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Archive for March, 2011
Posted by jonnyspeed | Mar 30, 2011 @ 01:40 PM | 2,392 Views
I did my first taxi test yesterday. I need more rudder throw for sure. I need some Dubro large servo arms, but the LHS doesn't have them. I might have to wait until Fri. and pick them up at the Toledo show. I got the TM1000 telemetry installed and bound to my DX8. Very cool. I went ahead and set the low voltage alarms for the flight pack and RxR volt. I just need to dial in the control throws, balance, and I'm ready for maiden. Unfortunately it is snowing here in the Cleveland area today and the next week doesn't look a whole lot better. I'm going to postpone the maiden until it at least gets into the mid 40's. It's almost April and we are in the low 30's... grrrr. Oh well, I don't feel so bad that I am still waiting on my Habu32.
Posted by jonnyspeed | Mar 24, 2011 @ 12:02 PM | 2,385 Views
Almost there. Waiting on new props, Telemetry flight pack adapter, and velcro. Going to work on the DX8 setup tonight. Have to solder on some EC3 connectors onto my GensAce 4s4000 packs. Hope to get her ready for maiden this weekend or next week. Isn't she pretty


Posted by jonnyspeed | Mar 23, 2011 @ 08:35 PM | 2,258 Views
I've really been taking my time because the weather is so bad that I couldn't fly if I wanted to, but I think this ARF could be built on a Saturday if you really tried. It has been a straight forward build so far. I found that the factory forgot to cut the middle hinges on the stab. They included extra CA hinges so it wasn't a big deal, but just another QC issue for the offshore factories. Here she sits tonight, waiting for the canopy glue to dry. She is a pretty bird. I really admire the clean lines. Starting to get excited





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Posted by jonnyspeed | Mar 19, 2011 @ 06:36 PM | 2,489 Views
Had to cut day two short due to a lack of 30 min. epoxy. Grrr.... I thought for sure I had some, but nope. LHS is closed now so I'll have to pick some up after Church tomorrow. I've got all the servos and the Rx installed. I'm running a Spektrum AR6200. I think I will add the Telemeltry modual too before I put her up. I really like the way the gear mounts to the fuse. very slick. The pants are high quality, and the built in blindnuts made the install a snap. I just hope there is enough plywood in there. Seems like the last few ARFs I've built wind up pulling the gear out. We shall see.





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Posted by jonnyspeed | Mar 16, 2011 @ 08:26 PM | 2,344 Views
Today I got the wings done, installed the Power32, E-Flite 60A ESC, and cowling. Believe it or not, I am 1/3 done with the build at this point!

One thing I am not sure of is why I have such a large gap between spinner and cowling. I followed the instructions and used the supplied spacers and the recommended motor, but the gap looks way too big. I'll probably pull it off and use some much smaller spacers. I followed the directions to the letter, this shouldn't have happened. Oh well. Here are pics from today:





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Posted by jonnyspeed | Mar 15, 2011 @ 08:34 PM | 2,689 Views
I have everything I need for my new Habu32 except for the airframe so it looks like the E-Flite Extra 300 is first up on the build table. I just unboxed it tonight and I am really impressed with the packing. I have never seen an ARF packed so well. Kudos E-Flite! The overall quality of the airframe looks very good. I am anxious to get her ready for her maiden. Hopefully in the next 2-3 weeks if all goes well weather wise. Here we go.