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Old Oct 25, 2004, 02:45 PM
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Multiplex EasyStar Thread 12 - Ongoing Saga

On to the next thread....

Welcome to all new(er) participants, all those who have been in the forum for some time, and to those who will admit to having been around from the beginning.

Oh yeah....the goal of this thread is to get the power setup info for ZoomZoom's rocket ROG out of him before the next thread starts!

Thread 11: Sept 30th - Oct 25th 2004
Thread 10: Sept 9th - Sept 30th 2004
Thread 9: Aug 1st - Sept 9th 2004
Thread 8: June 21st - Aug 1st 2004
Thread 7: June 3rd - June 21st 2004
Thread 6: May 18th - June 3rd 2004
Thread 5: May 3rd - May 18th 2004
Thread 4: April 8th - May 3rd 2004
Thread 3: March 12th - April 8th 2004
Thread 2: Feb 17th 2004 - March 12th 2004
Thread 1: Aug 21st 2003 - Feb 17th, 2004
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 05:03 PM
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On to the next thread....

Welcome to all new(er) participants, all those who have been in the forum for some time, and to those who will admit to having been around from the beginning.

Oh yeah....the goal of this thread is to get the power setup info for ZoomZoom's rocket ROG out of him before the next thread starts!
Dream on, we've been trying to see his camera setup since thread 3 or 4....
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Brandie I think it will fly better in the winter. The air is thicker and your electronics stay nice and cool. I might be wrong but up here in Utah it is a pain to climb out on a really hot day unless you find a thermal.
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 05:13 PM
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Thanks treetrimmer seems I just made it back here in time for #12...
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 05:27 PM
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Brandie I think it will fly better in the winter. The air is thicker and your electronics stay nice and cool. I might be wrong but up here in Utah it is a pain to climb out on a really hot day unless you find a thermal.
I second that emotion....er...opinion.

I fly a bit over 5,000' ground level and on a hot, dry day on the ground it is a harder to climb the EZ. But on a cool day, with a bit more humidity the EZ climbs noticeably easier.
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 05:51 PM
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EZ #2 Build mods

Currently building EZ #2 and am building in the following mods:
1 - canopy mod, ZoomZoom style ("tongue" depressor and velcro)
2 - 7.25" carbon rod in rear of fuse from aft end of tail boom forward
3 - motor cable channel and conduit (pics coming in next post or two)
4 - glassed fuse/nose from leading edge forward (thanks Herman)
5 - rudder mod with built up rudder and reinforced vertical stabilizer (pics coming)
6 - cooling inlet in nose with vent exhausts porting out through servo recesses

and...who knows what may else come to mind before EZ#2 gets maidened.

Anyhow, too windy to fly #1 today so glassed the fuse of number 2 and hung it up to dry. And I hope the wind dies down so I can go fly!
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 05:58 PM
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EZ #2 rudder mod

Here's a couple of pics of the new rudder mod (more elegant than the credit card sandwich on #1).

New rudder is of built-up balsa/tissue. I moved the hinge line forward 20mm to provide as much rudder area I as have on EZ #1 with the card sandwich.

First pic shows the new rudder, 2nd pic shows the rudder dry fit to the tail of EZ #2. Since I moved the hinge line forward 20mm, which reduced and weakened the vertical stabilizer in the area forward of the top forward corner of the rudder, I also glassed that area of the rudder on both sides and leading edge with a small patch of 0.6 oz glass cloth. Ought to be pretty stout and yield the same control that I have on EZ #1.
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 06:11 PM
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EZ #2 motor cable conduit and channel

Keeping a future motor swap in mind, I put a soda straw cable conduit into the fuse before joining the fuse halves. The conduit is cut just below top surface of the wing saddle and extends about 8-10mm down into the cockpit. I used a straw from McDonalds since theirs are a bigger diameter than most others.

Anyhow, I then cut an exact channel along the top of the wing saddle back to the motor pod. Now I can pull extra slack up out of the cockpit and push the ends of the cable out the back end of the pod so I can switch motors later if I want to. The conduit is big enough to support a brushless cable later on. Now I'll solder the cable to the motor, pull the motor back into the pod and push the slack cable down through the conduit into the cockpit and plug it into the ESC.

I'll cover the cable channel with clear or white packing tape once the motor is in place and the slack cable is pushed down into the cockpit.

Photo #1 shows the top of the conduit.
Photo #2 shows the motor cable channel running back to the pod.
Photo #3 shows the cable pressed down into the channel with the ends extending out the aft end of the pod. Plenty of "slack" for soldering the motor leads.
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 07:28 PM
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Thanks treetrimmer seems I just made it back here in time for #12...
Then go back to #11 and read about the "orrible" CA curse you have bestown upon me!
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 07:39 PM
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Signing on to thread 12....12

Cool mod shots Mr.Trimmer

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Old Oct 25, 2004, 08:45 PM
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Logging on to thread 12 ....

TT, that fuse looks amazingly white, clean and unviolated. Will it stay like that for a while??

Brandie:

Did you say it was "freezing at 50 to 70 degrees. Burrrrrr" ?!?!?

Boy, you'd love it here in New England!! Come on up, we'll go flyin'.

Russ
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 08:57 PM
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Uhhhh...yeah Russ...uh...yup...sure will...uumhhhmmm.

(Any body try flying an EZ cacooned in plastic wrap???)
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 09:03 PM
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TT:

No, but I suppose puttin' it in a plastic bag and hanging it on the wall would work ?!?

Russ
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Old Oct 25, 2004, 09:15 PM
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bad day for my EasyStar... had about 4 good flights, having fun.. it was pretty windy, which was just fine, everything as going really smooth, got the ES VERY high, then BAM, my radio turns off for no reason, and the ES starts falling, the radio turned off a coupla times before, but not during flight, I give it a little bang, and it usually turns back on... watching my easy take a free fall i start banging on the radio, hoping it will turn on.. nope, not this time, lol, all i hear is BANG!

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Old Oct 25, 2004, 10:04 PM
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STaNgXs:

OOOOffffffffft ..... That's not so good!

Is it a new or old transmitter?

It sounds like it has done this before?

Individual batteries or a rechargable pack?

Old batteries?

Was the transmitter antenna screwed in nice and tight?

The good news is that it looks like the EZ can be patched back together, but you really should get that radio problem resolved before you fly again!

Let us know the answers to the above questions,

Russ
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