This is the
best part of the building process. Taking all those
sub-assemblies I painstakingly made and boxed up over the
construction period, and fitting them into the
fuselage. So unlike the sanding phase, where you could
do 3 weeks of work, and there was nothing that the average
person could see done! Now, every part added seems to
change the whole appearance of the aircraft! Still,
small things have to me made, like this 1-to-4 splitter for
the cockpit lighting:
The surveillance pods went in without too much trouble. The
windows were affixed with Aeropoxy, so they will be strong enough to
polish any scratches that are bound to appear later!.
detail, consisting of an ammo tray and miniature metal ammunition simply
glued onto the guns. I wish I had been able to have the ammo belts
continue into the aircraft, but alas, there is NO room on the inside of
the chamber to accommodate this, and the opposite side of the bulkhead
is the wheel well, so no joy there either!
Aeropoxy to affix the Instrument panel to the shroud.
This needs to be strong, as the shroud cover is what will be
holding the instrument cluster in place (mostly).
Here is a
peek at the opposite side of the surveillance pod. The
900 MHz cameras transmit video to a small flat panel
receiver that I built just for this project. It has a
2-channel receiver, and a 3-cell LiPo, with a castle BEC to
power everything! The 9 volt battery powers the camera,
and I use a bit of blue tape to cover one pin of the battery
when the camera is not in use.
instrument panel is mounted to mate up with the center panel
from last week's episode...
another photo of the center console and surveillance
pod. Here you can see the LED's in the surveillance
poda little better.
collective sticks get mounted on the floorboard prior to
remounting it, as the ends need to be wired into the harness
under the floor (yes, these light up as well)!
And here we
have all the illuminated instrumentation and controls
mounted and wired in. Everything you see here is powered by
a pair of 2500 mAH LiPo's in a 2S2P configuration.
This much lighting takes a fair bit of power, so I have them
totally isolated from the flight electronics.
another angle on the instrumentation!
actually one more illuminated instrument panel in the
ceiling. This came ready-made from SSM Helitechnik in