Bert’s pick n’ place machine has been working hard. We have 53 drive cards for our FC6A’s ready to go, that was 1,092 parts placed!
We’ve been waiting some time for our turn from the Sheet Metal shop, and it’s finally come. As soon as these parts are dry we can start pre-assembly and boxing up some machines.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience in this process. The manufacture was swamped at the close of last year and it’s taken considerable effort to get us into the mix.
Jeffsch over at RCGroups finally had a chance to maiden his F6F HellCat he ordered from us a while back, here is what he had to say:
The weather today was calm if cool and a bit gray and fine for… a first flight! And what a first (and second) flight!
I balanced the model as shown in the attached image, which I think is what the instructions indicate.
Hand launches are very straightforward — with full throttle, the model flies straight away with a gentle overhand toss.
I needed more than a little aileron trim to fly level. I’m going to review the servo linkage to see if I can about fixing that mechanically.
I added a few clicks of down trim but later decided to add some down thrust — it zooms on full throttle.
The 480 motor with GWS 9×5 3-blade prop gives plenty of climb authority and does really zoom along at full throttle (and a bit more in a shallow dive).
The model drags its tail in an aileron-only turn; the tail comes right along with a bit of rudder.
It has very good rudder authority, does nice rudder-only turns, and does a really impressive stall turn.
It stalls very gently, dropping its nose straight ahead.
Floats in for a belly landing.
Honestly, this may be the sweetest model I’ve ever flown. Looking back, I’m really pleased with the quality of the kit, with the new (to me) construction techniques, and it’s all for good — the model flies great!
Using the LinuxCNC G61 exact Stop mode of operation, very FINE details are captured in plain pink Extruded Foam using a step-over of just 0.005 inches.
Someone asked me if the FC6A could do figures, I have a 1/16th in ball mill I’ve been wanting to try out. This looks like a perfect example to try the new 3 methods for 3d Tool Path generation (which will be released shortly). These busts are 2″ tall, and took a few seconds each to generate tool paths for. I can’t wait to cut this in the morning, my P51s need pilots!
We are working on a new enclosed spindle motor for the FC6A machine (seen here in bright green), it will be a bolt on replacement for the original spindle assembly. Once the design is finalized we are going to work hard to provide an upgrade path for existing customers, so the spindle can be changed out. All machines shipping after today will also include the upgraded spindle assembly.