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Posted by decreale | Sep 03, 2020 @ 05:34 PM | 4,497 Views
Great Jet easy to fly and easy to land. It has one flaw, the canopy will warp in the sun. I have sent three messages to FMS tech support with no response. I also sent pictures as requested. The canopy warped does not affect it flying but FMS should respond and make good on a bad part.
Posted by decreale | Nov 11, 2019 @ 08:16 AM | 2,013 Views
Be care full when selecting a propeller for your electric plane. I recently relied on a vendor’s suggestion (Master Airscrew) for one of my planes . They sold me a gas prop for an electric plane. The result was a disaster. Make sure it says made for electric planes.
Posted by decreale | Sep 25, 2019 @ 02:46 PM | 2,091 Views
Take a look at Fastenal, they have hard to find items that are easy to find. They have not failed me yet
Posted by decreale | Aug 05, 2019 @ 02:25 PM | 3,188 Views
Purchased this plane from AirBorne Modelsó World Models.Made a big mistake and itís on me. This plane is setup for gas only not electric. I had to convert this to electric, donít fly gas planes. I somehow figured out how to create the battery tray, modify the canopy and most important create vents to allow the air flow . I would not suggest doing this too much trouble. I do believe I have the correct center of gravity, had to add weight to nose of the plane. This plane will be flying this week, hope everything goes well. I may need to change the engine from a 5055-650 to a 5065-650. Iím just at my limit with that engine and weight. One other item the monocote on this plane is horrible constantly ironing it.
9/8/2019 Finally finished the modifications on the plane converted it to electric. Changed the engine to Leopard 5065- 650kv running 5-6s. Took the plane out today and to my surprise it flew perfect. The CG was spot on, I did not have to trim the plane.

I will say this again the monocote on this plane is HORRIBLE its coming off everywhere except the elevator and rudder. It looks like I will eventually have to redo the entire plane in new monocote. I did get my iron out but the glue is all dried up and it will not stick.
Really sad nice plane flies great monocote SUCKS. I would not suggest this plane because of the monocote issue. I have 10 planes and store them in the same place no problems with those planes.
Posted by decreale | Jul 01, 2019 @ 09:14 PM | 4,425 Views
I was visiting my son in another state and decided to purchase a plane. I asked how much would it be to ship it to my state, $30 was the cost. Unfortunately I could not fit it in the car. I decided to take it to the post office. If the cost was the same to ship I had nothing to lose. $15 to ship. Is the vendor making money on shipping, using the wrong priority to ship. They were using the post office to ship. What am I missing?
Posted by decreale | May 21, 2019 @ 01:08 PM | 4,080 Views
Recently got this plane, easy build however one of the supports would not clamp onto the wing may have to glue it. Not sure about that yet. Taking off was a problem you need to apply a little amount of down elevator, yes down to keep the tail from fish tailing all over the place. Once you see the back come up off the ground neutralize the elevator, apply more power and up she goes. Great flying plane

Used a 4s 2700 flying time very short . Went to a 4s 3000 not much better. Will try a 4s 4000. The 4s 4000 is the way to go for me. The plane balanced well and it flew well.
Posted by decreale | Mar 06, 2019 @ 03:33 PM | 3,484 Views
Bought this plane from Aloft Hobbies, it was my first fiberglass /balsa glider. The build was not difficult but it seemed that way. The instructions were in Czech and bad English. I took my time and when I ran into something I did not understand I went to the web and searched. Most important I took my time to make sure I was doing it right. This was my first glider like this, most of my others gliders were foamies

I was some what apprehensive about flying this plane. It did not take much power to get this in the air. I was about 35% power and I was surprised it took right off with no problems and flew well. I did very little trimming. It is a great plane and fun to fly using 3s 1800 best fit
Aloft Hobbies great place to shop
Posted by decreale | Jan 28, 2019 @ 09:18 AM | 3,994 Views
Anyone doing business with Tower Hobbies you need to be careful. They have been advertising about the Escapade .61 since Oct 2018 about getting it in stock and have been revising the schedule. It is now due mid Feb which I doubt. Unfortunately I back ordered this using a gift Certificate and Tower Hobbies refused to return my money . I believe what they are doing is seeing how many back orders they can acquire before actually ordering the plane. They will revise the delivery schedule again or discontinue the plane since Great Planes is gone
The schedule has not been revised. I guess they got tired of looking silly. Now itís on order which looks like indefinite back order

2/13/2019. Still no plane. This is the plane that will show up in 2020. Maybe I can go to the Perry Swap meet to get this plane. We will try
Ha, now we went from On Order to Mid March. Never put an order on back order with Tower Hobbies. I have been waiting since last October

I spoke to Tower Hobbies customer service on 2/25. They stated that I would get a refund and it would take 1-3 business days. Itís now 3/1, still no refund.

