Finally went out to fly the FT Old Speedster for the first time. Things didn’t go well. When I went to taxi around it veered left when I gave it throttle. Then when I took off it kept wanting to climb even with several clicks of down elevator trim. The Speedster doesn’t have any down or right trim built into the motor mount. Every balsa model that I have ever built had both down and right trim. Lacking any other insights I decided to do that with the Speedster. I made a new firewall with a larger hole to pass the motor cables through. And I am going to use the X-mount and blind nuts with socket head cap screws. 4-40. To see the solution that I plan to use for down & right thrust, see a previous post here.
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.
My first FliteTest build is an Old Speedster. I bought the speed build kit. The top half of the fuselage is white poster board. Decided that I would prefer black, so I traced the white parts from the kit onto black poster board. Simple enough. The only problem was making 1/8″ diameter holes to slip over the bamboo skewers sticking out of the front where the powerpod slips on. Found these Fiskars 1/8″ single hole punch online at both Amazon and eBay. Made for a neat build.