This is the StevensAero SkyBuggy (300), the subject of my next build:
Emax CF2822 1300kv outrunner, or …
- AX 2308N 1100kV outrunner
- (2X) Emax 8g ES08DE digital servos
- #6 Trexler balloon tires
- Turnigy Plush 18 amp ESC
- OrangeRx R610 receiver
- AeroLITE covering film (yellow and black)
This is my first ever balsa build, and the first time I’ll be trying to use covering film. Wish me luck!
After several experimental runs on my new motor test stand, we settled on the AX 2308 N bell motor to propel the ‘Buggy through the air. Its lower kV seems to translate into higher efficiency and, hopefully, longer flight times. StevensAero estimates its flying weight at 12.5 ounces, so I should be getting better than 1:1 thrust with any of these setups.
I hit my first snag on the model at this point. The instructions call for a pair of magnets. Search as I might, I could not find any magnets in the kit. The solution seemed to me to be to replace the magnets with a few I had on hand. Unfortunately, none of mine were exactly the correct dimensions, so I was forced to drill out the holes a bit. This resulted in much unfortunate breakage to half of the latch mechanism. It’s more epoxy than wood at this point. There’s actually a second magnet sitting on top of the latch in this photo.
With the fuse finished, it’s time to build us some wing.
With the wing nearly finished, it’s time to see how it all looks.
After nearly a month of fearful vacillation, I finally bit the bullet and did my first bit of covering today.
The yellow film is translucent but, fortunately for me, both my wife and I enjoy the resulting look.
The vertical stab, covered:
Getting ready to start covering the fuselage.
Here’s the very last piece of yellow:
And the base yellow color is done!
The covering is FINALLY finished and the control surfaces hinged and mounted.