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Old Jan 30, 2011, 02:51 PM
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I'm open to any ideas to help me fly this giant to the SWC without paying oversize baggage fees.
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FedEx Ground to someone local?

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Old Jan 30, 2011, 03:11 PM
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I2 travel

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FedEx Ground to someone local?

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As a last resort maybe, but South West Airlines flys bags for free (including big ski bags). I like free
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Old Feb 07, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Bob, did you figure out anything on transporting the I2? I just got one of these and the centerpanel is definately large, and was trying to figure out how to go about transporting it safely.
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Old Feb 07, 2011, 11:51 PM
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Bob, did you figure out anything on transporting the I2? I just got one of these and the centerpanel is definately large, and was trying to figure out how to go about transporting it safely.

YES

I started a thread with pictures at my RCG blog to show people and discuss my Sportube modification so we don't get too far off topic here. Go to:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...6#post17343760

I'm really liking my Icon 2 by the way. I bought Brendon's light one he used to win the Jr. World Champs. Now 68.25 ounces. I put the ballast tube in after I got it and I'm glad I did because this big ship flys like it is very light, "feeling" lighter in the air than my 55 oz Supra. I find myself adding some ballast to the I2 with just a little wind coming up. I could get my I2 even lighter with the new built up rudder now offered (or make my own), but right now I just don't feel the need and I've been called a weight freak. (Maybe after some early morning MOM at SWC I'll feel different.)

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Old Feb 08, 2011, 11:25 AM
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Thanks Bob!
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Old Feb 08, 2011, 11:45 AM
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This is like Red Green!!

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Old Feb 08, 2011, 11:17 PM
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I'm really liking my Icon 2 by the way. I bought Brendon's light one he used to win the Jr. World Champs. Now 68.25 ounces. I put the ballast tube in after I got it and I'm glad I did because this big ship flys like it is very light, "feeling" lighter in the air than my 55 oz Supra. I find myself adding some ballast to the I2 with just a little wind coming up. I could get my I2 even lighter with the new built up rudder now offered (or make my own), but right now I just don't feel the need and I've been called a weight freak. (Maybe after some early morning MOM at SWC I'll feel different.)Bob
Bob,
I feel the same way about my Icon 2's.

When ballasted, it still indicates lift well and allows you to move around. During the first round of the Master's last year (>20 mph) I had my carbon version fully loaded with 36 oz, and it went upwind quickly to the wave that no one else could reach in my group.

Don Peters sized the ballast tube capacity correctly for this big bird....

I have ended up using 13oz, 20oz, 26oz, and 36oz increments.

I know there will be a few of these at the SWC/F3J...

See ya next week!

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Old Feb 09, 2011, 02:49 PM
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Btw - Don gets the cool guy award for getting me another tip after I lost a tip out of the back of the truck on the way to practice about 2 weeks ago. Just got it put back together... now I can shoot a few before I head to Phoenix. Nice day today... maybe I'll shoot a few this afternoon.

And I hope you guys ballast the crap out of this thing... (it rarely needs it)

See ya'll in Phoenix

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Old Feb 09, 2011, 03:09 PM
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Btw - Don gets the cool guy award for getting me another tip after I lost a tip out of the back of the truck on the way to practice about 2 weeks ago. Just got it put back together... now I can shoot a few before I head to Phoenix. Nice day today... maybe I'll shoot a few this afternoon.

And I hope you guys ballast the crap out of this thing... (it rarely needs it)

See ya'll in Phoenix

D
I echo that ballast thing..flown mine at 15mph and she did not need ballast.
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Old Feb 09, 2011, 03:37 PM
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I’m not nessisarily saying I “need it” in the air for thermaling and coming home, but it does not hurt in active air. When I’m thinking about adding ballast to the I2, the front thing in my mind is calming it down a little in a gusty landing zone and getting a similar ground speed on final with similar flap inputs so my timing is not all messed up. But I’m still new and learning with the I2.
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Old Feb 09, 2011, 06:43 PM
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My new light weight fin and rudder should be arriving any day now from Don. Can't wait to make the switch and start throwing out nose weight.
I won't get to Darryl's AUW for his I2 but it will still be plenty low for the squares.
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Old Feb 09, 2011, 06:55 PM
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Hey Marty, are you going to do the shorty boom mod while you are at it?

I have absolutely no idea what Iím talking about here. I heard rumor of this mod, a DP thing I suspect. I think my used I2 may have this mod, but I am not sure. Someone who knows about this mod, please explain.

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Old Feb 09, 2011, 07:29 PM
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Hey Marty, are you going to do the shorty boom mod while you are at it?

I have absolutely no idea what Iím talking about here. I heard rumor of this mod, a DP thing I suspect. I think my used I2 may have this mod, but I am not sure. Someone who knows about this mod, please explain.

Bob
Ok... ok... when Don and I were prototyping the new larger stab, we obviously had to shorten the tailboom, but just how much was not clear. So we decided to bracket it and build one that was super short, and another one that I suspected would be the length. So I had one that was about 2 inches shorter than the now "stock" configuration. It flew fine, I liked it (made the team with it)... but not so much for the masses. So we added the 2 inches back in and that is now the norm.

Don sends me the stock fuse length now too...

Bob - the one you have from Bren should be the new stock length.
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Old Feb 10, 2011, 11:43 AM
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Bob,
Yes, I shortened my stock (non CF boom) I2 fuse by about 1.75" or maybe a bit more.
Mine was one of the first new fuses from Don.
The new fin and rudder went on last night, super easy switch. I'm not sub 70 because I have the standard wing and tips and ballast tube installed.
Test flights Saturday at SVSS hopefully.
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Old Feb 15, 2011, 10:48 AM
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Dang these things go together nicely - and fast. I needed a windy weather back up for J in the desert... got a new set of fuse parts last night when I got home... the fuse is completely ready to fly... just have to put servos back into in an old heavy and tested center panel sometime today... (have to go to work for a bit) then test fly and set up this afternoon just before dark... see ya'll in the desert

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