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Old 01-16-2009, 10:06 PM
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yep awesome plane, Took mine out of retirement and glad I did. E-Flight power 25 11x7 prop 4 cell battery and it is a smooth pattern type. Though I have been 3D flyin 6 months I just don't have the nerve to try it with the big ole underpowered Diamante. Like you can call a power 25 equiped 4 cell speed demon underpowered LOL check out the film below.

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Old 01-27-2009, 08:01 AM
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And finally after 35 flights Phil shot a short video of take off and a couple circuits of the field with his new digital cam yesterday. He still hasn't gotten the hang of the zoom but it is a nice take off. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi-rW...999#post552999 Still my favorite E-Flight product.
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:03 AM
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I'm running the Diamonte wih a Power 32 & 4S 4000 and a 13 x 6.5 with great results. Up lines are nice and strong, top speed is very good and run time is about 9 Min.

I am curious to try a Power 25 on 4s. I hear it's pretty good ! Any comments ?

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Old 03-26-2009, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by flyer88 View Post
I'm running the Deamonte wih a Power 32 & 4S 4000 and a 13 x 6.5 with great results. Up lines are nice and strong, top speed is very good and run time is about 9 Min.

I am curious to try a Power 25 on 4s. I hear it's pretty good ! Any coments ?

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Flyer, We are running the Power 32 on a 4s 4000 and are using the 12x6 prop. It seems to perform better with that setup for us as opposed to the 13x6.5.

Run times are longer and it 12-14 as opposed to 8-9. Top speed seems higher as well as the rpm's stay higher.

Both work well but the bigger prop puts more of a strain on the batteries we have. They come out a lot warmer with the bigger prop.

Maybe some fresh batteries with a higher C rating would help us in that area.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:15 AM
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I like mine with a 25 and a 2250 ma 4s30c battery keeps it light floaty in slower speeds and still gets 8-9 min flights. Actually have to put 2 AA cells in the nose to keep it from being tail heavy.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:10 PM
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Hey Guys. Been running the Diamonte with a 14/7 apc 4s 4000mah and it's got super run time with excellent thrust for pattern flying. My times are about 10 min, maybe I'm not using as much throttle...I don't know ?

The Eflite site says on Power 32 11/7 to 14/10. Give it a try ?

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Old 05-25-2009, 03:56 AM
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Got the Diamante dialed in. Set-up is as follows : APC 14 x 7 , Power 32, 4s/5000mah. Flight times are just over 10 mins, thats with pulling huge uplines.

I think it around 880 watts at about 60 amps peak static. Battery is just warm after full flight. 10 min flight uses about 3300 mah, so I can probably go longer.

The plane is transformed into a different plane. The uplines are very very strong !!

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Old 05-25-2009, 04:03 AM
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Good deal Flyer! sounds like it working really well.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:49 PM
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Hi Guys,

Did you guys do anying on the inside of the fuse to beef it up or just an extra plate on the outside ???

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Old 06-18-2009, 02:48 PM
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Are you talking about the landing gear ??

If so.........I improved mine on the inside by adding a piece of wood that went perpindicular from the gear mounting surface to the plate below and added a couple blocks to make a cantilever type support. If that makes any sense ??

This way when it torques the gear around(or tries to pull it backwards on landing) it has this piece of wood countering the force. Works perfect no problems so far.
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Tracon View Post
Hi Guys,

Did you guys do anying on the inside of the fuse to beef it up or just an extra plate on the outside ???

Thanks,

Sam
Oh yeah! I cut out the old LG mounting plate plus most of the balsa in front of it. Then glued on some 1/16 ply to the fuse sides. Then boxed in the opening with hard 1/4 SQ balsa. Made a new LG mounting plate from 1/4 inch spruce ply (not the lite ply crap) and glued it in place. Had to shape it a bit to fit the fuse contour before glueing. Now it's pretty strong.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:01 PM
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We beefed up my son's landing gear area as well out of necessity as he tore it out upon landing on the first flight. More so due to a power related issue causing him to ditch it in the tall grass than the actual plane but that are is a bit weak.

