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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Actually, the connector housing on the battery is female even though there is one male pin and one female socket inside the housing to maintain polarity. The point is to have the pins covered to help prevent shorting out the live battery pins although I believe the style of housings in your picture cover the pins in either case. On the more common deans connectors, the pins are fully exposed on one half of the mating pair.
I'm fully aware that Deans and Bullet connector are two different animal. I refer the male or female connector to their configuration of pin or socket NOT to their plastic covers. So in my case, in order to match Calypso stock ESC connector I need a battery with two female sockets. This kind of set up, is good for Deans type of connector. But for 3.5mm connector, while their pin or socket is fully protected by plactic cover from shorting, is not as good.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 04:24 PM
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flew at the slope for the first time today. I love this plane. I had perfect wind and there where thermals all over the place.

Had a perfect spot landing with the help of my flapperons.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 04:35 PM
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Cool man. Where in the South Bay did you fly it?
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 07:20 PM
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Del cero park
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 07:30 PM
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Just look at the attached photo. The ESC has one female and one male connector. The battery has the same thing. I understand that as for electrical connection concern, it doesn't make any difference.
I didn't know that. Learn something new every day.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Del cero park
Right on. That is the first place I flew a model 30 years ago!
The Calypso should be dialed in there for sure.
Cheers.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 12:58 AM
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Just saw on the 'Tracker' that my Calypso has made it here to the shores of Australia from the USA - come on, waiting impatiently here! :-)
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:06 PM
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I'm switching to a 30 amp esc and a hacker 20-22L with an aluminum spinner and a 10x6 prop as per esprit models suggestions.
Can you be more specific about which 10x6 and aluminum spinner.

Also, what is a "turbo" spinner.

Thanks
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:15 PM
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Hang in there, you're in for some fun!
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:20 PM
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Just saw on the 'Tracker' that my Calypso has made it here to the shores of Australia from the USA - come on, waiting impatiently here! :-)
Hang in there, you're in for some fun! I have two other aircraft in the hangar but the Calypso is currently the only one I'd replace outright in the event of a complete loss. Just too much fun racking up the flight time. Hope you enjoy many happy flights.
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 05:23 AM
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Hang in there, you're in for some fun! I have two other aircraft in the hangar but the Calypso is currently the only one I'd replace outright in the event of a complete loss. Just too much fun racking up the flight time. Hope you enjoy many happy flights.
Come on! 4 days USA - Australia, been on these shores for 3 days and still not delivered - hurry up
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 12:04 AM
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It's arrived
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 01:32 AM
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Glad for you Nadg63! Hope you enjoy it.

I maiden mine today. It flew fine. It was a little nose heavy (2200mah, + chimed tail) & at the end when I was about ready for my final approach; the motor came unscrewed from its mount. I landed it ...kinda ok . It was on its back ....from my panic. BUT, everything is ok from what I can tell. It will fly again★
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 02:48 AM
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Glad for you Nadg63! Hope you enjoy it.

I maiden mine today. It flew fine. It was a little nose heavy (2200mah, + chimed tail) & at the end when I was about ready for my final approach; the motor came unscrewed from its mount. I landed it ...kinda ok . It was on its back ....from my panic. BUT, everything is ok from what I can tell. It will fly again★
Glad it made it down without damage! Note to self, check motor mounting!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 05:38 AM
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I've just joined all you other Calyp-Captains & this seems to be 'the' active thread for this bird so, diving in!
I got the Rx-R version, having already gained the AnyLink module from an earlier Corvalis buy. Maidened her in slightly heavier than optimal wind conditions (10-12m/h gusting) on last Saturday without incident. Winds aloft were higher but no way of measuring up there. Buffed around a bit as would be expected, & struggled a bit into the head - no powerhouse of a motor - but she handled it all well.

I used a 3s 1800mAh 25C pack balanced slightly forward for the conditions (penetration) & only had to add a couple clicks of up-trim. Had to watch out for slight tendency to over-climb; even worked in a couple of loops since she was already 'into' them -- could've controlled out but, went ahead & looped for the test. Started a couple of rolls but she fell out both times so, learned my lesson & will save for a calmer day. Didn't think to try inverted -- but will later.

Since I got a late start & evening falls quickly (and coldly once Sol starts to dip in these shortened days!) I only got 2 flights in before calling it. Was pretty stoked and, with Tuesday so nice (almost 70*) & slightly less wind, I tore out to our strip & put all 4 of my 1800's thru her, limiting to 8-10 minutes until I can get a better feel for mAh consumption. A LOT of that was power off -- she rides the wind pretty well with any lift, but will definitely come down if you don't stay atop of her attitude.

Turns - she definitely likes a little rudder. She'll drag the tail around pretty smoothly just banking & yanking but a touch of rudder cleans it up nicely & gives much shorter arc. After my 2nd flight I mixed in a bit (10% iirc) & there was improvement but plan to try some other settings.

I was basically flying large 8's to get a feel for how she dealt with the wind, & shooting several T&Gs to determine landing setups. On one downwind leg I saw a wing kick up sharply, circled back & caught a nice thermal I couldn't quite hold her in but, rode with it & in no time she was nearly out of sight. We rode that for about 6 minutes with no power; actually had to bring it out as the light was failing & she was so high & away I was struggling to keep oriented.

Landings were a cinch. She'll float nicely in ground effect so be prepared for long finals or hot touchdowns. Or both! (We'll talk about the small bruise just above my ankle some other time. I've already got a couple micro servos laid out & plan to have 'er flapped before our next adventure!

This bird reminds me a lot of the 2M Phoenix 2000 the way she flies, but a bit more agile & not quite as steady in the wind. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one for anyone rated experienced beginner or higher. And one more 'bennie' - to a man all the club guys (& one lady too) gave her high scores on her looks!
One even said "It sure is pretty - I'll have to get me one!" (How's that for the basis of buying a plane!?!) *LOL*

All-in-all, Bogie said it best: "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
Hear, hear!
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