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Old 07-09-2009, 06:23 AM
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Thanks for the tips flyer88! I hope it holds together for you. Good idea on the extra ESC cooling. Looks like we both have the nice aluminum spinner
I have only opened the box to check contents and good 'ol e-flite has it all there and in great shape. Waiting for servos & a motor / ESC.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:29 AM
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It's a good flying plane for sure. My son loves his.
Sweet! I went through all prior posts in the thread to catch-up. I decided to pick one up right after I saw a fellow at the field with his. I was watching it just bomb around flat & level then some crisp rolls, inverted, etc. and I was thinking hey I can do that! I chatted with him a bit and he told me it takes very little input & stress on the pilot to do some cool tricks & relax. Looking forward to it
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:16 PM
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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. .

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Flyer88.... You in Airdrie???

I am planning on Seeing the snowbirds here in Airdrie aswell..
As for my Diamonte.. Ita all I fly now cuz I luv it!! eflite power 32 12x6.5 Prop and a zippy 4400mah 4s... however after reading these posts I may try reducing my prop size
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:38 PM
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Flyer88.... You in Airdrie???

No, I'm in Calgary. Going to the show on the 22nd in Airdrie with the family. Too funny !

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Old 07-10-2009, 08:09 AM
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Hi Guys,

Maiden Flight was a total success !!!

Got out to our local field (High School Upper Field with Paved Running Track)

Around 7:30 pm this evening.

After checking, checking and re-checking I the placed the battery a little further back because I thought she looked a little nose heavy.

I connected everything and did a couple taxi tests, gave the rudder a couple of clicks so she would track straight and then walked her down the runway.




I then did a run-up test and she was ready to go...

I throttled up slowly and her tail wheel was up and in about 10' she was off the ground and climbing nicely at around 1/2 throttle.

I flew around for a bit and only needed to give her about one click of rudder to get her trimmed and dialed in.

I then did a few tests, rolls and an easy stall or two, everything went fine.




I then opened her up a little bit and did a few faster passes and then started my line up practice for getting used to landing.

After a bunch of passes, slowed it down and Beverly finished with the photo shoot I came in and did a nice three point landing with out a hitch.

I then changed batteries and sent her up again, I was getting a little bit of glitching from my rudder when pulling up on the elevator, but I think this has something to do with the way the antenna is kinda doing the igglysquiggly inside the fuse back to the tail.. (I need to clean that up a bit before I fly again).




I opened her up and tried out the high rates and all I can say is WOW !!!

The roll rate is AWESOME !!!

This is definitely my new favorite plane by far !!!

Thanks again for all your info here guys it really helped.

I'll be following the few of you who have propped down, this 13X6.5 is way too big and I need a bunch more speed...probably go down to an eleven something.

All the best,
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:32 PM
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Awesome!

We went to the filed last night as well and mason ran about three packs through his. He is really getting good at doing knife edges down the whol length of the field with it.

He also completed all the maneuvers for his Sport Pilot certification in our club!
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:34 PM
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Did not go so well gor me last night I took the Diamonte out dispite the weather and set my batterie WAY back... flew fine at 1/2 throtle but landing was a little ruff as she didn't want to point her nose down... I did some weird cartwheel and tore off the rudder and elivator.... went strait home threw it on the bench and guess what... she will fly again... already repaird and good to go with slitely bigger wheels to accomidate the dirt field we fly out of
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Old 07-10-2009, 02:41 PM
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Bummer, hate it when that happens... At least she was fixable! Glad to hear you were able to her back in shape.
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:17 PM
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Sorry to hear about your bird Fuzzman...

Thanks for all the positive feed back guys !

This plane ROCKS !!!

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Old 07-11-2009, 03:11 AM
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[QUOTE=Tracon;620092]'



Hi Guys,

Maiden Flight was a total success !!!

Got out to our local field (High School Upper Field with Paved Running Track)

Around 7:30 pm this evening.

After checking, checking and re-checking the placed the battery a little further back because I thought she looked a little nose heavy.

I connected everything and did a couple taxi tests, gave the rudder a couple of clicks so she would track straight and then walked her down the runway.


