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Old Feb 13, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Nice job matt, lets hope you can get a flight in before all the very nice weather passes.

BTW Guy's if anybody is interested there is one of my old FSK Spit's (from that sell off of 5 FSK Spit's and 5 Me109's I had last year) now back up for sale on the www.bmfa.co.uk. Its being sold by a guy I sold it to (guess he changed his mind), its still BNIB and he wants 40 for it, so Matt is you want spare's or if anybody else in the UK want's and FSK more than half price, just go to the bmfa webiste and type in 'Flying styro' in the search.

Stuart.
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 11:14 AM
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Thanks Stuart, but I'm a dead man if I buy that!!

I have weathered her up a bit now, I like the look of in service aircraft.

Anyway,a few more pics.
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 11:24 AM
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Heya Matt,

Ya done good, great job on the Spitfire. Good luck on the maiden mate. They fly great as well.

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Old Feb 14, 2008, 11:40 AM
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Matt that looks great! It's amazing how much a little dirtyin up,can bring a plane to life.I may have to dump an Alfa or two and get me one of these!Humm,maybe my P-47 or Wildcat.Tough decision.
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 12:03 PM
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Thanks guys, I thought I'd post a couple more on her legs for you. Yes, dirt definitely removes it from the toy category!
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Old Feb 14, 2008, 11:27 PM
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Matt,that looks incredible! The MK9 Spit and Hurricane have long been some of my favorites.I have gotta get one!That big four blade is driving me nuts! Here is a pic of my Dumas hurri converted to four channel operation.Bought from a fellow e zoner,it is a masterpiece.I only fly it on perfect days.It has a brushed motor setup which is gear driven to a scale sized FSK three blade prop.It may be small,but it looks so realistic in flight with that prop it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck!It even requires right rudder in the climb if under full power much like the real thing.
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Old Feb 16, 2008, 10:53 AM
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Very nice bouncebk2003 , the Hurri looks great!

I'm nearly done with mine now, maiden next week if the weather is ok.
It really is a super looking model,and have wasted too much time staring at it

I'll post a video if all goes to plan.

Thanks too Jim! I 'm pretty confident she'll fly well, and am thinking of activating the rudder as bouncebk2003 says, really to offest the torque effects in flight,so I can clean up the flight envelope.
Cheers guys!

Matt
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Old Feb 16, 2008, 01:05 PM
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While weight savings is always a plus.I personally don't like to see the adverse yaw created while flying only with ailerons.I am an old school flyer I guess.I don't use mixing with rudder/ailerons either.I prefer to hand fly all the way.Besides,nothing is quite as thrilling as a low pass,followed by a pull up with a sloooooow roll thrown in.Same thing with hesitation rolls,and you must have a rudder to do them correctly.That little hurricane actually flies better if I lead turns with the rudder.I have an Alfa P-51B that flies great,but when I get the time,it is going to get a rudder servo installed.Although I can do point rolls with it,they have to be quicker than I like,and there is no way to compensate for yaw in a great big loop.That drives me nuts! Personal preference I guess.Also the larger the prop,the more torque and P-factor created.Good luck on the maiden!!
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Old Feb 16, 2008, 01:12 PM
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Yepper,

Keep the loops on track, I did the rudder mod, works nicely.

Jim
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Old Feb 17, 2008, 01:30 PM
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bouncebk2003 ,I'm with you and Jim re. old school piloting,I can't bear less than straight loop tracking either, so in goes the rudder!

The weather here at the moment is set to be calm, but freezing for the next few days, hopefully maiden Weds or so..

I got some pics in natural light today which show the colours better than using a flash.
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 01:08 AM
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So if all goes well you'll be bring her to Old Warden then Matt?, I'll need an escort for my Catalina

Good luck.
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 04:22 AM
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I'm just installing the rudder now, soldered the Deans battery plug to the ESC (I hate soldering!) About to install the rudder servo.

Got a good deal on rare earth magnets from eBay, 50 for 11 shipped.

Will use them to secure the hatch.
All other controls hooked up now, I can test run the motor soon, so yes, all being well, OW

Stuart, how did you secure your battery?
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 08:56 AM
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Hey Matt. I glued a very thin peice of light ply over the leading edge of the wing inside, where it butts upto the bottom of the fuzz. I filled the gap under the light ply battery tray (between the L\E and the bottom fuzz) with some scrap foam. Onto this ply tray I applied some sticky backed velcro. This is how I attatched my battery. This way the tray is also right over the CG, so the battery can be move for and aft for adjustments as and when with relative ease.

So to O\W with the spit?
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 11:28 AM
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Power Problem!

I just finished installing all the gear then I discover that on full power using a first gen CC Phoenix 25 ESC that it cuts out at 75-80% throttle (maybe less) there is a ton of power, but it won't restart until I throttle back, a bit like an LVC setting..

This can't be so, as the ESC is 25Amp, but will be drawing much less.
The battery is a true 20C 3 cell, so this is causing some worry here.

Anyone have any clues, and is it possible to get a pdf. relating to this ESC so I can maybe reprogram it, does it sound like a programming issue?

HELP!!!!

I'll be bringing her to OW if I can get this sorted Stuart
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Old Feb 18, 2008, 01:18 PM
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Seems I'm probably overvolting it,and may have to revert to using 2 cells.
Other option, maybe reduce ATV on the throttle so it doesn't reach overvoltage.

I will see what occurs when my wattmeter is used to see the current draw...bummer.
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