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Thanks to Dan Griscom for taking the time to put this list together - finally we have a
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
The list is divided into four sections: wood, glues, other materials, radio.
- Balsa, 1/32" x 4" x 48", 8 sheets
- Used when sheeting the wing. Using contest balsa (4 to 6 pound) will obviously make
- 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")
- Thin CA
- Used all over the place
- Thick CA
- Used wherever some time is needed for assembly
- Used whenever needed
- 5 minute epoxy
- Used all over the place
- Used to make epoxy for tail boom mounting lighter
- 3M77 spray adhesive
- Used to attach sheeting to wing
- 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
- 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.
- 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).