With this method of attachment, you can easily change the CG by shifting the pod on the wing.
Add a strip of velcro to the battery pack and floor and always locate it in the same place.
With an 8 pack of 1600's up against the nose, I've moved the CG via the pod position back to where the motor is fully showing now.
Place a mark at the TE on the pod and you'll always have a quick reference for your settings.
This is great with lighter packs that can't be moved forward any more.
Just move the whole pod forward!
Newest prop version uses a Graupner 6.3 x 3 (larger hub, same blades) folder.
Only mod necessary is to add a small rubber band inside spinner to prevent fold-over of tips when back.
Note also the airflow cutout added in the pod bottom for motor cooling.
Wing was taped right over cutouts, and then they were X sliced and the excess tucked into the cutouts.
Add a piece of strapping tape over the servos and then add covering tape over that for looks.
For the elevon hookup, keep the horn's holes over the hinge line of the control surface.
Use long servo arms, and connect both in their outer holes.
Check control ops with a receiver battery installed.
Be sure that the right elevon (viewed from top rear) moves up with right stick;
left elevon moves up with left stick;
and both elevons move up with back stick.
Check for any binding at full stick deflection in all four corners of stick travel.
Note that the servo arms should be square to servo case with trims centered.
Elevons should be adjusted about 1/4" up at their TE from the wing bottom at neutral stick with centered trims to start.
As you move the CG back, you'll trim them down, then readjust linkages once dialed in.
I'm still playing with tip design, and have tested Wally with no tips,
small tips, these tips, and larger inboard tips.
Also, I've played with where on the wing's tip the fin is attached.
Without a wind tunnel, it's hard to tell much, but I think the setup shown works pretty good.
My thinking is that the vortex formed at the tip LE is allowed to wrap
over the top before the plate keeping flow over the top of the elevon longer.
The lower part acts as a drooped tip (as well as protecting the elevon from ground contact) capturing the bottom spanwise flow and directing it back under the elevon. Even at partial wing stall, if the airflow doesn't separate from the elevons at the tips, we maintain control.
You do want them as far back as possible (thus the swept shape)
Too little area and she'll wallow on you.
Too much and you'll introduce spiral instability I've read.
To attach, I just use double sided foam tape and add a piece of strapping tape on the top and bottom.
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