Posted by Ken1.8T |
Jan 18, 2009 @ 10:18 PM | 5,988 Views
This is my first EDF jet. I decided to go with the Jet Vision as I love it's swing wing design and F-14 outline. Plus it's made of fiberglass and built up balsa, a nice upgrade from the styrofoam madnees that is sweeping the forums!
I ordered the Vision from www.Airlandhobbies.com. They have great customer service as well as competitive pricing.
The assembly is involved due to the swing wing design. You will not be flying in a couple of hours! This is good for me as I'm usually impatient with my "builds" and exciting about flying. The winter weather has me grounded, so I won't be flying anytime soon.
My first impression after opening the box is: "small!" But it's such a nicely finished aircraft. The paint on the fiberglass is top notch and the covering is professional. I was amazed at the DF-45 by Kyosho. I could not get over it's small size. I wanted to test the watt and amp draw on this little puppy. As I ran it up I was surprised by it's "pull" and thrust. This is no blow dryer! For my test, it ran 10-11 amps and I have to look up the watts! (sorry)
I'm using two HS-55 servos for the control surfaces and a HS-65HB for the swing wings as well as a servo slow down module. The battery will be a 3S 1000mah from Xcite Batteries. The ESCfor now is a CC Phoenix 25A. I plan on getting a Thunderbird 18 for it. The radio will be the DX6i and AR6100E receiver.
Here are the pics thus far. Video of swing wing in operation to follow. I'll post more on the steps I've completed up till now. Enjoy!
Now this is not a very exciting project but I received an old assembled plane from a friend for free. It looks like it has been sitting in a room for 10-years, never flown! I ditched the heavy coffee can brushed 550 motor and plan to order an outrunner motor. I plan to use it as a trainer for 4th grade kids in a club. Now since it's 3-ch, I'm going to swap a 56" wing from a 4-ch plane called the Coronet Acro from NESail. http://nesail.com/detail.php?productID=213 The wing actually fits right on the fuse!
I figure that I'll pick a good sized outrunner so that I can also fly some sport with the plane as well as possibly use it as an aerial video platform.
I've got parts on the way from Tower and Hobby Lobby. I'm going to put in an Atlas outrunner and install a steerable nose gear from an Electric-Star. Here are some pictures to get started....Continue Reading
The Aerocat is a simple and very fast profile pusher jet. It's a real joy to fly if you have the need for speed. Out of curiosity and the need of an engineering challenge, I went forth with a custom retractable landing gear system. The extended building season help a great deal as the weather in the northeast has been cold, windy and unpleasant, that is until this week!
Posted by Ken1.8T |
Mar 25, 2008 @ 07:32 PM | 6,089 Views
Well I finally maidened the Yak today! The initial flight was flawless as the plane only needed minimal trim. I can not believe how quiet the motor is on this plane! I have the 13X6.5 prop and this craft simply wispers across the sky. You can hear the wind passing over the craft and through the cowling as it cruises by! It's a gem in the air, flies on rails, flies slow, hovers without effort and rips across the sky as well. Landings are initially fast but the plane slows down very nicely, this is great for our short field. I brought the video camera to the field but did not use it since my friend and I were simply distracted and impressed and just wanted to keep flying and flying! Perhaps another day!
Posted by Ken1.8T |
Jan 10, 2008 @ 08:28 PM | 8,993 Views
Well, I've actually got it all together and balanced. I just need to wipe it down and get all of those finger prints off! I may bring it down to our monthly club meeting next week to show it off static and do some selling for 3DHS!
It took me some time to get all of the servo and control horns installed and links fitted into the holes. My one mentionable error was mounting the rudder horn too low. As a result, I needed to bend the wire. It messed with rudder endpoints but I was able to fix it in the radio. I may just move the link closer into the servo.
I'm glad it's not flying season up here in NY. Although we have had some real nice days in the 50's this week. I'm sure that old man winter is coming off break soon. I'm in no hurry to fly this bird, although I'm looking forward to it.
I programmed the radio as per 3DHS recommendations. Upon programming the DX6, I found that there is no EXPO for rudder. I'll need to look into this some more.
I'll be back after a maiden flight report. I'd like to get video as well.
Again, by far, this is the highest quality, most attractive model that I've owned since I reentered the hobby in 2003. The customer support from Ben at 3DHS is second to none. His business model is fantastic and I wish him continued success and growth in the years to come. I'll be back for more planes in the future! Perhaps a 55" Yak 54 once battery prices come down.