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Old 02-16-2018, 06:59 PM
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Default Eflite PT-17

I could not help it...
https://www.motionrc.com/collections...lite-pt-17-bnf

They marked them down and I was always hypnotized by one club members model, that I just had to have one.
With AS3X it's a real jewel.
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:02 AM
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Looks like a nice plane. Hope it flies as nice as it looks.
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Old 02-17-2018, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Don Sims View Post
Looks like a nice plane. Hope it flies as nice as it looks.
I've seen one fly flawlessly at our club, and I've seen the nose heavy issues some have had. AMA had a great review and correction without adding weight. Our member said he had easily 200 flights on his and flies it nearly everyday, so I'll pick his brain a little more on the balance. His flies super smooth and he does agree the gyro is probably the only reason he can fly it so well.
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:38 AM
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I did get the opportunity to ask more info from Ken on his PT-17. His is PNP, not a Spektrum AS3X / SAFE but does have an Eagle Gyro stabilizer. His comments - make sure battery is ALL the way forward and check CG and it shouldn't be any problem.
I plan to enable the SAFE select to keep the set up similar to the Cub using the DXe 6 channel tx.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:56 AM
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Default Maiden went well

Got 2 landings and 1 takeoff, two batteries worth of fun in the pattern getting used to it. Got a little short video, but it was not worth posting as there was only a little yellow speck against a blue sky, and then Dave saying "...ok, you ready to fly it?"
I did have to add 2 oz. into the hollow cylinders even with the battery all the way forward. Still need to adjust the rudder a tish too.
Wind kicked up shortly after the last flight, so I was happy to load up with both nearly ready to go next trip.
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:45 AM
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A few more flights - still flying with the SAFE mode and avoiding the x-winds. It seems to fight me on takeoff and landing with SAFE tempering use of rudder.
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Now I probably have close to a hundred flights on this bird. She is a favorite of mine and the club. She has a little rash and I found the barrier fence when Xwinds got the best of me, but nothing high speed or real hard impact with a post. I did apply Polycryllic over the whole thing - 2 coats and it is still turning the same 11x7 prop she came with. Wind slammed it into the pavement today, about foot off the deck on landing - struts did their job. Taxi over to the pit, check her over good and the take her around the pattern one more time for a greaser landing with 7-10 knot headwind.
She has some company now -another looker moved into the hangar.
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Default E-Flite PT-17 as a Monoplane

Fly it as a monoplane. Flies even much better, faster and much more aerobatic. A hidden gem. I put the battery, 2200 3s, 1800 4s or 2200 4s, in the pocket behind the receiver so as to balance the plane. The low dihedral lower wing is not an issue and in fact helps in its aerobatic abilities. With landing gear well ahead of the wing, tipping ove on grass is rare.
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