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Old 05-15-2019, 06:04 PM
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Prepping for the tail feathers. Note the alignment tabs for the horizontal stabilizer, nice touch!
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:11 PM
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The covering is even cut away for the seating area of the stab. Note my covering expertise on the black stripes while trying to do some last minute tightening on the Monokote. Apparently the black stripes on the bottoms of the HS and wing are actually layered on with black monokote as are the trim stripes on the fuse and not molded in like the rest of the model. OOPS! I'll have to fix that later!
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:15 PM
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HS set with 30minute epoxy.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:18 PM
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Vertical stab prep.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:20 PM
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Vertical stab squared up and setting, again 30 min. epoxy was used.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:28 PM
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Test fitting vertical fin gussets then set with medium CA after some light sanding and shaping. Here you do have to remove your own covering and it's a challenge to make pretty.
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You'll want to put a thin layer of epoxy thinned with rubbing alcohol in the battery compartment and behind servo tray to allow better adherence of the hook and loop material to the ply.
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Epoxy here...
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...and here.
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Rudder servo set and linkage complete.
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Elevator servo set and linkage completed. Uses a way smaller servo arm and throw profile!!! I never thought it would be enough but it's plenty. Even for dual rates.
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Just wanted to state my appreciation on the the utterly complete hardware package that is included with these Tactic servos. Many arm sizes and spline choices to get it done right. Oh and LOVE the tray to hold everything from getting lost. These are mini coreless digitals for a couple dollars more than the analogs and they are quicker, stronger and lighter with twice the resolution. Only drawback, no replacement gear sets available. Oh well , cheap enough to just replace when needed. I've never used anything but Futaba servos until I came across these.

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All done! Rx installed. Now for some balancing which will be completely up to your model and setup.
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Needed 1/2 OZ here...


1/4 OZ here. I will eventually hide this.

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All Done. Fairly straightforward assembly. Posing time.


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Hope this helps, Be back with some flight reports. Cheers,
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