The NEW AJ Element Scheme

This build blog is for the BJ Craft Element 170 Airframe. Information about building this model is limited at best hence the need for this blog.

I have a unique opportunity whereby a customer has asked me to build him two Elements. One with a Plettenberg Advance and the other with an Adverrun XS.

The fuselage is where most of the work is to be done.

Firstly, the main Undercarriage and tailwheel will be tackled. With pretty much all F3A models it is recommended to reinforce the main Undercarriage area. This is particularly pertinent with BJ Craft as the UC plate is two pieces of light ply laminated together and the top layer has lightening holes.

Element Stab.

The first cab off the rank with this build is the stabs. Both the stabs and wings are built-up balsa and ply construction and covered with film. This results in a very light and strong structure and the quality of the covering is fantastic. 

It’s always good to finish a project and both these Elements are no exception. Both Models have come up well and have both flown successfully. I suspect the owner will come to like the contra model more than the conventional drive. ;-)

The wings are the next item to be completed. The first thing to do is expose the servo cut-out by cutting the covering. One of the pictures below shows the film already cut at 45° to each corner. The other wing hadn't had this done. The cutting wasn't very neat as you can see but once trimmed and ironed down it looks ok.