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Kang Lee’s All Carbon VP

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2013 by nicholasandrewray

Kang Lee’s All Carbon VP

Back view of VP hub.

All joints are glued using thin CA.  Kevlar is used to secure the hub to shaft sleeve joint, as well as the screw holders to hub joint.

Spring is 9.5 turns of .008” music wire formed over a .025” mandrel.  Here, prop shaft is .013” music wire.

See diagrams for the dimensions of hub components.   All carbon components are off-the-shelf, affordable, and fairly easy to work with.

The VP hub as shown weighs 70 mg.  The hub is both stiff and light and can probably survive exploding motors.

There is some binding between the rod and the tube.   I can hear the VP pop into low pitch.   One solution may be the use of graphite lubricant.

Your feedback is welcome.


Front side of the hub.  Here, a spring wound using a .031” mandrel is shown.  The spring doesn’t seat well over the .028” OD carbon tube “shaft sleeve”.


Carbon tube “hub” before prop shaft sleeve hole is drilled.  The lever arm is glued to the spar “rod” using thin CA.  Only tack gluing is needed.  The lever arm is later securely glued to the end of the prop spar.




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