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Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Mar 17, 2010 @ 04:53 AM | 2,680 Views
And the last flight...Radio went dead when trying to level off for a pass. When control resumed, I was at full left stick still trying to level the plane. By the time I let go of the stick the plane was inverted. I must have thought the plane had done a full 360, and pulled up. Or I just dumb-thumbed it.

:36 is where I lost control. It happened to be the worst possible time to lose control.

Watch the video in HD on YouTube-It's easier to see the plane.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Mar 13, 2010 @ 06:14 AM | 2,987 Views
Falcon .25 with Midifan, HET 600-42. 3300mAh 8s.

2.45 kg

Built as a wing, and for bungee, not sure what will happen on the maiden.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Feb 12, 2010 @ 05:17 PM | 2,881 Views
I flew the Revolver today with no problems at all. From dead stick to WOT she is solid with no bad tendencies. She was very quiet, barely audible unless I was doing a fast pass across the deck.

She glides along well and landing took a good bit of space, fortunately I had 700 feet to work with. I came down dead stick without a problem. The extra weight doesn't seem to have affected it badly.

I was hoping for more speed, but I just didn't get the RPMs I wanted. If I can find a prop in between a 14x14 and a 16x16 I may try it. A 16 inch prop will likely be too much for the motor.

I'll try to get a video up soon.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Feb 11, 2010 @ 03:06 PM | 3,330 Views
Ran up the motor today, on mid and then high timing.

Mid timing: 49 amps, 2220 watts, 8640 RPM
High timing: 53.3 amps, 2391 watts, 8850 RPM
APC 14x14 pattern (glow prop)

I'm a little disappointed, at this power level I was hoping for over 9000 RPM.

AUW is 10 lbs 10 oz.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Feb 10, 2010 @ 04:15 PM | 3,258 Views
I'm almost done. All I need to do is some wiring and I'll be ready to maiden. AUW looks to be about 10.6 lbs. I think she can handle it. The wing certainly can. The revised motor mount doesn't look very nice I'll admit, but it's strong. In order to get the spinner onto the hub, I drilled out the shaft itself. Working without a drill press, I'm happily surprised to see the spinner spin true. I'm using 2 5000mAh 6s packs, one of them fits nicely up font where the stock pack goes. There isn't a convenient place for the other, so I built a second battery tray above the servo tray using parts included in the kit. With the second pack there, the plane balances without any lead.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Feb 06, 2010 @ 10:22 PM | 4,122 Views
This should be a fun plane. The ARF is top notch. It has a balsa sheeted foam core wing that's a stiff as an I-beam, 3.25" aluminum spinner, fiberglass landing gear and wheel pants, and it's built for both electric and nitro power. My plan is to use a Turnigy 63-54-A 250Kv outrunner on 12 cells. I'll start with a 14x12 APC electric prop and I may end up using a 14x14 pattern.

I have read of one instance of the included control horns breaking. They do appear rather thin for a plane this size, I'll substitute stronger horns.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Feb 04, 2010 @ 04:16 AM | 3,446 Views
Maybe this will get seen if I make a new post. Proof this crummy plane flies if you just overpower it. Choose your poison: Vimeo or YouTube: HD if you want it.

45" Nitroplanes Edge 540T (0 min 43 sec)

I'll try to get a better vid again soon. And later: a Great Planes Revolver EP. Should make 2500+ watts for ~$600 batteries included.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Dec 26, 2009 @ 03:28 AM | 3,650 Views
More of a brown Christmas around here...except for the water.
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Dec 16, 2009 @ 10:45 PM | 3,663 Views
Sigh...I have to go back into that swamp again to look for another plane. I got a few photos of it and I'm trying to piece them together into a usable map. Maybe I can fix it and re-maiden. Maybe I'll remember to do a range check this time. Continued in the replies...
Posted by Aero Ace Ace | Dec 01, 2009 @ 06:39 PM | 4,811 Views
I picked up probably the last .25 red Edge 540T from Nitroplanes; as it seems they are out of stock. Hopefully it is, in fact, temporarily, and not the kind of temporarily that lasts forever with them. In any case this is a 45" span model from the Chinese manufacturer: Fly-Model.

The last model I bought from Nitroplanes came from the same people, and I was happy with the quality vs. the price I paid. This model is even nicer, and cheaper: 54.70+ 12.31 for ground shipping that took only 2 business days. (I live pretty close to their warehouse.) My corresponding order from HobbyKing hasn't even been packed up.

They suggest a .25-.32 glow engine, but with an empty weight of ~2.4 lbs, I doubt it will give you the kind of performance you are after in this plane. I'm fitting this plane with only electric power and I'm setting my target at ~600 watts which would usually replace a .40 glow engine well depending on the prop size.

I plan on using 3s power, since I have so many good 3s batteries on hand. I'm going with a fairly high kv motor, a Turnigy AerodriveXp 35-36 1400kv because of the low voltage. I'll probably use 2 packs that together equal 4000mAh or more. Since I'm not running them in series, I am free to use packs of varying capacity.

As for servos, I'll use a GWS micro STD for each aileron and GWS park servos for the tail.

The empty weight of the model minus the fuel tank and glow mount is as follows:
L Wing: 153g
R Wing: 152g
Fuse: 344g
V Stab: 29g
H Stab: 44g
Cowl: 70g
Canopy: 51g
Other necessary hardware: 223
Total empty weight: 1063g/37.5 oz.

Build continued in the replies.