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Seagull KA8b airbrake installation

Started by Bustergrunt, July 31, 2013, 19:36:00 pm

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Bustergrunt

OMFG, how hard is it to install these flaming things...

Has anyone done it and can upload a pic to show me...please?
I must get out more...

FrankS

July 31, 2013, 20:22:41 pm #1 Last Edit: July 31, 2013, 20:27:48 pm by FrankS
The ones in the Pilatus are every bit as hard to fit with the supplied hardware, I reviewed the Pilatus and as per the review I changed out the rods to use a threaded rod with a conventional clevis and Z bend, the Z bend on the servo arm and clevis at the airbrake, took a little setting up to get them both deploying level but once set they stayed set unlike the original stuff which was self adjusting every time you deployed them.

I've flown the Ka8 as well though, builder had similar problems with the airbrakes and had to change out the control rod, but it's do-able and they do fly really well.

Pictures of my Pilatus airbrake mods below


Bustergrunt

I must get out more...

muffler

Quote from: FrankS on July 31, 2013, 20:22:41 pm
The ones in the Pilatus are every bit as hard to fit with the supplied hardware, I reviewed the Pilatus and as per the review I changed out the rods to use a threaded rod with a conventional clevis and Z bend, the Z bend on the servo arm and clevis at the airbrake, took a little setting up to get them both deploying level but once set they stayed set unlike the original stuff which was self adjusting every time you deployed them.

I've flown the Ka8 as well though, builder had similar problems with the airbrakes and had to change out the control rod, but it's do-able and they do fly really well.

Pictures of my Pilatus airbrake mods below

Hi all,

I'm also now putting together a ka8b with my Dad & now having a look at the air brakes. On the Pilatus it looks as though the servo is in front of the air brake? On the ka8b the servo is behind which looks to me as though the geometry is wrong so when you get to a certain point in travel the servo won't be doing anything. It looks to me as though you need a different horn, one which will put the point at which you attach the clevis or z bend way in front of the hinge line?

Glad to hear they fly well.  :af :af

Regards
muffler

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Bustergrunt

What a palaver...I've spent a load of time on this and still can't get it right.

I'll try one more time with flexible snake inners as the 'rods' are binding etc...

Failing that it'll be a spoileron mix and taping these buggers up.
I must get out more...

ThrottleBender

I am sure you would find it much easier to put the servo under the spoiler.
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Bustergrunt

Sod it...I've taped over them until I can be bothered to make up some propper PCB horns that will give the correct 'geometry' to the movement.

Spoilerons mixed in now...not very scale but ... oh well....
I must get out more...

muffler

Hi all,

Just about ready to test fly one of these, it will be tugged up.

For those that have flown it, have you kept with the recommended c of g & recommended control throws?

I had to add quite a lot of lead in the nose to achieve the recommended c of g, I suppose that's part & parcel of a traditional built glider? (I'm used to foamies!

Regards
muffler
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Bustergrunt

On the advice of a geezer, I added 1/16th packing to the LE of the tailplane...
I must get out more...

FrankS

I balanced mine so it balanced slightly nose down at the recommended position in the manual and it flies very nicely at that. I didn't need to pack up the elevator leading edge.

It might be worth noting that Seagull did update the Pilatus, a fellow flier has got the earlier version and the differences we noted are

1) On the earlier version the cockpit area is just a butt joint to the fuselage and get get knocked off, on the later version the horizontal former runs through for additional strength
2) On the earlier version the wing bolt hatches are on top of the wing and below on the later

Not sure what other changes have been made, but 2) seems to be a way of spotting the earlier and later versions.

selleri

Quote from: Bustergrunt on September 18, 2013, 17:45:09 pm
On the advice of a geezer, I added 1/16th packing to the LE of the tailplane...

I've got about 5mm under mine, the CG is at 65mm, aileron throws all you can get, same with rudder, can't remember the elevator throws but around 15-20mm. Nice plane!

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Bustergrunt

I now need a left wing....anyone got one?
I must get out more...