We have made no other modifications to it and it flies great. He can really handle it well now.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:47 AM
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I flew my plane a whole season without a problem, then first flight the next spring I landed soft as a silk and the gear just folded and I skidded to a nice stop. I suspect the gear area must have dried out over the winter and just could take it.

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Old 06-20-2009, 06:12 PM
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I've been flying my Diamante on the Power 25 with 4s 4400. I'm swinging a 10x8 APC right now that is pulling a max of 40A, but I'm going to go to a 9x10 because I like the speed I use this plane for doing high speed low passes, knife edge, zoom climbs, and big soaring loops and such (I suppose I fly it like a jet). The 10x8 still gives me unlimited vertical so I have no desire for a bigger prop. According to my calculations the 9x10 will give me greater than a 1:1 thrust ratio and a pitch speed of 104 mph. I have never once wanted more power than what I get from the Power 25... I can climb as high as I want in a matter of seconds and I know that I can climb vertical as long as I want. I suppose if you wanted to blast out of a 3D hover a bigger prop would be desired, but for how I fly it this is a great combo.

I too had lots of problems with the gear ripping out. Horrible design IMHO. I finally cut down a solid pine block to fill the whole cavity, glued it with 30min epoxy and drilled and tapped it for 4 wing bolts. So far so good. It added a little weight, but the plane doesn't mind one bit.
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Old 06-20-2009, 11:42 PM
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Thanks for all the feed back guys...

I've just about finished my Diamante, I've recovered it in my own colour scheme...

Soon to be unveiled !



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Old 06-20-2009, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Tracon View Post
Thanks for all the feed back guys...

I've just about finished my Diamante, I've recovered it in my own colour scheme...

Soon to be unveiled !



Sam

Cool Sam, look froward to seeing the colors.
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Old 06-30-2009, 06:35 AM
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Anyone here, have any experience programming the 60-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC ???

I'm running the E-Flite 32 Brushless on Thunder Power 4s 4500.

All this beep beep stuff trying to get it setup is making me buggy !

Thanks,

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Old 06-30-2009, 08:19 AM
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Read the manual, carefully.

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Old 07-05-2009, 07:23 PM
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Hi Everyone,
I finally got my E-Flite Diamante 25e finished.


I didn't go with the stock livery, I ripped all the skin off mine and did it up in a Canadian Snowbirds livery.


My power setup is pretty much stock:
Motor: E-Flite Power 32
ESC: E-Flite 60-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC
Battery: Thunder Power 4s 4500
Servos: Hitec 225

Haven't got the maiden flight on yet hope to do it over the next few days.

You can see more pictures of my Diamante 25e on our website here:

http://teamtracon.netfirms.com/aircr...y/nfpicturepro

Sam

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Old 07-06-2009, 01:59 AM
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Great job on your plane, nice detail work !! I'll be seeing the Snowbirds in about two weeks in Airdrie Alberta at the airshow. .

Cheers
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:10 AM
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That looks really nice Sam! Great job
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:03 AM
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That's gorgeous!! I picked up a Diamante on Friday, and don't particularly care for the graphics
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by *rider View Post
That's gorgeous!! I picked up a Diamante on Friday, and don't particularly care for the graphics
It's a good flying plane for sure. My son loves his.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:54 PM
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the positive feedback !

The reason why I got my Diamante was the fact that I loved my GWS Formosa so much that, the Diamante is almost the same profile "Pattern Plane Like" and the Formosa flew like it was on rails and I wanted the same effect but in a larger version in balsa.

Thanks again,

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Old 07-09-2009, 04:42 AM
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Just went through the Diamante to check things over (must be hovering about 60 flights so far) and relocated the ESC for better cooling, and found the plane likes a forward CG, otherwise I can't get a nice knife edge. After putting it back together and doing a test run on the ground, I ran it up and the motor mount ejected from the front of the plane throught the cowl. It too must be getting dried out. Horizon was nice enough to send me a replacement cowl. This time I hit the firewall with epoxy to ensure it doesn't happen again.


Cut a half circle under the cowl above the ESC, should get nice cooling now !



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