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Old 03-27-2020, 03:37 PM
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I think the 6130 is a bit light on for rudder. But also depends what class you're flying as well.
Old 03-28-2020, 06:43 AM
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Drac, I will be flying AMA masters again when the season starts up. I can't imagine a 112oz servo not being enough power for this relitivly small rudder especially with good mechanical advantage. I can recall flying 1/3 scale IMAC airplanes with a 155oz servo on the rudder just fine. The 6130 is actually designed for sailplane ailerons and flaps, the flaps on my 3.5M sailplane have twice the surface area of a Divergent rudder and are commonly extended to 75 degrees of throw.
Old 03-29-2020, 08:23 AM
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After a few hours of carving/sanding, the aileron bevels are done.

Closeup, today I will be glassing all 8 bevels with 3/4oz glass.
Old 04-03-2020, 07:34 PM
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Looking good Shawn. Do you feel there is an advantage to using a double bevel compared to just beveling the aileron?

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Old 04-04-2020, 07:53 AM
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Ken, yes. The advantage is weight. With the double bevel I can use 1/8" balsa facings and then remove a good portion of it. Probably good for 15 grams of weight savings. The other good thing is that by removing the ailerons from the wing with a 1/4" router bit it's less work. Speaking of weight, I will be doing an update to the thread later today with what I think will be one of the keys to keeping things light.
Old 04-04-2020, 06:16 PM
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I received the last of my servos today. I now have the complete flight pack that consists of 5 MKS HV69 and 2 MKS HV6100 servos, a Zepsus magnetic switch, a Gator 800mah 2S Lipo RX pack, Gator aluminum servo arms and a Hitec Optima 9 RX.



Old 04-10-2020, 07:23 PM
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The first Divergent kit sold is ready to fly. Local customer just sent this picture to me. Full report tomorrow.


Old 04-11-2020, 05:50 PM
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The first kit built Divergent had an uneventful maiden outing today. It's owner Russ put in 4 flights. By the second flight he was putting it through the paces.


Old 04-12-2020, 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted by speedracerntrixie
The first kit built Divergent had an uneventful maiden outing today. It's owner Russ put in 4 flights. By the second flight he was putting it through the paces.

this is a great flying airplane! Got 6 flights on it so far, practiced the first 6 figures of the Masters pattern today, really tracks well, and makes your job as a pilot easy. Was certainly worth the effort to build!
Old 04-22-2020, 05:51 PM
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I started shooting primer on Sunday. I mixed up 200 grams and was able to get a light coat on both wings and stabs. Yesterday I was able to block out the bottom of the bottom wing. Unfortunately this is as far as I will be able to get for a while. At work today I strained my rotator cuff on the right side. Best case scenario I will be able to resume sanding in a week.


Old 04-25-2020, 08:36 AM
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My shoulder is feeling better so I installed the motor mount.


The first step was to tack glue the mount into the nose. For this I secure the mount to the motor and get it onto place using a spinner backplate to align the motor to match the nosering which has the correct thrust angles molded in.

After piping in a paste of epoxy and milled fiber on the outer edge of the mount, a layer of 3oz cloth was applied.
Old 04-25-2020, 08:40 AM
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Glass saturated with epoxy resin and curing.

Rear support was glued together as well.
Old 04-25-2020, 05:54 PM
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Once the motor mount dried, I bolted in the motor and installed the rear support.
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Old 05-01-2020, 04:43 AM
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The finish work is going slowly due to rain. I did get a battery tray with integrated ESC mount built up. Looks like I will be able to remove 20-25 grams of wire from the ESC with this arrangement.


Old 05-02-2020, 03:32 PM
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The finished battery/ESC tray, 26 grams. Just 5 grams more then the excess wire removed from the ESC

Tray trial fit in the fuselage.
Old 05-03-2020, 04:11 PM
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Had enough of a break in the weather to get the second application of primer on the Divergent.


Not only got all the Divergent parts primed but parts for a Reed Falcon and helicopter canopy as well.

Upper wings and stabs.
Old 05-04-2020, 04:15 PM
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Fuselage is all prepped and ready for some paint. 1,095 grams at this point.
Old 05-06-2020, 06:30 PM
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How are you liking your wingtips so far?
Old 05-07-2020, 03:48 PM
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So far so good Ken. Just need to be careful when sanding them.
Old 05-11-2020, 06:09 PM
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Paintwork is progressing. No new pictures until it's done. I did get my stencil package from Callie Graphics today though.


Old 05-21-2020, 07:43 PM
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Sneak peek

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Old 05-29-2020, 02:31 PM
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Making progress as time and weather allows.
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Getting close to the end. Just a few more things to do and she is ready to fly. At this stage with just a few minor items needing to be done she weighs in at 4340g. Only items missing from that weight are 8 servo screws, strut attachment screws and some wire retainers. I'm confident RTF will be right around 4400g.





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Old 06-28-2020, 03:48 PM
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Wow, 4400g. Pretty light! Seems like you shaved some weight off this model compared to the prototype. Should fly great.
Old 06-29-2020, 12:04 AM
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Wow!
A significant improvement, esp. in weight.
IIRC the prototype was a bit on the heavy side but this weight is impressive. Consider it is a bipe!

Color scheme looks good too.

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