OK, so Ellis made this really cool mod for the X-6 wing mount. He uses part no. 9608 from Associated, the blue anodized wheel spacer as a washer to keep the wing in place. Plus countersunk screws. A similar solution can be seen on the Tamiya TRF-501X.
Now I did this myself, and I really liked it. I ended up doing some more though...
We'll use Chazz' favorite tool for this :-D I started by cutting & dremelling off the upper cross brace. So that we get the "old" tower shape. First cut with a cutting disk, then use a sanding drum! Make sure you use protective glasses and a dust mask!
Here the wing is mounted forward. We see that we now have enough clearance to the carbon plate.
We then mark an X before drilling holes in the wing mounts. Make sure you mark & drill in the center of the mount arms, not center of the top, round plates! Use a 2,5 mm drill.
You then make windings using the blank (4-40) screw (supplied with Losi kits)
This is where I mounted the wing, the front sunk hole is aligned with the tower. This will be a forward mounted position, like Ellis Stafford did.
I used 16mm long countersunk screws for the mount.
But... this doesen't look quite right... agree? Let's take a closer look!
Looks OK on the left side
But the right...
If we put a ruler across the two mounts, we see that the right one is kinda outta shape!
Using a ruler with a water, we see that this makes the wing not left-right balanced!
Note: This might not necessarily be the case for YOUR wing mount! But you should check it! It it's level, you might as well leave it as is, as you'll then get a larger area for wing support!
So we file across the two... mainly applying force on the right mount!
Use the coarse side first, then the fine one...
Keep on doing this until your mounts are aligned & flat. Also make sure the angle forward is not altered.
The right mount should now look something like this. Take care so you don't file it all away! :-D
Keep on checking with the ruler with the water until it's perfectly even!
When trying it now, it looks very good. But as you can see there's still a gap down to the tower. I wanted it closer, and to rest on the tower for even more support.
So we glue on AE part 9587...
Can't get much closer than that! :-D
We file down on the top of the tower, so that the wing rests on a flatter surface. You'd better put some tape under the wing there if it's painted so the paint don't scrub off.
For the final touch I dremeled away the part of the mount that's not in contact with the wing. I also took away the 4 "knobs" that are molded onto the mount. Now I'm very satisfied, the wing mount looks good and it's super duper stable! I think I'll try this also on the X-5!!!
Hope this can be of any use to anyone else. Good luck!
/SHY 3. march 2008