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Jump to: Getting Started Wing Fuselage / Tail Radio / Balance Flying / Tuning Parts List Options Cores and More... *** Updates ***


Thanks to Dan Griscom for taking the time to put this list together - finally we have a parts list!

This is an attempt to provide a complete parts list for the Terminator. It assumes a number of things about the plane to be built:

  • Default fuselage shape
  • Default boom length, tail size
  • Balsa sheeted wings, using 3M77 adhesive and no vacuum bagging system
  • No extraordinary efforts to reduce weight

Like the rest of these plans, this list is NOT designed to limit your creativity, just to provide a starting point for it. Also note that a number of the wood parts' dimensions can be traded off; often (but not always) two 24" pieces will work where one 48" piece is specified. I specified what I ended up buying; your suppliers may carry somewhat different sizes.

The list is divided into four sections: wood, glues, other materials, radio.

Wood

Balsa, 1/32" x 4" x 48", 8 sheets
Used when sheeting the wing. Using contest balsa (4 to 6 pound) will obviously make things lighter.
Balsa, 3/32" x 3" x 36", contest weight (4 to 6 pounds), 1 sheet
Used for fuselage sides. You can use 1/8" thick if you like.
Balsa, 1/8" x 3" x 36", contest weight (4 to 6 pounds), 1 sheet
Used for tail(actually only need 2/3 sheet). You can use 3/32" thick if you like.
Balsa, 1/4" x 1/4" x 36" triangle, 2 pieces
Used for joining fuselage components together. 3/16" would be better (lighter and easier to bend), but I've never seen it for sale, so you might have to cut it yourself.
Balsa, 1/8" x 1/8" x 36" stick, 1 piece
Used for wing saddle support (actually only need 1/2 stick).
Plywood, 1/64" x 6" x 12", 1 piece
Used for fuselage side doublers (will only use 2/3 of this).
Plywood, 1/32" x 6" x 12", 1 piece
Used for control horns. You only need about one square inch of this, so you might want to laminate two 1/64" pieces together to get what you need.
Plywood, 1/16" x 6" x 12", 1 piece
Used for washers under wing holddown bolts. You only need about two square inches of this, so you might want to laminate four 1/64" pieces together to get what you need.
Light plywood, 1/8" x 6" x 12", 1 piece
Used for fuselage formers (will only use a piece 1" x 4")

Glues

Thin CA
Used all over the place
Thick CA
Used wherever some time is needed for assembly
Accelerator
Used whenever needed
5 minute epoxy
Used all over the place
Microballoons
Used to make epoxy for tail boom mounting lighter
3M77 spray adhesive
Used to attach sheeting to wing

Other materials

Machine screws, 6-32 x 1", aluminum or nylon, 2 pieces
Used for wing holddowns
Carbon arrow shaft, Beman ICS 500, 32 3/4" long
Used for tail boom. The default boom length is about 19"; if you use a larger tail you can shorten the boom to 16" and get two booms from one arrow shaft (see Options page).
Ultracote Lite Transparent cover film, one roll
Used to cover tail (will only use about 26" x 8")
Fiberglass cloth, 0.75 oz, 1 yard
Used to cover fuselage (will only use about 10" x 18")
Pink insulating foam, 1 1/2" x 24" x 96"
Cut to make wing cores (will only use about 1/4 of this). Owens Corning InsulPink, sold in Home Depot (and elsewhere), works well.
Transparent tape
Used to hinge tail surfaces.
Sullivan #507 0.030 Push Cable kit, 2 pieces
Pushrods for tail. Includes 2 clevises and 2 threaded couplers.

Radio

Receiver, one
Use any micro-size receiver (e.g. Hitec 555). Remove the case to save some weight.
Sub-micro servos, two
Cirrus CS-20 servos are only 0.43" wide so you can fit them next to each other in the fuselage. Other servos will work; check their size and weight, and consider making a wider fuselage to fit them.
Receiver battery, one
110mAh and 150mAh packs work (trading weight for flight time).
 


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