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Old Apr 25, 2012, 04:01 PM
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FrieGuy: would live to see some photos so I can copy it!
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Old Apr 25, 2012, 08:06 PM
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I am in love with my Icon. I actually took a spare canopy and engineered a mount for my GoPro Hero cam. Fantastic videos from it. When I'm flying it with the camera, I set the battery on the floor of the plane so it's next to the rudder servo. Push a piece of foam so the battery doesn't move and that keeps the CG in the same spot as flying it stock without the camera.
I did have one issue after a hard landing that had some water get on the inside. Didn't think much of it, but when I went to take it out again the rudder servo was acting intermitent. I removed the rudder servo and found water inside it.
I'd suggest before you ever get water in it to seal the edges of the rudder servo with some silicone caulk.
This is one awesome plane!!
Would also like to see how you mounted it. How does the Icon handle the extra weight? I'll be flying mine at an elevation of 6,000. MIght have to get a power 10 motor.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 02:56 AM
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Thanks for all who have contributed to make this forum so informative, useful and entertaining.

I picked up a Parkzon Icon A5 at the Weak Signals RC show in Toledo. I've had a couple of flights in my backyard and to be honest, I was not too impressed with the durability of the foam. I had no problems landing this plane, it glides in very nice and stable. I had not crashed it either - but every time I flew something was breaking off

First was the tail area under the rudder with the upside-down v shaped area. I think that broke off from a grass take-off (I'm not sure because I didn't notice it until I was carrying the plane into the house. I had to look for a long time to find it). Then one of the back area part of the flaring broke off on decent landing. Then, the entire wing tip broke off - all on pretty soft landings. I was able to make the repairs using Welder's Adhesive. I put a very thin layer on each part, let it air dry for a minute or two and then press them together.


All in all - I am impressed with the durability.

So are you saying the plane is durable or not? Isn't it the same Z Foam as their T-28?
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 04:38 AM
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Icon A5 Paint

Love my Icon - but need to get a can of paint to match repair the wing and tail tips which is a sort of bright red but not flourescent - anyone know who makes it?? can't seem to find an equivalent.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=28



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Old Apr 26, 2012, 04:44 AM
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Love my Icon - but need to get a can of paint to match repair the wing and tail tips which is a sort of bright red but not flourescent - anyone know who makes it?? can't seem to find an equivalent.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=28



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Yes would be nice to get the color codes as I'm still trying to find the gray color under the wing to cover my Flap work area.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 06:46 AM
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Yes would be nice to get the color codes as I'm still trying to find the gray color under the wing to cover my Flap work area.
Yeah this plane needs flaps, something I intend to do. I just fitted some high intensity strobe lights (Flytron) to the headlights (red port, green stbd.) not scale I know but effect is fantastic.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 06:51 AM
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Yeah this plane needs flaps, something I intend to do. I just fitted some high intensity strobe lights (Flytron) to the headlights (red port, green stbd.) not scale I know but effect is fantastic.
Cool! I have the landing lights installed too but they are not very strong unless I fly when its much darker.
I'm hopping to test the flaps this morning on the water , just getting ready now but have to wait for the fence to the park to open. Hopefully they wont wait too long because the wind and rain again is on the way
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Ok Guys, just came back from 4 Icon A5 water flight with Flaps .
All I can say is Wow! do yourself a favor and install flaps its fantastic!
Very short take-Off , slow flight and very short slow landings .
I was doing very steep descents and landing in a very short distance.
With flaps down at Mid or Full I was getting a bit of pitch up so I mix the elevator trim to a bit of down but very little needed.
Guess what I tried to get tail wag and nothing at all too.
So I was flying with full flaps down almost all the time doing circuits of all kind.
Major fun

I also have videos from my headcam but I have lots to edit because of the lenght so I will work on them later tonight.
For now a couple pictures . I was alone so I had to make do
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 12:39 PM
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Flaps are an easy modification and well worth the trouble! Perhaps the 1.1 version will include wings with pre-scored lines and servo wells.




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Ok Guys, just came back from 4 Icon A5 water flight with Flaps .
All I can say is Wow! do yourself a favor and install flaps its fantastic!
Very short take-Off , slow flight and very short slow landings .
I was doing very steep descents and landing in a very short distance.
With flaps down at Mid or Full I was getting a bit of pitch up so I mix the elevator trim to a bit of down but very little needed.
Guess what I tried to get tail wag and nothing at all too.
So I was flying with full flaps down almost all the time doing circuits of all kind.
Major fun

I also have videos from my headcam but I have lots to edit because of the lenght so I will work on them later tonight.
For now a couple pictures . I was alone so I had to make do
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 03:58 PM
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Here is my small video guys, sorry but thats with a headcam so no zoom.

http://youtu.be/jI0QQ1dYHP8
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 06:19 PM
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This afternoon I decided to build myself a retrieval boat since I had what I needed
It should do ok but I hope I wont need it
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 07:50 PM
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Be careful with that prop... one slip and you'll chew up the plane you are trying to rescue. Maybe a shroud would help.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 07:53 PM
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Be careful with that prop... one slip and you'll chew up the plane you are trying to rescue. Maybe a shroud would help.
Its not all done yet , there will be some protection from the prop
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 08:31 PM
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Thanks for posting that Paul. That convinces me. Flaps are what I need. BTW -- Spring has deifnitely not "sprung" yet in Montreal. We are knee deep in pollen season (even past it) here in the Southeast.
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Old Apr 26, 2012, 08:38 PM
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Thanks for posting that Paul. That convinces me. Flaps are what I need. BTW -- Spring has deifnitely not "sprung" yet in Montreal. We are knee deep in pollen season (even past it) here in the Southeast.
It was really cold flying this morning my fingers were num
Still , I had fun anyway
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