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Old Oct 02, 2014, 11:22 PM
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HobbyKing X16 chuck glider to R/C EDF Jet Conversion!

Hi guys,
I've been absent for too long but thanks to groovechampion with a helping nudge to get me back into the game by giving me one of these Chuckies to convert, I saddled up and got stuck into it like the old days.


So, here is my 'how to' video on the conversion I did to the X16 foam chuck glider from Hobby King. I am hoping to maiden it this weekend.
HobbyKing X16 chuck glider to R/C EDF Jet Conversion! (26 min 29 sec)

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Old Oct 02, 2014, 11:39 PM
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So it took a glider conversion to get you back at it. lmbo!!! I guess it didn't take too much work. Nice tutorial. Welcome back!

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Old Oct 03, 2014, 01:39 AM
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awesome project!!!! turned out very clean. one of these days im gunna build a micro skyray
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Old Oct 03, 2014, 03:48 AM
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Cool work nitro!

Good luck with the maiden. It's great seeing you back sharing your amazing wealth of knowlage.

Cheers, Steve
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Old Oct 03, 2014, 09:50 PM
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Thanks guys.
Took it out for it's maiden this morning in some pretty choppy wind which made things interesting.
I'll edit up the capcam video today sometime.
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Old Oct 04, 2014, 06:09 AM
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She flies!

Here's the maiden video from this morning. I'll be out again tomorrow morning for more flights with better lipo's.
HobbyKing X16 Chuck Glider to EDF R/C Conversion: Maiden flight! (6 min 11 sec)
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Old Oct 04, 2014, 10:39 AM
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Congrats, especially with those bumpy conditions.

What was your AUW in the end?

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Old Oct 04, 2014, 06:26 PM
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nicely done Nitro! looking forward to seeing it go faster on decent batteries. along with bit of still weather it should be great fun. I should have some things to show n tell soon.
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Old Oct 05, 2014, 02:39 AM
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great job! looks hard to see
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 09:09 AM
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Great job! Bravo!
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 06:22 PM
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Great job!
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 06:53 PM
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Nice work Nitro!!! Looks like a winner.
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 07:26 PM
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Thanks guys. Good to be back.
Here's some more flight video down at our "Area 51" flying field. The X16 shows up at 8:18min into the video.
X16 R/C EDF Jet flight tests and more at Area 51 (15 min 54 sec)
While at the field, I cut a cheater hole just in front of the fan as it seemed to be getting choked by that tiny air intake. Made a huge difference! So, when I got home I closed up the butcher job and enlarged the air intake by wedging it out with some balsa.
I'll also drop the rotor back down to the eflite 5 blade as I think that is the motors load limit and I am losing rpm's because of the extra load.
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Old Oct 07, 2014, 05:49 AM
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now i want one! shes starting to look great nitro. great job. I hope the lil x 18 benefits from a re-fettle. That spit really shifts dont she! if you guys can get the x18 to go like that it will be wesome to behold. keep up the good work fellas!
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Old Oct 07, 2014, 08:06 AM
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Thanks Buck.

A youtuber "Lozzie74" spotted that the X18's prop was on back to front!!

That explains to me why I thought there should have been more thrust instead of the marginal thrust I felt when he throttled up.

We're planning on trying to ram a 25mm fan into the X18. Just organising the order HK this week. Also, fitting out the X22 with a fan too. Just need to see the gliders first to see what can be done.
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