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Old Nov 20, 2011, 04:00 PM
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You wont go wrong with the cessna firedawg,best of luck,
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 06:50 PM
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Thanks Crasha for the positive feedback, was hoping someone would second my decision on the Cessna, seems to fly nice on youtube. My first goal is exactly that, get it off the ground, nice long sweeper and spend the rest of the battery coming in for landings or landing attempts. Then when I grow a "Flying Pair", I'll bring out the upgraded T45. For now she will sit in my Man Cave and I'll admire it without any additional glue and or parts missing, haha. I sure can see how addicting this rc hobby can become. I'm glad I have lots of time to surf the web at work. My daughter is looking forward to coming out and seeing a flight or two.
Welcome to the club. I'm sure if you take it slowly and sensibly you're going to get many years of enjoyment from this hobby.....

Or you're about to become obsessive complusive like the rest of us.

Very wise words from others - leave the T45 at home for a while. Even before the Cessna - get lots of hours in the sim first. It will help you get your orientation and build confidence. Do lots of touch and goes. Anyone can fly - not everyone can land. Just remember - it's completely different at the flying field than on the sim but mostly it's the mental challenge that makes it harder.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Enjoy.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 07:07 PM
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Some more fun from the weekend... very windy and gusty conditions though!

Hobbyking RC T45 Hawk - Tail Boom Camera (5 min 5 sec)
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 07:22 PM
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It definitely was a bumpy ride up there yesterday! Nice vid Strike!
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 08:46 PM
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Some more fun from the weekend... very windy and gusty conditions though!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNhTvqkuj_Y
does anyone fly an unmodified wing?

still a little bit of wing flex visible in those conditions - what are you guys (jim350, Strike3, NitroCharged) doing for wing strengthening?
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 09:08 PM
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And another question:
twice now the collet style EDF rotor has come free (spun off) from the motor shaft when running up the bird (i'm just glad this didn't happen in flight).
it looks like this: http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rc...ds9sUXLq5HS6Sg
Thankfully too, no damage besides taking a chunk of foam out of the wall of the duct.
Can i get some feedback on what would be the best method to secure the rotor? (so far i've sandpapered the motor shaft lightly and done it up as tight as i can using the screwdriver)
(sadly, this is a friction grip, and all the rotor's force is pulling AWAY from the motor shaft)
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 09:32 PM
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And another question:
twice now the collet style EDF rotor has come free (spun off) from the motor shaft when running up the bird (i'm just glad this didn't happen in flight).
it looks like this: http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rc...ds9sUXLq5HS6Sg
Thankfully too, no damage besides taking a chunk of foam out of the wall of the duct.
Can i get some feedback on what would be the best method to secure the rotor? (so far i've sandpapered the motor shaft lightly and done it up as tight as i can using the screwdriver)
(sadly, this is a friction grip, and all the rotor's force is pulling AWAY from the motor shaft)
Red Loctite.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 09:42 PM
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does anyone fly an unmodified wing?
I have in excess of 50 flights on my original, stock set-up - if you don't count epoxy, CA, tape, etc. (she's had some rough times .....)
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=786
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=939
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1039
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1050

The only mod from stock was a new ESC.

I'm flying on a 2450/3S and haven't had any issues with wing flex.
I have had to reinforce the thin horizontal & vertical stabilizers with some CF.
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 10:06 PM
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Awesome video Strike3. looks like the video missed when all three of us looked super close

hawk is all repaired ready for flight again. hopefully my glue job holds better this time (tooth picks, epoxy and hot glue , if it comes apart again it will be time for a new fuselage or make a new tail and elevators out of balsa.)

the hawks handled the wind really well considering they are foamies. probably due to the extra weight of the larger battery packs. my flight weight is around 1.2kg
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Old Nov 20, 2011, 10:08 PM
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does anyone fly an unmodified wing?

still a little bit of wing flex visible in those conditions - what are you guys (jim350, Strike3, NitroCharged) doing for wing strengthening?
no structual strengthing on my wing. only thing i have done is fibre taped the wing to the body from the inside through the inlet ducts and across the joins on the bottom.

plenty of CA and hot glue in other areas repairing my mishaps though
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:21 PM
Terrain......PULL UP!!!
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Added some paint to our hawk testbed. The colours are too dark, but this is also a testbed for the paint and weathering details as well as performance mods.
At least now it's starting to look like a hawk.

The next major mods will be a full composite flying tail, fin/rudder.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 06:53 PM
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it's coming together very nicely. look forward to the end result.

P.S. what pilots are you using? looks awesome.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Nice stuff Crasha!
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 07:24 PM
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Crasha - I'm drooling. Top notch mate. If this is the "test bed"...

Can't wait to see the final product.

Can you give us a flying weight, I'm interested in how much heavier than stock it is now.
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Old Nov 23, 2011, 05:11 AM
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Thanks for all the positive comments. Added some decals and a lighter coat of grey paint today. Also had 2 flights in gusty crosswinds At 1650 grams it's getting very porky and is about 150 g heavier than the maiden. It certainly doesn't float very well anymore, but still handles fine.

The pilots are both HK T-45 rear pilots
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