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Dec 20, 2011, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by bchristensen
I like those big ol' bush tires..

Those are Du-Bro 8" wheels. Yes they look sorta cool but they are a bit heavy. Originally I had a 26" two blade prop installed with Du-Bro 6" inflatable tires. Kept experiencing prop strikes! Then I went up to the 8" solids and a 25" Mejzlik three blade. Took care of that problem!

Sharp looking Porter you got there! Looks first class!

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Dec 20, 2011, 12:28 PM
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I've got the 7" tires and a 27" blade. No strikes yet but it's close! Just got a 26" x 14 pitch 3-blade that I'm going to try. Just haven't maxed out that electric A150-8 yet so I'm still playing with different options. I might need to throw 8" wheels soon.

Dec 23, 2011, 12:09 PM
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Wing installation problem

Received my 3.2 meter kit a couple of weeks ago. Was very impressed overall with the quality and workmanship. Everything seemed to fit perfectly. However, today I tried to plug in my wings for the first time. Disaster!! The metal spar will not go very far into the wings before binding severely. I can only get it into one wing about 3 inches, the other wing about 4 inches. I have tried everything I can think of, and worked for hours with a file as far into the wing as I can go, with little results.

Has anyone else run into this? Is there a fix that doesn't require tearing the wings apart and rebuilding them? Any help would be appreciated.
Dec 23, 2011, 04:55 PM
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Mine was the same way. I was able to plug mine in abour 6 in each. I belt sanded the metal down about 1/16 in to get one in the other I had to taper the end a little more. the only place that needs to be tight is right at the fuse, the wing struts carry the load out to the tip. I also marked left and right on the bar to aid in assembly at the field.

send some pics of the build..

Dec 23, 2011, 05:49 PM
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Re: Wings

Was finally able to get the wings on. Went to Home Depot and got a long file (about 15"), and working it in and out of the slot for about 2 hours finally got it to where the spars would go in. Total time on this project (plugging in wings) was about 5 hours. Oh well, everything else has fit so far, so I shouldn't complain.
Dec 23, 2011, 06:00 PM
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The other approach is to construct a plywood sanding stick the general shape of the joiner blade and face it with sandpaper. That's how I made my wings fit.

Dec 23, 2011, 09:04 PM
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Mine was a little tight, and actually still is a little tight but it did go all the way on. One wing is tighter than the other so I just plug the spar into that wing and then into the fuse. I don't leave the spar in the fuse.

I sanded the metal down a little, then faced some wood and sanded the wing inside. Worked great. I actually roughed up the wing spar itself near the end and used it as a sander in the wing slot. 4 or 5 passes made it much easier to get it all the way in without breaking the wing or pinching the wing so tight you about go through the ultrakote.

It might get tight again when the weather warms up.. I'll probably have to sand more since I hear that many of the planes had this problem.

Dec 24, 2011, 12:26 AM
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Wow, Sorry to hear that issue guys, I've had three and never and issue. I guess I was lucky.
Glad to hear you worked it all out. Good luck with the rest of the build. What are your power plant plans? ( say that three times fast )

Dec 24, 2011, 09:55 AM
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Power for mine is currently an existing Hacker A80-10, Castle 160 controller, 12S batteries and a 25x12 prop package (previously 1/2 of a package used on large twin). Will not be used for towing, I have other plans. Will see how it flies on the above.
Dec 24, 2011, 06:29 PM
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I just put a carbon 3 blade 26x14 on the hacker a150-8 with 12s and I think I've nearly doubled the thrust. Haven't got it in the air yet. Had to do some re-covering so took the time to make a few changes...
Dec 24, 2011, 07:40 PM
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How many amps are you pulling now?
Dec 24, 2011, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by SteveR
The other approach is to construct a plywood sanding stick the general shape of the joiner blade and face it with sandpaper. That's how I made my wings fit
Thats what I did as well. Also sanded the metal abit with 600 or about to smooth it... but it was the stick did the trick.
Dec 25, 2011, 01:03 AM
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Not sure on the amps yet. I can only bench test the plane for now with the weather so cold outside. Next week looks to be good weather so I'll get it out and check the amps. I just know that on a single 6s battery I createded a mini tornado inside my shop room. The 27 x 12 carbon kicked up some wind but nothing like this 3-blade. I've heard disappointed comments on the 3 blade but the added pitch made a noticeable difference and the motor seemed to strain a bit more which is good because there was minimal strain with the 27x12 recommended prop at 12s and the amps were very low.
Jan 01, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Porter Repaired

Happy New Year Everyone
Got the porter repaired and test flown today. What a great day in San Diego today 75 Deg. Thanks Len for the front Wind Screen. It fit great. We plan to do some towing tomorrow and having a great day of it. Repaired the tail wheel by bonding some G10 board to the top of the carbon. Made for a good repair.

Jan 01, 2012, 09:46 PM
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Nice repair Don, I cant even tell it was repaired.


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