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Ah.. my new EDF

Posted by L0stS0ul | Jun 23, 2009 @ 08:22 PM | 5,766 Views
I have a thing for EDF's now. I had been flying a Hobby Lobby Lynx since the F-16 crashed. All the components moved in really easy to the Lynx. Not as fast as the F-16 but still a screamer.

Unfortunately I had a lack of judgement and crashed the plane a few weeks ago

I started looking for a new plane and came up with this one. I just love the looks of it. It's the hobby-lobby F9-F.

Can't wait to fly it. Should be a quick build. It looks absolutely amazing.
Posted by L0stS0ul | Nov 26, 2007 @ 12:13 AM | 6,227 Views
So I've had about 8 flights or so in my F-16. What a wonderful plane it's been. On my last flight I noticed some odd trim issues so I landed. It turned out the the foam supports for the right taileron had just completely cracked in half and the only thing keeping it on was a thin peice of paper. So I fixed that all up today with some epoxy and a peice of balsa sheeting over the stressed area. I thought that had fixed it all up. While I was at it I think I did something really stupid. I think somehow I reversed the taileron function in my radio.

So I went out to the field and lauched the plane. It was acting quite strange right out of the gate. It was rotating to the right really really badly. I was attempting to trim it out when the plane went into a really hard left roll coming towards me and my reflexes just were not up to the task. Needless to say the plane is no more. Here are some pictures of my poor plane.

Airframe - Totaled
Servos - Stripped
Motor/Duct - Functional
ESC - Functional
Receiver - Functional
Battery - Functional

The plane hit on the 50 yard line of the local football field and the battery flew out almost 25 yards (the football lines help distance estimation lol). Luckily the EVO lite 2100mAh pack seems to have taken no damage from it's free flight. The plane hit at almost full speed.
Posted by L0stS0ul | Oct 14, 2007 @ 08:58 AM | 6,767 Views
Here's a few pictures of my Dragonus all dressed up as an Airwolf. I finally got the retracts working good and the nose wheel is going up a lot farther now.
Posted by L0stS0ul | Oct 14, 2007 @ 08:56 AM | 6,340 Views
So here it is in all it's glory. Took forever to hand paint it because my airbrush broke. I'm still debating putting a clear coat over it.
Posted by L0stS0ul | Oct 09, 2007 @ 11:01 AM | 6,617 Views
And there's video to prove it:


The video quality sucks. It was late last night and my garage is quite dark but it shows it flies. Flight time was down about a minute from what it was. Final weight came in at 36 ounces. The heli was 27.5 ounces before the body and retracts.

Overall Impressions:
The quality of the kit varies. The fuse itself is well molded but there were stress cracks here and there which detract from the looks up close. I also had one of the mounts for the canopy fall off as I was inspecting the kit. All of this might have been from shipping as the box was really beat up when I got it.

The machining of the aluminum parts as a whole was pretty bad. The EZ-Connectors had burs all through them and needed a lot of cleaning before use. One of the collars with a grub screw for holding the wheels on split in 3 as I was installing it. The wheels themselves required resizing to fit on the rods. I also had to drill out the servo mount for the retract servo. I used the standard HS-75 retract servo which is even listed in the instructions. I don't know if they ever got the one working that was shown in the instructions but there were several problems with them. First the retract servo has to be screwed into the outside otherwise the rod is not lined up with all 3 ez-connectors.

Installation on the Dragonus is pretty easy. Only a few small mods are needed. The tail setup must be grinded down a bit so the...Continue Reading
Posted by L0stS0ul | Sep 27, 2007 @ 02:37 PM | 7,352 Views
So my wife surprised me with a Fusuno Airwolf fuse for my birthday. For lack of a better heli to install it on I've decided to install it on the Dragonus. I just finished the test fit and it looks like the FUSUNO airwolf fuse is going to fit the dragonus no problem. The holes line up with the landing skid mounts and the heli fits very nicely inside the fuse. It's a little tight around the servo area but everything else is clear. Now to start the build. Will take pictures of it as I go.
Posted by L0stS0ul | Sep 23, 2007 @ 03:59 PM | 6,720 Views
Here's the video of my Phase 3 EF-16. Flew very nice and was quite fast on the stock motor and fan.

Now to paint and finish the plane

I set the CG at the mid range between the recommended cg range. I definitally need to get some more control throw as it was quite slow to roll. The plane is quite fast though and my smile was ear to ear. Flew the polyquest pack right to cutoff (didn't mean to, was coming around for the second landing attempt when the motor cutoff). I think it was about 4-5 minutes of flight time. I've got some video of the maiden that I have to edit and then will post. I think I'm actually going to move the CG forward of where it is now.

I did damage the duct area though when I was launching it. That area will need to be reinforced I think or I'll have to throw it from a different location farther back.

The plane required a rediculous amount of trim to get it to fly straight and level. Almost full down trim and full right trim. That lead to the mostly hairy launch as it almost nosed right into the ground. I had the tailerons setup as per the manual.

Was a lot of fun though and extremely loud. Ran it about 3/4 throttle most of the time and did hear some pulsing comeing from the EDF but generally it was smooth.

The video is located here:

On a sad note I lost the Quickie today. So I was out flying my 5th flight on the plane and everything was going pretty well. It was rather windy. 5-10mph...Continue Reading