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Old Sep 19, 2009, 10:37 AM
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NEW RC Lander Thunder Blade 64mm Aluminum EDF

I will begin a build log here of the new RC Lander Thunder Blade.
This particular model will be the Thunder Blade and EDF with motor combo kit.
Pretty much an RTF, you will need your own RX and Battery.
Any comments are welcome.
We can learn about and enjoy this new model.

Manufacturer: RC Lander
Material: EPO Foam
Wingspan: 30 inches
Length: 35 inches
Power: Cyclone 64mm Aluminum EDF 3900kv
Battery: 3 0r 4 cell 2200mah
Flying weight: 30 ounces
Thrust: Up to 37 ounces
ESC: 45A or more
Servos: 5 included

Available at: www.airshowrc.com
Price: MSRP $209
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Old Sep 19, 2009, 08:09 PM
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In the beginning... New RC Lander Thunder Blade

Package design is easily identifiable and the box art is good. This can be very helpful when you walk into your local hobby shop to snag the object of the thoughts you have been thinking about. You know,, the first time you see a new plane that first appeals to you, in print or web. Then second, you get that strong feeling, almost like love, the feeling that you gotta have this new airplane. This is the thought and feeling that becomes the driver, and then you are now the passenger. The driver is the one who pulls you in the parking lot of your local hobby shop. After all, you were just passing by right? Or subconsciously, your "Driver" is who brought you here. Kinda of like waking up from a dream, to ask, "Where am I?" But you are standing on the sales floor, not remembering how you got there. C'mon, you know who you are. Ok, I will say it, It has happened to me too, so many times before.
Well, here we go.
Upon opening the box, I can see that this is very basic and it will not take too long to accomplish. As always in the RC Lander fashion, the box design and contents are packed very well and parts are separated very neatly. The first thing I see is that most of the model is already assembled, freeing me much time, knowing that I will not have to put the servos in, or horns. Also the flying surfaces are already installed. Ailerons, and elevators. This model does not have the rudder function.
Following you will see all the parts laid out, we can assess what is in our near future. There is not too much hardware, this will be fairly simple.
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Old Sep 19, 2009, 08:14 PM
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Assembling the new RC Lander Thunder blade

I will be following the manual as close as I can, hopefully without too many modifications.
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Old Sep 19, 2009, 09:11 PM
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Puttin' it together, the new RC Lander Thunder Blade

Manual Says:
1) Connect the ESC with the EDF unit.
What I actually did:
1) Connect the ESC to the EDF unit.

So far so good. I pulled out my ESC collection to find a suitable mate for the EDF. Suggested it a 45a speed control. What I had on hand was an E-Flite 40a, (Actually a few). I thought this will be easy, Oops! Whats this? I ask. These old E-Flight ESC's do not have lead wires coming out the end where we need to connect the motor. Boy it figures, just got started, and I need to solve a small problem already. Because there are no lead wires coming out, only "Plug ins) this makes the connection too short. because of the short wires, I need to make a battery wire extension between the ESC and the battery.
Next.
Manual Says:
2) Connect the thrust tube with the EDF unit.
What I actually did:
2) Connect the thrust tube to the EDF unit.

Ok, As you can see by the picture, because of the ESC I used, I needed to cut away a little bit of the thrust tube to clear the ESC.
If I had to do this over again, I would have used a different ESC, one with longer lead wires to the motor.
Next.
Manual Says:
3) Using strong clear tape to fix the tube with the EDF housing.
What I actually did:
3) Using strong clear tape to fix the tube with the EDF housing.
Wow, so easy, I think I can add more time saved here.

Next.
Manual Says:
4) Place strong double sided tape to the Main UPPER fuselage halve in the EDF bay cutout.
What I actually did:
4) I had to trim away a little foam in the area where the ESC needs to be, because the ESC wires were too short. I wrapped the EDF housing in some clear packing tape as a barrier before I used some of the included AB epoxy to glue the housing and thrust tube into place in the EDF bay cutout.

Next.
Manual Says:
5) Use some hot glue to strengthen the EDF in the EDF bay.
What I actually did:
5) Kind of like in step 4, I used Epoxy to glue in the EDF.

