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Old Feb 20, 2007, 05:56 PM
Dert Farmur
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Full House Alfa Beaufighter Attempt by Rookie

I received a box full of stuff today from Hobby Lobby, and hopefully when it's empty I'll have a good looking, fully operational and flyable Beaufighter with rudder, elevator, ailerons and retracts.

The initial unpacking and scattering of the box contents, with the wings temporarily attached so I can envision how it'll look when completed.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 06:03 PM
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I like your co-pilot(left side of picture). Mine hangs around underfeet all the time.
I like the Beaufighter fine, but I'd prefer a Mossi. FSK has one, but the compexity of the build is a turn off. I have two FSK kits(ME-109G and B-25). I prefer the Alfa due to much easier build and decent looks and detail. FSK are great for details, but make me scared to fly them as a result.
Here is FSK Mosquito:
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 06:10 PM
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After sorting through all the pile of bits and pieces I see I'm going to need a few more things...a rudder control tube, rod & horn, some sort of hinges for the wheel well doors, a couple of servo extension wires and the coil springs for the retract suspension (I see them on the packing list, but can't find them anywhere).

I'll also have to get the local electronics guru to solder the wires to the motors, as they say to use a temp. controlled soldering station, and I don't own anything like that.

Other than that I should be able to get started. I'll be using a DX6/AR6000 Tx/Rx, and everything else as recommended by Hobby Lobby.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 06:14 PM
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The motor wires dont have the little brass fittings on them to connect to esc, is that right? Any soldering iron will work. You dont need something special. Radio shack sells them for cheap, but I dont know what type of electronic stores are around you. Homedepot also has them, but are higher grade. I got one from their that was $29 and its like a pistol grip type with heavy duty metal tip. I like this much better then the one I used to use from Radio Shack.
I also dont know what type of home improvement stores are near you, but I am sure they'd have something.
I also see that your esc's dont have the little brass bullets on them either. I suggest putting them on the esc and the mating part on the motors. I do NOT suggest direct soldering the motor wires to the esc wires. If you hook up the wires backwards, the motor will spin wrong direction. By uisng the brass connectors, all you do is switch two of the wires(ie black(motor) to black(esc) and red(motor) to red(esc) would be changed to black(motor) to red(esc) and red(motor) to black(esc)) by unplugging instead of having to break a solder and then resolder. Also, this is usefull for when you need or want to change gear or motors to a different plane somewhere down the road.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 06:21 PM
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Hey, great, time to see this bird up close. Though don't spent too much time writing on the thread Harv, you'll have no time for the build

Good luck
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Good luck Harv.
Make sure to take lots of pictures.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 07:10 PM
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Heh, my Co-pilot is exactly that alright...right by my side making sure I don't mess up and she doesn't miss anything. The Mossie is nice alright, but for some reason my heart has always been with the Beau.

Found a couple of minor things while getting familiar with everything. The canopy needs a couple of little tabs to keep the edges lined up nicely when attached so I just used a couple of little scraps. And the elevator jams against the rudder quite firmly when installed, and will need some trimming to allow smooth movement.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 07:15 PM
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Expect to find few little bits here and there, I think they do it just to keep us on our toes. BTW How about a picture with it dry assembled next to your Tx, to give us an indication of size/scale etc.

Stuart
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 07:23 PM
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Not to get off topic here but did anyone see this

http://www.d2air.at/index.php?templateid=artikel&id=574

I think kahloq posted the connection to the site. Is this the Alfa beau just in different colours? I was thinking of painting mine these colours anyway.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 07:26 PM
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Opps just found the answer to my question. It is a HVP model. Anyone got any experience with these. Boy it looks a lot like the alfa.
Cheers Mike
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 07:52 PM
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what is it with cats and planes? mines just the same, shes even run off with bits of balsa and the odd small prop. find em later with little chew marks.

i like the look of the beau, love to see how it turns out. might just persuade me to get one.
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 08:10 PM
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Opps just found the answer to my question. It is a HVP model. Anyone got any experience with these. Boy it looks a lot like the alfa.
Cheers Mike
i think the hvp ws is about 12" longer...i also think the fuse is fg and the wings are sheeted foam...they're nice kits as well...pricey but nice...
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 09:48 PM
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Got step B done with no issues. Elevator is glued into place, cut the rudder loose and installed the wing joiners. I'm unsure if my gluing "technique" is correct, but everything seems to be good and secure.

I also placed the servo & batt trays to see how they'd look, and discovered that some nice balsa strips are provided to hold the canopy nicely (must remember to check all parts and read all instructions before gluing scraps of foam in random locations. ).
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Old Feb 20, 2007, 09:48 PM
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Michael,

The HVP Beaufighter is a very nice plane. Here is a thread I started: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=346106

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Greg
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 04:45 AM
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HARV can you list your electronic set up spec, just as a note as to what your putting in this baby.

Stuart,
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