Workshop Update

Cleaned up workbench

Happy to report that my workshop is finally cleaned up and all of my modeling supplies are inventoried.

I did some repairs and adjustments to the Stevens Aero Buzzbomb. Main item was strengthening the landing gear installation. The original design had rubber bands holding the landing gear in a slot in the bottom of the fuselage.

Buzzbomb nylon landing gear straps

Buzzbomb nylon landing gear straps

I imagine this approach was brought over from the original free flight version of the airplane. The idea being that a free flight model could land anywhere after a flight and you wanted to ensure the landing great could easily break away without causing damage to the aircraft.

Older Spektrum receiver in Blackburn fuselage

Older Spektrum receiver in Blackburn fuselage

With the repeated landings of radio control flight this is not a good idea as the rubber bands are just not strong enough to keep the gear in place. The nylon brackets on either fuselage side should fix this problem nicely.

It is also time to resurrect my Blackburn design! I originally used nicad batteries in the original model. Plan now is to use my Thunderpower lipos. The two cell pack fits nicely in the battery area.

The receiver, however, is for the first generation of Spektrum transmitters. I needed a newer receiver that can bind to a DMS2 signal used by my current transmitter. The new receiver is on order. Once that is received and installed, I should be able to get this very nice flying model back in the air . . . calm winds only!