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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

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    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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    Great clinic!! Thanks very much for all of the...

    Great clinic!! Thanks very much for all of the handwork!!
    Ken
  22. Here's a lot of information that I collected on...

    Here's a lot of information that I collected on finding the CG with a bunch of help from the pattern community.

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2276579&page=4
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    As was previously pointed out, this airplane is...

    As was previously pointed out, this airplane is owned by David Oreck and is down in New Orleans at his airpark. I believe that it was restored in 1996 or so and put in it's current colors. If you...
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    Mike, The Miracle K-012 Throw Meter is...

    Mike,
    The Miracle K-012 Throw Meter is absolutely stellar. It is an analog meter with a ball bearing movement. I would put it up against an electronic meter. It is very light and does not deflect...
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