VAS Specter v3 Build – Part 1 : The Arrival

VAS Specter v3 Build – Part 1 : The Arrival

I have been looking at the Specter “basher” plane made by Alex at Visual Aerial Systems for some time and i finally purchased one from stoneblueairlines.

I am really impressed with the kit so far and the owner of stoneblue, Jeremiah, was very helpful. Even calling me a few times with some questions on if i had everything i needed for the build.

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Flitetest blunt nose versa painting

My plan was to do a first flight before any finishing work. That way if i totally pwn it i could save myself some time. Unfortunately my RX is going to take longer than i thought to be delivered, so i decided to try painting. I put Minwax on the paper first and let it dry for a couple hours. I Put masking tape on the duck tape. In the future i may double up on the tape and i am not sure what effect having paint on top of the tape will do to the next layer sticking on it. Basically i just grabbed some glossy paint i had on hand. Black and Red.

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If it flies i will clear coat the top and put clear packing tape on the bottom.

Flitetest blunt nose versa wing

 

Some parts i need to get my Mikey’s plane finished are taking forever to get here from Hobby King so i decided to try building a speedbuild kit from http://flitetest.com

Here is their build of it:
http://flitetest.com/articles/ft-versa-wing-build

They laser cut all the parts out for you. You only need to cut a couple bevels and glue/tape things together.

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2x 9 gram servos from Hobby King. Like $3.5 each.

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The hot glue holds the airfoil shape really well, even before finishing the wing.

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These wing tips stick down a little bit more than the wings and body, so they will probably be hitting the ground first and often. To reinforce them i glued some long zip ties along the entire bottom and around the front. This should help protect the paper and foam a little bit. I still need to press down on the body when i install the motor so i will install these last in the build.

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At this point in the versa build you would glue the two wings together, but i am doing the blunt nose build (only $10 more!) so i stopped the versa build video and went to this one:

http://flitetest.com/articles/blunt-nose-conversion-ft-versa-build

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Now to get the engine mount glued together, electronics, and start thinking about painting.

Mikeys fpv v3 update

Got the servos and motor installed finally.

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This is under the wings where the battery will be stored using velcro.

 

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20 amp speed controller zip tied to center post.

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Here is the opposite side with Popsicle sticks for reinforcement.

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Custom Y servo cable for the ailerons made from 2 servo extension cables.

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Reinforced push rods. My friend gave me the idea to heat shrink bbq skewers to strengthen them.

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