Topic: Plettenberg

Elexant build log

The Elexant is almost finished, just waiting for the proper servos to arrive. The assembly has been largely unspectacular – the Plettenberg Advance motor is like made for it, and with so much of the plane finished from the factory it’s the easiest plane I’ve ever assembled, and by far the best quality. The only mods I’ve made is to change the wheelpants and wheels for a smaller set, but that’s just a matter of personal taste. The quality of the supplied wheel pants was excellent. All that’s left now is to glue the aileron horns in place, and when everything is ready I’ll test the CG and decide the battery tray position.

I’ve added a few photos to the gallery, take a look here

New Model – Elexant

I’ve sold the Integral, and decided to try something new – a full composite model. The MTL-series from Modelltechnik Lorenz is available as ready to paint, or ARF, in a variety of colors, built by Jaroslav Mach (JM Composite) in the Czech Republic. There is also a range of white fuse and wood kit wings available. I got the ARF version of the oldest design, the Elexant 08. This model took over from the first pure electric design that JM made, called the Cayenne. When first introduced, the Elexant was a mix between the Cayenne and what it currently looks like – it was modified in 2008 to look like it does now, and known as Elexant 08. It’s successor Gaudius is also very popular, and has the same wings and a bigger fuse.

I wanted the Elexant because I think it’s prettier, and it has a much bigger canopy opening than the Gaudius. There is no bellypan. It’s by no means an outdated design. If you compare sizes, it’s very close to a Wind S Pro, the fuselage is probably even a bit taller. It has a wide chord wing with lots of forward sweep. It should be an exellent plane for the current FAI pattern.

The quality is breathtaking, and everything – I do mean everything – is ready made. Look at this:

– Undercarriage glued in place and pre-drilled
– All fuse formers glued in
– Tail wheel mount pre-installed
– Canopy mount pre-installed
– Rudder servo mount installed
– Stab and wing mounts ready, even the wing fasteners were in place when opening the box
– Perfectly painted in the mold
– Aileron servo mounts installed and pre-drilled
– Air intakes and outlets ready for action

In fact the only things not done are the optional things, that is left to the individual “builder” to decide, depending on the equipment used. This includes elevator servos (one in each stab, or one sentral servo), and of course a motor and battery mount. That’s it!

The kit is complete with spinner, undercarriage, Wheels and wheel pants, and hardware to make control horns.  Also included is a glider-type canopy lock, and carbon fibre wing and stab tubes.

In this plane I will use a Plettenberg Advance 30/10, and an O.S motors 100A speed controller.

Xigris C1 build

The Xigris, my first 2×2 electric is underway.

– Plettenberg Evo
– Kontronik Jive 100 HV
– Futaba FASST
– 9650 x 2 in stab
– 9154 x 2 ailerons
– BLS154 rudder

Follow the build here