Right, I gathered that. I would presume that the vast majority of people would just start with the basic configuration and then go from there, upgrading later. But when I talked to Geoff at Seaview about what I wanted to do down the road, he suggested I just get the heavy configuration kit from the start. That way it’s built, and I can add other components later without having to reconfigure the entire kit. So that’s what I did. I considered just building the basic kit to start with right now, and leaving the heavy configuration parts in the box–but once I studied the instructions a bit more, I decided that it wouldn’t be so bad to just assemble it all right from the start. So that’s what I am doing.
Therefore I think I have it–I just have the build instructions for the basic and the heavy configurations up in side-by-side tabs, and then just jump back and forth. You have to alter the procedure because the heavy configuration installation sort of depends upon you having certain things in place from the basic configuration, but once you understand that…it’s not terribly difficult. For instance, because there are now EIGHT motors flopping around, I installed them on the chassis first, in order to get them out of the way. Then I mounted all the motor penetrators to the 14-hole plate, and then added the lumens’ penetrator. Now I’l mount the lumens to the chassis, being able to route their cables correctly. So you just have to figure out how things look when you start, and then compare it to how it should look when it’s all finished. So other than having a printable set of build instructions (which would allow a person to check off items as they are completed), it seems to be going fine.
If I had one piece of “wish-list” advice from this build so far, that would be it: A set of printable build instructions. There might be one somewhere, but I didn’t see it.
That said though, I am a bit perplexed over one thing: Every one of the CW motor tubes had a spare CCW impeller in it, and every one of the CCW motor tubes had a spare CW impeller in it. The spare impellers didn’t match the ones installed on the motors they were in the tubes with. I was like…huh?!? But since I have 4 spare impellers of each rotation, it all worked out fine. It was just a bit odd I thought, lol…
Thanks for your reply Adam.