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Build a Wood Q500 Fuselage

Old 06-11-2016, 06:10 PM
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Default Build a Wood Q500 Fuselage

Awhile back I started on some Seeker Q500 racers. The parts were cut from the laser files.

I began the process by reviewing the plans and comparing them against the cut wood pieces. There were a few changes, so I marked up the plans and identified the key components.
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:17 PM
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Default Build a Wood Q500 Fuselage

I modified the tray to fit a Futaba style switch.

The tray was also modified to fit a HS-225 servo (for throttle).
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:23 PM
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The parts were removed from the sheets and they were laid out.

It is generally a good idea check and see if you got all the parts. I was missing one sheet of plywood parts. One sheet did not make it to my house.
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Old 06-11-2016, 06:31 PM
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Default Build a Wood Q500 Fuselage

Earlier I sheeted my wings based upon this thread:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/q-50...q500-wing.html

The sheeted wing, landing gear, and wood parts were used to make a kit.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:46 PM
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Default Build a Wood Q500 Fuselage

Plywood doublers are attached with 3M-77 adhesive. The doublers have lightening holes. They initially covered the surface and kept the adhesive away.

Spray both sides, wait at least 30 seconds, and join surfaces.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:52 PM
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Two pieces of wood are joined with CA to make the firewall.

The servo tray and wing attachment pieces were made similarly.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:56 PM
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Balsa tail reinforcement pieces were glued in place.

I followed by test fitting the formers.

Each former was tacked in place with a drop of CA.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:23 PM
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Rubber bands were used to hold the sides together until parts were glued in place.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:27 PM
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Default Build a Wood Q500 Fuselage

A pencil was used to mark the screw holes.

A drill and 1/16" diameter bit was used to make the holes.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:32 PM
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Some wood tabs were glued to the frame.

The holes location was identified and drilled.

A few servo screws holds the hatch in place.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:39 PM
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The mount was taped in place.

The holes were drilled for the mount screws and engine kill.

The motor mount holes were drilled a second time with a 3/16" diameter drill bit.

The blind nuts were installed and pulled into the rear of the firewall.

A couple drops of CA helps to keep the blind nuts in place.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:48 PM
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A mix of finishing epoxy and cotton flocks was made.

This mix was applied to the firewall and wing hold block joints.
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Old 06-19-2016, 04:13 AM
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The top of the fuselage was attached and the fuselage was rough sanded.
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:24 PM
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This morning a second Seeker fuselage was started. This time it only tool a few hours to rough it out.
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Old 07-27-2016, 01:51 AM
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Woo,amazing!Do you have charger for Q500?
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/prod...596816313.html
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If your model uses a different airfoil than provided on the fuselage, don't worry.

The pictures show how to update the sides based upon the actual airfoil.

1) Trace the airfoil on to the fuselage side.

2) Cut the sides with the tool of your choice. I used a jig saw here.

3) Build the model with the updated wing sides.

Good luck!
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:49 PM
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A few more were fabricated.
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dwg or dxf for the laser cut parts would be awesome
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Originally Posted by whiskey29 View Post
dwg or dxf for the laser cut parts would be awesome
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Here is a link to the plans:

http://quickie500.com/Plans_Seeker.aspx

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The following pictures shows the alignment and attachment of the wing to the fuselage:
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The process was continued until wings were attached to four fuselages.
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:27 PM
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The wood parts were glued together with Medium CA.
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A slot was cut for the plywood inserts (1/64" thick) using a special tool. It consists of an Exacto blade between pieces of 1/8" thick plywood.

Inserts were shoved into the slot.

Some thin CA was used to glue the insert in place.
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The tail surfaces were rough fitted with a razor plane. The final fitting was done with a sanding block.
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