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Old 01-17-2009, 11:10 PM
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Got my first eflight plane, a Parkzone Corsair (PNP) recently and I was wondering - do I need to take the same precautions with the receiver and battery as I do with a glow plane WRT vibration (ie wrap in foam). I assume not, since the vibration is mainly from the engine, but I'd like to be certain.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:16 PM
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Johnny,

The short answer is, No. I simply just Velcro my Rx and battery to anything strong enough to hold them down. The battery on smaller planes is used to help maintain proper CG, but I'm sure you knew that.

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Old 01-18-2009, 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Murocflyer View Post
Johnny,

The short answer is, No. I simply just Velcro my Rx and battery to anything strong enough to hold them down. The battery on smaller planes is used to help maintain proper CG, but I'm sure you knew that.

Good luck,

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Funny you mention that, I'm in the process of balancing a glow plane I just finished building, and trying to figure out how to install the battery as far back as possible because I'm nose heavy right now.

I guess I shouldn't bother putting the receiver and battery in plastic for the electric either. Not much chance of a fuel leak, and if the battery were to leak out, I'd wager plastic would be fairly ineffective at preventing any damage! I'd probably wind up with an RC roman candle!
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:50 AM
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For my bigger glow planes, I just add lead. I figure the plane already weighs 5 to 6 pounds, another ounce or two won't matter much.

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:55 AM
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Yeah, but I've got to add it to the tail, so I've got to do some cutting. I'd like to avoid that if possible, but I'll probably wind up having to go that route anyway.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by johnnychemo View Post
Yeah, but I've got to add it to the tail, so I've got to do some cutting. I'd like to avoid that if possible, but I'll probably wind up having to go that route anyway.
Hi Jonny and Welcome to Wattflyers, your lucky, you have the leverage of the fuselage, so you should not need to use very much added weight to balance your plane, good luck to you on your Maiden flight, Chellie
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:27 AM
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Yeah, but I've got to add it to the tail, so I've got to do some cutting. I'd like to avoid that if possible, but I'll probably wind up having to go that route anyway.

I wouldn't cut into the fuselage. Here's how I added weight on my SSE.

Note the arrow. It is pointing to the weights.

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Old 01-18-2009, 05:41 PM
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I can't quite make it out in the picture...did you just attach them to the bottom of the fuse? I was going for a more 'invisible' look. I figured I'd hollow out some of the bottom, install the weights, and cover over it.

I have to add about 50 grams btw. (7x 1/4oz slugs)
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I just used servo screws to attach the weights to the outside of the fuselage. I knew once I got comfortable flying the plane, I would want to remove one or two of them.

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Old 01-19-2009, 04:49 AM
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That isn't a bad idea. I can put them under the stab so they aren't that visible, or paint them white or something....

Can't wait to get it up in the air...but I'll have to wait until the snow melts a bit!

Here's a pic, it's an Ultrasport 40
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Nice looking plane! I bet she's gonna fly great.

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