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Old Oct 11, 2012, 02:31 PM
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When I first built mine. I added a little welders to each hinge right near the outside ends. Maybe about an inch worth on the ailerons and half inch worth on the elevator and rudder. Just enough to keep them stronger in case they got snagged on any. Can't say whether it helped or not but I did rip half the elevator off on a nasty park bench. Lol. Had about 250 flights on mine before that Happenned so your mileage may vary.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 02:33 PM
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Since I started using blenderm on the hinge ends I have not torn a single hinge, and I used to tear them all the time.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Hey guys,

I saw my lower foam hinges are ripped a little bit at the horns, altough I put stripes over it.

And since the foam hinges on the double wings of the bipe make very much resistance for the servo (especially on max. throw) I thougt about cutting them and use this:
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...0pcs_set_.html

what do you think about that?!?
too much play? anybody done yet?

I love that plane, so I don`t want to mess it up...
Any idea somebody?
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 11:14 AM
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TD when that happened on mine I used a bit of welders and a strip of blenderm. No problems after that, and I do abuse my Pitts. Oh what am I saying abuse all my planes. Looks like your idea would work though I don't know how long those hinges would last either.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Since I started using blenderm on the hinge ends I have not torn a single hinge, and I used to tear them all the time.
How long are the pieces of tape? You use Welders to hold the tape down?
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 01:28 PM
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How long are the pieces of tape? You use Welders to hold the tape down?
Just a little square the size of a postage stamp or so. Put a drop of glue at the end of the hinge, put a square of tape on it, and smooth it out until the glue comes out the sides of the tape.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Just a little square the size of a postage stamp or so. Put a drop of glue at the end of the hinge, put a square of tape on it, and smooth it out until the glue comes out the sides of the tape.
Thanks Cody. Will try it out.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 09:35 PM
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I think my hinges being too stiff is the cause of some flying problems I've had. I did tape at the ends, plus welders along the whole hinge.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 09:46 PM
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stu just work the hinges some and they will loosen up. On one of my Pitts the hinge on it was more stiff than I like so I just worked them back and forth. Now it's nice and free.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 10:25 PM
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Thanks. I did that and it does help. Seems like after it sits for a few days they stiffen up a little. Is this possible? or in my imagination? lol
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 10:34 PM
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Regarding power - 3S is the way to go. I had some 2S batteries and it flew ok, but with the 3S it really takes off - tons of power.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 10:40 PM
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Regarding power - 3S is the way to go. I had some 2S batteries and it flew ok, but with the 3S it really takes off - tons of power.
I'll bet. I am still in training so 2s is all for me now. Can't wait untill I am skilled enough to run 3s. I still fly mostly at minimum power and the few times I have throttled up to 100% it seemed pretty fast. But with this plane I am flying very low and close to me too. Havent flown it in over a week now due to various reasons, and I miss it. Cant wait to get in the air again. I am also thinking of getting an AR Drone since they have the new version out. I had a 1.0 for a while but sold it as it was too darn hard to control. But, yes, that's another topic.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 10:44 PM
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For me, I don't need tons of power with this plane. Flies great on 2S and like the lighter weight.

I think I will dig my 3S pack out and try it again just to see the difference again.
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 05:40 AM
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Stuball. Welders along the entire hinge line is probably too much. I made that mistake on my Edge when they first came out. It was a bit dodgy but what I did was bent the surface to stretch the glue and very very carefully ran the tip of a #11 blade along it. Going by feel and sometimes it would take a few light passes until I could feel that I had reached the foam but not cut through it. The tape you have at the ends should be enough so anything in between that is just stiffening your hinge in my experience.

2s or 3s!!! that's the beauty of the stock power set. Change the prop, change the pack and change the beast your flying it really doesn't matter as long as your having fun and with the Pitts that's a given.
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 06:36 AM
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She's done. She's fat. Very fat.
Ill call her the fat pitts.
212g including the 2s lipo..!!!! And excluding gear.
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