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Old Aug 17, 2010, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the pics!

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Old Aug 17, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Had another 30 mins flying time today ..... here's a few photo's of the detail in mine ....
Nice photos there. Does the Cooling vent help with the motor?

A touch of red for the wings, that's nice.

Good idea to hide the weight in the canopy.
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 12:27 PM
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Nice photos there. Does the Cooling vent help with the motor?

A touch of red for the wings, that's nice.

Good idea to hide the weight in the canopy.
I've checked the temps after every flight and the Esc and lipos are fine ..... very easy to check of course ..... the motor area is not so accessible but I can feel the back of the motor mount and it's more than warm but not excessively so ....

I would stress I really don't use anything like full motor power ...... it's not Scale and really isn't needed ...... I can cruise around under power at very low levels of amps and if I want some speed get her up high and point the nose down to dive !!!! .......
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Old Aug 17, 2010, 12:53 PM
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I got o bit of video this morning ..... it's not great because it got very dark as some big black clouds moved in on us but I posted it anyway and hopefully I can get some better stuff when the sun comes out ......

Minimoa flying 170810_0001.wmv (7 min 20 sec)
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 11:01 AM
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Just a few thoughts on this thread:

All power gliders will tend towards rising under power, so down-thust is usually built into the motor mount. It's difficult to get the angle just right, so compensation in your transmitter is often necessary ("electronic down thrust").

Flying part-throttle can be hard on your ESC, and causes more heat build-up than full throttle. Everything will keep cooler of you fly full throttle, but in shorter bursts. I would imagine this model, being a glider, is designed for short bursts to get it up to altitude, and then power is shut down for pure gliding. I would imagine it isn't designed as a full-on power plane. The power system on a glider is usually just a method of launching only.
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 02:56 PM
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Problems so far with mine:

- wingtips bent on arrival, not packed double-boxed, easily fixed, the box is simply to small and fits to tight. And that for 27 $!!!

Damage: non visible

- motor flew off on the second flight, factory did not tighten one of the two hex grub screws holding the motor itself on the mount. difficult to access and to check from the outside.

Damage: none

- Propeller flew off after 6 flights, motor runtime about 12 - 15 minutes (this time without the motor); fixed with tiny 3mm screw-on thingy (sorry I can't remember the name in English for the female part) on the motor axe, no loctite, potentially a time-bomb--- it will come loose some time.

Damage: none, but could lead to a dangerous situation if you need power at a critical point...

Finally: The chinabell gets quite hot.

Otherwise fantastic airplane for the money, replaces my Easyglider which died of old age. Beautiful to see in the skies, calm and relaxing flight, takes wind up to 3 - 4 bft (o.k. I agree 4 bft is a bit much, but it works)

Have many happy hours with this one, and many passers-by stopping and staring....
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 04:31 PM
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If someone is in the US and chose the mid range shipping option, what's the estimated delivery you have experienced?
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Old Aug 18, 2010, 08:27 PM
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Just placed the order...

I placed my order on the 15th of this month. I was emailed the unit is boxed and shipped on the 17th. So I will let you know when it hits my door step. Shipping was $27 (mid range) if that is the price unit your looking for.

Waiting in Ohio
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 01:48 AM
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Quick question:
can anyone tell the exact size of the propeller? What about the motor size?

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Old Aug 19, 2010, 02:42 AM
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The blades are about the same size as the Graupner 10x6 blades.

The Chinabell, must be around 30 to 35 mm diameter, unfortunately I forgot to measure when it popped out. I remember a sticker HK 1130 kv 20Amp, weighing more than a normal chinabell, I would say +- 80 grams.

At Yesterdays flight the motor drew about 14 amps at wot.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 03:47 AM
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Problems so far with mine:

- wingtips bent on arrival, not packed double-boxed, easily fixed, the box is simply to small and fits to tight. And that for 27 $!!!

Damage: non visible

- motor flew off on the second flight, factory did not tighten one of the two hex grub screws holding the motor itself on the mount. difficult to access and to check from the outside.
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The blades are about the same size as the Graupner 10x6 blades.

The Chinabell, must be around 30 to 35 mm diameter, unfortunately I forgot to measure when it popped out.
I had the same problem - bent wingtips.

I was thinking you should have just changed the motor with something else when it first came off.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 06:50 AM
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The blades are about the same size as the Graupner 10x6 blades.

The Chinabell, must be around 30 to 35 mm diameter, unfortunately I forgot to measure when it popped out. I remember a sticker HK 1130 kv 20Amp, weighing more than a normal chinabell, I would say +- 80 grams.

At Yesterdays flight the motor drew about 14 amps at wot.
Thanks for the facts
Chinabell = spinner base diameter ?, could you check the shaft diam' for me please , I will fit a alloy turbo hub with a set of 9''x 4 or 6 blades also stocked by HC.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 06:58 AM
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mmmm I think I may be cutting a side section of the nose off and having a look around ,long extended box cutter type knife will do the job and for later gluing back together a bit of fast cure gorilla and you will have to look hard to see the joins and as good as the origonal strength/weight.
When mine arrives do you want Pix of the innards ? .
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 08:17 AM
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chinabell

No, I'll keep the original motor. These chinabells can take an incredible amount of strafing before they burn out.

Have to go now, fly some Minimoa


Oh, yes and the shaft diameter is 3 mm screwtype, to screw nuts on.
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Old Aug 19, 2010, 10:43 AM
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Problems so far with mine:

- wingtips bent on arrival, not packed double-boxed, easily fixed, the box is simply to small and fits to tight. And that for 27 $!!!

Damage: non visible

- motor flew off on the second flight, factory did not tighten one of the two hex grub screws holding the motor itself on the mount. difficult to access and to check from the outside.

Damage: none

- Propeller flew off after 6 flights, motor runtime about 12 - 15 minutes (this time without the motor); fixed with tiny 3mm screw-on thingy (sorry I can't remember the name in English for the female part) on the motor axe, no loctite, potentially a time-bomb--- it will come loose some time.

Damage: none, but could lead to a dangerous situation if you need power at a critical point...

Finally: The chinabell gets quite hot.

Otherwise fantastic airplane for the money, replaces my Easyglider which died of old age. Beautiful to see in the skies, calm and relaxing flight, takes wind up to 3 - 4 bft (o.k. I agree 4 bft is a bit much, but it works)

Have many happy hours with this one, and many passers-by stopping and staring....
I guess I better strip mine down and check everything ..... had another 30+ minutes up on the slopes today so I'm heading for total air time todate of almost 4 hours ..... really dodgy slope conditions but the Minimoa handled it all well, however, If I had lost power I would have been in possibly big trouble .....

..... so strip down and check will be done .......

I'll try and post a video later of the slope flying .....
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