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Old Dec 08, 2014, 06:01 PM
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I got one of these at an auction. It's been a pleasant surprise.

I had just gotten back into R/C after a long layoff. This was my transition to low tapered wing planes, but still had trike gear to ease takeoffs and landings.

I powered it with a 3536-910KV, a 12x6E cut to 10x6, and a 3S 2200. 285 watts. I get over 10 minutes. It isn't quite enough power to do a loop from level flight.

The best thing is the plane has no bad habits. It's a really good choice for someone's 2nd plane.
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Old Dec 08, 2014, 07:48 PM
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Got a E flight n15in mine could not see flying it with anything less
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 04:08 PM
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Yes, you need more power for that Leader! The Eflite 480 was better than that. I fly with an Eflite Power10 with 10x7E prop and get complements every time out. Some favorite moves are a stall turn with a full roll on the upline and large loops with full roll at the top. I usually fly the intermediate sequence with loops w/roll, spins, snap rolls and knife edge pass added.

Had a servo fail after 325 flights on the last one, but have a spare in the box!! (won't be using Eflite servos this time - 3 crashes in two different planes this past summer.....)
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Old Dec 09, 2014, 07:24 PM
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I need to add that I am using this plane as a "trainer" of sorts. I can do most normal aerobatics, but am aware of power constraints. But it is still my "2nd plane", so I am happy with the power choice I made.

So a question: If and when I want to upgrade, should I switch to 4S or a better motor? Or both? I should note I can easily move the battery back to maintain CG.
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Old Dec 10, 2014, 11:49 PM
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A Rimfire .15 on 4S will push this plane to its reasonable limits. It's a blast every time I fly it. There's a video of it a number of posts back.
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Old Dec 12, 2014, 11:11 AM
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The Eflite Power 10 uses the same bolt pattern as the stock 480, just use smaller spacers. Mine are 5mm (3/16"). My Eflite 40A esc works fine with the P10, but a Hobbwing flyfun 40A gets quite hot....... 2200mAh 3 cell is located all the way back to the servo tray. A small extra weight on the tail and a rudder extension was required for a decent knife edge.

Enjoy that Leader!!
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