the timing is still ok, building the Easystar currently, first to get that to fly, then I start on the electronics :)

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 15, 2009 at 2:40pm
Well the build is under way, yay! Had some charger problems and had to take it back to the shop, mine was the last one in stock so had to upgrade, but now that is working :)

Installed the brushless motor and the 2 servos, Hitec 55s. Had to lift them up by 6mm or 1/4" Balsa did the trick. They are a perfect fit, quite happy with the way that turned out. Did the rudder extension mod, will add the pictures of what I did bit later. Got the tail section glued up, horns installed, now to stick it all together with the fuse.
Going to be a busy weekend as Saturday there is a flying day, full scale at the Zwartkops airbase museum less than a mile away and Sunday the SBK round six bike race at Kyalami, about 20 miles away :D So Sunday away most of the day....

Some pictures to follow.
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 15, 2009 at 2:55pm

This is the motor installation

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 15, 2009 at 2:57pm

Because the Hitec 55 servo is so tiny, I had to space it with 6mm high balsa spacers

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 15, 2009 at 2:58pm

Servo glued in place

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 15, 2009 at 2:59pm

Made a rudder extension from 3mm ply, any comments? Its not attached yet ;)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 15, 2009 at 3:03pm
Its probably a good plan that extension.

Right you should have finished by now!!
Comment by Reto on May 15, 2009 at 3:20pm
In my opinion you could use some harder balsa instead of ply for the extension, maybe with the original rudder sandwiched between two sheets. A cleaner solution would be to cut out the EPP rudder, shape a full new rudder out of balsa sheet same thickness as original, and apply the new rudder with two large hinges cut out of a scavenged 3 1/4 floppy disk (the disk plastic articulates very nicely and is almost impossible to break). The hinges could be fitted in vertical slits cut in the fin and in the new rudder with a razor sharp blade, then glued in with CA.


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