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Old May 23, 2015, 07:06 PM
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Just as you would prep for applying any adhesive material, clean the EPO surface with acetone, then apply the blenderm tape to the surface. Sticks very well. I wish I could say the same for the flimsy Icon decals that came with my airplane. The adhesive is pretty weak, and the clear portion is rather yellowed. I may ask Callie Graphics to make me some replacements at some point. Rain is in the forecast for the next 10 days, but it didnt rain today. Maybe my Icon will reach the sky sooner than later.

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Old May 25, 2015, 05:49 PM
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WalMt had Nexcare, Curad. No 3M. Still looking.

Meanwhile, happy Memorial Day to all!

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Old May 25, 2015, 06:34 PM
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3M, Curad, Nexcare...they are all the same in terms of being plastic medical tape. This is what I buy at Wallyworld. I've used the stuff from Hobby Shops, and I can tell you, they are all the same. Just look for the plastic medical tape....not the cloth or paper.

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Old May 27, 2015, 02:04 AM
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So, I have been retrofitting a nice all metal Etract for the nosegear. I have been racking my brain on how I will clean up and seal the new larger cavity during water ops, and then the "light bulb" in my brain turned on. When I want to operate off water, I will remove 4 screws, and take the retract unit out. Simply unplug and voila. I will fashion a foam plug with a lean skin to fit in the cavity, and seal with...you guessed it..Blenderm, for water ops. Bolt the retract back in, and I'm ready for ground ops again. Simple, and effective. I had to order some hardware online, but once that come in, it's game on, home stretch, and my Icon will be ready for maiden. Hopefully this weekend, but we shall see.
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Old May 27, 2015, 12:08 PM
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I had some thin white styrene plastic sheet and used two pieces neatly taped into place to seal over that cavity. I also plugged the two pushrod holes.
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Old Jun 01, 2015, 02:42 PM
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I hope your build is going well, CubCrazy.

As it turned out, I have the curad tape in my first aid kit.

Here's a bit of Icon fun from the dock, just to keep you interested.

DZ Hobby Icon A5 1800 Scale flight. (9 min 32 sec)


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I hope your build is going well, CubCrazy.

As it turned out, I have the curad tape in my first aid kit.

Here's a bit of Icon fun from the dock, just to keep you interested.



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Man that was great!

You sure have it licked!

Some observations to follow:

1) Do you charge for rides?
2) It looks like you have more plane than lake?
3) Wifey remarked that you shouldn't hit HER or the neighbors dock as you have a history!

Fun stuff!

Can you give you specs for that rig? Motor, esc, COG etc??

All the best!

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Old Jun 02, 2015, 06:42 AM
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Man that was great!

You sure have it licked!

Some observations to follow:

1) Do you charge for rides?
2) It looks like you have more plane than lake?
3) Wifey remarked that you shouldn't hit HER or the neighbors dock as you have a history!

Fun stuff!

Can you give you specs for that rig? Motor, esc, COG etc??

All the best!

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LOL. Thanks Mr. B. As you know, it hasn't been easy.

1. I couldn't give away rides. Everyone has seen me fly!
2. The trees on the opposite shore are becoming an issue.
3. I have never hit her with anything. But the neighbors dock is another story. The PZ Icon didn't leave a mark on his lamp post as it scattered to the wind. It was spectacular! Alas, no video.

I'm using a 6 cell 3000 mah Zippy with a Turnigy G60-400, 70 amp ESC, 5 amp BEC, and the recommended servos. I'll have to measure the CG when I get back to the lake. But it's about 3/4 to 1 inch forward of the servo wire mold line.

Flight times of 15+ minutes are easy with this setup.

I was going to try a different motor, a Turnigy Aerodrive 500kv, but it's working too well to mess with right now.
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Old Jun 02, 2015, 06:52 AM
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All I have left, is to make all my necessary extensions and Y adapters. I did a taxi test with the new nose gear retract. Flawless
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LOL. Thanks Mr. B. As you know, it hasn't been easy.

1. I couldn't give away rides. Everyone has seen me fly!
2. The trees on the opposite shore are becoming an issue.
3. I have never hit her with anything. But the neighbors dock is another story. The PZ Icon didn't leave a mark on his lamp post as it scattered to the wind. It was spectacular! Alas, no video.

I'm using a 6 cell 3000 mah Zippy with a Turnigy G60-400, 70 amp ESC, 5 amp BEC, and the recommended servos. I'll have to measure the CG when I get back to the lake. But it's about 3/4 to 1 inch forward of the servo wire mold line.

Flight times of 15+ minutes are easy with this setup.

I was going to try a different motor, a Turnigy Aerodrive 500kv, but it's working too well to mess with right now.

Thanks for the favor of a reply and the run down.

I feel folks will benefit largely from your successful set up!

Did we pretty much figure out tip stalls in turns were due to a bad CG??

Also, is there parts available for this model?

All the best!

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Thanks for the favor of a reply and the run down.

I feel folks will benefit largely from your successful set up!

Did we pretty much figure out tip stalls in turns were due to a bad CG??

Also, is there parts available for this model?

All the best!

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If it saves someone else the splashdowns it's worth covering.

Thomas B nailed the tail heavy setup. Clearly that was the stall culprit, as she's quite docile in curves now with a wide speed range. I haven't felt the need to deploy flaps, except to test function. Probably makes for Harrier type landings.

To move the CG forward I embedded the steel slug from an old PZ Icon fuse in the nose where the front gear was. Then added an old, puffed 1300 pack below the tray line and directly under the 6 cell. Trying to keep weight centered and low.

Sourcing parts could be tough. Or just expensive.

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Hey guys is this an EPS ( dense beer cooler)foam model or the better stuff (molded wacky noodle foam) we're used to on the Parkzone planes?

Also is it indeed 45 inches long? Seems short for wingspan.

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Hey guys is this an EPS ( dense beer cooler)foam model or the better stuff (molded wacky noodle foam) we're used to on the Parkzone planes?

Also is it indeed 45 inches long? Seems short for wingspan.

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Wingspan is 1.8 meters (71")

EPO is listed as the build material.

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Old Jun 30, 2015, 07:12 PM
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Here's more fun with the DZ Icon 1800. The rooster tail effect at start is a result of design copy fail. Once on step, all is well.

DZ Icon 1800 fixed view (1 min 29 sec)
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