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    Thanks for all of the questions... Here are the...

    Thanks for all of the questions... Here are the basics

    Wings: +0.7
    Stabs: 0.0
    Tcan: +0.2

    Trim +1.90mm or about 2 degrees

    On inverted 45 upline airplane will do a gentle split S
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    Caelus Maiden Flight

    CAELUS HAS FLOWN!!! What an incredible airplane. Can't say enough about the Caelus! Got 3 trimming flights in and it was such a pleasure to fly her. If Mike can get a couple wrinkles worked out at...
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    I slid my fingernail between the canopy edge and...

    I slid my fingernail between the canopy edge and fuselage "rail." Pops right off. Did not even have to pull on the canopy. I've been adjusting/playing with the length of the brass pins so that the...
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    Well, still have not flown my Caelus yet. Most of...

    Well, still have not flown my Caelus yet. Most of the delay is just attributed to my schedule. The other part is just little things that are cropping up as I finish it off. The current problem is the...
  5. The point being... the AMA needs to spend more...

    The point being... the AMA needs to spend more time protecting "traditional RC" than trying to promote drone initiatives. There is a huge distinction between a traditional line of sight RC aircraft...
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    Caelus V2: Preflight final Impressions

    So, I have just completed the build of the Caelus V2. I have a couple of comments on the airplane and would like to share these with you. I've built dozens of RC airplanes, a full size hovercraft,...
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    Dave, Thanks for the tip. I will look at the...

    Dave,
    Thanks for the tip. I will look at the stabs and evaluate and post.
    Ken
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    Caelus V2: Replacement Battery Tray

    2109438Here's the fix. First I notched the gator battery tray to fit the existing support across the fuselage. Next I added the front and rear CF rails and 30min epoxied everything in to place. Fits...
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    Caelus V2: IMPORTANT OBSERVATION ON BATTERY TRAY!

    I bought a new Gator battery tray from F3AU and think this was the smartest thing to do. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU REPLACE THE STOCK BATTERY TRAY. Sorry for shouting, but I removed the stock...
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    Caelus V2: incidence Setting

    Per Dave he set the following incidence using the canopy deck as zero,

    Stabs: 0
    Wings: +0.7
    Tcan: +0.2 or (-0.5 relative to the wing) Initially he felt that the Tcan needed adjustment, so he...
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    Caelus V2: Stabilizer incidence adjusters

    Here's a quick look inside the tail where the incidence adjuster is for the horizontal stab. There's a screw that is used to run them up and down in unison.


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    Caelus V2: Motor Install

    So, I installed the Pletty 30-10 and Jeti Opto 90 tonight. No real surprises. Dave had everything fitting perfectly. I did do a couple of extra things though.

    I reinforced the area around the...
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    This is a thread on the Caelus. We all get along...

    This is a thread on the Caelus. We all get along whether it is building, assembling, or flying! :)
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    Caelus V2: Fuselage Part 5 Mounting the Gear

    The gear is mounted on a 1/4" aircraft grade plywood platform. The gear and mounting holes are precisely drilled. It fits perfectly into the mounting platform. The platform is epoxied into the frame...
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    You know, I wonder if Dave didn't put that in...

    You know, I wonder if Dave didn't put that in there for me...
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    Caelus V2: Fuselage Part 4

    The landing gear appears to be standard F3A type gear with a matte finish. Very good and tough. No issues here. Let me just say that the wheel pants are a work of art!! These are perfectly formed and...
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    Caelus V2: Fuselage Part 3

    As you can see from previous pictures, the exterior of the canopy is flawless and looks beautiful. It is very nice. There is one comment though that I need to make about the layup process on the...
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    Caelus V2 Fuselage Part2

    Now for the interior of the airplane.

    The first thing I notice is that the front 1/3 of the Caelus has a layer of carbon fiber cloth that wraps through the fuselage 360 degrees. The front of the...
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    Caelus V2 Fuselage Part1

    So here are some pictures of the exterior of the fuselage. Once again, excellent fiberglass work. No wrinkles, gaps, seams, uneven spots... nothing. I grabbed on to the horizontal stabilizer and the...
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    Caelus V2 Tail Feathers

    The construction of the horizontal stabilizers is of the same excellent quality as the wings. These are very sturdy and well made structures. With a Futaba S9650 servo (26g) and control rods, the...
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    Caelus V2 - Inside the Wings

    Here are some pictures of the wing structure and a comparison of the wing against the Osiris 2M prototype in my basement that I am working on and the subject of another thread.

    The fiberglass work...
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    Caelus V2 Wings - First Look

    Wings
    I unpacked both wings and weighed each. Note: I have servo (JR 9411HV 38.6g), linkages, extension and hinges installed. The wings weigh out as:

    Right: 400g
    Left: 405g

    Impressions:
    The...
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    Unpacking Caelus V2 and Assembly

    Thanks to Mike and Dave Snow my new and nearly assembled Caelus V2 just arrived and I started to unpack it. I'll be posting my impressions in this thread of the airplane. Please note that Dave did...
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    Snowman44 thanks very much for the additional...

    Snowman44 thanks very much for the additional comments. I want to put in a Plettenberg Advance 30-10 and Jeti Advance 90 Opto Pro. I know that I can do the Hacker, but the guys I fly with are raving...
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    Reducing Weight

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    Just wondering if you have any suggestions on where we can bring down the weight? I am already buying supplies for the airplane I ordered and this is going to change a couple of ideas I have...
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