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Old Nov 04, 2008, 11:12 AM
Rem The Wasp CV-7 9/15/42
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I have been flying mine. Here are some observations/suggestions:

The stock power system is great, no need at all for an upgrade, flys perfect at half throttle. I was amazed.

The stock nosewheel system sucks, that coupled with the narrow main gear= all over the place on takeoff. be sure to mod the gear so that it centers, has no slop at all, and remove the "dogleg" coupler to the servo. I mounted my nose servo upside down in the stock location, and then a straight shot to the nosewheel shaft. Dont underestimate the nosewheel importance on this plane, takeoffs are awful unless it is setup perfect.

Add some wingtip "bumpers" so you dont grind the foam WHEN it rolls onto a wingtip due to the really narrow main gear. Also be sure to bend the main gear so thet the wheels have a slight toe-in.

Dont firewall the throttle instantly on takeoff, the torque from the fan will make the plane roll onto a wingtip and use said bumper. roll the power on smooth.

Plane is sensitive in roll, so get a good amount of expo.

The color, and the strange shape of the plane, it will disappear fast! keep it close. I painted mine with tan leopard spots, and painted the wingtips yellow, this helped this lots.

Other than the above, it flys great! you can land pretty slow too, without tipstalling. It is a neat plane and I enjoy it much.

I also installed a nozzle with 52mm diameter outlet, the stock nacell duct is only a few mm smaller than the fan. Looks and works great. Made from a paper cup.
So did you hack the front of the plane off to fix the gear?
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 12:17 PM
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Wouldent call it a hack, more of a clean slice with a long razor. Easy, right on the panel line anyway
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Old Nov 04, 2008, 02:06 PM
Rem The Wasp CV-7 9/15/42
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then you just epoxied it back on?
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Old Nov 07, 2008, 04:10 PM
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yeah, it was simple.

I have noticed that I cant really get a "locked in" feel on this plane. it seems to be slightly unstable on the roll axis. when turning 60 degree bank and up, it wants to roll over more than where you set it, especially when you are pulling up to tighten the radius. Im not talkind super high G turn either, just normal.

The first flight this was alarming, but you get used to it. Still annoying. its nice to have a plane that is neutral and stays where you put it.

I have ordered a rate gyro to give that a try on the ailerons. I think it will also help when there is a little wind too.

Anyone else flying theirs? Would like to hear your thoughts on this.

I am having fun with it though, I love the "luft 46" style stuff.
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Old Nov 08, 2008, 03:29 PM
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I have been flying mine. Here are some observations/suggestions:

The stock power system is great, no need at all for an upgrade, fly's perfect at half throttle. I was amazed.
Perhaps but their is Always room for improvement!
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Old Nov 09, 2008, 10:47 PM
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Perhaps but their is Always room for improvement!
And Then it exploded.

Yah I love the Luft stuff too 163, 262, Stoch all in my hanger but this one is the most fun to fly and my favorite of the German Jets.
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Old Nov 10, 2008, 10:40 PM
Hooper, full throttle!
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And Then it exploded.
Blame it on the adhesives like the Germans did!

Guys flying the stock "plug and play model" is anyone flying it as a belly lander?

I was wondering if it was worth it to try and remove the NWS servo. My feeling is it might not balance then.

Thoughts?

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Old Nov 11, 2008, 09:29 AM
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Havent tried it yet, but i will when I go to a park with grass. The guy in the video with that goofey music lobs it holding by the engine pod.

Whats the story with that DONSRC power set? Looks like Unitedhobby stuff.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 10:07 AM
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SH contact RC Groups Member The Don. He runs DonsRc.com and sells some very nice and inexpensive hop up kits for these Starmax kits.

Don't Hop up kit will add a good 200+W to the 162! Ill have it all in the RC Groups review.

Tommy D
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 11:22 AM
Rem The Wasp CV-7 9/15/42
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Good, tell us how you plan on fixing the battery tray. Gonna need it with a 400 watt set up!
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 11:53 AM
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Pretty easy to put a longer battery. question is do you want the extra weight. I have yet to "ballast" the model with extra weigh to simulate a 1500 or 1700 battery.

Thats absolutley true about more power, I think that with the stock 1350 mah it is JUST enough, more power and you wouldent be flying for long at all. it feels like I only get 5 min the way it is, with mixed throttle flying not flat out.

Fact is it just dont have that much wing.
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 11:59 AM
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And the CG will be too nose heavy with more battery too, and there really is no easy way to fix this, nothing to shift in the model.

Then add more weight to the plane in the tail...

Or like my idea of ofsetting this with a tiny micro servo in the tail for rudder, least it isint just dead weight.

I think I'm gonna leave it the way it is
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 12:08 PM
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I just tried the CG with a bigger battery, I added 21 grams to the battery area. this simulates roughly a 1500 battery

It then needed 7 grams in the tail to keep the same balance point...
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 12:43 PM
Checking CG is for NERDS!
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And Then it exploded.
...
nice Galaxy Quest reference!!!

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SH contact RC Groups Member The Don. He runs DonsRc.com and sells some very nice and inexpensive hop up kits for these Starmax kits.

Don't Hop up kit will add a good 200+W to the 162! Ill have it all in the RC Groups review.

Tommy D

NEAT... when should we look for that review? what are you putting it in?

will he offer a hop up for 55mm?
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Old Nov 11, 2008, 12:56 PM
Rem The Wasp CV-7 9/15/42
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Pretty easy to put a longer battery. question is do you want the extra weight. I have yet to "ballast" the model with extra weigh to simulate a 1500 or 1700 battery.


Fact is it just dont have that much wing.
I agree that the wing area is pretty small. I tried to fit an 1800 Polyquest in and it's too long to clear the battery tray opening.
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