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11-22-2006 04:22 AM  11 years agoPost 1
billm

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I thought I would start a thread with a place for everybody that can share your build and progress of the NEW PANTERA.
Some of you are new to the Pantera. Others have moved from the Tiger to a Pantera. Others are new to the hobbie and just need help!
When the truck shows up, and you have a "box of parts". Your trying to get the build going.
This (I hope) will be a place for the new Pantera owners and the pros to get together and get the awsome bird in the air.
Some of us are flogging the first killer kit that JB gave us.(Tiger) I would hope that this tread will not be a P$ssing match about oh this is better, and you should change that. This tread is to help in building and flying of the next generation of choppers to hit the planet!
Nuff said.

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11-22-2006 04:41 AM  11 years agoPost 2
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I'm up to step 5.1 Main frame assy
Got all the bearings greased, and installed in holders.
Servo mounting holes have been drilled and my JR servo's are installed.
Snorkel cut out was easy with a dremmel and a sharp knife.
I had to take care not to nick the post that is next to the hole.
Got the header tank bracket mounted. Looks like a pain if I did not do that now. Nice pro tip.
I also have my custom pin switch plate mounted before the frames go together. If you have a standard switch. Install it now! before the frame goes together.
Question to the pros before bolting the frame together.
On the Tiger I always had to take a bit of material off around the area where the tail boom mounts to get a "firm" grip.
Should I do this with the Pantera?

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11-22-2006 08:42 AM  11 years agoPost 3
jbiter

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I didn't have to remove any material from mine. Has been working okay so far....

Jeff

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11-22-2006 12:53 PM  11 years agoPost 4
TUFF MUFFLER

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didn't have to remove any from mine and have almost 5 gallons of fuel trough it with no problems.

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11-22-2006 01:50 PM  11 years agoPost 5
DSW

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Billm,

Why start another thread "Pantera build and tips site" when there is one already is one?

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11-22-2006 02:11 PM  11 years agoPost 6
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Nope. Tail boom clamps up tight. You will notice that that this was engineered that way - extra space between frames, underneath the boom.

I had a little problem with the main gear, top half that drives the tail, binding to the tail belt gear, once per revolution. Even though the bearing blocks aren't adjustable to allow more play, I was able to dial it in by loosening all the bearing blocks, running a couple strips of paper into the gear mesh where it binds and then retightening the bearing blocks. The problem is much worse if you warp the main gear (tail portion) by tightening the machine screw too much. Oh yeah, used a longer screw for this.

I went with a longer screw & stud for the two that go through the swash guide into the gyro platform, one of those being the servo boss.

I put the locknuts on backwards for the tail grips. I don't know if that was wise or not, but if I don't see a thread coming through the nylon lock ring, I am paranoid it will loosen. You did remember to put the second radial bearing in each tail grip, right? The assembly doc that I had omitted that. JB was going to update it.

--Scott

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11-22-2006 04:22 PM  11 years agoPost 7
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DSW, Your right.
Everybody out of the pool!
Lets start using the other thread.
Thanks.

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11-22-2006 09:50 PM  11 years ago •• Post 8 ••
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Mounting the header tank is actually not too bad if you have a long driver and put the 3mm screw from the inside through a hole through the opposite frame.

Jim

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11-22-2006 09:52 PM  11 years agoPost 9
jvanscoyk

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I also found the drivetrain to be fairly tight and had a little binding in a couple spots on the main gear.
After 5 minutes of flying the gear train smoothed out perfectly.

Jim

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11-22-2006 09:58 PM  11 years agoPost 10
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Another Tip
I originally mounted the air filter to it's base with Silicone RTV. It did not hold very long. Per JB's advice I used a single edge razor blade and sliced the adhesive off the filter.
On the second attempt I used RC56 to glue the filter on and it's held fast ever since.

If you aren't familiar with RC56 it's used mainly to attach canopies onto r/c airplanes and you can get it at just about any hobby shop that sells r/c.

Jim

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11-23-2006 12:15 AM  11 years agoPost 11
Thomasb70

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Drivetrain
I found the drivetrain tight as well even after the paper and loosening tip. I guess I'll just fly it to wear it in. Any tips on getting the dampners out of the feathering shaft. They must have used liquid nails to glue those things in. Is there any harm in not greasing these? Any tips on what to do with a stripped screw in a bearing block? Thanks

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11-23-2006 12:30 AM  11 years agoPost 12
billm

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Is the bearing block buggered?
I think your dampers are ok, you just need to lube the spindle.

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11-23-2006 01:30 AM  11 years agoPost 13
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I thought the bearing blocks were plastic? just put some CA on the screw and sent it home.

Use a few drops of Triflow on your spindle and it will slide right in.

Clyde Fox
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11-23-2006 02:27 AM  11 years agoPost 14
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Posted from skew:
The whole head needs to be taken apart. The dampers were dry I had to use a press to get the feathering shaft out it was so tight. I lubed them with dielectric grease. Also lube the thrust bearings too like the manual states. Now everything works as needed

Does it matter if the shaft is tight or is it supposed to be able to spin free within the dampers? Putting grease near the dampers will do nothing to free this shaft. Like, skew says it takes a press. Just wondering how you guys are going about this. I figured to use CA on any screw that won't tighten down, just checking. Thanks again

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11-23-2006 06:06 AM  11 years agoPost 15
billm

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DA Dampers.
Lube the spindle a bit and if it slides home your good.
Not to worry about pulling the dampers out. Your golden.
Move on and continue the build.

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11-23-2006 06:17 AM  11 years agoPost 16
billm

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The Pantera build is going well.
JB called me tonight to ask me of any problems.
None so far. As I build the ship it's going to be awsome.
One thing to remember gang.
When bolting the frame together, or any bolt with the insert.
Don't put your superman "It's not tight" into it.
The bolt will be tight when it gets tight. no need to give it that extra turn.
Nuff said
The bird is going together per the book, and you should follow it!
Happy Turkey day.
My Tiger is getting p$ssed off looking at the Pantera

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11-24-2006 02:59 AM  11 years agoPost 17
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Pantera Build is going well.
Happy Turkey day!
billm

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11-24-2006 03:30 AM  11 years agoPost 18
Eury

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Nice swash, which one is it?

Nick Crego

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11-24-2006 04:08 AM  11 years agoPost 19
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Nick
It's the RJX swash, bill told me he picked one up, can't beat the price $59.99 Part # HN6110

Clyde Fox
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11-24-2006 04:37 AM  11 years agoPost 20
billm

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Yup, RJX swash.
A bit of bling for the Pantera.
I have a bit of more bling comming soon. Metal seesaw arms.
I like the build so far.
The next step is a killer for me.
step 8.1
The dreaded run out part or the build for the motor.
I need to fly the Tiger, just so she is not P$ssed off.
She has been looking at the Pantera and not a happy camper.
heli hugs!

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