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Old Oct 24, 2002, 08:11 PM
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Nearly new T-52

A friend of mine is always bugging me to let him fly my planes. On occasion, and against all my better judgment, I sometimes let him. Sometimes it works out OK, but mostly I end up with a plane in serious need of repair!

In an effort to get him to leave my planes alone, I figured a used T-52 would be perfect. He could learn to fly on a plane that HE would have to repair. I found the perfect plane for sale on the EZone, a used T-52…all I had to do was add some radio gear and it was set.

Though used, the plane was in good shape, but being a generally anal person, I couldn't resist making a few changes. Well, those few changes have blossomed into a complete strip down and re-cover of the plane. It’s coming along so well, I want to keep it for myself! (see pictures below)

Why couldn’t I leave well enough alone? The plane was perfect when it arrived, but I just had to start fiddling, and now when he asks where his new plane is, I’ll just have to say “Gee buddy, I guess it’s still in the mail.”
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 08:13 PM
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Here’s a close-up of the battery door. I initially made it red, but it looked strange, like a piece of the fuse was popping out. So I said the heck with it, and just used some black coroplast…at first it looked strange, but it’s growing on me.
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 08:14 PM
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Here’s the opened battery door. I’m planning to use 8x600 packs with a sp400 3:1 gearbox…not sure about the prop yet…most probably a 9x6.
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Old Oct 24, 2002, 08:18 PM
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ummm, why can't he buy his own stuff.....

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Old Oct 24, 2002, 08:29 PM
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Looking good Steve, are you looking for another used one ?.


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Old Oct 25, 2002, 05:19 AM
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I'm with Soho on this. Let him buy his own plane. Plus, he can
grab all the electrics by himself with your recommendations. You can build it for him and be the instructor.

Dave...
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 06:28 AM
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I bought him the plane because he's a really good freind who's helped me out with lots of things in the past...it was both a belated thank you as well as having the added benefit of getting him to stop trying to fly my planes.

Anyway...total cost to me wasn't much, about $50...plane was inexpensive and all of the other components (servos, sp400, ESC, etc.) were old components that I had just sitting around.
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 07:57 AM
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You're a good guy Steve. This sounds like the perfect solution to your "problem". At the very least you will end up with your buddy havng improved piloting skills courtesy of the T-52 the next time he wants to fly your planes.

Nice one.

Brian
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 03:21 PM
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Hay Steve, how about that time I really helped ya out? I'd say its about a projeti kit I think. Yeah, thats it. Projeti kit with a mega or hacker brushless motor and controller.


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Old Oct 25, 2002, 03:52 PM
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Ok Steve... give your friend the plane...
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 04:18 PM
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Lucky,
The ProJeti is in the mail. If it doesn't show up, just keep waiting...and waiting..and waiting.
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 07:26 PM
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Well, as far as servos all I had on hand were 2 HS-55’s. I’m concerned they are a little small/weak and may strip a gear, so rather than gluing them in place I made small mounting plates out of thin plywood (1/32” I think)…should make it easier to remove the servos if needed.

Sorry for the funny exposure on teh picture...camera has been acting up.
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 07:41 PM
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Here?s the opened battery door. I?m planning to use 8x600 packs with a sp400 3:1 gearbox?not sure about the prop yet?most probably a 9x6.
10x7.

9x6 is better on 2:1 box.
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 07:58 PM
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Real cheap.....
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Old Oct 25, 2002, 09:13 PM
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Steve,
Nice job on the T-52...What have you done with the wing?

Adam

PS - Now I know where to send all my old T-52s!
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