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Old Mar 08, 2012, 04:53 PM
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Hello
I have had my Albi for just about 2 weeks. In the few days that we have had weather I can fly in, the plane has been great fun. It is stock right out of the box, just painted the pilot and fly. I am using the Anylink module with my DX6I, which seems to work great. I have been trying to get caught up on this thread but I am getting confused. I am interested in upgrading the motor, a little more power would be nice. I keep seeing references to the Mustang motor/gearbox. As well as many comments about changing out the brick. This Mustang motor that everyone is talking about, is Mustang a supplier or vendor? Or is this a motor being used in a Mustang? What would be the advantage of swapping out the brick? The system that came with my Albi seem more then adequate for itís needs? Sorry for the ignorant questions, but if I donít ask I might never find the answer!
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Old Mar 08, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Hello
I have had my Albi for just about 2 weeks. In the few days that we have had weather I can fly in, the plane has been great fun. It is stock right out of the box, just painted the pilot and fly. I am using the Anylink module with my DX6I, which seems to work great. I have been trying to get caught up on this thread but I am getting confused. I am interested in upgrading the motor, a little more power would be nice. I keep seeing references to the Mustang motor/gearbox. As well as many comments about changing out the brick. This Mustang motor that everyone is talking about, is Mustang a supplier or vendor? Or is this a motor being used in a Mustang? What would be the advantage of swapping out the brick? The system that came with my Albi seem more then adequate for it’s needs? Sorry for the ignorant questions, but if I don’t ask I might never find the answer!
The "mustang motor" is the 8.4mm motor/gearbox out of a Parkzone UM P-51 Mustang.

It weighs about 3g motor than the 7mm factory motor/gearbox, so it helps to move the brick back to get proper balance, but its smoother and quieter.

You need to re-enforce the wings with this mod, because you can tear off the wings using too much of the available power.
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Old Mar 09, 2012, 03:40 PM
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I was wondering about that. I have flown for many years the GWS Pico Tigermoth. One of the first upgrades that is needed for the tigermoth is to add itís flying wires. The support wires for the wing structure. Added a great deal of strength and stabilities to the wings. Here is a photo of my Mothís wires.

Has this been tried with the Albi?
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Old Mar 11, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Another Albatros Question

I am currently re-motoring my Albatros with the BSD motor/gearbox combo.

It currently has the longer shaft, but it also has the "prop saver" tip on it.
Can I get rid of the prop saver tip? How do I get it off? Is it just pressed on or do I have to grind it off or what?

I want to be able to use the stock prop/spinner combo if possible.
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 10:14 PM
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Well, I answered my own inquiry...

since no one else did, and I went ahead and just dremmel'ed off the "prop saver" on the BSD motor/gear box mount.
I used the stock prop, and tried out my new Turnigy Nano Tech batteries.
All and all I would have to say it was a success. The motor was much smoother, still noisy, but it didn't sound like it was going to seize up at any moment.like the stock one does.
I think the battery made a big difference in COG too, it seemed to handle much more easily with the slightly larger battery.
Now on to the next project!
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Old Mar 18, 2012, 10:35 PM
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since no one else did, and I went ahead and just dremmel'ed off the "prop saver" on the BSD motor/gear box mount.
I used the stock prop, and tried out my new Turnigy Nano Tech batteries.
All and all I would have to say it was a success. The motor was much smoother, still noisy, but it didn't sound like it was going to seize up at any moment.like the stock one does.
I think the battery made a big difference in COG too, it seemed to handle much more easily with the slightly larger battery.
Now on to the next project!
It would be hard for it to be really quiet as the fuselage amplifies the sound. If you run a flyzone gearbox in your hand, it doesn't sound all that noisy.
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Old May 14, 2012, 05:07 PM
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finally some progress on new airframe and lower wing (need to re-do part of the top of the wing). upper wing had some paint adhesion issues so i will have to re-do it another day.

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Old May 16, 2012, 10:22 PM
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mono albatros

converted mine to mono and got a chance to really let it off the leash today. flies pretty well, loves to climb and pick up speed. kept it 50% throttle mostly (in at least 8 mph wind).
had to give it some upthrust - downthrust wasn't working well for me. i wanted to keep the prop shaft level and have neither up nor downthrust but i overcompensated. given its performance though i'll leave it as-is. attached are pics. the pics were taken when i hadn't taped it back together so the seams aren't flush but you can still see the propshaft angle.

ps - i use a foam piece to press the gearbox up at an angle to get rid of the downthrust. i also had a problem with the brick coming loose all the time (yes, i beat it up with my bad flying) so instead of gluing it back on i used two foam pieces to hold it down and then a ballpen refill with a foam block to hold it from sliding forward. no more glue on the brick and it works fine. thought i'd share pics of that too.
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Old May 16, 2012, 11:42 PM
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Looks great!!! But, where is the spinner. hahaha
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Old May 16, 2012, 11:53 PM
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Looks great!!! But, where is the spinner. hahaha
Lee
i was considering replacing my prop with a micro citabria prop so i took the spinner off. changed my mind halfway through. didn't care to put the spinner back on. sheer laziness
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Old May 17, 2012, 12:14 AM
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Haha, I was just raggin ya. I am kinda proud of the fact I can make my own spinners now. Just like the origional. Hey, when your tight on funds...Ya figuere out a way. Still, I think yours looks beautifull. Great job!!!
Lee
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Old May 17, 2012, 12:29 AM
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Haha, I was just raggin ya. I am kinda proud of the fact I can make my own spinners now. Just like the origional. Hey, when your tight on funds...Ya figuere out a way. Still, I think yours looks beautifull. Great job!!!
Lee
thanks lee.
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Old May 18, 2012, 09:54 PM
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discovered today that 13 mph wind is the limit for this plane. was staying aloft but going sideways
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:11 PM
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The Albatros is $40 with Free anylink @ Tower hobbies.

Use one of the free shipping coupons they send out and this is the deal of the year.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 01:58 AM
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got two of them one is on the bench being converted to dsm2 4ch

edit: converted and flown! OMG i love it! i was flying 12 inches off the ground forever, its so light. the stock battery is perfect for the CG, and the ailerons let me keep the wings level as a fly low and slow. added nav lights and all was good till i ran into a tree! never can leave well enough alone, can i?

on a more serious note, when flying in a harrier (tail down, flying slow in the prop) and using ailerons, she likes to stall out. im still getting use to it, but that is what caused the crash. i was flying slow, and was tightening my turns, and she started that wingwaggle-going-in-to-a-stall thing, so i gunned it.
the other note, is the ailerons are a little touchy at WOT, and less so at part throttle. its not linear.

so i gunned it, and turned, over compensated my roll, and went the other way, leveled out, and tried to climb and turn, but hit the tree pretty hard. still have to inspect the damage.
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