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Old Dec 24, 2011, 10:58 PM
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Very nice. Sweet looking in the air. A winner for sure.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 10:47 AM
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Looks great! This little gem is at the top of my to get list. Just got to wait until my credit card stops smoking from Christmas.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Looks great! This little gem is at the top of my to get list. Just got to wait until my credit card stops smoking from Christmas.

+1 !!!

Merry Christmas, ya'll!!!

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Old Dec 25, 2011, 11:45 AM
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Thanks for the help Anup appreciate it.
Merry Christmas

Triton flew very well in your hand Paul. Wish I had access to such a magnificant gym :~(. H&S people stop us from using any public gym unless I'm prepared to sign up my life for them

You're a quick builder too. What's your secret?

When is your Triton going to taste the water?? Ha ha.

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Old Dec 26, 2011, 09:23 AM
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Yea thanks for all the great comments, yet to test her in the water which should be soon hopefully. I went on a real building micro marathon build a week back and my secret is .............take your time and relax a bit and start off and keep going till you're finished. Which was to me starting around 3pm and going through the night till the sun rose the next day. I was in the GROOVE and just feeling great and really calm so off I went building. It was fun. After each of my builds I would sleep for a few hours in the morning and go at it again......OH it helps that you're not working anymore on a job, he he he !!! I'm now build the E-Flite Jenny hope to have that finished by Wednesday for the indoor fly in. it's fun building planes.Yea also getting gyms is really hard this one I was lucky and we get to use it every Sunday or so for free. The Dean is a really nice person and doen't mine us using the gym. With even brand new floors in it. WOW!
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 03:18 PM
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Thanks Ken for the decal sheet. Will put it on this weekend. She's diffidently a beauty to fly. All the other pilots are alittle jealous. I park her next to the Micro Drake a good pair of flying boats
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 04:56 PM
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Here's the final stuff on it thanks to Ken for supplying the decals. The number is my AMA great idea for numbers.
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Old Jan 05, 2012, 08:54 AM
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GREAT IDEA! on the Teflon tape.
Ken,

Talk about Teflon...I cut the kit supplied Teflon tubing to the wrong lengths, so can you tell me where I can get replacement tubing? The OD appears to be 1.6mm.

Thanks,

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Old Jan 05, 2012, 12:28 PM
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Ken,

Talk about Teflon...I cut the kit supplied Teflon tubing to the wrong lengths, so can you tell me where I can get replacement tubing? The OD appears to be 1.6mm.

Thanks,

Gene K
Speedy01,
If you need replacement talk to Pat at tailboom.com.
There is a link on this page for a downloadable .doc file with good instructions on using this stuff:
http://tailboom.com/teflon.php
If I were you I would grab a 1/4" of each end with a pair of pliers and then hold the tubing under hot running water from the faucet stretch it an extra inch ~ so you can cut off the crushed ends. You may need to re-size the tubing by creating a small ball of Ca on the end of a pushrod and pulling that through.
I pre-stretch a couple feet at a time 2x in a bathtub of hot water and then re-size to save that extra gram
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Old Jan 05, 2012, 01:08 PM
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Awesome plane Ken!!!!
I'll be building one this winter (if we ever get a winter).
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Old Jan 05, 2012, 02:02 PM
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... hold the tubing under hot running water from the faucet stretch it an extra inch ....
Thanks, that was perfect, Mitch - did the trick!!

Thanks also for the link - I have some tubing on order.

Gene K
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Old Jan 05, 2012, 02:17 PM
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thanks for plan. i just crashed my j3 club, now i can build something more reliable indoor plane than the always break j3 club.
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Old Jan 10, 2012, 11:59 AM
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thanks for plan. i just crashed my j3 club, now i can build something more reliable indoor plane than the always break j3 club.
Hi, bigtruck169
What kind of plan do you have, just curious ?
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Old Mar 22, 2012, 10:14 PM
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When I decided to return to R/C a few months ago (I quit in 1979) I needed a cheap, easy trainer. I decided on the 22" Hobby Zone Champ after read numerous reviews. The reviewers didn't stear me wrong. The Champ got me flying quickly. Now I've got the itch and I've scratched with a 48" Super Cub. I like the big plane but being an old (literally and figuratively) stick & tissue indoor FF guy I've also got an itch to build small planes.

I'm going to order this kit as it looks like a good way to become familiar with new materials and methods (What, no sticks pinned to a plan?!?). As I await the arrival of this little jewel, I've got a couple of questions.

First is about Depron. In the manual, you say that you painted it with craft paint. Which made me wonder about the materials being painted. How does Depron take acrylics? Doesn't peel off? How 'bout the blue foam? Does the carrier for Sharpie ink attack either type of foam? Does coloring with Sharpies make a streaky finish? Do you use pre cut vinyl letters and numbers like you get at Walmart or Office Max?

Secondly, what is the rationale for the flat bottoms on the fuselage and wing floats? It seems to me that a shallow V bottoms forward of the step would provide much truer tracking on take-off. A thin layer of blue foam sanded to shape wouldn't add too much weight, would it? If so, a narrow keel from nose to step made from scrap 2mm foam would serve the same purpose.

Lastly, have you given any thought to adding landing gear? Perhaps a small length of tubing glued in behind the nose block that a nose LG could plug in to and a tube at the waterline at the step that ran from one side to the other could accomodate an axle for the mains for gym floor operations. I'm thinking that faom wheels and bits of music wire wouldn't add too much weight. However, since I haven't built this little guy yet, I really don't have a good idea of how much thrust can be generated by the motor/prop. The videos would seem to indicate that it ha penty though. What do you think?
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Old Apr 12, 2012, 01:53 PM
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Nowmthat's a great idea to make landing whelels for it . Better yet I'm thinking of a dolly for it! Then you can take offmfrommthe gym floor fly around and belly land it. Mmmmmmm got my thinking cap on .
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