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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 9:14 pm 
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It's been crazy at work since it finally stopped raining.

Not too much done tonight but I started working on the canopy. I began by sanding the turtledeck back filler plate down to match. I then worked on the turtle deck front plate. I got it sanded to match the lines of turtle deck as well. I then traced, cut, and clamped in place the lite ply that will be the back of the canopy. My plan is to get it to match the lite ply plate glued to the front of the turtle deck and then just take a little off of that for the thickness of the canopy. I will glue on the balsa Dalton logo and sand that to match as well.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 9:12 pm 
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Well, I spent all day at the office because I was summoned for Jury duty on Monday and just found out I no longer need to show up.

So that means working on the Dalton in the morning while batteries charge to go flying tomorrow if the weather holds up!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 8:36 pm 
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Didn't get as much done today as I had hoped. I got the hatch back sanded down for the canopy and the front glued to it. I then made the plate for the rear of the turtledeck and glued that on as well.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Any time you are using landscape bricks it is a good thing!


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:32 pm 
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Those are actually leftover bricks from when we built our house lol!

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:22 am 
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Long day in the field yesterday so I only got the front of the rear part of the canopy cut out and shaped.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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Someone posted this on another site.


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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
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ROFL! Oh my. The sad thing is, some people will be genuinely freaked out by it. :face

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:38 am 
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Well, I've been super busy and I'm glad this week will be half over.

I did go flying Sunday and it was an OK day. I took the 600N, E7, and Slick.

I was doing some tuning on the DA 60 and finally just put it back to factory settings and took it up. It's a lot better but still not right on the low end. I couldn't tell if it was rich or lean so I richened the low before my final flight on it and I'm thinking I'm going in the wrong direction so I will try leaning and see how it performs. Someone else who put a velocity stack on a DA 60 said that they had to richen the low but things could be different.

The 600N flew great but I need to take some pitch out. I have it set for 12-12.5 degrees I think and it's too much. I'm going to take it down to 10.5 and increase headspeed based off of what someone else said and try that. The problem I'm having is the motor bogging down when I go to full pitch.

The E7 kind of wobbles a little bit on spool up so I may have my blades too tight. It smooths out once it gets up to speed. I also noticed a funny noise and I thought with the wobble that my one way bearing of main shaft hub on the main gear may be tweeked and I need a new one. The one way needs lube and I've been using triflow but I'm going to get some automatic transmission fluid and try that. I also discovered that my spur gear for the tail drive was loose and that was because the screws were coming out!

So I have some replacement screws coming (1 was missing and I was missing the same screw in another non-drive train place) and hopefully it's going to be flying great this weekend if the weather holds. I finally got to fly with the new 3D printed battery trays and they're just awesome. I'm also thinking of swapping the YEP 180HV for the Hobbywing 160HV when it comes out. Right now I'm going to continue with the YEP but may end up switching it out for something else.

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 Post subject: Re: The Notorious B.E.N. Flying/Building/Repairing Blog
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:40 pm 
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Ben, what's your altitude up there? You may indeed need to take a little pitch out of that 600N if you're up fairly high.

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