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Archive for May, 2011
Posted by 92PathSE | May 27, 2011 @ 09:19 AM | 3,886 Views
Posted by 92PathSE | May 27, 2011 @ 08:41 AM | 3,693 Views
I've flown the plane about 60 times now. Even after the crash it flies great. I'm totally impressed with this thing. It was a good purchase, for sure.

There has been a lot of talk about the stock electronics crapping out. This hasn't been a problem for me. I have flown with the floats and the larger 10x8 prop since day 1. So far I have noticed that the motor will cut very briefly a few times on most flights. It could be the ESC or maybe some interference.

Something that is a problem is the stock LiPo cutoff is set a little too low. It could be a flaw that only affects some planes. I'm not sure. My friend also has this plane and has gone through 3 batteries because he flys to the cutoff every time. I like to keep my cells above 3.5V...over 2 years of LiPo use has taught me this.

I've also noticed that the stock servos will move around a little. They're just not that great compared to the 333oz crawler servos I'm used to. That is expected for something so small and cheap I guess. It doesn't affect the plane at all that I can tell.

There's also the issue of the battery box. When this plane first came out, it used a 6 or 7 cell NiMH pack. The LP version uses a 3-cell that doesn't fit well. A simple modification to the battery box helps the battery fit.

Because I've been flying in the wind so much lately, I've been able to really test how it handles while flying with a brisk tail wind. The answer is, not well. I've had a few close calls when even at full throttle...Continue Reading
Posted by 92PathSE | May 13, 2011 @ 01:51 PM | 3,065 Views
I was asked to get some video of a friend's pond last week. The first couple flights went fine except the landings were bad. There was so much fog on the pond that I couldn't see the surface. Video (nothing special):

Happy Trails (4 min 2 sec)


Later I removed the camera and let my friend fly. It's the first time he's flown a plane. Everything was fine for a couple minutes, but during a slight turn the plane banked hard on it's own and quickly lost altitude. He got it leveled out just a couple feet off of the water, then pulled up right into a tree on the edge of the pond.

Once we got the plane out of the tree, we found there was no damage other than a small dent in the leading edge and a broken strut. $2.50 and 15 seconds later, it's flying again. This foam is good stuff.