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Old Feb 25, 2002, 09:49 AM
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Windex

The Windex has arrived! Great glasswork! The fuse is very roomy. Looks like a winner. Two problems: missing decals, damaged wing. Oh well. I waited a couple of months, I can wait a little longer for replacement parts. I'll post pix as I go along.
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Old Feb 25, 2002, 12:06 PM
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Was your kit damaged in shipping? Just wondering.

Randy
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Old Feb 25, 2002, 12:26 PM
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missing decals and damaged wing...those bastards!

keep us updated docphi

cheers,
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Old Feb 25, 2002, 02:46 PM
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I don't think it was shipping damage. The wings are sandwiched between foam sheets and then taped. It looks like the tape was put on too tight and a section of trailing edge has been crushed.

This thing has a HUGE elevator stab!
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Old Feb 25, 2002, 08:45 PM
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WOW That's a great looking plane.

Do you have a link to your supplier ?

What did it cost you besides the six months wait ?
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Old Feb 25, 2002, 09:37 PM
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Actually, the wait was reasonable - only a couple of months. The supplier is right here on the Ezone - Esprit Models. The kit was $189 plus $19 shipping.
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Old Feb 26, 2002, 01:36 AM
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Very nice!!
Please keep us posted on your bullding of the Windex and when you fly her. I want to order one but have too many projects right now.
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Old Feb 26, 2002, 08:14 AM
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I "Fondled" one at the WRAM show - Espirit was there showing their wares.

Very nice and light glass work. My To-Do list is also too long or else one would have been in the car for the ride home.

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Old Feb 26, 2002, 11:56 AM
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No wonder wy it has such a big stab.
That tail is VERY short!

Probebly becous of the motor and all.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 02:11 PM
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While I'm waiting for a replacement wing, I thought I'd start on the fuse.

Jeti 30-3 pops in. There's a plywood motor bulkhead that needs to be epoxied in place. It's already got two holes that fit the Jeti mounting holes perfectly. I suggest drilling motor mount holes before installing the bulkhead (don't ask how I know!). Motor cover tapes on. No mention of cooling holes in the instructions. I might drill them later if the need arises. Max prop clearance is 9x6. I'll probably use 8 or 10 x CP1700.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 02:14 PM
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View through the rear of the tail. Wires need to be extended. Instructions say epoxy the elevator control pushrod in and then epoxy the tail components. I think I'll use a direct servo in the tail and tape the tail stuff to make it removable. If you epoxy the elevator stab permanently, It's going to be difficult to transport.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 02:16 PM
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Extended wires. Lots of room in the fuse.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 02:18 PM
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I never liked the "hook and rubber band" method of attaching the canopy. A little epoxy and piano wire. A couple of mounting holes in the fuse. Works great.
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Old Feb 27, 2002, 04:06 PM
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Very nice!

The brushless setup IS the hot ticket. I'm thinking of putting a Mega 22/20/3 or 4 in mine when the time comes. Your pictures will come in handy.
Perry
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Old Feb 28, 2002, 10:51 PM
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Servo installed in tail with direct link to elevator control instead of included cable. A little bit of foam tape for cushion. Extended wire to the forward cabin of course. Shouldn't be too much of a c.g. issue. Just use a bigger battery pack!

Guess what? I plugged it in and turned on the radio. It's a bad servo! Aaarrrgghhh! Well, at least I know the mod works. better to find out now about the bum servo and replace it. Time to scrape some epoxy.

Check your hardware bag gang. Mine is missing a bunch of items. Not that it matters to me because I usually replace the included hardware with better stuff. But, if you include control horns in the kit, why can't you include the screws to attach them? Or how about clevises?
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