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Old Jul 31, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Put a little smaller prop on that 480 and let it run free. I use a 10x6 Master Airscrew and mine will pull out of a hover or climb vertically until I get tired of looking at it.
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Old Aug 01, 2008, 04:23 AM
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Anybody have (1) long term experience (more than 20 or so flights) with (2) all Hitec HS-55 servos on the T'cart?

Umm, mine is somewhere in the, 150+ flight range with HS-55's. No exaggeration either. Not an issue yet. Worried about HS-55's? Don't be. All my part flyers use em and they are nearly all high time flyers.

I find that if you treat your planes well, they wil treat you well.
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Old Aug 01, 2008, 06:19 AM
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Just a little info for you guys looking for the talorcraft 450
I just received my new taylorcraft from 3D Hobby Shop.com The website said they still have 3 in stock for 109.00 wow what a great price for this plane better check it out before they are gone .
I just ordered one from 3D after having one on backorder with Horizon since the beginning of June and they kept pushing the arrival date back.

3D now shows they have two left.
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Old Aug 01, 2008, 04:04 PM
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I wish I read this before ordering a TaylorCraft. Looks like I should have just stayed with my mini pulse through the Taylorcraft looks nicer.
this is way off the mark. a low wing sporty .V. a high wing scale plane. now if you had a CUB then went to a Tcraft we would understand.
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Old Aug 03, 2008, 05:55 PM
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I maidened my Taylorcraft today... what a smoooooth flying and attractive plane. My thanks to E-flite for making it, and to the 'early adopters' who let the rest of us know what a fine airplane this is. Thanks also to all those who posted useful info and helpful tips that allowed me to feel comfortable putting her up in the sky.

As a relative novice (this is my second plane) I'd recommend the TC450 to my peers who have outgrown their trainers are looking for something scale with steady flying characteristics and a bit of spirit. After all the 'hype' in this thread I worried it'd be a letdown, but instead it was better than imagined.

I'd also recommend it for those on a budget. While not cheap, you can plug and play discount equipment (I'm on a limited budget, using a Turnigy 2217 1050KV brushless outrunner and Plush 25A ESC, spinning a 10x5 e-prop, with power from a Zippy 2200 mAh 3S1P 20C) and still get great performance; the electrics stayed cool (only the ESC felt warmer than ambient temp, and only just...) and my flights went on so long it made me uneasy--so I pulled her down early. What an improvement over my 4-ch. pod & boom with its brushed motor and 1000 mAh NiMHs. This will take some getting used to, in an entirely good way.

Again, what a great plane. I'm very happy today.
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Old Aug 03, 2008, 06:10 PM
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rallison,
I have 65 flights on my T-Craft and it still puts a smile on my face everytime I fly it! Glad your maiden went well. It really is a great little plane!
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Old Aug 03, 2008, 06:16 PM
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I ordered one and payed by paypal but I have paypal take the money from my chequing account not knowing it can take a week for it to clear. Now they show 0 stock and my paypal still has not cleared. Bummer, I guess I wait!





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Just a little info for you guys looking for the talorcraft 450
I just received my new taylorcraft from 3D Hobby Shop.com The website said they still have 3 in stock for 109.00 wow what a great price for this plane better check it out before they are gone .
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Old Aug 04, 2008, 02:45 PM
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Gary,

As soon as you place an order with them the stock goes down. I tried to call to confirm they had them in stock but I got the machine, then the phone was busy. Hopefully they really did have them in stock. The batteries are scheduled for delivery tomorrow.

I have seen this plane fly in 5-10 mph winds and it performed very well, not at all what I would have expected. It looks beautiful on the bench and in the air too.

I hope we get to see more scale electric planes that look this good and perform as well in the future.

I just received a tracking number for the shipment, it's on the way!!! I should receive it on Thursday.
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Old Aug 04, 2008, 08:34 PM
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I see HH has gone from estimated delivery of mid Aug to late Aug. So I think I'll leave it till next year.



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I ordered one and payed by paypal but I have paypal take the money from my chequing account not knowing it can take a week for it to clear. Now they show 0 stock and my paypal still has not cleared. Bummer, I guess I wait!
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Old Aug 08, 2008, 08:18 PM
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Received my tc 450 yesterday and started assembly today.

The wings are warped 4 degrees measured 5" in from the wing tips with a Robart incidence meter, over a 1/2" twist tip to tip. I'll try to use the covering to bring it back but it may require steaming the structure. A friend checked his kit and his wing is twisted 3 degrees.
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Old Aug 09, 2008, 07:57 AM
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I must have been lucky because mine was not warped whatsoever! Sounds like the 2nd production run (or is this the 3rd one now?) has some quality control problems.

Headed out to the airfield in a little while to get some flights in on mine.
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Old Aug 09, 2008, 12:00 PM
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Sounds like the 2nd production run (or is this the 3rd one now?) has some quality control problems.
Looks like Horizon is having problems with their manufacturer
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=69

Repeated centerwing failures while in flight
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=64

And trying to look the other way. It's cheaper than replacing all the kits sold.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=71
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Old Aug 09, 2008, 04:38 PM
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lol wing warp is almost a dead sert. but how about this for Q control straight from the factory. i know they were trying to get them out quick. (1st batch)but this is going way to far.
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Old Aug 09, 2008, 08:26 PM
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Got the warp out of the wing. My plane has a patch piece about half way down the fuselage but it looks ok. This plane does not represent the quality I had originally seen but for $109.00 it's ok and hopefully will fly as well as the one I saw.
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Old Aug 09, 2008, 08:58 PM
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Got mine earlier this week at the LHS... It's pretty much ready to go.. I'm waiting on an ESC for it. This is such a pretty plane.... I find myself sitting and looking at it a lot.

I'm thinking I may look for some "tundra tires" for it since the grass is pretty high at the club field. But the wheel pants look so nice.. heh These are good problems to have with a new plane.

Setup is some stuff I had laying around.. Park 480 1020kv, MAS 11x8 prop, Futaba S3110s on the ailerons, HS-55 on the elevator and HS-56HB on the rudder, Berg7... Looks like I'll either be using an Eflite Pro 40a ESC or ordering a Thunderbird 36 for it.

Everything *looks* straight... I don't have any fancy jigs to check it. I'll find out when I get it in the air.

The only complaint I have is I wish the tail was bolt on like the Mini Pulse.

I just glued the windows in... Once I put an ESC in and do the CG I'll be ready to maiden.

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