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Old 08-27-2010, 05:28 PM
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Default New plane is here!! Question on engine cover?

I just bought a Cessna large scale and in the instructions it says to permanently glue the engine cowl on to the fuselage.
I'm thinking about when I need to work on the motor or adjust the front steering on the landing gear which is inside this cover.... How would I get the cover off?
Is there something else I could do to make it accessable?
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:07 PM
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How large is "Large Scale"?

Which plane is it?
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:28 PM
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How large is "Large Scale"?

Which plane is it?

This plane.. http://www.parkflyers.com/Cessna_Lar...ne_p/4303l.htm

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Old 08-27-2010, 10:33 PM
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That's more like medium sized, but big for a park flyer definitely.

Most nitro models with cowls attach them with screws to the fuselage because it's assumed that you'll have to get to your engine at least once. Are you able to do that?
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That's more like medium sized, but big for a park flyer definitely.

Most nitro models with cowls attach them with screws to the fuselage because it's assumed that you'll have to get to your engine at least once. Are you able to do that?

No, its a slip fit type thing. I suppose if everything goes perfect I will not need back in there but that probably won't happen.
Clear tape would work but it looks bad so I guess I'll just glue it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:10 PM
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The names these Chinese companies give their airplanes crack me up sometimes. So does some of the stuff they put in their instructions.

I absolutely would not glue the cowl. You will likely need to remove it at some point. Use small screws (if there is something in the fuselage for them to bite into), strong tape or magnets that will allow you to remove the cowl.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:23 PM
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wow, I guess ive never seen a cessna do torque rolls. I guess there is a first time for everything!
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wow, I guess ive never seen a cessna do torque rolls. I guess there is a first time for everything!
LOL... This is actually a pretty nice kit compared to my other plane I bought. I'm a long way from torque rolls!!
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I would use silicone to attach it. On some of my planes with LG skirts I just run a bead and stick them on. It holds very well and can be removed with a bit of effort.
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I'd like to second GB idea of using silicone. Sounds like a good idea, even better than screws, tape or gawd forbid glue! There is absolutely no doubt that you'll need to get back in there sooner or later. prolly sooner!
Park Flyer's must be listening to a different drummer if this is Large Scale! To me Large Scale starts at about 80" wingspan and goes up, way up, from there.
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Old 08-28-2010, 01:48 PM
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You should never build a plane such that it can't be serviced. The cowl should absolutely be removable.

If it doesn't slip over the nose of the fuse and there's nothing to screw it to, glue some hardwood or ply blocks to the firewall. Set the blocks back from the edge by the thickness of the cowl. Tape the cowl in place and drill through the cowl and block to give accurate screw pilot holes. Then enlarge the holes in the cowl to the screw clearance size (screw drops into hole but stops at head).

What's even better than screwing into just the wood is to drill through both cowl and block with the clearance size bit. Then drill the blocks out larger so you can glue in pieces of yellow nyrod. The screws going into the nyrod will not rattle loose and the holes won't wear out. I also like to use a nylon washer on the screw to protect the cowl.

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I think I would use some Goop to attach it.  Whatever kind you can find at the store, Amazing, plumbers, etc.  It is like silicone but holds better but can peeled off it needs to be removed.
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It has a wide flange where it slides on so I bought some super strong magnets and gonna try that for now. The battery panel is held on this way and it Really holds tight.

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Hi!
Hope you don't try that plane yourself It's not that good as a trainer...Too much scale look! join a club and get good instructor.
A good trainer plane looks like this.
Plane is a Kyosho "Calmato", Spans 160cm, lightened 500g and modified to taildrager. Runs a MVVS .28 engine swinging a modified 11x4 APC prop.
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Hi!
Hope you don't try that plane yourself It's not that good as a trainer...Too much scale look! join a club and get good instructor.
A good trainer plane looks like this.
Plane is a Kyosho "Calmato", Spans 160cm, lightened 500g and modified to taildrager. Runs a MVVS .28 engine swinging a modified 11x4 APC prop.
I've already got another plane that is basically like it. Of course this one is better quality.These are my Trainers!!
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Anyone else notice that something came off the plane at 22 sec into the video?? Must not been to important, it kept flying
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:54 PM
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Anyone else notice that something came off the plane at 22 sec into the video?? Must not been to important, it kept flying
Apparantly they need a better battery hatch fastening system. You can see it missing in later belly shots. In the landing (last few seconds) it is hanging open. So, we can also conclude that video is a composite of multiple flights.
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It has small magnets holding it. For the hatch I'm using Super magnets so there's no way it will come off....I might add some to both belly covers too.
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The new high wing Edge ........................3d
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CGCINC,
Good luck with your new plane. I hope you will enjoy the hobby as most of us on here. I started with a 63" glow trainer, and now I have planes with 9-10 foot wingspans.
They fly so much better, but require a dedicated RC field to fly them. I've met tons of new friends and many of them have planes as big if not bigger. Its an addiction for me. Hope you catch it too.
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Personally speaking, if there were enough overlap of cowl and fuselage I'd inset some hardwood blocks into the foam with epoxy then use screws to attach the cowl. Might even use blind nuts on the back side of the wood if there's enough clearance behind the block. Old-fashioned it may be, but that's me to a T!
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I used the magnets and it pulls the cowl in tight from an inch or so. I used 5 magnets but I think it was a little overkill.
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