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Old Dec 30, 2010, 08:19 PM
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 08:25 PM
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crossposting off topic threads, wasting more of peoples time. at least i tried to get someone to admit that one was better than the other, but when people like you come and start misleading and wasting people's time we dont get anywhere. business is all about moving forward. rcgroups is a business, and your hurting it!
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 12:03 AM
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Back on topic and play nice.

Good looking plane, sentry. I like the 'wireless' wings. How is it held together?
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 04:33 PM
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Good looking plane, sentry. I like the 'wireless' wings. How is it held together?
I couldn't resist so I did this one in my kitchen instead of my "hangar" upstairs (since there are TS2, ASW28 and Hexa parts all over the place upthere ) I have the wings taped right now - but I have devised some quick-release braces after a quick trip to Home Depot. I basically joined the 2 wing pieces w/ a nut and waster with a bolt through it --- but this "washer" is cut out in the shape of the mating surfaces so it distributes the load from the screw over the entire mating surface. It's made from platic. I was gonna wait to get this guy up but I went ahead and ordered the video gear for it... went with 500mw 900 on this setup. Will try to fly it LOS tomorrow - this gives me a chance to flight test my new Fut 9CAP from RMRC.


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Old Dec 31, 2010, 04:38 PM
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Oh - I am also considering a coupla CF rods (see the red lines in the pic) to assist w/ flex.



I'm also covering some surfaces w/ high-strength tape just to build in some resiliency while still maintaining the light-weight nature of this plane. Although I love the struts that were improvised (modification to the plans from the designer) - I will make the hole on the wing side of the strut slotted for obvious reasons vs just the single hole.
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Old Jan 01, 2011, 03:52 PM
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Sentry, crossing carbon rods won't help you any. It will still flex like mad. You either need to shorten your booms or use carbon rods stretching from the wing tips down to the center of the tail. This will strengthen the whole plane.

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Old Jan 01, 2011, 04:11 PM
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Will consider that - I may need to fly it first (rain today) and see if it's even needed. Don't want to overengineer it. It's actually pretty solid as it sits thank you very much sir. I may lean on you if I need to mod it though.
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Old Jan 01, 2011, 09:46 PM
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Nice Sentry! Looks like it will take some nice videos... unlike when I was flying your Champ LOL!

Flying with Sentry (5 min 20 sec)


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Kinda on topic... Which fisheye lense did you use on the Keychain camera for that video? Stick on "jelly" lens?
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Phoenix 2000 FPV

Phoenix 2000 FPV with Range Video 900MHz 500mW.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 04:08 AM
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Phoenix 2000 FPV with Range Video 900MHz 500mW.
How do you like your Phoenix 2000? I'm looking forward to a review, build log, flight video or any input you have on her I have been really close to buying one.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 04:28 AM
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How do you like your Phoenix 2000? I'm looking forward to a review, build log, flight video or any input you have on her I have been really close to buying one.
The Phoenix 2000 is quite a good plane and for the price I would definitely recommend you buy one (or two). This is my first FPV plane but already I can tell its well suited for this application.

Pros:
  • Quick & easy installation.
  • Lots of room inside fuz for gear (Can easily fit a 5000mah 3S on the CG).
  • Very easy to balance without lead using battery position alone.
  • Nice wing loading.
  • Stable flight characteristics.
  • Flaps & rudder.
  • Can easily fit 28 or 36 mm outrunners.
  • Cheap!!!

Cons:
  • Very weak firewall. This is a major design flaw. The plastic fuz is just not strong enough for a 200w+ motor, it flexes and vibrates. Needs some strengthening mods such as 3mm ply added.
  • EPO wings ding easy.
  • Plastic fuz will be damaged beyond repair with nose in crash (Ask me how I know this!!).
  • Wing retention looks a bit weak and may need strengthening.

Overall I would rate this plane very highly for FPV. Its definitely not the most durable FPV plane, but for the price you cant go wrong.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 04:46 AM
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Cool, thanks for the info! I was guessing there was a lot of room inside the fuse with it being molded. I was concerned about battery size so it's great to hear you can fit a 5000mah batt as it's "rated" for such a smaller batt. One thing that scares me is the nose crash as I still drive mine into the ground like a nail ever once-and-awhile.
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