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Old 08-23-2011, 05:13 AM
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I don't think I've ever seen a bad review of any of the 3DHS planes. And the Edge seems pretty capable in the hands of the right pilot:

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb2ah2Chwz4[/media]

BTW... You're an army guy from Columbus OH... Long shot, but you don't happen to be the guy in uniform who was flying next to me when I came to see Dave (dumo01) at the Westerville field a few weeks ago?
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:36 AM
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Nice flying and the plane seems to be very solid. What power train do you have in that plane? Battery?

Anyway I was station there for 2.5 years up until the middle of May as I recently retired. Where you flying at the sports complex in Westerville?
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:41 AM
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Oh, that's definitely not me flying! Just something I found on youtube. I'm nowhere near this guy when it comes to skills.

I was flying at the field on Africa Road in Westerville. I guess I was next to some other army guy then...
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by NJSwede View Post
Just pulled the trigger on a 3D HobbyShop Edge 540 41". $100 for the airframe seemed like a steal! Looking to power it with a PowerUp 480 from HeadsUp and an APC 11x5.5E. I think it's going to be a rocket!

Swede

Sounds like a sweet bird, may have to do a road trip to NJ
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dkrhardy View Post
I have not maidened my new Pilot-1 Stinson Voyager ... yet, but I could not pass up a good sale price on a Great Planes 48" (or is it 50"?) balsa Super Sportster. It is so new that it isn't even here yet!

The maiden on the Stinson didn't go well ... tail heavy. It's ready for re-maiden tomorrow. Maidened the Super Sportster last Saturday .. what a great flying plane that one is!
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:06 AM
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My newest plane is a glider, no motor, that has an 11 foot wing span, 3.4 meters. I launch it from a winch. It is called a Graphite.
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Old 08-24-2011, 04:39 PM
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The FVK Graphite Ed? You should post a picture, those are beautiful birds (but a bit to big for me to slope)
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:24 AM
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The FVK Graphite Ed? You should post a picture, those are beautiful birds (but a bit to big for me to slope)
Photo attached.

Built up structure with a carbon capped spar wrapped with Kevlar. Molded carbon/kevlar D-box. Carbon/kevlar fuselage with a built up tail. 3 piece wing.
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:01 AM
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man that sailplane bug is nasty... i got bit too.

i got rid of nitro, thinned out the gas..whent electric and now charging the batteries seems like a chore...
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Old 08-25-2011, 04:19 AM
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Completed 2 new ones today, but they are not actually 100% new, nor are they RC of any sort. I had a couple FF gliders that were gettting long in the tooth. Fuselages were constantly cracking or splitting, but surfaces were still decent. One was a Campbel kits Straight Up catapault glider, and the other was a (Very Old) Jetco Thermic 18. How old? Jetco has been out of business at least 35 years. The original Thermic 18 probably dates back to sometime in the late 1940, early 1950 time frame. I scrapped the original fuselages and built up new ones with Carbon Fiber tubing. Used some 1/8" X 1/2" Spruce at the front. Set up both of them for catapault launch, although I kept the finger brace on the Thermic wing. The modified Thermic seems to fly even better than it did as an HLG. Figured I need to go catapault, calender says I'm over 67, but my throwing shoulder is starting to feel like 77.

For the ERC purists out there, I am pushing 20 flights each on my newest RCs, the Air Hogs Gryphon and the Osprey tilt wing. Got a good flight Sunday on my repaired Micro Mossie shorly before the rain hit.
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:36 AM
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50 inch span, weighs 1.75 pounds, st .10 electric powered. we towed an olympic 99 (99 inch span sailplane) that weighs a bunch more than the tow plane with no problem. fun airplane to do touch and goes!
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:49 AM
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Just finished a ultimate biplane and almost done with a GWS slow stick. Both will be powered by a Tower Pro 2410-09Y and 1300mah 3s Pack. Ignore my mess. lol
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Old 08-28-2011, 11:49 AM
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I was given to kits recently, a Sig Fazer and a Great Planes Ultra Sport+. I want to look into converting both of these to electric as both kits were planned for a .40 size engine. How do I go about that?
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Old 08-28-2011, 01:09 PM
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On the Hobbyking website, in the motor section, they give the equivalent glow engine size for most of them. Under the motor specs, they also give the recomended ESC, batt. and prop size. Another good tool from them is a wattmeter, a necessity for electritians Saves from burning out goodies if you don't know how many amps they're drawing. Hope this helps.

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Old 08-28-2011, 01:21 PM
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bbq there is some good info in this area on converting gas to electric.
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=20

I have done 2 so far I was able to eliminate some of the big pieces of plywood that went up front for the motor and tank with lighter material. You don't need that type of structural strength with the electric setup.
If the tail feathers are solid pieces of balsa you can make them out of sticks to lighten the back end up a little. One problem I had on the first conversion was not looking at how I could lighten the back up to help keep the plane light and not add dead wgt. to the front to get the CG. My solution for that was to put the motor on mounts that brought the motor forward more and a slightly larger battery to get the CG with out adding lead.
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Old 08-28-2011, 04:19 PM
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Thanks guys! To start I already have a wattmeter, best piece of equipment I have ever bought I think. It has already saved me from putting the wrong equipment on some of my planes. As I build up these new kits, I'll definitely look into how to lighten them up, especially in the tail.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:02 AM
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You all sure have some nice planes!
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:31 AM
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Thumbs up Fly Zone Sensei! YES!!!

