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Old Jun 25, 2010, 11:38 PM
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I used blue loctite. Let it dry before coming in contact with the plastic parts.
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Old Jun 25, 2010, 11:50 PM
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I put triple nuts behind the prop so there was no space for the one driving the prop to back up. I also put the E-Flite retracts in and they are working great. I have not finished the gear doors yet.

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Old Jun 26, 2010, 12:17 AM
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Thanks Terry, I actually did precisely the same thing and it still happened. That's why I was so surprised. Plus now the entire mount rotates easily if I grab the spinner and try to jiggle it around on it's axis. Perplexed.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 02:14 AM
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I used blue loctite. Let it dry before coming in contact with the plastic parts.
I learned about this the hard way. Locktite eats plastic.

Todd,
I still think yours is the best looking P-38 I've seen. I really like the paint job you did on it. Even though you didn't change the scheme, it looks so much better than stock. Nice looking lawntoo, BTW.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 02:31 AM
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Thank you Lardog! I take pride in my detailing...Especially since I am not very technically or craftsmanship-gifted like many here, it's the one thing I do enjoy (besides flying of course).

My lack of technical knowledge (both electrically and from a builder's perspective) is what it is but detailing is where I try to make up for that. So I thank you and anyone who appreciates the time I do take to make mine look a shade or three better than stock.

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Old Jun 26, 2010, 07:24 AM
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Hey Todd, I noticed that the paint on this plane is like egg shell. It just chips away and flakes off like a hard boiled egg. Did you strip yours completely down and start over or did you just paint over the blemishes? If you did paint over them, was there any trouble with the paint lifting on it?
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 11:30 AM
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Hey Orion- I just painted over the surface (sanding down any areas that were peeling first) using flat paint.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 11:47 AM
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Thanks Todd.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 02:45 PM
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FYI,

Callie graphics has a California Cutie decal set, however, it is intended for a smaller size model than this one. I emailed them and they said they could scale it up for this plane for $25. I think I may do that and re-paint mine as well, since the stock paint job is so bad.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 09:35 PM
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So I was right a while back when I went after BH tech support about the crappy paint job...

Got my new airframe last Friday and it came with everything except radio and servos. It looks like the box came from China and got passed directly through the me. Everything is in the broken down state.

I have some serious building to do...

Todd,

that back plate issue, I use those self-locking nuts with the nylon insert. Two of them back to back will prevent anything from coming loose. If you are still worried stick an anti vibration washer, they have the teeth on the inside, in between the two self-locking nuts and that will take care of the spinning.
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Old Jun 26, 2010, 10:05 PM
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I suppose you could cut a length of brass/aluminum tubing and use it for a spacer between the motor and nut.
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 04:39 AM
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So I was right a while back when I went after BH tech support about the crappy paint job...

Got my new airframe last Friday and it came with everything except radio and servos. It looks like the box came from China and got passed directly through the me. Everything is in the broken down state.

I have some serious building to do...

Todd,

that back plate issue, I use those self-locking nuts with the nylon insert. Two of them back to back will prevent anything from coming loose. If you are still worried stick an anti vibration washer, they have the teeth on the inside, in between the two self-locking nuts and that will take care of the spinning.
I ordered 2 green ones that got in last week. One was fine, one had similar issues. I call BH and they will be sending replacement but it will have to be the silver one. We'll see how that goes...
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Old Jun 27, 2010, 01:45 PM
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that back plate issue, I use those self-locking nuts with the nylon insert. Two of them back to back will prevent anything from coming loose. If you are still worried stick an anti vibration washer, they have the teeth on the inside, in between the two self-locking nuts and that will take care of the spinning.
For the shaft nuts, you are supposed to tighten them together. if you do, they will hold just fine. The backplate has a recess that the nuts will fit into. The problem is that the recess is only as deep as about 1 1/2 nut widths. If the nuts do not line up togther when tightened, only one will fit into this recess. When this happens, the whole backplae/spinner/prop assembly will wobble. What you should do is to get the nuts as close to tight as you can, while ensuring they line up with each other. Then, use threadlocker or CA to hold them in place. Then, the backplate can slide over both nuts together and will fit right. When you then tighten the prop on, it should hold everything in place just fine.

Of course, if you do a motor upgrade like I did, you won't have this problem anymore.
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Old Jun 28, 2010, 08:40 PM
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Eflite Retracts

I got my eflite retracts installed today, too windy to fly I used the stock upper mounts and drilled the eflite units to match the hole pattern. Put a plywood brace under the nose wheel bracket. It sits 1" higher than stock with the stock wheels. No doors yet, but I have a plan.
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 04:56 PM
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Gohmer,

Let me know about them doors - I lost the nose gear door a couple flights ago and had to make one out of insulation board - worked pretty good and fits tight. How do you like them E-Flights - lot more solid than the DCR's.
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