WOW! it has been slow going of late. but i am still managing to get a lot done behind the scenes.
basically, what i am doing, now that we all know that things are functioning how they should, it is time to find a more permanent place for the parts.
All the fuel pumps are being relocate to the lowest part of the board. this will help with weight balance and safety. lowing the pumps lowers the boards centre of gravity. with the pumps and fuel in the lines your looking at about an extra 2kg so this is rather dramatic if you start to raise it above the center of mass.
Now, with moving the pumps i am needing to find a new place for the electronics. so i have needed to make a new housing. then i will need to rewire some things to neaten everything up and not have excessive amounts of wire laying around. now one thing i have been looking at lately is new battery technology i want to minimise the batteries i need on board and also lower the weight. i have my eye on a couple and will be pursuing this in the near future. But first thing first and i will be putting in a heap of new fuel lines in the form of nice copper tubing. these will be the permanent fuel lines for the engines and the afterburners. so yes! you will be seeing flames really soon. so make sure you stock up on marshmallows.
Below you will see how i laid out the pumps to get an idea of how they will fit.
Below you can see that i now have the pumps mounted in their permanent places. the next thing is to build a cover to separate fuel and electronics. i will be running all copper lines to the pumps. the large pumps are for the afterburners and the small ones run the engines. i am still yet to work out where to run the gas lines.
below you can see the finished and mounted fuel pumps. big ones for the afterburners and small ones for the engines. next is to plumb them up.
Below you can see the temporary box made to separate electronics from fuel. again this is only to give me something to work from while i build something more permanent this will also give me time to work out what i want to do with the MASS of batteries i have and the abundance of wires they create. i am seeking one battery to rule them all. so if you know any battery guys looking to get a new battery out there let me know haha.