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Old Mar 19, 2013, 08:09 AM
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1 hour into the build. Not my neatest carbon work but, still to be glued so as long as its straight I'll be happy.

Making the most of my free time while the wife and kids are out! :-)

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Old Mar 19, 2013, 05:28 PM
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Well I'm now 3 hours in and I reckon 1 more should do it. All servos and arms mounted, just have to make linkages and mount motor, esc and Rx.

Right now it's sitting at 94g with 4 x JR DS318's so a flying weight of 160g is looking possible without much effort. Will post more pics once I've finished.

The main differences to Connor's are that I've mounted the SFG strut supports and aileron bracing support toe out. I've also mounted my aileron servos on the underside on their side. Oh and my rudder servo and linkage are on the top side. Name: ImageUploadedByTapatalk1363732004.069593.jpg
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 12:46 PM
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That's nice actually! I like the servo's underneath, very posh

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Old Mar 21, 2013, 05:49 PM
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OK, it flies! At the moment it's not all excitement and that is down to me. :-( Because I put silly long arms on the control surfaces I have lost pretty much all the holding power from my JR's. I had suspected this during the build but didn't bother to sort it out.

Also my CC Phoenix 10 is cutting out again, giving me one or two crashes. Thankfully with only superficial damage. Switched to my axi race and budget esc to continue flying. Amazing that a 10 esc gives less hassle than a 40 esc!!!

Anyway back onto the flight report. The plane does fly very well. Slow speed and high alpha flight shows that all the control surfaces have plenty authority, particularly ailerons where many shockies suffer. It's only when things speed up my linkages become a problem with blowback. It can be flown very smooth and felt quite positive, this may be due to the weight of 160+ grams.

Hopefully I'll get the linkages sorted out and another flight or 2 before I head back to work in a week or so. Once that's sorted I'm positive the plane will fly superb and I'll get some video footage to back up my claims! ;-)

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Old Mar 22, 2013, 11:21 AM
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Sounds good Chris! Hopefully it should be much better after those tweaks

I was suppose to fly mine tonight but because of snow it's been cancelled and the next one isn't for a month... Brilliant

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Old Mar 22, 2013, 12:29 PM
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Sounds good Chris! Hopefully it should be much better after those tweaks

I was suppose to fly mine tonight but because of snow it's been cancelled and the next one isn't for a month... Brilliant

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Old Mar 22, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Yeah I was rather annoyed with myself for not paying enough attention. Rushed the build a little much.

Crap about your indoor, hopefully it's at least calm enough for you to get a few flights outdoors. Not sure I'll get back to indoor myself for a while, so you'll probably get yours flying before I get more.
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 12:37 PM
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Because I put silly long arms on the control surfaces I have lost pretty much all the holding power from my JR's. I had suspected this during the build but didn't bother to sort it out.
There not servo arms Chris there pushrod supports for the rudder / elevator
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 12:50 PM
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Chris your arms are crazy!
Nobody needs them that long surely?

Yes it is now uncancelled and the ipad is firmly in my hand ready for some video

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Old Mar 22, 2013, 05:31 PM
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Didn't actually realise they were for that Andy, to be honest though I much prefer the depron/heatshrink supports. They seem to work better.

My thoughts for the big arms were for "ultra" quick throws. Didn't expect to loose quite as much power though. Ah well, you live and learn.

Great news on your indoor, looking forward to the video! :-)
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Old Mar 22, 2013, 07:23 PM
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Here we go, tonights 3 flights revealed that a 170g Afriel ultra is truly awesome. So much more violent than the previous model yet the precision remains.

I got so into it that if the battery hadn't have ran out when it did i reckon I may have binned it as it was getting harder and lower every minute

LOVE IT!

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Old Mar 23, 2013, 05:12 PM
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Convinced and ordered! - well atleast I don't have to paint it

Set-up will be:

Motor: Topmodel Energia
Aileron: SD150
Back end flappy bits: JR 188's
ESC: Turnigy 12 amp
Batteries: 450 Nano's

Oh, and my colour choice is the rather dashing red model
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Old Mar 24, 2013, 02:46 PM
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EXCELLENT! Well played Mr Holland

I think the reason I like the yellow so much is because I've had so many red models but never had anything yellow!

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