Hi! I can not stop talking about the new Fly Zone Sensei Rx-R (Receiver Ready) Trainer model made out of foam. This is got to be the best designed and executed Project from any RC Airplane Company that I have seen and it is my opinion that it challenges Park Zone in quality and results!

You all can visit my Thread over here:
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Old 08-29-2011, 03:51 AM
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got a minifly a couple months ago, been flying the snot out of it, it's the perfect park plane, I got the combo with the 20g motor/9A plush esc, and a 4 channel orange rx, used micro servos with standard jr plugs (if you get the combo make sure to ask for them if you don't want the jst ones). It can go from walking pace high alpha to unlimited vertical in a blink. my favorite move so far is it slow it down to a crawl picking the nose up higher and higher until it just hovers, then before it falls off, giving it a shot of throttle to do a pseudo waterfall, then take off like a vertical rocket when the nose comes back up. it inspires confidence to try things because i've abused it plenty and it just comes back for more. I wanted longer flight times so I purchased a 480mah lipo and a 610mah lipo, it flies well with both and it doesn't seem to mind the extra weight (with a 360mah I'm at the most rearward recommended cg), I only notice a little less vertical speed with the 610mah. I'm not sure what flight times with the 610mah are since I was tired after about 20 minutes of cruising with some wide open and aerobatic runs. approx. 10minutes with a 360mah, and 15-20 with the 480mah.



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Old 08-29-2011, 02:03 PM
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Electrifly SE5a. My first ARF build. Semi-completed (missing pilot and other minor touch ups) and flown beautifully this past weekend.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:26 PM
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Latest new (old) plane, a Sig Ninja that I picked up for $5. Had to recover it as the original covering was in pretty bad shape. Came in at 30.5 oz - flies fantastic.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Old Fart View Post
Latest new (old) plane, a Sig Ninja that I picked up for $5. Had to recover it as the original covering was in pretty bad shape. Came in at 30.5 oz - flies fantastic.
Sweet!! I love that one... I'm sure it turns some heads.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by NJSwede View Post
Just pulled the trigger on a 3D HobbyShop Edge 540 41". $100 for the airframe seemed like a steal! Looking to power it with a PowerUp 480 from HeadsUp and an APC 11x5.5E. I think it's going to be a rocket!
Maidened it today and a rocket she is! I had one of the experienced guys at the field trim her out (which wasn't really needed as she flew straight with maybe one or two clicks here and there). It's a very capable sport plane at about half throttle, does wild aerobatics and vertical on 2/3 throttle. On 3/4 throttle it went up like a rocket and turned into a orange dot after a few seconds. I didn't dare open up WOT...

Flew on low rates (50% rate, 30% expo on all controls) and she's extremely agile! Very fast roll rate even on low rates. Snaps like a maniac if I give full rudder. I put the CG in the recommended spot for sport aerobatics. Once I get a little more comfortable, I might start experimenting with CG and rates.

Absolutely love the plane and the motor. The only complaint I have is that the PowerUp 480 is a little too long for the plane. It fits fine in the cowl, but I can't fit a spinner without leaving a 1/2" gap. Cutting the shaft might help but not completely. Anyway, flying without spinner now and it's merely a cosmetic problem.

Our field was in a horrible shape after Irene and even the .50+ size gassers had problems landing. (I don't think I saw a single good landing, to be honest). My landing was... well... hard, but the little Edge showed that it can take a tumble! No damage, except for a slightly bent landing gear.

Overall, a fantastic plane, but won't be able to fly it until the field improves or I put some bigger wheels on her.
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:15 PM
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Here are my three newest ones.
E Flite T-34, bought on E Bay damaged, then landed short and broke the fuselage in half. Here's a picture now, after the repairs.

Hangar 9 Pulse 60 XT, a friend of mine strained this through the trees and then hit the equipment shed. He gave it to me and I just got it flying a couple of days ago.

Sig Lil Rascal, bought this at a flea market for $15. Fixed it up and put an outrunner in it and am having a ball with it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:03 AM
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Heres a photo, and a couple tracings, of my newest (Planes?). Picked them up for a quarter at a garage sale. One was in the unopened bag, the other had apparently been flown. Not RC, but I had a ball with them today.
Sinple to build, maybe a couple meat trays or similar thin foam, a bit of packing tape on both sides of the joint for hinging, a couple plastic self-stick picture hooks, and a small rubber band. I'm using some small hair bands from the cosmetic counter. Launching is by a small stick and a loop of 1/4" rubber.

I seem to remember getting something similar back in the early 50's. Send in so many Mars candy wrappers (Snickers, Mars Bars, Milky Way, loved 'em all) and maybe 25 or 50 cents, got several kinds of flying things. These were thin balsa and used formed wire hoops. Had a ball till the rubber bands got stiff and broke. Couldn't find replacements.
The tracings of the half-panels are on 8 1/2" X 11" paper
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