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Old Nov 04, 2014, 03:08 AM
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TW-748-1 F4U Corsair

I just purchased this 27 MHz FM brushed 370-a.

I am new to planes, but have been learning control with a mini quadcopter and micro helicopter. I have spent quite a bit of time on a simulator with a Cessna and Spitfire to get some of the basics down. The plan is to take some short take offs and landing to see how it goes, any thoughts are welcome.

I noticed the landing gear was not very stable and added glue. However, I am a little concerned about how the ailerons line up (or don't) I adjusted the servos best I could, but may be shaving off some foam to line up a little better.
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Old Nov 04, 2014, 03:46 PM
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Wow, its a blast from the past! That was one of my first planes that I had. I learned a lot with that plane and to this day look back at the good times I had with this plane

I ended up do quite a few upgrades on this plane. All of them were worth it. Look here for what I did with it...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...38&postcount=2

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Old Nov 04, 2014, 05:51 PM
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Thanks for posting kman24, I'll check it out.

I was noticing this plane has been around for awhile, been looking through some posts and u-tube videos. I will be looking at an upgrade path if it survives
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Old Nov 04, 2014, 06:04 PM
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It's a pretty tough plane, the airframe that is. The cowl, landing gear, and motor gearbox are weak points. I ended up leaving the gear off, taping the cowl, and upgrading the motor/esc to a brushless setup. I got a lot of air miles out of mine

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Old Nov 04, 2014, 11:08 PM
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That's encouraging, I keep reading it's not the best plane to learn on.

I do get a bit of a breeze at Baylands here in Sunnyvale California (5-10 MPH), so I will just have to take it easy. No loops or death dives anytime soon.
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Old Nov 07, 2014, 01:12 AM
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Maiden flight times two and wasn't up for no more than 10 seconds either time. Wind was picking up and I have a lot to learn, but at leastI got the feel for the controls for a bit.

Minor damage to the cowl and I will be buying some more props for next time.
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Old Nov 12, 2014, 02:12 AM
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I finished up my storage box over the weekend and ordered more props. Really starting to think about my upgrade path, hope to fly again in the next week or so.
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 02:16 AM
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Another couple of real short flights with the corsair today. The underpowered 370 Brushed/geared motor is hard to get up high enough to keep in the air.

She really looks good flying, I'm considering the addition of a 1000kv outrunner motor with esc to see if it helps any.

Wibbly Wobbly right now
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 09:51 AM
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Here's the motor/ESC combo I had on mine. I got the 1400kv version and spun a GWS 8x4 prop on mine...

http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/...ies-p-427.html

In order to mount the brushless motor onto the stock stick, you will need one of these...

http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/...tic-p-141.html

I used a 1300mah 3s battery in mine. Gave me good flight times and balanced out well.

BTW - that motor/ESC combo is still going. After I retired the ole Corsair airframe, I transferred that combo to another airframe

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Old Nov 19, 2014, 09:52 AM
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BTW - that storage/transport box you have for your plane is top notch

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Old Nov 19, 2014, 02:07 PM
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Thanks kman24, I'll check out the links.

The box was a fun project, just threw together some scraps lying around and added dollar store hinges and clasps. My wife had some felt I applied with a staple gun and the paint and stencil set were lying around as well. Not bad for a couple afternoons of goofing around.
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Old Nov 23, 2014, 10:56 PM
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After quite a bit of going back and forth, reading posts and googling, this is what I came up with:

http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-A2212-1...rhf_ee_p_img_1

I kept trying to talk myself into lower KV, but eventually settled in here. I ordered from another seller for right around $10 as well as 30A ESC from the same maker. It will be a few weeks before I'm able to try it out.
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Old Nov 23, 2014, 11:31 PM
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After quite a bit of going back and forth, reading posts and googling, this is what I came up with:

http://www.amazon.com/Neewer-A2212-1...rhf_ee_p_img_1

I kept trying to talk myself into lower KV, but eventually settled in here. I ordered from another seller for right around $10 as well as 30A ESC from the same maker. It will be a few weeks before I'm able to try it out.
Perfect, you will like it. It gives the plane a good balance between speed and power

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Old Nov 24, 2014, 01:49 AM
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Hey thanks, I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 02:29 AM
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I just got the motor in and the ESC. I installed and did some preliminary tests with the 8x6 prop I have (drilled to fit the new collar)

I go through the sequence of beeps and have at least set it up for the NIMH 650mAh battery I am still using, here is what happens:
-TX on with throttle all the way down
-Battery connected (series of beeps)
-Throttle works and I can accelerate normally
-After about ten seconds I raise the throttle to half and all is well
-Slowly raise the throttle to near full and it adjusts and slows to below half throttle
-If I lower throttle all the way down, I can repeat the above.

My concerns:
-Battery may not be fully charged, but last attempt was over 2-1/2 hrs and the battery pack wasn't warm.
-Battery may not be able to handle this motor, which means upgrade to Lipo (which I will eventually do)
-My setting for low battery shutdown may not be set where I need it, no instructions came with the Neewer 30 Amp ESC. The closest instruction I found on the web is for Mystery ESC, which might be the same company.

Any thought are welcome, there may be something else I am missing. I have been researching, but still not sure the self adjusting throttle will give me enough power to fly using this battery.
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