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Old Apr 17, 2012, 07:09 PM
My hovercraft is full of eels.
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I went with a 2-1/4" Great Planes spinner. Fits nicely over it.

Also... I didn't need servo extensions. The HS-82MG leads are longer than the 17g Detrum leads and it already had extensions in the fuse. They were not taped, glued or clamped though.

The HS-82s, with the metal gears and longer leads, weigh about 4g more than the included Detrums.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:15 PM
My hovercraft is full of eels.
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New servos went in easily and both had to be reversed. Even with standard voltage, they are much stronger and faster than the stock servos. With the longer leads, I was able to use the extensions I bought today on the ailerons instead. That allowed me to move my receiver off of the wing and into the second compartment.

Next, I figured out a battery strap. Hopefully, the pictures are self explanatory.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:31 PM
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Nice solution! I had fears of launching my battery.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:45 PM
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I just used some velcro on the bottom of the tray, and some on my battery. I do like your solution though!
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 02:18 PM
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The RED ARF seems to be in stock as of this post.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/60a-dy894...s-red-arf.html

Though I've ordered in the past with something in stock when I checked out only to be saddened later when I get am email saying, "You suck, you no order fast enough ... go fly a kite."

Thanks... I could not find it listed on their site, and really would prefer the yellow plane not the red anyway.

The RTF would be fine, but I assume it comes with a crap RX with no expo. Does not say what receiver is in it, doubtful it will bind to my DX6i. Anyone know if I'll need to swap the receiver. The 50A esc seems a bit low for the plane. How hot is the stock motor? Have any of you upgraded?
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 03:05 PM
My hovercraft is full of eels.
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Motor pulls 38 - 40 amps and produces 500-550 watts depending on prop and batteries. I don't plan on upgrading until it fries or dies.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 03:24 PM
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Motor pulls 38 - 40 amps and produces 500-550 watts depending on prop and batteries. I don't plan on upgrading until it fries or dies.
Yup... the motor seems entirely adequate. I get 8600rpm on an APC drawing about 500 watts.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:23 PM
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The RTF would be fine, but I assume it comes with a crap RX with no expo. Does not say what receiver is in it, doubtful it will bind to my DX6i....
You can always take out the rx and throw in a 10 dollar orange rx from Hobbyking to bind to the dx6i
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 01:15 AM
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You can always take out the rx and throw in a 10 dollar orange rx from Hobbyking to bind to the dx6i
Or even a $6 Orange. They work great.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 09:11 AM
My hovercraft is full of eels.
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I flew three more packs through mine yesterday. The 1800 packs work very nicely in it. It feels much better when inverted. 3 packs is about all I can get through it after work and usually a good portion of the first pack is spent trimming and checking things. The weekend looks like crap... again.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 09:32 AM
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I've got the red ARF on the way scheduled for delivery next Tuesday. After reading this thread, this is what I came up with for a list of things I should check/modify during the assembly process. Is there anything I am missing?
  • Motor mount reinforcement
  • Thread lock on motor mount screws and wing strut/mounting screws
  • Carbon fiber rods on rear push rods for added stiffness
  • Larger wheels for grass take-offs and landings (at lease 2.25")
  • Receiver hatch secured
  • Prop and spinner balanced or replaced
  • Check for excess play in motor and adjust if necessary
  • Control surface hinges reinforced
  • Check lg mounting, reinforce if necessary
  • Fuel tubing on clevises
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 09:44 AM
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Looks good. I haven't touched my hinges yet. Just check em every couple flights. The ailerons come with their servos already installed and attached. I disconnected them and worked them up and down to their full travel each way to loosen up the hinge.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 10:11 AM
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Looks good. I haven't touched my hinges yet. Just check em every couple flights.
Thanks for the tip on the hinges. I may leave them alone and keep an eye on them. Losing a control surface in the air is not an experience I wish to have.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 10:40 AM
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I took my soldering iron to the aileron and elevator hinges last night and loosened them up quite a bit. Used packing tape to reinforce them. Went with some round carbon for the rear feather bracing since the original plates were coming loose. Much stiffer now. Added some flat carbon to the rudder to straighten and reinforce it. Got a few packs in at lunchtime yesterday with almost zero wind. On the third pack, I scooted the battery far enough back to get it a little tailheavy and this thing became a hovering machine! What a difference it made. Got a few more packs in at lunchtime today and it does feel better with the reinforcements. Felt more accurate. Think I need to stiffen up the elevator a bit and whittle a little foam to increase up travel. I think I'll be pretty happy with her it after that.
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Old Apr 19, 2012, 08:34 PM
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ok what prop adapter will fit the stock motor , and what size spinner can i use to go with it , the stock spinner and prop adapter suck ?
thanks ed
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