MA Plans Service HOBO
Plans I had ordered from AMA finally arrived. I've completed the re-draw of everything in CAD except the adjustable lead-out guide. The article / build (Aug 2012) states "Install the inboard 1/8-inch light plywood wingtip rib and slider." Problem is, the 'slider' (which controls where the lead-outs exit the wing) isn't shown on the plans anywhere! I ordered a "universal" adjustable lead-out guide from Brodak, and may incorporate that into the design.
Of course, I did change a few things here and there (nothing drastic) to accommodate a brushless motor, ESC, battery, and timer in place of the glow engine and fuel tank. It all fits in fairly easily to the basic design.
Meanwhile, my friend, the machinist, completed work on a favor I had asked him to do for me. Okay, I did bribe him with a bottle of SC moonshine! The control handle I have been using is okay, but not very comfortable in my hand, and is a little bit of a pain to adjust the lead lines to compensate for lead wire length. This gem (pic attached) has a quick adjuster of the front bar for lead length that requires no tools, and an angled handle to fit the hand and wrist more naturally. It also allows me to change the distance of the line connection clips to "soften" the response a little. He did all the aluminum machining, I added the wooden grips.