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Old Feb 22, 2013, 08:04 PM
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I agree with everyone else that the tail wheel is a real weakness.
The box appeared to be in perfect condition when I got it but the tail wheel mount was broken.
It's a beautiful little Hellcat though and a great deal with their current member discount offer and free shipping.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 08:16 PM
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> if you're considering changing prop then you can consider changing the motor too.

Which other motors are known to work with this plane?
firstly, i don't have this plane - so my suggestions are based on limited information. feel free to disregard if you don't like them. just trying to help.
second, to me something like changing batts would be minor (not going to address esc calibration because i have never done that myself) but changing the prop would be a bigger step, hence my suggestion.

most importantly, i don't know why your motor would perform the same at half throttle and at wot.

anyways, given the 30A esc, a 480 should work as a substitute.
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 10:19 PM
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I can't wait to get mine. It's nice having a plane this size with a low parts count. Easy maintenance. Upgrades are easy too.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 07:06 AM
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The stock motor is powerful and light - no need to change IMHO.

The prop should be though.

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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:14 AM
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One question, mine seemed to have no difference in performance at half throttle
and full throttle. Linerar throttle response up to halfway, then all the same.

What am I looking for in troubleshooting here? Batteries full charge?
ESC calibration? Try a higher pitch propeller? What else?
Sounds like you need to adjust the ATV of the throttle channel.

Still haven't flown mine, been too breezy, but static tests indicate the most power is made with an APC 11x7e, about 270 watts after 30 seconds WOT. The stock 3-blade and an APC 10x7e are pretty close power-wise, about 240 watts. Too bad static tests are meaningless when it comes to the flying, but they are good for determining if you're pushing the limits of the equipment too hard.

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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:18 AM
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11x7 and likely even 10x7 are too much prop IMHO. 9x7.5 for me...
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:25 AM
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11x7 and likely even 10x7 are too much prop IMHO. 9x7.5 for me...
I'll know more if I can ever fly the dang thang. Those props are within the comfort zone of the ESC, so...

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Old Feb 23, 2013, 08:57 AM
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Oops. Double post. Can't figure out how to delete a whole post, hence the edit.

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Old Feb 25, 2013, 02:08 PM
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Got Mine Friday

Box arrived Friday, took about an hour to build, balance, and make all of the wiring look nice. Maidened this morning at 7:30, no wind, perfect conditions. Plane needed a good deal of down elevator and it was balanced at the recommended CG. However, once dialed in it flew flawlessly. All usual warbird tricks were easy to execute, although it spins easily (which can be fun as well). Rudder authority was surprisingly good and I was even able to knife-edge it (to an extent).

Landing was a breeze due to the light weight of the airframe which I loved. Flew three batteries, greased first two out of three landings on a grass field (and not a very smooth one, either). Third landing nosed over at the end (my fault, I did not keep elevator pressure), so I took off again and greased the fourth landing. Not sure why there have been so many issues with broken tailwheels. I brought it down on the mains each time and let it settle gently. Tailwheel came through fine!

Overall, a great plane and I really would not change a thing with the possible exception of the prop. However, with the stock prop it flies in a very scale manner. Would never put flaps or retracts on this plane. They would make it a pig in the air and not nearly as fun. I will probably buy the Corsair and P-51 also as I am very impressed with this little warbird. Quality on par with Parkzone at half the price!
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 04:18 PM
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Working great now

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A note about Tower Hobbies' esc: It has a safety feature...to activate the throttle, you must bring the throttle stick all the way to maximum, and wait for 1 beep. Then you bring the throttle all the way to zero, and wait for the confirmation beeps and you're good to go.
Solved my "half throttle / full throttle all the same" problem mentioned in post #117
by installing the Tower Hobbies ESC with features a self-calibration start up procedure.
(I had swapped out the ESC to get into the air quickly.)

I made my own misery by installing another ESC rather than changing the plug.
Changed the plug on the OEM ESC and now have excellent power on stock prop.

I like this airplane A LOT.
accel8or, thanks for the tip on the Tower Hobbies ESC
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 09:24 PM
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Enjoy! We sure do. Flight Review coming soon. This plane looks amazing!

Here's all are stuff. Have a laugh.
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Old Feb 26, 2013, 10:11 PM
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Solved my "half throttle / full throttle all the same" problem mentioned in post #117
by installing the Tower Hobbies ESC with features a self-calibration start up procedure.
(I had swapped out the ESC to get into the air quickly.)

I made my own misery by installing another ESC rather than changing the plug.
Changed the plug on the OEM ESC and now have excellent power on stock prop.

I like this airplane A LOT.
accel8or, thanks for the tip on the Tower Hobbies ESC
I am glad u got it going
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 12:13 PM
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Got mine and will start building it. I already have the TH P-51 and for the money these planes are tough to beat. Another question, I hand launch my TH P51 because it flies better IMO due to less drag. Is there a big difference in this bird with LG versus w/o?
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Old Feb 28, 2013, 07:43 PM
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Got mine and will start building it. I already have the TH P-51 and for the money these planes are tough to beat. Another question, I hand launch my TH P51 because it flies better IMO due to less drag. Is there a big difference in this bird with LG versus w/o?
I've flown mine both with and without gear and didn't notice much difference, although I like the looks of it better without.
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Old Mar 09, 2013, 06:44 PM
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Here's a prop to try

I found today that I like the ParkZone PKZ1015 prop (9 x 7.5 x 3) on my HELLCAT.
I like the sound, and I like the improved vertical performance with stock motor and stock ESC.

Has anyone added an engine sound system to their HELLCAT?

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