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Old Jun 15, 2005, 10:47 PM
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Mountian Models SmoothE Part III

Keep the conversation going. Moderator Mike. The previous thread can be found at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=276761
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 04:12 PM
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This plane has 17 fun filled hours on it and should be placed in the Scale Model Hall of Fame. I am still amazed at the handling while on high rates and the ability to also fly slow and low. The axi2212/26 w/3s1320mah batt has been exceptional.
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 04:26 PM
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Lammy1000, what prop are you using?
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 04:45 PM
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Hall of fame for planes, I concur.
Mine has had countless hours in the air and is the first to be launched on windy or dubious days and has had it's fair share of knocks but is still flying like a charm.
Still using the same Hacker B20 but on my third gws GB!!
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Lammy1000, what prop are you using?

dO, I'm using a 10 x 4.7 SF APC SF prop. This seems to be the best compromise.
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 11:24 AM
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Well, I held out as long as a could... but i finaly ordered my SmoothE yesterday.

Planned setup: Axi 2212/26, CC25, TP 3s 1320's.. not sure what prop since i'll be flying at 7500asf.

Its going to be my 'Keep at work' plane. Since it might get moved around a lot (hidden in closets when clients walk through ) are there any must do mods to help prevent hanger rash? I'm hoping the foam wing can stand up to a little office abuse. (nosey co-workers poking at it when the come into my office).

~Brian
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 02:26 PM
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Brian,

You will not regret the $ for the brushless/lipo set-up. This plane has been very durable for aggressive flight and occassional hard landings. It is not designed for the rigors of being poked, prodded and abused while in hangar. Try hanging it from ceiling..it will also make a good conversation piece.

Larger wheels are prudent along with slow cure epoxy for the tailfeathers.
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Old Jun 17, 2005, 06:53 PM
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Just wanted to post an update. I just passed my 1 year of flying the smoothE. Love it. I tis not the original, since I toasted 2 fuselages in a year. All my fault. Hit a tree flying from a field that was adequate for the Slow Stick, but not landing the SmoothE, and the second one was crunched to the nose when I was being too cocky near the ground.

I love this plane. I fly it on a Himaxx 2015-4200 6.6:1 gears and a 10X7 prop. Went Lipo a couple of months ago. Wow! Now I have a 2025 I took out of service from another plane and I might put in the smoothE. Love this plane, Love Mountain Models.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 08:23 AM
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Flight duration is 18-21 minutes with a mix of aerobatics and general flying. axi2212/26, 3s1320mah tp batteries. This plane seems very efficient and am curious about other's flight times and set-ups?
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 04:35 PM
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I recently upgraded my motor on my smoothe to brushless. A feigao 1308422S and a polyquest 11.1V 1100mah pack with a 1047 prop. It flies great and also does great in semi windy conditions.
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 05:38 PM
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I recently upgraded my motor on my smoothe to brushless. A feigao 1308422S and a polyquest 11.1V 1100mah pack with a 1047 prop. It flies great and also does great in semi windy conditions.
I hear those feigao motors run well. Has anyone put some flight time on one of these?
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Old Jun 18, 2005, 08:54 PM
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I have about 10 flights on mine so far, no problems as of yet.
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Old Jun 19, 2005, 08:23 AM
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Hey, I might be getting one of these with the sports wing since it seems like a better plane than the E-starter. What sort of BRUSHED setup would you use to get best performance with one of these? Brushless seems a bit pricey for a second plane.
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Old Jun 19, 2005, 08:51 AM
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I flew with the GWS 350C/8 cell KAN650s/9x7 prop for quite a while and it acutally flies pretty good with that setup. Sure can't beat the price of the GWS350C, but you will have to replace the motors. I think I got about 60 flights before the brushes were almost gone.
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Old Jun 19, 2005, 09:29 AM
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Hey, I might be getting one of these with the sports wing since it seems like a better plane than the E-starter. What sort of BRUSHED setup would you use to get best performance with one of these? Brushless seems a bit pricey for a second plane.
If you love this hobby then don't waste your money on brushed motors. I f you see yourself flying well into the future then brushless/li-po is best.
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