So, another day another little update...
This euro doesn't come with a functioning rudder, which is a shame. They rely on the fact that you have thrust vectoring for yaw I assume, but I like to had a rudder for co-ordinating turns and slight cross wind landings. Plus it's supposed to have a rudder... so lets make one!
The easy option would be to cut a space for a servo, cut out the rudder and hook it up.
I don't really love the look of the servo horns sticking out the rudder however, and I want aerodynamic!
As it happens, a chap on regroups discovered the servo for the yaw thrust vectoring is almost perfectly positioned to allow a rod straight down past it from the rudder above. This means you can run both the rudder and yaw vectoring off a single servo... lovely! I had to move the servo backwards ever so slightly and will post pics of that along with the linkages at a later date as I still need to buy some bits for that.
Here's the rudder mod though so far. Obviously will be needing a lick of grey paint too!
And a little more work on the cockpit... I've managed to move the camera a little further down, the view is now better to my taste... I Printed out some real eurofighter screens on photo paper, cut to size and then stuck them in place of the blank screens. No one wants to see a blank screen while they are flying! The little one for the standby AHI in the top right was a bit tricky to get right because it's so small! Still need to get some paint and just do some scale touches, but it's already looking much better to me.
I've also modded the control stick to move with aileron, but just waiting on some 3.7g servos which will be doing the moving. You can see in the second pic the control stick extending down through the floor. This will then be hooked up to the 3.7g servo which will be wired up with the aileron output on the rx. Next up I need to make some arms and legs, and find some hands the right size.
So, baby steps but it keeps on moving! Now considering using a LRS as well though and switching to 2.4ghz video.... It would allow me to fly lower and closer to trees etc which is where the fun's to be had. Plus of course I can use it on any future long range fpv platforms... and it means I can fly without too much fear of going out of range. Despite the limited duration, due to the speed of this thing I could happily fly a 6+ mile round trip too if I so wanted, so perhaps it's not so crazy. Decisions decisions...