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Old 12-22-2007, 08:53 AM
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With any luck, I'll have time to get this dude built tomorrow.
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Old 12-22-2007, 07:58 PM
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what motor are you going to use?
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:22 PM
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I'd like to use an ELE C-20 1500kv, which is the same as I use in my Jenny. Unfortunately, I only have one...being used by the Jenny.

I do have a 2500kv version...but I do not think it will have enough thrust.

I have read that the SE5 will need some extra weight up front to get C/G...in that case I may use a 400XT...I have one handy...I have also been using one in my Pico Moth with success.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:10 AM
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I just got that motor back I accidentally epoxied - seems to be A-OK. So now I can save my pennies for an SE5a......
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:16 AM
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The kit showed up yesterday, but I didnt have any time to check it out



So I started looking thru it today and noticed they seemed to have fixed a couple weak spots that were present.

Here is a good fix on the rudder, they epoxied a clear plastic piece to support the horn :



and also a carbon re-inforced stab:

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Old 12-24-2007, 08:19 AM
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Other cool things I noticed was the cowl. They just have a faceplate screwed on the fuse, less chance of breakage -



and they even added decals under the wing -



Here the motor mount box looks similiar and there is no bottom to the cowl -

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Old 12-24-2007, 08:22 AM
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The tailskid looks pretty tough. If you break this it means you did something bad....



How cool is this machine gun? It will look good atop of the S.E.5a



I also noticed that the wheels are better than the Jennys.

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Old 12-24-2007, 08:27 AM
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Hey Dave,
boy you guys have been very busy with your builds lately... good for you.. Great info. I want Santa to bring me one of everything... I'm so greedy..
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:51 PM
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Looks like Eflite did some good QA after the Jenny. Good to see.

Now they need to work on some other planes (hint: PT-17, Camel, Fokker......)
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Old 12-24-2007, 05:46 PM
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Korn'nybub::I gotta have one of Dem-da-doses!!!!! I had no Idea that they were build so well!!My Se5A fly's like Micky Mouse was at the helm!!your bub, steve
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Old 12-24-2007, 06:52 PM
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Maybe that's cuz Mickey Mouse IS at da helm! LOL
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:55 PM
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gfdengine204::Mickeys Mouse=M.M., Oh my!!bub,stevePS hope you not hav'in to Radio dispatch tonight,happy X-mas my-bub
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by stevecooper View Post
gfdengine204::Mickeys Mouse=M.M., Oh my!!bub,stevePS hope you not hav'in to Radio dispatch tonight,happy X-mas my-bub
No my bub, I am on vacation til Jan 2!
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:12 PM
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Kev::Stay warm, i'm order'in one now, I can probly fly it in the yard!bub,steve
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Old 12-24-2007, 08:23 PM
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I've gotta rig my Jenny, and someone tossed out the line that came with it. Went to Walmart and got some 8lb FireWire to use.

The SE5a is on my list of wanted planes. It's a LONG list.
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:20 AM
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I decided to use this motor in the SE5a. Its a CD-ROM 25 turn motor I got from Randy at www.m-a-e.com. I am pretty sure it has alot more power than the eflite 250 outrunner and its alot cheaper. I'll have to configure the motor to the mount like I did with the Jenny.




Here is a close up of the motor, It was used on my 3D 6oz foamie I also got from Randy (Slick from www.m-a-e.com)

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Old 12-27-2007, 07:23 AM
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Since I cant install the motor at this time I can move onto the wings. All the gear goes up by the motor so installing the wings is no biggie.

First you have to attach the main cabanes




And this is what it looks like with both sides attached -

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Old 12-27-2007, 07:27 AM
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Good looking plane Dave.
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Old 12-27-2007, 07:30 AM
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Then install the bottom wing. An easy way to make sure it is lined up properly is to attach a string at the tail end of the fuse. Make it long enough to reach the outer wing panels




Then stretch the string out at the same point on both wing halves until the length is the same




Drill 1/64" thru the holes of the wing for the mounting screws and attach the wing to the fuse




Do the same for the top wing -




Here is what it looks like with the wings attached -



Thats all until tomorrow -
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:12 AM
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Ok...back at it

The motor is next and this is what I am dealing with. The EFLITE carbon tube is 0.309" as shown -



The shaft of the outrunner (CDROM) is 0.376". So I need to make some adapter to accomodate...see pic -




First I cut off a piece of nylon stock we have in the shop. (Anything will work, even balsa block).




After I find center, drill a small pilot hole for the larger drill to follow.



After drilling the larger hole, I test fit the carbon EFLITE tube.




Then I turn the piece around and drill for the CDROM Shaft and test fit.



Cool...thats done
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:17 AM
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Nice fabrication photos.

Now Kev is going to need 6 or 7 of those mounts for his SE5a.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:19 AM
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Next I need to install the motor. This is what it looks like before installation, I trimmed the EFLITE carbon tube and nylon tube for fit.




Here are a couple views showing the new tube and motor in place -



And.....



And...



This is the glue I used to hold the motor tube together -

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Old 12-28-2007, 07:25 AM
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To get the CDROM motor to fit decent you will need to trim some fat from the cowl. No biggie as it doesnt need to be there anyway.



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Old 12-28-2007, 07:28 AM
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Here are the servos I will be using, also fro www.m-a-e.com , they are 6 gram servos with 12 oz/in torque.




and of course for control I will be using the new AR6100E (www.toddsmodels.com) with my DX7



Here is a pic of the servos installed, for something this light you can just use a hot glue gun. (Wilburs favorite )

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Old 12-28-2007, 07:36 AM
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Tail assembly is next, everything is slotted, just make sure to make it all square.







And here is the finished tail assembly -




After that install the control horns on the rudder and elevator -




of course...what is a WWI fighter withought a machine gun?

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