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Old Nov 29, 2007, 07:33 PM
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Did you at least fix your battery connections?? That may have been the issue...LOL

On a serious note... when you repainted her did you mistakenly get over spray on the connectors?? I did that to the A-10 and had to scrap the paint off the Deans to get a good connection and get full power....
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Old Nov 29, 2007, 07:37 PM
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deans were on the next flight after sundays maiden, lol
man, you know I may have got some clear on the connector, I will have to go check that out. I did not even think about that since the deans sits in the battery compartment, but there are cooling slots, thanks.
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Old Nov 29, 2007, 07:47 PM
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No problem... and it doesnt take a lot to mess up the connection.. you could have hit the LVC simply because the connecter had clear coat on it and it insulated the connection making the motor pull hard for amps.
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Old Nov 29, 2007, 11:18 PM
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So is the plane! flybye, I'm a decent r/c pilot, but this little plane really does fly that well and makes me look like a better pilot than I am!

Ronnie

I thought that your review was well done, the video was great (two segments, pavement & grass ROG....NICE!!) and the piloting was too. I'm interested in your electronic set-up. Basically, with the supplied motor (@170W & 4300kv - I think) and servos, what ESC...battery pack...Rx and Tx did you use? I have the RICCS Mirage (everything is the same as your F-18 except the shape) and it sure can not fly as yours does. Your reply will be most appreciated.
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Old Nov 29, 2007, 11:26 PM
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You are right, I've got the mirage also, and with the same stock components the F-18 is a much much better performer. I found that using a 2100 battery pack and a 36 amp tbird speed control upped the performance a good amount, the stock battery was limiting the performance, and so was the speed control, allowed 2-3 more amps to be drawn at least. If you use a light receiver, like a berg or 6100 you save a bit of weight and the little heavier 2100 is compensated for by the thrust increase.

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I thought that your review was well done, the video was great (two segments, pavement & grass ROG....NICE!!) and the piloting was too. I'm interested in your electronic set-up. Basically, with the supplied motor (@170W & 4300kv - I think) and servos, what ESC...battery pack...Rx and Tx did you use? I have the RICCS Mirage (everything is the same as your F-18 except the shape) and it sure can not fly as yours does. Your reply will be most appreciated.
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 12:02 AM
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Yea... I popped my TP 1320 today in the f-18, I put it on the watt meter and I should have know 240'ish watts means 24-26 amps I wasn't thinking and figured it came with a cheapo 1300 my TP 1320 would work.... nope I landed the plane when I felt a loss in power lol. Also I flew the stock battery to cut off twise today (not on purpose I only get 4 mins but I forget about my left thumb) with a ar7000 rx, no problem with the binding thing some have talked about.
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 08:04 AM
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Thanks everyone, glad you liked the review!

Papajeff, I basically used the stock ESC and battery pack. My Rx and radio are the Spektrum AR6100 and DX7. Thanks again for your comments!

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I thought that your review was well done, the video was great (two segments, pavement & grass ROG....NICE!!) and the piloting was too. I'm interested in your electronic set-up. Basically, with the supplied motor (@170W & 4300kv - I think) and servos, what ESC...battery pack...Rx and Tx did you use? I have the RICCS Mirage (everything is the same as your F-18 except the shape) and it sure can not fly as yours does. Your reply will be most appreciated.
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 08:47 AM
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Ronnie... I am starting to get jealous... you get to review all the planes I like/want...you still flyin the Mixmaster?? I havent had mine out is a few months... EDF bug has biten me...
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Old Nov 30, 2007, 11:58 PM
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michael, I took the gear off mine and it belly lands and hand launches fine.
about where do you hold the plane to hand launch?? and how does the duct work hold up to belly landing???
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Old Dec 01, 2007, 02:01 AM
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I hold it where the rear landing gear mounts are. belly lands fine, holds up great.
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Old Dec 01, 2007, 04:54 PM
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Somebody please tell me where they have seen a metallic blue example of this bird. , , ,

Darker blue that's all I'm saying.

Nice review Ronnie.
Loved to watch it fly.
Either you are getting better or it's really easy to fly
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Old Dec 01, 2007, 07:33 PM
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Probably the latter!

But honestly Sir Ronnie, I think your photography skillz just keep getting better and better and better. If I were you, I'd sell all of your RC stuff for pennies on the dollar (to me of course!) and buy that big lens you've been yearning for!

Mike, you and Ronnie make one dynamic duo on these reviews for sure. I some day aspire to achieve the quality and content you Texans put into your reviews here.

Very nice review guys ... this plane has been on my "I want IT!" radar since it appeared and this certainly doesn't help foster any thoughts of restraint in me, : next time I see one on the shelf at my LHS!
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Old Dec 01, 2007, 08:35 PM
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So I was flying my mirage and ME 262 this morning in Oregon in now wind but light snow flurries, and as I was getting ready to take off in the mirage after I preflighted control directions, I saw something hanging down, turns out one of the snap-keepers I have on my aileron wires had come off while taxiing out, and was hanging down, I have now taped all of the snap-keepers to avoid that in the future, lucky that it was hanging down on the side I could see, would have been a short flight

Point is, I tried the vertical tail slide like in the F-18 video, and the mirage will do the exact same thing, sometimes it would flop completely around horizontal and I would just power out, sometimes it would flop and wind up inverted.

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Old Dec 02, 2007, 12:14 PM
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I just posted FLYBYE's video of the belly floppin F-18 being flown hard...

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