Next.
Manual Says:
6) Glue up the main front fuselage with the lower rear main fuselage with epoxy.
What I actually did:
6) Here is where I deviated from the manual. Following the manual would have been fine, but what I actually did was to used clear tape to join the main fuselage halves together first, then "Plug in" the front fuselage later.

Next.
Manual Says:
7) Glue the main rear upper & lower fuselage using epoxy.
What I actually did:
7) Please refer back to step 6.
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Old Sep 19, 2009, 10:02 PM
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Tail And Wing Group Assembling the new RC Lander Thunder Blade

Continuing on,
Next.
Manual Says:
8) Install the horizontal stabilizer with epoxy.
What I actually did:
8) Install the horizontal stabilizer with epoxy.

Next.
Manual Says:
9) Install the vertical stabilizer with epoxy.
What I actually did:
9) Install the vertical stabilizer with epoxy.

Next.
Manual Says:
10) Install the canopy by snapping together with already installed magnet.
What I actually did:
10) I thought this would be the last thing I do, so I will wait.

Next.
Manual Says:
11) Add the main wing and fasten together with the included 4X30mm screw.
What I actually did:
11) The hole used for feeding the aileron wires was too small, I could not get them through. So carefully, I enlarged the whole using a saw blade by hand to carve out a larger opening. Then I was able to pull them through and screw the wing on.

Next.
Manual Says:
12) Link up the Elevator, Aileron and steering push rods.
What I actually did:
12) Installed the push rods.
There really isn't a step for installing the steering and landing gear, but I thought, "I can do this". I inserted the steering gear into the steering gear block and wondered how I would get the collar to go onto the shaft end. My fingers were too big to fit into the canopy area in there. With a little thought great things can happen. I pushed the block out of the fuselage and made a steering gear assembly before reinstalling it into the fuselage and connecting the push rod to the servo. Hehe!

Next. I installed and screwed in the rear main landing gear.
Manual Says:
13) Assembly completed and ready for take off.
What I actually did:
13) I installed my receiver and battery, checked the fight surfaces and travel directions and put on the decals.

Manual says:
14) From the main wing edge to the center 65mm is the CG Point
What I actually did:
Looking at the bottom of the wing, I determined that the CG was where the aileron wires channel is cut into the foam.

Everything is adjusted and I finished about 3 am Saturday morning when I finished. I began at 10:30pm about 4 1/2 hours before. Actual hands on time I figured to be about 3 hours. The rest of the time was making adjustments and looking for tools during the assembly. You know, If you build it before Saturday morning, you must fly it!

Overall a great assembly experience, and I really appreciated the fantastic design of the interlocking foam parts. RC Lander has done it again. Another fine product to add to their growing list of enjoyable foam model aircraft.
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Old Sep 19, 2009, 11:20 PM
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Maiden Fly Day RC Lander Thunder Blade

Well I got a few hours sleep.
Got some photos at the field and took some flight video.
On the maiden flight, the plan was to use a 4 call 2200mah battery but it was
puffed and not detecting a fourth cell, so this one will go to battery heaven.

I substituted using a 3 cell 2200mah.
Take off was slow, I used up all of our sidewalk runway at the park and it
continued to roll our on the grass until takeoff. Trim was way off and during the
flight I continually trimmed until it finally tamed down and actually became
enjoyable. My first landing attempt was way too fast, it would not slow down.
So I went around a second time. This time, the approach was longer and it
settled down nicely.

New RC Lander Thunder Blade In America! (4 min 2 sec)
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Old Sep 20, 2009, 02:36 PM
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Dude at that park I would've hand-launched the sucker.

You're bringing that one to Jet Blast next week right???
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Old Sep 20, 2009, 03:34 PM
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Dude at that park I would've hand-launched the sucker.

You're bringing that one to Jet Blast next week right???
I thought about making it a hand launcher, but I wanted to make it as stock as
possible as people would see it in advertising. The wheels are easily removed.
I will bring this one out, I think is should have wheels though for your field. This
can be available RTF if someone is interested and needs a plane to fly. I put
only the one flight on it. Just bring your own RX and 4s battery! Hehe
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