I Luv the new Look... that bird is Awsome!!!
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:42 AM
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Well, it's finally done. Took me long enough! Hoping to give it a spin this weekend.
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Old 09-03-2009, 03:31 PM
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Awesome! Good luck! You'll really enjoy this one, they are good flying birds. Just be easy on the landings and you'll be fine.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:41 AM
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Woo-Hoo! I maidened the Diamante on Labor Day and had a blast. I need to fine-tune it abit before taking it up again, twitchy on the ailerons. It was a good flight though. Fortunately I had a smooth landing despite the crosswind at the time. Looking forward to next weekend.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:31 AM
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Wink LG busted

After a smooth yet not-so-perfect landing the LG busted out. I had read and heard from the LHS owner that this is a well-known weakness in the fuse. It repaired easily tho, just needs the covering touched-up. I used 30 min. epoxy on a short piece of flat CF to join the LG halves. I don't know if it will help much hoping it reduces flex. Of course the underside of the wings are scoffed up, it doesn't bother me tho. One of the MN-48's stripped. I have ordered HS-225MG's to replace the aileron servos.

I have adjusted my throws, D/R, and expo to my liking and this is my favorite plane at this point since wrecking the Pulse.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:59 AM
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Well the repair was not-so-great. LG broke off again in the same spot. This time I'm going to dremel the whole area clean and fabricate a new light ply & CF underbelly and likely take the 1-piece LG off my wrecked Pulse, paint it black, and try that solution. Sucks to have this one out of service.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:32 PM
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I broke my landing gear twice also.The second time I installed a piece of 1/2 plywood mount. Well that gave out too. Eflite needs to redesign this fuse! So if you guys are having trouble with your gear may I suggest a wire gear that has a little give (springeness) to it.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:51 PM
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I am also a member of the broken gear club I haven't repaired it yet. When I do I'll post pics of the repairs. Other than the weak gear I like this plane.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:34 PM
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Here's a video of a pretty good 3D guy flying mine .Sorry about the slightly out of focus [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7KFvouVuOY&feature=channel[/media]
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:19 AM
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Picked up a Diamante at Hodges today. Looks to be much better quality than my GP Sequence ( which I have yet to build).


Thanks to the info here I'll do a few mods to the gear first, then start the rest of the build.

I'll be using a Power 32, CC Ice Lite 75, Hyperion 4S 3300 35C packs and HiTec 5085 MG sevros. I'll post a few pics as progress allows.


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Old 02-22-2010, 07:49 AM
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Nice, I think you have chosen a very high-quality gear package! I hope you enjoy the build and keep us updated

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Picked up a Diamante at Hodges today. Looks to be much better quality than my GP Sequence ( which I have yet to build).


Thanks to the info here I'll do a few mods to the gear first, then start the rest of the build.

I'll be using a Power 32, CC Ice Lite 75, Hyperion 4S 3300 35C packs and HiTec 5085 MG sevros. I'll post a few pics as progress allows.


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Old 02-22-2010, 03:09 PM
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Been flying mine on a E. F. Power 25 , E.F. 60A ESC , and a T.P. 3800ma 30 C 5 cell battery on a 11x7 E prop. Yep I said 5 cells. It's brought out the monster in that 25 motor and finally got the C G far enough forward without adding lead in the nose.
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Originally Posted by Alpea42 View Post
Been flying mine on a E. F. Power 25 , E.F. 60A ESC , and a T.P. 3800ma 30 C 5 cell battery on a 11x7 E prop. Yep I said 5 cells. It's brought out the monster in that 25 motor and finally got the C G far enough forward without adding lead in the nose.
I have been flying mine on a Pulso 2826/12 with a 4S lipo. After reading your post I looked up the specs on my motor and it can handle 5S! Wow! I already thought this thing was a beast on 4S. 5S here we come!


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Old 02-22-2010, 07:30 PM
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Nice, I think you have chosen a very high-quality gear package! I hope you enjoy the build and keep us updated
Thanks Rider. I'm just getting back into the electric stuff, and have a lot to re-learn. Fortunately, WattFlyer and RCG help make that task much easier.

Unfortunately, I haven't had time to touch the Diamate this weekend. Maybe I can get a bit done later this evening.


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Old 03-02-2010, 01:45 AM
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Welcome back to electric! I think you will really enjoy this model. IMHO it tracks very well, and the rudder has authority for decent knife edges. Also I like the roll rate on high-rates, minimal coupling. + you will have fast servos.

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Thanks Rider. I'm just getting back into the electric stuff, and have a lot to re-learn. Fortunately, WattFlyer and RCG help make that task much easier.

Unfortunately, I haven't had time to touch the Diamate this weekend. Maybe I can get a bit done later this evening.


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Old 03-02-2010, 01:57 AM
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Thanks Zeke.

I'm really looking forward to getting the Diamante going. Unfortunately, I haven't had much time to work on it as I'm finishing up a wet project to clear the build table first. That project should be finished by the end of this coming weekend.

Planning on putting the tail servos inside the fuselage, just for looks. Yea, I may have to add an ounce or so to the tail but we'll see.

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