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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Here's my "oh crap" moment… Not too horrible, just need to add more time to correct.  It's too bad that hysol is so incredible at what it does!

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ToYmCkSVVc[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    how much thrust do you get with the Stu max 110?

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build


    ORIGINAL: rcand

    how much thrust do you get with the Stu max 110?
    About 13.2lbs on 12s according to the Stumax website. I've never bench tested myself. Gunrad has been flying his Yellow F-16 on this setup and it has worked great.


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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Finally finished up the lower fan mount.  I had to dremel out the area where the landing gear wanted to touch.  All is good now, gear fully retracts and there is no more interference with the air cylinder.  Check it out:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6DFwM9KayY[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Here's a quick video finishing up the fan mounts once and for all.  Now I can semi permanently screw the fan in and be done with it.  I trimmed down the rail to save a little more weight and make it more aesthetically pleasing.

    I made the top rail so that it slips into a hole in the rear and lifts up in the front for easy removal so I can access the fan when needed.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqz-R5f1ymA[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    At long last, another video!  Not a whole lot done today, watch the video to find out why.  At least I got the hatch painted and the inside of the intake.  I would like to get the intake painted tomorrow so that I can get the inlet spike and forward custom bulkhead installed.  This will allow me to do the final arrangement of the air sequencer/tubing/stuff n' things.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cn9cPn_TQA0[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, I made some more progress.  The inlet is almost finished painting… I'm going to need to sand down any spots that got runny or too thick, but overall it's looking good.  I also needed to cut down the edges of the bulkhead that supports the inlet spike so that I can run my air lines along the very edges of the fuselage.  I think it will make for a much cleaner installation overall.  Check out the video to see what I mean…

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EXKKtCoFfM[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, one more for today (is that a record?)  Having fun with this one.  The heat is on to get this place back in shape before my wife gets home.  All record of having worked on the F-16 have been eliminated.  I just turned off the scentsy pot and she should be home within the hour.  Phew!  That was close!

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d08swiehj8M[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Looking good....can't wait to see a flight video and vertical performance. I have a Cermark F-16P so not rdy to jump to electric just yet....jet power just to crazy expensive.

    Cheers!

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, time for some turkey feather action!

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-975XqucTnw[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    More turkey feather action. I made a stencil and airbrush to make the "burnt" areas where the turkey feathers overlap. It's turning out pretty good. On the first video when I was really pushing down the masking tape around the edges it caused that paint to peel up when I removed the tape. Oops! Oh well, that part will be easy to repaint.
    Ok, time for some turkey feather action!

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRbosWLMBlE[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, here's the last of the tailbone (turkey feathers) for a bit until we mount that sucker.  Turned out ok.  I think I'm going to paint over the aluminum with a titanium color which is a little bit darker in color.  I won't make a video for that, I'm just going to do it.  Right now once I get the grey color on the fuselage it's going to look like a big silver stripe, too much contrast.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIGAnwYNa1Q[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, here's the last of the tailbone (turkey feathers) for a bit until we mount that sucker.  Turned out ok.  I think I'm going to paint over the aluminum with a titanium color which is a little bit darker in color.  I won't make a video for that, I'm just going to do it.  Right now once I get the grey color on the fuselage it's going to look like a big silver stripe, too much contrast.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIGAnwYNa1Q[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Well, I spent this weekend painting the inside of the duct near the fan. I had to remove the stumax, mask everything off and try to get in there. It was slow going… paint, sand, paint, sand… very difficult to get in there just right.

    I would highly recommend painting the inside of the duct prior to installing on the plane. I'm sure that is a no-brainer but hey, it's done now…

    Now I can finish the video of the installation of the inlet spike/bulkhead… I couldn't stand it when you looked inside the inlet and could see it was unpainted toward the back… OCD I guess...

