"Cloudster" Construction Project Session #63
The Cloudster fuselage aft of the cabin area
seems a little weak in torsion, even for an electric model. This is probably
due to the light weight 3/16" square balsa used in the structure. To
stiffen the structure up a bit, 1/16" X 3/16" balsa diagonals were added in
two of central bays as shown below.
This is a close up of the diagonal configuration
used. Even though diagonals were only added to two bays, they stiffened up
the structure considerably without adding much weight.
I received extra long 2-56 cap crews from Micro
Fastener as shown below to secure the battery box and receiver mount to the
This shows the 1" long 2-56 cap screw that goes
through the white ABS tubing in the bottom planking used secure the battery
box, which can be seen in the lower right portion of the picture below.
This is just a close up of the cap screw.
I also received the four transparent colors of
Microlite covering yesterday that I ordered from Tower Hobbies.
I still have to develop a color scheme to be used
for the Cloudster covering. James Lollar indicated that I should use a
varied color pattern because these Speed 400 models get pretty hard to see
at the end of the 180 second motor run......................Tandy
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