Tony came out from New York a few weeks ago, and I assembled
Airwolf to show him all the tricks the Lady can do so
far... I demonstrated everything except live-firing
the rockets from the ADF Pods. This was a very useful exercise,
as I paid attention during assembly, and noticed that she
could only be assembled and activated using openings in the
fuselage that will not be available when everything is
installed! Clearly this had to be fixed! There
were two major problems: First a battery made it
impossible to place and tighten one of the mounting screws,
and second, the wires were too short to connect the battery
to the ESC without using the surveillance window to reach
through. I decided that if I were going to re-wire the
mechanics, I would do it right. I would mount a jack
for a shorting plug at the top of the mechanics, so the ESC
could be easily powered-up or disconnected. I started
by making a high-current shorting plug out of a Traxxas
Now that I
had my plug, I need a mount for the receptacle. Using
my mill, and some scrap Delrin, I manufactured a 2-piece
holder for a female Traxxas connector.
Once it was
machined, I boiled the Delrin in Black RIT liquid clothing
dye. My wife just LOVES it when I use the stovetop for
this! She loves it even more when it boils over!
The next time I buy Delrin, I will buy it in Black.
are the rewired mechanics, with the shorting plug
connector and the offending battery moved out of the way!
shorting plug mounted here, under the front of the doghouse
(which is held on with magnets), it will be very easy to
power up the ESC when we are ready to fly!
problem I discovered, was that the Port Machine Gun Pod
light had burned out! Fortunately, the way it was
designed, there only two grub screws on the actuator holding
the Pod in, and the whole pod slid out! After removing
the machine guns, it was easy to Dremel out the LED and dig
new "channels" for the wires that power the
LED. Some Evercoat Metal Glazer fills everything back
in once the LED is changed, and a new layer of color and
clear are airbrushed back on.
is just as easy, I can mount the machine guns first, as I
had put quick-disconnects on the air lines to the guns when
I first installed them.
The LED is nor operational again!
discovered that the new recessed fuel port was not strong
enough to withstand the pressure of a pressurized gas can
being shoved against the valve!
job, I pulled out the stand that Tony gave me for Christmas
LAST year, so I could position the fuselage with the port
facing straight down. This will make fiberglassing the
part back in a whole lot easier!
re-attached the port with Aeropoxy, and filled in the cracks
on the exterior, then I used fiberglass to reinforce the
entire area, and make the port relief spacers integral to
While the Fiberglas
was curing, I disassembled the stand, and re-assembled it as
a bench-top unit. This makes it a lot easier on me, as
all my tools are far more available! I used this to
position the fuselage to make it easy to touch-up paint the
interior of the fuselage.
Now, I can get
back to making some progress on this build!