Today they came threw got my money refunded. Thank you Tower Hobbies

Well they went from Mid March now back to On Order with this plane. I give up waiting for the plane that will never come in. Deciding on the Sig Four Star 64 or the Super Sport Senior 90.
I decided to keep an update on this plane.Mar 24 the plane is now due late March. Iím taking bets that it will not arrive in late March.

It is March 29 plane is now due LOL late March. Maybe we can take some days from April and give them to March to extend March beyond the 31

Got tired of waiting for this plane bought the SIG 4Star 64, nice plane
Posted by decreale | Sep 05, 2018 @ 07:58 AM | 3,883 Views
I purchased several of these and they crapped out. The result was I lost two planes my FMS Olympus and my Sky Surfer. Iím in the process of ripping them out of my other more expensive planes. Donít need to lose them
Posted by decreale | Jun 26, 2018 @ 05:42 AM | 4,837 Views
I will start with the bad. The wheel covers are absolutely crap. They will break no matter how careful you are landing or just carrying the plane. They are thin as paper. I was putting the plane down and for some reason that escapes me the wheel cover cracked. I could spend $34 to buy another set but that makes no sense.
The monocote covering wrinkles if the sun hits it so you must keep it in the shade when you are not flying it.

I would not recommend this plane until they fix the problems
I put tape on the cracked wheel cover to prevent further damage. I decided to fix the cover and I took off the tape which pulled off the paint, really. What a piece of junk
If you want a company that makes a great plane then look at Great Planes. I have several of their planes and they are rock solid. The Phoenix Stuka is crap and if this represents the kind of planes Phoenix is building stay away
Posted by decreale | Feb 23, 2018 @ 06:54 AM | 5,419 Views
I have been working in IT for 40 years and decided to upgrade my firmware on my system. Spent time looking at many videos on how to upgrade. Just a piece of advice donít do this itís a crap shoot. You have a 50% chance of complete disaster. I followed the instructions and my entire system was wiped out. Itís as if I just got a new system, all my settings are gone. I did what every good IT person does I backed up my system before upgrading. After the disaster upgrade the system would not allow me to restore my models. I have 10 planes that I have to re-program. Itís not worth the risk

Posted by decreale | Feb 21, 2018 @ 04:19 PM | 4,391 Views
I have version open-x9D v1.1.02 trying to upgrade. I cannot down load any firm ware. It will not turn on properly using the two trim buttons and powering on. I get the message throttle error. All my models are gone somehow the system formatted over everything however I did backup my models.

Started DFU Util
C:/Program Files (x86)/OpenTX/Companion 2.0/dfu-util.exe -a 0 --dfuse-address 0x08000000:524288 -d 0483:df11 -UC:/Users/Mike/AppData/Local/Temp/2432-flash-check.bin
================================================== ===============================
dfu-util 0.7

Copyright 2005-2008 Weston Schmidt, Harald Welte and OpenMoko Inc.
Copyright 2010-2012 Tormod Volden and Stefan Schmidt
This program is Free Software and has ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
Please report bugs to [email protected]

Filter on vendor = 0x0483 product = 0xdf11
No DFU capable USB device found

Got this resolved but I tried to write my models back to the radio using companion 2.2 and it told me the USB was not connected . The radio said the USB was connected
Posted by decreale | Jan 12, 2018 @ 08:08 AM | 5,832 Views
I see numerous seaplanes have the ability to take off from land “grass” and water. Has anyone done so with the Great Planes Catalina take off from grass and land. Any problems
Called Tower Hobbies and they said I could take off and land on WET grass. Make sure I remove the tail rudder
Posted by decreale | Dec 20, 2017 @ 01:14 PM | 5,769 Views
Put this together no problems. Had the correct CG setup. I did actually have to add weight to get the correct CG. First attempt not enough power it landed smoothly. Second attempt it flew well
Posted by decreale | Dec 20, 2017 @ 07:47 AM | 5,807 Views
Decided to get an EDF and this one was a discontinued model. First thing I did was look at the videos on the build. Nothing overly complicated. I went about putting the jet together and then it became obvious. If the servos on the wings go bad there is no way to replace the servo. The instructions tell you to glue the wings to the Fuselage and the servo wire is inside the wing. Not on the outside. Now I need to figure out a way to resolve this before I start flying
Most likely I will replace the servos since they are garbage
Tested the servos they are crap. The esc failed to work. My advice stay away from this plane. It’s not worth the money it’s a throw away plane after so many flights

Called Horizon Hobby and they are sending another ESC. Thank you Horizon Hobby
A discontinued ESC were the reviews are horrible. If the servos do go bad the only way to replace them is to cut the wire and put an extension connector at the end of the cut wire to connect the new servo
I got the ESC from Horizon and to my surprise the ESC worked with no problems. I have not flown it yet just to cold . Waiting for the temperature to get above 45
No ventaliation so be careful not to overheat you’re batteries

