Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:58:28 PM
I just came back from completing and successfully testing the Argent's left-side "complex" of pulleys and cables, its corresponding electrical wiring and its control handle. It works, and in a promising way: ups and downs end exactly where they're supposed to, the motor never stalls and has no troubles bouncing between the neutral track and the throttle track. It's satisfying to see it work the way I wished it to, and pretty exactly, too. But I must say I'm still finding it disquieting. It's because of the violence of the action. Without a wing attached, the wing's placeholder (a pair of rings at both ends of a bolt) zips up and down in an instant, quickly and strongly enough to visibly shake the whole frame, to end in a loud "thump" each time the locks hit the shock absorbers. Despite I knew it would be so (it must, it must be capable of switching quickly between full power forward and reverse, and instantly back to neutral at both ends), it's still something that makes you want to be sure of, before getting close to the moving parts. Got to see if I can refine some details on how the cables are attached to the wings: I'm using clevis fasteners there, and I might pay attention to where the cable passes around them, or the fastener may get stuck between the shock absorber's guiding screws. When I feel sure enough on that point, I'll probably wish to post a video about how it ended up working. But in short, it moves! At least, we have muscular power. Aside of refinements, the left side of the frame now only needs its wing to be connected.