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Old Feb 25, 2015, 07:42 PM
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Let us know how it works out, Wornpiston
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Old Feb 26, 2015, 08:45 AM
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Good idea to strengthen the control linkage to the elevator. My stock clevis opened up at 90+mph and the result wasn't pretty.
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Old Feb 26, 2015, 11:22 AM
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Good idea to strengthen the control linkage to the elevator. My stock clevis opened up at 90+mph and the result wasn't pretty.
McD
Yes, that is sad to hear. I use the polycarbonate/ high strength nylon mixed with the gold coated pins and locks. The plastic or nylon only units that use a piece of fuel tubing or small rubber band to keep the pushrod side of the end link clasped onto the control horn "should" be replaced annually. I've learned, like you have, that these stretch and weaken over time. Which cause failure in the air when they are stressed the most by wind resistance.
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Old Feb 27, 2015, 08:07 AM
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.... they are stressed the most by wind resistance.
.... and my use of an EVO 10 gasser, and my insistence on flying WOT.

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Old Feb 27, 2015, 06:30 PM
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I've had the elevator flutter problem, too. Twice. Had to do elevator surgery both times, the last time on both halves.

Still going pretty strong otherwise. Finally have ooched the battery back far enough to get fairly axial aileron rolls. Club members keep marveling at how fast it is (no idea of the speed; doesn't look all that fast to me). Still can't land it worth a darn, though.

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Old Feb 28, 2015, 04:14 AM
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Really? It does want a little speed upon landing approach, but nothing not easily manageable. If you only have grass to land in, I would remove the wheel pants. I took out the landing gear and wheel pants from grass catching the pants. Never pulled the landing gear mounting pad out of the fuse though. I like the model. Hell, I'd love to see an Escapade V2. I'd definitely buy it.
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Old Feb 28, 2015, 08:03 AM
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Really? It does want a little speed upon landing approach, but nothing not easily manageable. If you only have grass to land in, I would remove the wheel pants. I took out the landing gear and wheel pants from grass catching the pants. Never pulled the landing gear mounting pad out of the fuse though. I like the model. Hell, I'd love to see an Escapade V2. I'd definitely buy it.
Wornpiston, Perhaps you should consider the Escapade MX at Tower Hobbies.

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Old Feb 28, 2015, 11:21 AM
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Thanks for the heads up. I haven't been flying the last two years. However, three areas stayed the same that needed attention.
1. The front could have used a nice cowling for glow and electric. Not a huge deal, but would have enhanced the looks.
2. The elevator looks the same. Unless GP's changed something at the tail, I believe the elevator flutter will still be present.
3. I really cannot believe that cheap and flimsy tail wheel assembly carried over to their enhanced design. I threw that assembly away after my Escapades first day of flying. Went with a high quality dubro assembly. Bigger tail wheel too. The assembly they decided to use just didn't work.
It looks pretty good overall. I may consider it.
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