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Old Mar 04, 2008, 05:24 PM
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Great! I'll post a pic when the plane is ready to go.
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Old Mar 04, 2008, 05:55 PM
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do you guys go with Deans or are the mini deans big weight savers?
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Old Mar 04, 2008, 06:15 PM
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do you guys go with Deans or are the mini deans big weight savers?
I do not like the mini deans. Something about there being no polarity mark just bugs me. The big deans are too heavy. I use the JST connectors.
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Old Mar 04, 2008, 06:33 PM
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I've never used the JST's but hey, I can save a buck or two since thats what they come with. Thanks James.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 07:31 PM
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Hi JKARPY-- Thanks for the fast shipping, I took out my SSX-A this AM to Coronado park and flew it 5 times!Let my friends fly it also, and I'm impressed
with the handling! in and outside loops,spins inverted,rolls etc. all nice round
and crisp, even tried some IMAC fun fun morning. I'm using
Hacker 20-20L
CC 25 ESC
11x4.7 APCE
Hitec 55 servo's (4)
TP pro-lite 3S1230
TP pro-lite 3S2000
I'm enclosing a couple pic's
This plane flys slow like a S.S. and open the throttle and hang on!!! I put an
-A on it because I made some alterations........
Dick
I loe this custom version!

I'd liek to make one like this with a super big rudder to look like the Modeltech Magic 3D ARF! This it will flat spin like one!?
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 07:32 PM
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I've never used the JST's but hey, I can save a buck or two since thats what they come with. Thanks James.
I've always used JSTs (for about 10years now) and I love them, but teh leads do ware out, so I think the new Micro Deans are better and I plan to convirt soon.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 07:59 PM
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I loe this custom version!

I'd liek to make one like this with a super big rudder to look like the Modeltech Magic 3D ARF! This it will flat spin like one!?
I would build the kit version if you want to make modifications.
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Old Mar 14, 2008, 08:17 PM
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Thanks the plan.

I hope to get to it this summer as I have too many projects at the moment.

Has anyone thaught of glow power for the big SSX? I always wanted to do that to a real SS
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Old Mar 15, 2008, 09:23 AM
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Thanks the plan.

I hope to get to it this summer as I have too many projects at the moment.

Has anyone thaught of glow power for the big SSX? I always wanted to do that to a real SS
You could glow power a kit version. The covering on the ARF is not fuel proof.
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Covering 101

Multi color
1. Cover the bottom of the wing first.
2. Make sure your glass is clean and smooth.
3. First, I cut the pieces of the covering. Make sure you cut the pieces with a 1/4” overlap.
4. Lay the pieces out onto the glass one at a time. Iron each piece to the glass as you move along. Do not forget the ¼” overlap.
5. Once you have all the pieces in place, turn the temperature up on the iron and seal all the seams.
6. Wait for the glass and covering to cool.
7. Peel the covering up from the glass. Do to put tension on the seams.
8. Place the covering on the wing and tack the four corners at the end ribs. Disregard the wing tips for now.
9. Tack the middle. Be sure to pull all the wrinkles out and continue tacking symmetrical points of the wing.
10. After all the wrinkles are gone, start at the center of the wing with the iron and in a sweeping motion work your way out to the last rib. Never apply pressure to the covering in the area between the ribs. Be careful to avoided applying too much heat to the seams.
11. Divide the wrinkles evenly throughout the wing tip. I then use the heat to shrink out the wrinkles. At the same time, I am pulling and stretching around the wing tip edge. I also use my fingers to brace the wing tip to prevent it from breaking. Use your thumb and index finger to grip the covering and the remaining fingers push the opposite side of the tip you are covering. If you have a hot grip glove, it helps. Ultracote Lite is best, but you should be able to get good results with Monokote.

I recommend covering the model with the Ultracote Lite.

Here are the stock numbers for the lite Ultracotes. Do not mistake standard transparent for lite transparent.

Ultracote Lite Transparent Yellow HANU967 http://www.gravesrc.com/SearchResult...Search=HANU967 http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU967

Ultracote Lite Transparent Blue HANU969 http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU969

Ultracote Lite Transparent White HANU965 http://www.gravesrc.com/HANGER_9_ULT..._p/hanu965.htm http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU965

Ultracote Lite Transparent Purple HANU968 http://www.gravesrc.com/HANGER_9_ULT..._p/hanu968.htm http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU968

Ultracote Lite Transparent Clear HANU964 http://www.gravesrc.com/HANGER_9_ULT..._p/hanu964.htm http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU964

Ultracote Lite Transparent RED HANU966 http://www.gravesrc.com/HANGER_9_ULT..._p/hanu966.htm http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU966

Ultracote Lite Transparent Scale White HANU973 http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=HANU973


Ultracote lite can also be identified by the markings “ORALIGHT” on the backing. You can purchase these coverings from


Balsa wing covering video (3 min 27 sec)
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Old Mar 29, 2008, 06:42 PM
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Hey guys, I'm bummed. Plane is set up and ready to fly but I'm having issues with the ESC or maybe the motor? I bought the Hacker and X5 esc with the plane. Everything is wired up and programmed. When I plug in the battery with the throttle stick down and move the stick forward the motor just makes a clicking sound. If I give it a little flip with my finger it fires right up and will run at full and most of the throttle range. if I take it back down to off the same clicking starts again and it won't spin back up. I need to mention that somewhere along that while trying to figure this out got a little puff of smoke out of the ESC once and immediately unplugged it. That concerns me, but the problem I'm having was already occuring before that? Any tips? Is something fried out of the box or should I stick to my glow planes??? Thanks!
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Old Mar 30, 2008, 11:27 AM
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Hey guys, I'm bummed. Plane is set up and ready to fly but I'm having issues with the ESC or maybe the motor? I bought the Hacker and X5 esc with the plane. Everything is wired up and programmed. When I plug in the battery with the throttle stick down and move the stick forward the motor just makes a clicking sound. If I give it a little flip with my finger it fires right up and will run at full and most of the throttle range. if I take it back down to off the same clicking starts again and it won't spin back up. I need to mention that somewhere along that while trying to figure this out got a little puff of smoke out of the ESC once and immediately unplugged it. That concerns me, but the problem I'm having was already occuring before that? Any tips? Is something fried out of the box or should I stick to my glow planes??? Thanks!
I would send the motor to Hacker. They prefer that the customer deal directly with them on all warranties. As long as you did not do anything wrong, they will stand behind their product.

repairs@aero-model.com

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Old Mar 30, 2008, 01:24 PM
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I've heard good things about their customer service, so I wasn't worried about that. You know how it is though when you're all set to maiden and then something goes wrong.

Does this problem sound more like the motor or the ESC? I suppose I should send in both to be on the safe side.
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Old Mar 30, 2008, 01:56 PM
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I've heard good things about their customer service, so I wasn't worried about that. You know how it is though when you're all set to maiden and then something goes wrong.

Does this problem sound more like the motor or the ESC? I suppose I should send in both to be on the safe side.
Most likely, it is the ESC.

Make sure you have good solder joints. Pour soldering can ruin a brushless ESC. If one leg has pour conductivity, it confuses the ESC timing and causes damage to the ESC. I have seen this happen a few times since I started selling brushless motors with my kits.
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Old May 19, 2008, 08:21 PM
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James. I just started my MSSX build. I was going over all my parts, and I do not see a P8 anywhere. My sheet of all the "P"s looks different than what you have posted an in the instructions. Am I missing something or am I getting dumber with age?
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