Ikara Prop Bearing?

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Ikara Prop Bearing?

Postby TSOlympian » January 28th, 2016, 11:04 pm

So far for this year and last year my team has been using Delta Dart propellers, which have a cap that goes over a 1/8" x 3/8" motorstick. I would glue together lengths of 1/8" balsa to fit the cap, which usually worked fine, even though the extra glue probably added weight to the plane.

We recently switched to Ikara propellers, however, which have a different prop bearing that's much narrower (I think it's around 0.5 cm?) and we've been having trouble ever since with getting the propeller to attach to the motorstick. We've tried sanding the motorstick down to 0.5 cm and using 1/16" sticks wrapped in paper as a sort of adaptor, but we've been having trouble getting the new propeller bearings to work.

How do other Ikara prop users deal with this? Thanks.

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Re: Ikara Prop Bearing?

Postby jander14indoor » January 29th, 2016, 6:48 am

Use a different prop hanger? I find it a challenge getting that hanger properly anchored to a motor stick. I'd suggest using a wire prop hanger (see: http://www.indoorduration.com/INAVHobbyShopper3.htm though you'll probably need a slightly larger wire size) or aluminum one (see: http://turnertoys.com/Prop-Hanger-Harlan-021.html).

I can make suggestions on how I'd go about it using the Ikara bearing, no guarantee of success. Goal of effective anchor with minimum weight gain.

The problem I have with that anchor is its too small, as you've already found.
If you try to make your motor stick that small you will have problems with it bending unless you use something much stronger than Balsa.
Or if you only shave it down locally, it will be likely to break off and hard to align accurately.

And its PLASTIC, normal glues like Balsa cement or superglue won't hold it well.

So, I'd start with a small piece of harder wood, like spruce or bass. Just wide enough to fit in the notch snug and maybe 3/8 to 1/2 long by 1/8 to 3/16 tall. Grain running along the long dimension. I might not cut this piece to length until the hanger is securely glued on.

Now I'd try one of two glues, make sure they are designed to glue to plastic and wood. Epoxy, medium setting time or polyurethane (Gorilla) glues. I'd try one of each and pick the one with the most secure connection and minimum weight.

Once I had a secure glue joint on the piece of harder wood, I'd trim it to approximately the dimensions above, probably on the smaller side. This gives you a larger surface area of wood that you can use to secure the assembly onto the motor stick. Do that however suits you. You could cut a slot into the stick and glue the assembly into it, or you could just glue it to the side or bottom of the motor stick. If you do the side or bottom, you might want to reinforce the joint by wrapping it in tissue glued on tight to prevent the balsa from splitting.

Good luck,

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Re: Ikara Prop Bearing?

Postby TSOlympian » February 4th, 2016, 8:38 pm

Update: team ended up stuffing a slightly sanded piece of 3/32" basswood into the bearing and then gluing the wood to the motorstick. We wrapped up part of it with thread and then gave it a bit of glue. Works like a charm.

Thanks for your suggestion!!


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