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V2.1 Complete Tools & Materials List

  • 19 Aug 2016 1:09 PM
    Message # 4200995
    Marshall Henley (Administrator)

    Anything with a link below is what I have purchased and am using.
    --Marshall L. Henley as of 2016.08.19

    If building from scratch:

    (see below if purchasing airframe)

    Tools Needed

    • Hot glue gun (get a good one like the Surebonder at Menards)
    • Packing tape gun or dispenser that comes with the tape
    • Utility knife and lots of sharp utility knife blades. Replace often.
    • Phillips screwdriver or screw gun (for motor mounting)
    • 1/16 drill bit (for motor mounting)
    • A dozen or so 1" to 2" scraps of foam board for squeegeeing glue
      (you can get these after you cut the boards up from the scrap).
    • Needle nose pliers or small z-bender for making z-bends
    • Computer and printer for printing rib templates
      • Optional / helpful: belt sander with 60 to 150 grit paper
      • Optional / helpful: 3M 77 cement for applying rib templates to foam or applying printed paper graphics.

    Airframe Materials

    • (2) 30x20" sheets of foam board
    • 2" packing tape, clear
    • Hot glue sticks - have plenty ready, but use sparingly
    • (1) 2" x 2" x 1/4" plywood (or light ply) motor firewall
    • (2) 1" x 3" home-made control horns made from scrap light plywood
    • (2) small-diameter music wire pushrods with z-bends -  .047" K&S music wire (K&S Item no. 502) for pushrods , -OR- 1mm K&S music wire (item no.  3941) -OR- equivalent.  Note: you can use larger music wire than this, but it's difficult to get a small servo arm that will work.
    • (4) 1-1/4" #6 drywall screws (for mounting motor, fast!)
    • Velcro for battery, ESC, receiver installation

    Equipment

    If purchasing airframe from SLRCFA:

    Tools Needed

    • Hot glue gun (get a good one like the Surebonder at Menards)
    • Utility knife or X-acto knife and lots of sharp utility knife blades for cutting holes for servo wires, if you choose to route internally
    • Phillips screwdriver or screw gun (for motor mounting)
    • 1/16 drill bit (for motor mounting)
    • Needle nose pliers or small z-bender for making z-bends
      • Optional / helpful: 3M 77 cement for applying printed paper graphics.

    Airframe Materials

    • Sticky-backed Velcro for battery, ESC, receiver installation
    • (4) 1-1/4" #6 drywall screws (for mounting motor, fast!)
    • (2) small-diameter music wire pushrods with z-bends -  .047" K&S music wire (K&S Item no. 502) for pushrods , -OR- 1mm K&S music wire (item no.  3941) -OR- equivalent.  Note: you can use larger music wire than this, but it's difficult to get a small servo arm that will work.

    Equipment

    • (1) Small low-cost receiver
    • (1) 30A electronic speed control (ESC) with built-in battery elimination
    • (1) 3536-910kV motor (Turnigy 3536/9 or equivalent)
    • (3) 11x7 APC style propellers (3 or more recommended)
    • (2) 2.6kg-cm torque metal gear servos (TowerPro MG91s or equivalent)
    • (2) 2,200, 2,650 or 3,200 mAh 3S LiPo batteries.
      I recommend 65C discharge rating so you can charge them quickly while in combat, but a 30/45 C Turnigy battery will work fine. I'm actually using 3,200 mAh Revolectrix Blend435 Platinum Label 40C HV lipos which charge to 4.35 volts per cell. A low-cost 2200 option would be the Turnigy 40C. A low-cost 2650 option would be the Turnigy 30C.
      • Optional: extensions for servos (I haven't needed them)

    Last modified: 26 Aug 2016 2:19 PM | Marshall Henley (Administrator)


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