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Old Sep 15, 2008, 08:51 AM
Where's the lift?
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I'm running the E-flite 8x6 Slow Flyer prop on it right now. Works great.
http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...rodID=EFLP0860
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 04:08 AM
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Just ordered one of these Seawinds a few days ago. Looking forward to making use of water for a runway

Will be using the Hyperion motor I posted in this thread a while back with a 2100 mah battery pack, hope it balances well, or I will have to get hold of a 1320 or 1500 mah pack.

Will post photos and maybe video too of maiden in a few weeks!
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 06:48 AM
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Fear not John, I use a 2200 mAh lipo in my plane and it balances with no ballast. You will be fine and this is a great plane. It is a very fast build and my suggestion is just be patient when putting it together, don't get ahead of yourself and it will turn out fine. Have fun and enjoy it, I know I do mine.
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 10:08 AM
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I did find my Seawind to be pretty nose heavy in feel with the larger battery. The model takes off better on the water and has a nicer feel in pitch with the smaller battery pack and the CG located a little behind the factory setup, in my experience.

I would consider doing some equipment rearrangement if I had to use a 2100-2200 battery, to move the battery back a good ways.
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 02:13 PM
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I relocated nothing. It's built and balance to the manual and takes off and lands on water and land just fine. It is still very acrobatic and I am not gentle with my flying.
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Old Sep 21, 2008, 07:13 PM
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Many reports are in about moving the CG back a bit, to the spar area with good results on the EP Seawind. I found it to be better.

Unless you try it yourself, how do you know it is not a better arrangement?
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Old Sep 22, 2008, 12:12 AM
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I'm with you, Thomas. Balance it on the spar. The manual has the CG too far forward. (I didn't even construct that foamie CG machine thingy.)
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Old Sep 22, 2008, 06:12 AM
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I agree - CG on the wing spar for best performance.

Orion, if you like the way it flies in the stock, nose heavy condition, you're gonna love the aerobatics with the CG moved back! Give it a try. If you want to test it out, just shift your batteries and move the CG to halfway between stock and the spar to start with and then all the way back to the spar.

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Old Sep 22, 2008, 06:30 AM
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I'll try that. It's only a 3/16" move of CG.
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Old Sep 23, 2008, 04:11 AM
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Just wondering, does the aileron servo need the lugs attached to work in the seawind? Just wondering since I have some servos suitable but have already taken off the lugs. I see that the front servos need lugs to fit into the board.

Thanks.
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Old Sep 23, 2008, 06:15 PM
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Lugs? Not if you use hot melt glue to install the servo.
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Old Sep 29, 2008, 04:41 AM
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Have made some progress with my first Seawind build since Sunday and just attached the aluminium motor mount I made this evening (to suit Hyperion P1919-04). Other wise quite a straightforward build. Couldn't find any foam safe CA - only thing for polystyrene I could find at the hardware store was a big caulking gun tube of "Nailbond PA" used in the construction industry. A bit messy but should do the trick.
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Old Sep 30, 2008, 04:02 AM
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Decided to use the servos from my Trex heli that has been short of a motor and gyro for a few months so it wont miss a few servos too... since my motor is high kv (2100) my propellor looks a bit conspicuous by its small size. just have to hook them up tomorrow then all is nearly done
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Old Oct 02, 2008, 02:43 AM
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Just finished everything tonight. COG is 28mm back from the LE with a 2100 3S battery in the front. Sound OK?

Have a question about the 'dual rates' as recommended by the manual. I have never used them before, but did have a play around with exponential tonight with my 7CAP. What do you guys normally use? If you use dual rates, do you set it up with a switched change or just with the position of the stick?

I must say that this is quite an attractive aircraft. Although the material is not very inspiring, this plane has to be the best looking I have ever built. Should get a chance to maiden it this Sunday weather permiting, and will definitely try to get some video footage.
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Old Oct 02, 2008, 08:36 PM
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good work johnnz.

nice motor mount too. That would be great for E-flight motors.

I think I may have 10% expo on low rates and 20% on high rates.
My rudder is as much throw as i can get no expo or dual rate. I would not go very high on low rate elevator as it can actually make your landings worse

Peace,

I got a float fly Saturday
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