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Maker Hangar Episode 11: Installing Electronics

Maker Hangar is a 15-part video series by Lucas Weakley.

In Episode 11 of Maker Hangar (the third episode in building the Maker Trainer) Lucas Weakley shows us how to install all the servos, the motor, the receiver, and rout all the wires in the Maker Trainer. These next steps require a bit of patience and precision so take your time and everything will come out just fine.

Additional Materials:
• Popsicle sticks
• Small piece of plywood (about 2.5″x2.5″)
• Coffee straw or small tube
• 0.047″/1.19mm music wire

Download the STL file for control horns if you’d like to 3D-print them.


MAKE and Lucas Weakley have teamed up to bring you Maker Hangar, a 15-episode tutorial series that will teach you everything you need to know to build and fly this custom RC plane, the Maker Trainer.

New installments will air every Tuesday and Thursday through August. Also, be sure to join us on the Maker Hangar Google+ Community page to share your ideas, comments, photos and video and details for your own RC plane project builds.

Lucas Weakley is a 17-year-old Eagle Scout who will be a senior next year in the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute for Technology (EMIT) at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. Lucas became interested in flight and got his first RC plane for his ninth birthday. Recently he’s been designing and building his own planes and hosts an R/C aircraft YouTube show called BusyBee TV. Lucas also has his own aerial videography company called TopView Aerials.

For more information about the series, as well as archived videos, head to the Maker Hangar page.

2 thoughts on “Maker Hangar Episode 11: Installing Electronics

  1. Hi Lucas. Excellent videos !. My son and I are following you in this airplane construction. I live in Canada and I wonder where can I find the 0.047″/1.19mm music wire ??. Any help would be appreciated.

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