Finally with a semi-working workshop and some spare time, we were able to make some progress with our Juliet3. Since this is the very first Juliet3 ever built, we are going slow and thinking at the whole assembly sequence as we go.
On the Juliet3 project, I left some parts out, in order to confirm their design while building the first airframe. While these will be ready for the second Juliet3, on this “prototype” I will be using temporary solutions in order to finish it and get to the test flights sooner.
For instance, the tail and ailerons sheeting are some of these future updates. However, more are coming. In fact I am preparing two different sets of winglets/side force generators to be tested, along with an optional tail servo support. Apart from this, during the build, I was able to spot a couple of design mistakes, now corrected for the next airframes.
Even though we are aiming at making the Juliet3 construction as simple as possible, to help even the novice builders having a great time with the process, there are a few details that can be tailored to one’s taste and equipment.
As mentioned before, there will be the option to install the elevator (and/or rudder) servo(s) in the tail, for example if using bigger and heavier motor/propeller combos. It will also be possible to choose the landing gear between those commercially available, and the one specifically designed and optimized for the Juliet3, made by us. The tailwheel mount can also accept a variety of commercial units, as well as personal solutions.
Besides all this work, we are left with some decisions to make. Above all, the final livery for the first airframe. In the last couple of weeks I started to poll my friends, and the whole instagram, with several possible color schemes. I still don’t know which one will be chosen, but for sure, you’ll be able to see it in the next update.
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It has come the moment to look forward. Unfortunately this also means we need to make space for the next projects, and say goodbye to A1-C. We are not going to ruin the surprise about what will be next here, and besides, this post is just to celebrate the end of the Juliet’s flying days.
The big moment has arrived for the Juliet2. We are finally going to fly it!!! As all the family was there for the event, the first accomplishment of the day has been for sure squeezing two adults, a baby car seat, a golden retriever and two planes plus equipment in a sedan.