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Old Jun 30, 2014, 09:08 AM
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What is the popular power set up for the XL version?
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 05:39 PM
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What is the popular power set up for the XL version?
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4s - Exceed RC rocket motor 3015 - 1300kv with 9x4.5e prop.
14.8v 3300mah battery (need 330g weight to balance plane)
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Old Jun 30, 2014, 09:54 PM
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4s - Exceed RC rocket motor 3015 - 1300kv with 9x4.5e prop.
14.8v 3300mah battery (need 330g weight to balance plane)
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Egads!!!!! Be afraid, be very afraid.... What a beast.....

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Old Jul 01, 2014, 11:04 PM
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Sorry guys, too far away.
Did my own night-fly around the corner with light , sound and fireworks as a bonus.
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Which version is this? And, is there anyone who has flown both the regular Mako and the XL version, which one do you prefer and why?

Thank you for your input
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Old Jul 02, 2014, 05:00 PM
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Mine is the 100% size scratchbuild Mako following WMPF's plans.
Alterations: Rudder arm inside the boom, the step 1 inch forward, the nosetip flush with floats front,
100% is big enough for traveling on my back seat. Not too bulky. Carrying 50 grams of cam very nicely.
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Old Jul 02, 2014, 05:57 PM
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Which version is this? And, is there anyone who has flown both the regular Mako and the XL version, which one do you prefer and why?

Thank you for your input
I have built and flown both original and the XL. The 42" XL is far better in every way, I don't even fly my 32" any more. The XL has more power, speed, and handles better both in the air and on water. I have my new one for acrobatics and my old one for FPV.
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Old Jul 03, 2014, 10:59 AM
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"Mine is the 100% size scratchbuild Mako following WMPF's plans.
Alterations: Rudder arm inside the boom, the step 1 inch forward, the nosetip flush with floats front,
100% is big enough for traveling on my back seat. Not too bulky. Carrying 50 grams of cam very nicely
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I have built and flown both original and the XL. The 42" XL is far better in every way, I don't even fly my 32" any more. The XL has more power, speed, and handles better both in the air and on water. I have my new one for acrobatics and my old one for FPV.
Awesome some of you scratch build these things.

Thank you for this input. I was leaning towards the XL because I like larger models in general but the the affordable 3S batteries for the original, which I already have a lot of, had me tempted with the smaller version.
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Old Jul 03, 2014, 12:26 PM
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"Mine is the 100% size scratchbuild Mako following WMPF's plans.
Alterations: Rudder arm inside the boom, the step 1 inch forward, the nosetip flush with floats front,
100% is big enough for traveling on my back seat. Not too bulky. Carrying 50 grams of cam very nicely
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Awesome some of you scratch build these things.

Thank you for this input. I was leaning towards the XL because I like larger models in general but the the affordable 3S batteries for the original, which I already have a lot of, had me tempted with the smaller version.
Be aware, you can't disassemble the Makos for transport or storage. The original has a footprint of 32" x 35", while the XL is 42" x 47". If it is a non issue go for the bigger one.

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Still flying the original size and enjoying it!
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Old Jul 03, 2014, 09:19 PM
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I have both mako models and the xl would be my choice. The only downside is it takes a more expensive battery but it makes up for it in the fun factor. It sounds cooler and it is easier to see. Bigger is better if you can fit it in the car then go for it. Its like the difference between a v-6 and v-8.
If the size and cost is an issue then get the original one. Every hangar needs one!!!
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Old Jul 04, 2014, 12:17 PM
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Has anyone done a 3S setup on the Mako XL? I'd like to use the 3S-2200s I have already in parallel, rather than getting 4S batts as well. Thoughts?
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Old Jul 04, 2014, 12:29 PM
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Has anyone done a 3S setup on the Mako XL? I'd like to use the 3S-2200s I have already in parallel, rather than getting 4S batts as well. Thoughts?
3s - Suppo A2814/6 - 1400 KV with 9x6e prop.
11.1v 4000mah battery (need 330g weight to balance plane)
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Above from the first XL post. Should work fine. The XL is quite weight tolerant.
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Old Jul 04, 2014, 12:42 PM
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Well, my Maco Xl is no more. While getting ready for the holiday weekend, I took it out for a check ride, and when doing a high speed, downwind pass, the entire rear boom sections started to flutter and then the CF "struts" pulled out and hen the elevator assembly let loose. It went straight in, full speed, into the paved runway. It was quite the scene.
I knew I was pushing the speed envelope, as I was running a 3542 / 1250kv motor on a 4s 4500. So be careful if you are using something close to this amount of power.
I will get another sometime soon. But, not until I finish a few other planes I have in que.
I will post a pic of the destruction after the weekend.
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Well, my Maco Xl is no more. While getting ready for the holiday weekend, I took it out for a check ride, and when doing a high speed, downwind pass, the entire rear boom sections started to flutter and then the CF "struts" pulled out and hen the elevator assembly let loose. It went straight in, full speed, into the paved runway. It was quite the scene.
I knew I was pushing the speed envelope, as I was running a 3542 / 1250kv motor on a 4s 4500. So be careful if you are using something close to this amount of power.
I will get another sometime soon. But, not until I finish a few other planes I have in que.
I will post a pic of the destruction after the weekend.
OUCH! I bet that left a mark! I hope all the electronics survived so all you have to replace is the foam. What tail servos were you using? On the prototype we were using HXT- 9 gram and found that the gear train would not hold in high speed. Before the trusses were added flutter set in and stripped the rudder servo. I am not sure which came first the servo letting go or the flutter.

So builders beware use metal gear in the tail. I am using metal gear all the way around now as well.
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Well, my Maco Xl is no more. While getting ready for the holiday weekend, I took it out for a check ride, and when doing a high speed, downwind pass, the entire rear boom sections started to flutter and then the CF "struts" pulled out and hen the elevator assembly let loose. It went straight in, full speed, into the paved runway. It was quite the scene.
I knew I was pushing the speed envelope, as I was running a 3542 / 1250kv motor on a 4s 4500. So be careful if you are using something close to this amount of power.
I will get another sometime soon. But, not until I finish a few other planes I have in que.
I will post a pic of the destruction after the weekend.
My condolences, But a question or maybe it's a comment, recently flew the wings off a plane, same kinda deal, pushing on the envelope, well, to the breaking point, funny thing was, that crash didn't bother me as much, felt different for some reason, did you feel the same?

Mark R.

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Old Coastie,
I feel bad when I crash due to stupid mistakes or careless mistakes on my end.
Actually, now that I think about it, I was warned by the good folks at WMPF that the rear end is the weak point of the plane and I knew that I had a hot motor for this plane.
So, I probably should have known that a high speed fly by was risking destruction. The only regret I had is that I was getting ready for the July 4th holiday where I was gonna fly it on Lake Norman for my buddies. Also, it is less of a financial issue as it is a time issue, as far as getting another one.
I have been flying for 3 years now, and I do not get disappointed anymore when losing a plane. At least not too much.
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