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, here is the vid showing the inlet spike installed as well as the inlet spike bulkhead.  Together these eliminate the flexing of the cockpit area above the inlet.  The inlet spike is made of carbon fiber sanded to a symmetrical airfoil shape.  The bulkhead is made of ply.  These are custom and were not included in the kit.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhCiBy7zxOk[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    I've been working on a custom made saddle 6cell pack from my Gens Ace batteries I ordered.  I ordered 3 4-cell 5300mah batteries, split one in two, combined the 4 cell with the newly created 2 cell to make a 6 cell and made it fit around the fan unit.  So far so good.  I did this last weekend...

    Well good news today.  I was able to make a charging connector for the Gens Ace battery that I made and I was able to fully charge it without any issue.  All 6 cells registered and there was no heat build up or puffing or anything that would signal my apartment complex was in danger of burning down.  :-)  I'm going to go ahead and make the other battery this week.  I'm going to bench test them quite a bit until I feel comfortable they are performing as expected.

    Also, I soldered up some 6mm bullets onto all the leads of the ESC this weekend.  I haven't had any privacy so I haven't made any new videos.

    I will need to re-run some of the air cables that go above the inlet ducting and have them go on the sides.  The ESC wiring is hard to get through the mess of air tubes.  I haven't had a chance to see where the CG is yet, I need to get some L brackets.

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok gang, time for a new video.  I like to call this one "F-16 to F-86 conversion".  Check it out to see what I'm talking about.

    P.S. I got my bonus at work so I'll be getting that JR11X.  Now I'll have enough channels for brakes and a working canopy!  Woohoo!

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbRMQ-7G_aQ[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, back for a couple weeks from the money pit.  I ordered some goodies!  I started working on the nose "utility" area.  As you can see from the pic I've already got my switches installed.  Need to make the tray/shelf for the air sequencer, and the holes for the air gauges and air fill valves.  Check out the video for more info:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYVGWSuX6WM[/youtube]



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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, so now that I've pretty much figured out the layout I want and a few upgrades, I'm making a  couple videos from start to finish.  V2.0 will stick out twice as much from the leading edge of fuselage so there is a little more "grab" for the nose cone.  Also, I'll take more care to make sure all the holes are evenly spaced/lined up and I don't tear up the surface of the wood as much.
      Another big thing is to make sure the wood touches all sides and there are no gaps.  It was perfect originally, but when I was toying with putting a tray for the sequencer to sit on, I sanded too much off the sides.  If there are gaps the nose cone/fuselage won't line up just right and all the effort cutting the nose off carefully will be wasted.  I want it to look like a nice, neat panel line where the two meet.
      Ok, enough gabbing.  Heres the video:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqOpw_1Ewaw[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Ok, here's Part 2 of V2.0 of the control panel.  This one is turning out much nicer since I've already worked out the quirks of the first.  Check it out:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgHUvNZd3HA[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    I was home sick today so I took it easy and made the control panel face in photoshop. I did a couple versions (see pics). Here is a video of how I did it. You can use free software such as "Gimpshop" to accomplish the same thing. I just happen to have photoshop.
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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Here's the new photoshopped face for our control panel in action.  I'm pretty close to wrapping this part up.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vD7nC7QKTc[/youtube]

    On another note, I finally got my battery connectors so I'm hoping to get a test bench built this weekend to try out the Stumax for the first time!  Woohoo!

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Here's some snapshots of the nearly completed unit. I'm going to search the hardware store for some L-brackets to mount the sequencer. I haven't found a suitable "quick release" method just yet.

    Just need to add a hole for the extensions to the receiver, add a few magnets behind the face (should have thought of that before gluing it on… no biggie.)
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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Wow, I'm going to have to quit doing these late night videos… I was just looking back on the thread and noticed my episode numbering is all screwy.  Oh well, it's the thought that counts.  Here's Episode #66E-ish:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C-CFWfuJAA[/youtube]

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    RE: Yellow Aircraft F-16C EDF Build

    Here's some progress:

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elHrd-azgMU[/youtube]


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