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Archive for January, 2010
Posted by deckert | Jan 08, 2010 @ 11:53 PM | 4,195 Views
I've put this build off for 14 months. The boss said no more planes till I build what I already have. So... It's done!

I dumped the Power 46 and swapped it over to a GR 45 from http://www.reaperbrushless.com/ on Scotts recomendation. A little confab with MaxAmps http://www.maxamps.com/categories.php?cat=8 for a pack and we came up with a 14.4/4s/2p/4400mah brick pack. All dragging thru a Motrolfly ESC & UBEC(set to 6v) from Ken at http://www.subsonicplanes.com/. Futaba 3003 thruout and reframed to use dual servos (1 for each elevator half) and converted to a pull-pull rudder. No regrets to-date except for the motor conversion. I finally wound up buying a Great Planes medium size motor mount to get the GR in. Spektrum AR 7000 rcvr.

I have yet to maiden the bird but I finally got some power tests done tonight. The bird is drawing 56 amp/880 watts on a 13 x 6.5 APC. 60 amp/925 watts on a 13 x 8 APC and 60 amp/900 watts on a 13 x 8 wood prop. I would have tested with a 14" but the LHS was lacking anything in that size. I do believe this bird will fly. Now all I need is some decent weather and to get rid of the 'new bird' jitters. Yea baby! I think I'd better get some air time with my TC 450 and my Pilot 1 Stinson again so I don't wind up ground looping this bird. I've about forgotten how to treat a bird like this on take-off.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:40 PM | 4,352 Views
I ordered 8ea. 10 x 32 x 3.25" stainless allenhead bolts at a cost of $41.00 from http://www.mmsacc-stainless.com in Rydal, Georgia. (800-441-9451) 2 phone calls and 3 e-mails to the vendor with no answers or response in 9 days. Unknown if the order is shipped or ?? Calls were during business hours. I'm beginning to suspect fraud or just plain theft. Complaint is now lodged with the Atlanta BBB and PayPal. I just need my money back but I'd advise anyone considering this business to be wary. The sad part being it took me 8 hours to find a vendor that has this length of bolt in a 10 x 32 with an allenhead.

Nothing else would work is why the order. It's not the money as much as it's the failure to reply. Good communication from seller to buyer or vice versa is a must!

Dan

The Vendor repaid my PP account ASAP the by the next morning. Strange how fast they repaid the account but wouldn't respond to 3 e-mails and 2 calls. Go figure.