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Old 01-28-2020, 07:00 AM
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Default FB Jets L-39 build

I have not seen any recent build threads for the FB Jets L-39 (large 2.53m). I purchased this new never started kit from JimZach here on RCU. At my request, he shipped the plane with Greyhound package express. It arrived in two days in pristine condition. This was the best package packng of any plane I have ever received. Kudos to Jim for a job well done.

I have a KingTech K160-G2 turbine I plan on using. The kit has pneumatic retracts. All of my jets have electric retracts and servo operated doors. Does anyone have information on part numbers or where to order a set of electro retracts? Attached are some unpacking photos.

Well packed with plenty of bubble wrap




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Default Horns glued in

I like to install horns, servos and linkages in the vertical fin and the horizontal stabilizer first. This allows me to route extension leads next. I do this to make sure the extensions are the right length and they also are routed to avoid any exhaust pipe issues. You may need to router out some flashing from the horn slots. Then I tape off the slots to make sure no excess glue gets on the control surfaces. Hysol 946

prepare horns and slots for Hysol 9462






2 works good as there is plenty working time. Need to rough up the horn glue surfaces with a Dremel sanding drum.
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Default Bell mouth installed

I installed the bell mouth on the exhaust pipe with 4-40 screws. I lock tighted the screws and nuts with JB weld.

4-40 screws and nuts sealed with JB weld
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I believe FB still sells electric retracts as an option,.
have a brand new set for the Dolphin S that I believe also fit the L39, you would have to ask Cathrin at FB for price.
Unfortunately I believe they are shut down for their New years celebration at the moment.
Below is a quick drawing i created of them.



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Any more pics of the interior of the jet? I am also curious to know how the wing tips are mounted.
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Default Interior pictures

Tone - attached are some interior pictures


Canopy



Nose section

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Default FB electric retracts

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I believe FB still sells electric retracts as an option,.
have a brand new set for the Dolphin S that I believe also fit the L39, you would have to ask Cathrin at FB for price.
Unfortunately I believe they are shut down for their New years celebration at the moment.
Below is a quick drawing i created of them.


I emailed FB. Youre right, they are on Chinese holiday. They will return after Feb 7. Do remember who manufactures the electric retracts?

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April 7? That seems excessive as it is over Feb 8th.

Any how not sure, maybe SPARK??
Did you verify the size?
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Default Electron retracts

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April 7? That seems excessive as it is over Feb 8th.

Any how not sure, maybe SPARK??
Did you verify the size?
Ive corrected to Feb...my brain fade. It appears the Electron ec50 retracts are the right size. Ive contacted them to see if they too could make a replacement set. The main issue is getting the main gear legs with approx 14mm offset.
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Default Main gear dimensions

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Ive corrected to Feb...my brain fade. It appears the Electron ec50 retracts are the right size. Ive contacted them to see if they too could make a replacement set. The main issue is getting the main gear legs with approx 14mm offset.
I've sent the main gear and nose gear leg dimensions to Electron. They are working up a set of electric retracts to fit the L-39. Here are my dimensions:
Main gear
strut length to gear block 180mm
axel to mounting plate 194mm
axel offset 13mm
mounting plate 60mm wide, 55mm long
90 degree actuation

Nose gear
strut length to block 190mm
axel offset
18mm
100 degree actuation


Nose gear

194mm to mounting plate

Main gear mounting plate dimensions

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Default Rudder servo installed

I had to elongate the servo slot for max servo endpoint. I'm using the Jeti DS-24 radio. The maximum travel is +/- 80% which keeps the servo arm from binding and is the proper rudder maximum deflection before it binds. I am installing Pilot PY-23AH servos. The black servo horn is 24mm servo screw to ball link.


Need to elongate horn slot

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Default Elevator servo installation

Same as the rudder servo installation, I had to elongate the servo slot in the mounting plate. I installed the control rod on the first hole from the servo (20mm to horn screw). I left the Jeti transmitter at +/- 100% max endpoints. The servo leads are routed thru the flange bulkhead. This will help keep the wires away from the exhaust pipe.


Added fuselage bulkhead slots for the servo leads

Horozontal stabalizer bulkhead slots for exit of servo leads

Control rod 20mm to servo screw + elongated mounting plate horn exit


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Default Servo actuated air brake doors

I have a few air cylinders that would not hold air pressure. I have ordered Electron electric retracts. For the air brake doors I am using Solar D770 180 oz-in servos @ 7.4v. I may replace these servos with Pro Modeler servos with higher torque. I made up servo mounting plates and removed the top air cylinder mounts. I am reusing the door mounts.

Removed air brake door cylinders

Removed air cylinders and top cylinder mount

need to open actuation holes to clear door mounting block and servo rod

servo mounting brackets

Air door full open
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Default Flap servo installed

I am using Pro Modeler DS360DL HV servos with 1" aluminum horns and linkage rods I had in my parts bin.

Pro Modeler DS360DV HV servo and 1" aluminum horn

Landing flap
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Default Main Gear Door servo installation

The main gear door air cylinders had a stroke length of 93mm (3-5/8"). I used Solar D770 servos. I had to make extra long servo horns to match the cylinder travel. The servo installation works well.

Servo are made from aluminum plate bolted on a JR round wheel.

Servo mount
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Default Fuel Tank installation

I ended up making fuel tank mounting flanges.

Rear fuel tank mounting flange

Tank mounting flange attached to the air inlet ducting

Fuel tank front mounting flange

Fuel tank installed
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Default Turbine and Exhaust Pipe installation

I made a turbine to exhaust pipe bell mouth centering ring. The ring resulted in near perfect centering. Then I had to slightly curve the bell mouth clips to match the curvature of the bell mouth. The exhaust of the turbine cone is set 25mm away from the start of the straight section of the exhaust pipe.

Centering ring

Center bell mouth with turbine exhaust cone

Made .062" thick turbine mounts to move hold down wood screws away from the edge of the plywood mounting rails.

Almost perfect centering

Exhaust pipe exiting the fuselage


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