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Stevens Aero Buzz Bomb Almost Complete

Nearly completed Buzz Bomb fuselage

Nearly completed Buzz Bomb fuselage

I am making significant progress on completing my Stevens Aero Buzz Bomb!

The fuselage and wing are covered as are the tail surfaces. I managed to figure out how to charge my Thunder Power lipo batteries with the wonderful Thunder Power TP610C-ACDC charger. I’ll add a separate page on this charger as it looks to be an ideal charger for small to medium size batteries.

All metal "The Jigs Up" jig used to hold electrical components in place for precise soldering

All metal “The Jigs Up” jig used to hold electrical components in place for precise soldering

I also purchased a neat jig to hold various electrical connectors in place for soldering tasks. When I first started in electric RC flight 15 years ago (with nicad batteries), I constructed a balsa wood jig using a clothes pin to hold wires and connectors in place for soldering.

A quick search on Amazon came up with the “The Jigs Up” all-metal jig device which works out perfectly. Again, more details to follow on this very useful tool.

Thunder Power TP610C-ACDC lipo charger with included balancing board

Thunder Power TP610C-ACDC lipo charger with included balancing board

I must say that Amazon is a great place to search for RC related items, from tools to servos. You get the usual Amazon fast service, as well as a chance to read the all important customer reviews.

I got my new Spektrum Dx6i transmitter up and running and binded to the receiver. With the lipo battery charged and connected to the electronic speed control, the motor ran fine and the servos worked properly.

The outrunner motor and electronic speed control (I used the ones recommended by Stevens Aero) mounted easily onto the Buzz Bomb. I plan to finish the last bits of installation tomorrow.

The kit has been a pleasure to construct with no major surprises. A full build and flight review to follow after I get her airborne!