Battery Hatch Mod on Multiplex Pilatus

All four magnets completely glued

Battery Hatch Mod
I couldn’t be happier with the results! The fuselage is just as stiff with the top portion removed, thanks to the thick floor and sides along with the stock carbon-fiber reinforcements. I started by carefully removing the windscreen. It’s glued with flexible contact cement-type glue and comes off fairly easy and just peels off the windscreen. I used regular CA on the battery hatch-to-top joint and Loctite Stik’n Seal (like Welders) on the windscreen and magnets. No additional reinforcement. I would have used Stik’n Seal on the foam joint as well but wanted to make sure it was stiff for Hobbylite filler covering the original hatch seams. I pilfered the matching magnets on the rear servo hatch to have 4 of the same for the new battery hatch. I used a dab of Stik’n Seal to hold the rear hatch closed and it can easily be cut to gain access.

1. Battery Hatch Mod - Windscreen removed
1. Battery Hatch Mod – Windscreen removed
2. Battery Hatch Mod - Glue removed from windshield
2. Battery Hatch Mod – Glue removed from windshield
3. Battery Hatch Mod - Top fuse section cut fuse
3. Battery Hatch Mod – Top fuse section cut
4. Battery Hatch Mod - Sections to be glued
4. Battery Hatch Mod – Sections to be glued
5. Battery Hatch Mod - Sections glued
5. Battery Hatch Mod – Sections glued
6. Battery Hatch Mod - Sections glued, bottom view
6. Battery Hatch Mod – Sections glued, bottom view
7. Battery Hatch Mod - Battery hatch trial fit
7. Battery Hatch Mod – Battery hatch trial fit
8. Battery Hatch Mod - Factory CF bracing inside fuse
8. Battery Hatch Mod – Factory CF bracing inside fuse
9. Battery Hatch Mod - Could be hinged from side
9. Battery Hatch Mod – Could be hinged from side
10. Battery Hatch Mod - Magnet locations
10. Battery Hatch Mod – Magnet locations
11. Battery Hatch Mod - Gluing magnet sets
11. Battery Hatch Mod – Gluing magnet sets
12. Battery Hatch Mod - Completed battery hatch
12. Battery Hatch Mod – Completed battery hatch
13. Battery Hatch Mod - All 4 magnets glued
13. Battery Hatch Mod – All 4 magnets glued
Battery Hatch Mod Videos

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4 Comments on “Battery Hatch Mod on Multiplex Pilatus

  1. Thanks for your kind words, rcpilot. I can’t tell you how much easier it is placing and removing the battery with the larger battery hatch! I know some folks use battery “sleds” but this saves weight, which this bird can’t really afford to gain! 😀

  2. btw thanks for the lipo hatch mod, I never removed my windshield from the foam in front of it – I also have a mentor which requires a mod to keep the lipo all the way aft in the lipo cavern

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