The Flite Test Simple Scout comes with dummy engines; a nice detail. Thought it might be a good idea to paint them to set them off a bit from the brown fuselage and black cowl. So I went with aluminum Rustoleum. The skewers that come with the kit can be used to hold the engine parts while you are painting. I used sandbags to hold the skewers in place on the table. And then the skewers can be used again to guide the parts to the exact right place on the fuselage when you hot glue them. The one picture shows the parts painted black. Bad idea. It blends in with the cowl.
After I received the new Power Pack B from Flite Test I went to install the motor on the firewall. I was looking for the 2.5 mm socket head cap screws that I am accustomed to. Looks like they have been replaced with 2mm button head screws. No big deal you say. Here is the problem. The 2.5 mm ball driver that I use has a much larger handle than the 2 mm. So it’s easy to put a lot of force on the screws to make the motor / firewall connections nice and tight. The 2 mm ball driver has a much smaller handle, so it makes it hard to use a lot of force. One option is to use the X mount that comes with the motors. Next motor that I mount will be held on with the X mount, socket head cap screws, and blind nuts on the back side of the firewall.
I recently ordered a Power Pack B from Flite Test for one of my Simple Scouts. In the past the Power Packs that I received came in a resealable, large plastic bag. This time I opened the box to find a surprise. The Power Pack B came in a really nice plastic reusable box with latches to hold it closed. Great for spare parts, tools, or whatever. What a nice upgrade1 Thanks Flite Test!
I needed to build a couple of the short power pods. There is a small oval hole just behind the firewall. My thought is that it is there in case you want to pass wires through to connect to the battery. Found a neat way to make the hole. Logan FoamWerks makes several products for cutting foam board. I used the medium sized hole cutter. Worked out really nice. Buy at Amazon.