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HB Stratos

Update:

The aircraft nose has been repaired and the second first flight was a success, though with the aircraft weight hand launch is not a permanent option. Catapult launch will most likely be my go-to method to get this plane airborne. I almost lost it on the second first flight as well as the motor torque made the aircraft get a >90° bank.
The test flight showed that the airframe is capable of flying, however the swing wing mechanism is still broken, the failure has been nailed down to the servo gears failing. However the servo is no longer getting produced so I was lucky to find some spare gears somewhere in France, on hobby king they are sold out. Now all that needs to be done is to wait for the gears to arrive and then to somehow disect the aircraft to access the gears, which will be quite difficult as the entire wing box is glued shut.
[Screenshot_20200731-140433]  Here's a photo from the first flight, my grandpa was so kind to throw the plane for me. I was able to recover the aircraft, but only barely.

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Wildthing
HB Stratos wrote:

Update:

The aircraft nose has been repaired and the second first flight was a success, though with the aircraft weight hand launch is not a permanent option. Catapult launch will most likely be my go-to method to get this plane airborne. I almost lost it on the second first flight as well as the motor torque made the aircraft get a >90° bank.
The test flight showed that the airframe is capable of flying, however the swing wing mechanism is still broken, the failure has been nailed down to the servo gears failing. However the servo is no longer getting produced so I was lucky to find some spare gears somewhere in France, on hobby king they are sold out. Now all that needs to be done is to wait for the gears to arrive and then to somehow disect the aircraft to access the gears, which will be quite difficult as the entire wing box is glued shut.
[Screenshot_20200731-140433]  Here's a photo from the first flight, my grandpa was so kind to throw the plane for me. I was able to recover the aircraft, but only barely.



With the wings fully extended I found it launched super easy .
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HB Stratos
@Wildthing what is the weight of your aircraft and how do you hand launch it? Mine appears to be farely heavy and really has a hard time getting up to speed when thrown too slowly. Also, would you have any tips on how to disect the aircraft to get to the broken servo?
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Wildthing
HB Stratos wrote:
@Wildthing what is the weight of your aircraft and how do you hand launch it? Mine appears to be farely heavy and really has a hard time getting up to speed when thrown too slowly. Also, would you have any tips on how to disect the aircraft to get to the broken servo?
 

I should have the weight somewhere in this thread. 
As far as disecting the wing servo out oh boy that would be fun. Probably you would have to sacrifice that top plate just to get the wings off and then dig that servo out somehow. It's been quite awhile since I built it. 
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Wildthing
HB Stratos wrote:
@Wildthing what is the weight of your aircraft and how do you hand launch it? Mine appears to be farely heavy and really has a hard time getting up to speed when thrown too slowly. Also, would you have any tips on how to disect the aircraft to get to the broken servo?


Went through the threads and it looks like it is around 33 oz with a 2200 3S battery,  Here is the link to my maiden . 
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