I would not recommend this plane

Finally got to fly this. Was very surprised , it flew well. Lots of speed but flies well at slow speeds. Battery and ESC were not hot but I was not running at full throttle maybe 50%
Unfortunately it crashed, hand launching a jet takes a lot of effort. I tried to hand launch this and the result was total loss. I suggest you get a jet with landing gear
Posted by decreale | Oct 23, 2017 @ 11:31 AM | 5,050 Views
Decided to buy some wings I needed for my Olympus F3a. Horizon Hobby and Motion Rc will not have the part in until next Jan. I’ve been waiting since June for the spare part. Went to buy from Hobby Gulf bad idea. They are comatose stay far away from these guys. No response as to if the part was shipped and it’s been three days. I’m thinking about putting in a compliant with my credit card company
Finally got someone on chat line. It’s been shipped I hope.
Finally received my wings. I guess these guys from Gulf Hobby are not bad
Posted by decreale | Oct 22, 2017 @ 05:01 PM | 4,891 Views
Does anyone know a place to purchase laminate for a foam wing. Can you use any laminate.
As I discovered laminate is everywhere and it comes in different millimeters. I now have tried three options on my planes. Laminate, Ecokote which is monokote for foam planes and StyroSpray 1000. Laminate is inexpensive and comes on a large roll. You most likely will not use it all. I found most of my friends used the laminate on their flying wings. It provides a strong bond easy to put on with an iron. If you are interested in painting your plane, I don’t think that will work with laminate although I have not tried it. Ecokote I used this to put 2 stripes on my wings. Went on easy you must use low heat 107C. It goes around curves easily and you can get creative decorating the plane. Finally StyroSpray 1000, it’s a water based chemical that you can put on your foam plane. There are two chemicals you mix a 1:1 ratio . You use a sponge roller to apply it. You don’t need a lot on the plane . What it does it creates a HARD shell over the foam and does not add any significant weight to the plane . You must use a water based primer before applying the product . I used Kill-Z from Home Depot. The nice thing about this is the hard shell affect and you can use any paint to decorate your plane. I used Krylon Fusion . I going with the Styro Spray 1000. Easy to put on don’t have to worry about tight curves and hard to get to places on the plane. With the styro spray just paint and paint some more. Styro spray 1000 does have an odor so don’t use it in the house and pay attention to the instruction videos . You must wear protective rubber or latex gloves. Don’t get it on your skin
Posted by decreale | Oct 10, 2017 @ 07:12 AM | 5,035 Views
I have been flying off grass for a number of years and at times the grass has been high. It takes effort to take off and land. What you donít see if you have a foam plane is the build up of damage to your landing gear let alone the plane flipping over on landings or take offs. Yes you can use your elevators to compensate but the damage to the landing gear remains. I have two planes FMS Edge and FMS F3a both with damage from taking off from grass. My advice find pavement
Posted by decreale | Aug 28, 2017 @ 07:20 AM | 5,690 Views
This may seem like a captain obvious moment but when buying a plane make sure the company supplies spare parts. I see where companies state they support what they sell but in some cases you may have to wait months before that part comes in. I found out there could be one distributer for many of these on line stores. I have been waiting for 3 months to get a set of wings for my FMS F3a Olympus. I have to wait for Horizon Hobby to get a shipment in and then it's sold to Motion Rc. This is not the first time I've had this problem with vendors. They just don't have the spare parts and it takes forever to get what you need if it's out of stock.
WHEN buying a plane on line the buyer has a right to ask questions. The seller should respond. I recently was in the market to purchase an FMS Stuka. There was one on line that caught my attention. It was selling for $150 NIB with transmitter. I am very familiar with this
plane. I had ask the seller several questions about what he was selling. What kind of transmitter? This is the FMS 55" inch Stuka. The response I got back was. I'm not your pen pal are you interested . Bad Attitude= Bad Seller=RiskyPurchase.
Posted by decreale | Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:51 AM | 5,761 Views
Just finished building this plane. Hopefully I can give it a try this weekend if the weather cooperates. Appears to be a little tricky to launch after looking at the videos. Not sure if I should give the side arm wing toss or grab it underneath. I have a leopard 2835/4T 1880 kv engine with 8x4 prop. Better fly this at half throttle. The engine may rip the wings off
The CG is tricky first couple of tries resulted in crash but no damage to the plane just to the canopy. I made another from a liter bottle of coke. Worked out really well. Corrected the CG issue and up it went. I had max trim up elevator so I corrected that and had a good time flying. More flying time this weekend.
Great flying with the Falcon this past weekend no problems. Lands really well floats nicely. Another great weekend with the Falcon. It got a bit windy and I don't like flying with strong wind. Did mange to fly for a few hours
Changed the prop from 8x4 to 7x5. The esc was getting hot. It should fly faster