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Old 01-09-2008, 03:17 AM
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I got the plane for free, so I cant complain about the price. I had all the components to fly it on my shelf, so I have nothing to lose.

I'll share my put-together sequence with you.

Here are the components, its all flat and there is alot of hardware (eek)




The first thing to to assemble the elevator. These flatout kits are a different breed. I like the tried and true method of tape, but I'll follow the directions. They use carbon rods and hinges that snap onto them



So basically just line everything up and glue. Its the same for all moving surfaces.




They also have these retainer clips that keep the moving surface from straying side to side

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I dunno Dave... You're enthusiasm seems kind of "flat" on this one...

Will be watching with interest.
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Old 01-09-2008, 03:23 AM
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Here is your typical control horn




After all that, start on the fuse. They have a carbon rod that runs lengthwise and holds in the servo trays for the rudder and elevator.




Then glue the fuse sides on 90 degrees to the top and level.



Then add the bottom, thats all there is to the fuse (for now)

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Old 01-09-2008, 03:37 AM
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Connect horizontal stab to the fuse, level and square to the world




The rudder is next, snap it into place




On the other end, add the fuse doublers

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Old 01-09-2008, 03:52 AM
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Dave, looks good so far.....I'm gonna enjoy this....looks just like my reflection bipe
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Making the engine work.....

They want you to use a Rimfire motor. I like to use what ever motor I want, thats why I always have to modify everything it seems.

here goes -

this is my motor just sitting on the radial mount they supply, my mount is too big so I need to make it fit



Gotta start by drilling out some new holes. Center punch them so the drill bit wont drift.




Then just grind off the excess.



Then mark the new holes on the radial mount

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I used nylon nuts as standoffs so the back of the motor would sit off the mount a bit



Here is the motor attached (back view)



And here is the front view

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Now we get to the wings.

The leading edges get a carbon tube attached for extra strength.

(beer is optional )



Then just slide the wing into the fuse and glue. Add the struts also




Here is the supply of carbon tubes that comes with the kit...

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Old 01-09-2008, 04:33 AM
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We start adding the carbon struts, lots of pieces...

This is one of the supports that gets mounted into the wing. Each wing has 2 on each side.



Here I point to the locations in the wing that gets the supports



This shows the carbon struts connecting the fuse to the wing.

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Old 01-09-2008, 05:06 AM
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Nice thread Dave. You're really slapping the planes together lately. You better slow down, winter is just getting started.
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:04 PM
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These struts are for the landing gear that come out the bottom wing -




And here are the plastic wheels they give you-




Then add the foam wheelpants to the wheels -




To keep the body from flexing, these foam supports get glued in along the fuse

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I had to use this servo. I was going to use some Towerpro servos, but the kit provides you with these huge servo arms and they provide a variety to fit most servos. Hitec HS-55 was one of them and I had 3 sitting on the shelf. I'm sure Futaba, JR, Hitec, Airtronics would work, but you can call and find out to be sure




Aileron linkage harware provided, as shown -




And installed. Make sure your ailerons are inline with the wing, after you glue there is no adjustment.



Here is the servo with the big arm they provide you -

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Old 01-12-2008, 07:12 PM
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Next come the elevator and rudder servos. They fit snug into the servo tray and require some control rod supports along the fuse to prevent flexing.



A quick look at the guts...all hanging on the side




And here it is all ready for the first flight

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Old 01-12-2008, 07:13 PM
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aviatordave:: I like it my bub, It's A'MAZE'ing, your bub, steve
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:18 PM
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I actually flew this last Sunday indoors

First flight proved I had the CG too far back, as soon as the plane lifted off it went into the most beautiful hover with almost no control input from me. Some of the guys said that was pretty gutsy doing that so early in the maiden...but it wasnt my choice. I nursed it back down to the ground and moved the 3 cell 800 mah lipo forward about an inch. It flew better but the controls were awfully touchy, even on low rates. So after dialing in some expo on the elevator and ailerons, flies nice.

The only thing I need to do is make some flying wires to help support the landing gear. It is too flimsy IMHO. I may add some real wheels also since I will fly this outside on nice days.
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CornnyBub::I'd would have needed a change of short's!!! bub,steve
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:23 PM
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Here is Mike Parsons review of it on RCU

and for your viewing enjoyment, here is Mike Parsons flying it for us
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:05 PM
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I dont have any video or flying pics from the first flight, but here is a screenshot of it on Realflight, it flys well on there and is alot of fun




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Dave,

Looks sweet. I was considering maidening my Reflection Bipe indoors tonight, but I think I want to have a little more room for this one. Besides, tonight is the Jenny maiden; one at a time would be fine with me.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:47 PM
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How long would you say it took to put together? and would like you recommend this as a good indoor flyer for my first indoor plane?

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Is it as indestructible in real life as it is in the sim?
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:19 PM
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Looks good Dave

I did a review on the plane and then one adding VPP to it. It it was a very fun plane. The VPP eventually killed it. It takes some getting used too and more than once I got too close to the ground and tried to back it up. One time too many LOL

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Originally Posted by Mike Parsons View Post
Looks good Dave

I did a review on the plane and then one adding VPP to it. It it was a very fun plane. The VPP eventually killed it. It takes some getting used too and more than once I got too close to the ground and tried to back it up. One time too many LOL

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Mike,
Where's the crash video? I wanted to see carnage.....
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Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
Mike,
Where's the crash video? I wanted to see carnage.....
Sicko

The crash wasnt caught on tape (unfortunately). It was neat though...broke the plane and burnt out the motor and ESC. Spectacular!
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by goplaneman View Post
How long would you say it took to put together? and would like you recommend this as a good indoor flyer for my first indoor plane?

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Well...the box says 3 hrs. In reality it takes a couple nights. The hard part is getting used to the different building techniques they used. With Foam safe CA and some kicker you can really smoke thru this build.

It depends on how big of an indoor area you have to fly in. If its a gym I'd say prob not, but if its as big as the video below, then yes. If you are a decent 3D flyer then a gym is no problem.

This is where I flew the RCU bipe. I dont have video of that but this is the SE5a flying around inside.

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