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Old Nov 15, 2010, 04:04 PM
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Interesting comment about locking tail wheel


The August 2010 FLYING magazine has an article about the DC-3 turning 75 years old. The article is entitled "DC-3, A Real Man's Airplane" by Martha Lunken. When talking about flying one (a real one), she says "I taxi without locking the tailwheel because Kevin would laugh at me if I didn't..."

Especially because I employed differntial throttle, I guess I'm a wimp for adding a steerable tail wheel.

BTW, the article is interesting if you can find a copy of the mag.
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Old Nov 15, 2010, 05:18 PM
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Tamilflyer,

I've been following this thread since it began; and I don't have a page 55. Probably because I have my default set to 100 posts per page. Could you give us the actual post number of yours that you are refering to?

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Bob, Tamilflyer's post on p.55 was #811.

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Old Nov 15, 2010, 05:44 PM
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the main problem with esc's is the ESC's the set that came with mine
one arms at low throttle setting the other did not , so I used to good
esc's no problem

the esc's work well they are in other projects and flying
but one still arms at low throttle the other need's to move the stik to full
then back to low befor it will arm????????

esc's are cheap was worth the few buck's to feel safe
Old Nov 15, 2010, 06:41 PM
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Thanks Burt,

I knew it was in there, and I had seen it. But didn't remember what to do. Just checked #811 and and it all came back . . . don't do anything!

Bob


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Bob, Tamilflyer's post on p.55 was #811.

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Old Nov 16, 2010, 02:51 PM
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Well after a small "Midair" its time to make the C-47 out of her. It will be a generic version but never the less a C-47. Will post more photos as I progress.
Old Nov 16, 2010, 04:14 PM
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Well after a small "Midair" its time to make the C-47 out of her. It will be a generic version but never the less a C-47. Will post more photos as I progress.
Ya know...This plane does seem to wear the olive-drab well.
Old Nov 18, 2010, 04:54 AM
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Hi Skybus fans! I purchased a Skybus about 6 months ago and it's only my third RC plane. I finally got around to painting it and I'm now ready to start assembling. I did a quick test of the electronics when it first arrived and everything seemed normal. Now, after checking it again, I find that when I plug in the aileron servos to the receiver, the ESCs get very hot in just a few seconds. I also get a short burst from the motors. Can someone tell me what's wrong? Do I have a bad aileron servo? Are they just hooked up to the Y harness wrong? I'm baffled. Everything is fine with the other servos connected. Help!
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Old Nov 18, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Hi Skybus fans! I purchased a Skybus about 6 months ago and it's only my third RC plane. I finally got around to painting it and I'm now ready to start assembling. I did a quick test of the electronics when it first arrived and everything seemed normal. Now, after checking it again, I find that when I plug in the aileron servos to the receiver, the ESCs get very hot in just a few seconds. I also get a short burst from the motors. Can someone tell me what's wrong? Do I have a bad aileron servo? Are they just hooked up to the Y harness wrong? I'm baffled. Everything is fine with the other servos connected. Help!
Have you tried connecting just one servo at a time, without the Y-connector? For the ESC (BEC) to get hot that quickly one would think something is shorted.
Old Nov 18, 2010, 09:40 PM
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Well after a small "Midair" its time to make the C-47 out of her. It will be a generic version but never the less a C-47. Will post more photos as I progress.
ok, I'm lazy to look through the thread.My buddy got the DC3 from Nitroplanes. Wants to make it a warbird. What are you guys using to paint them?

He wants to replicate this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Do...w_2010_arp.jpg
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Old Nov 19, 2010, 07:41 PM
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ok, I'm lazy to look through the thread. . My buddy got the DC3 from Nitroplanes. Wants to make it a warbird. What are you guys using to paint them?

He wants to replicate this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Do...w_2010_arp.jpg
WWII C-47 suggested paint:

1 large can Krylon indoor/outdoor flat gray primer
1 3oz can Testors 1226 flat dark aircraft gray
3 3oz cans Testors 1265 flat olive drab

Avoid masking on top of painted foam with tape, (even the blue easy-release type).
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Used black and white electrical tape for your invasion stripes. There is a foam ridge on the wing to get you started straight.Then just line them up carefully. I believe Bladehead pioneered this. I did not know that when I did it. Thought it was my own idea. Also check out my retracted look wheels. Mine will be a belly slider. Also painted props to look like anti ice boots, electrical tape leading edge anti ice boots,and silver windows. Motors are from Headsuprc.com. Running two Donsrc 30amp esc's and a seperate BEC. Lots of soldering which I enjoy as an Aircraft Electronics Specialist in the AF. Props are 9x5x3 counter rotating GWS trimmed to fit. Didnt think 9's would hit the fuse but they do. Pulls hard and will likely have lots of vertical but will be flown in a scale manner. Maiden later today weather permitting.
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Old Nov 20, 2010, 05:21 AM
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Maiden will likely be with a 2200 30c pack, but I have a couple 3000 20c on the way that will be just for this plane. Was hoping they would be here already. 13 planes and counting my addiction is terminal. Amp draw all up is 30 amps. each motor separately registers about 18 amps wide open. I guess the parallel circuit has something to do with the current distribution. I still have more detail to add but she is ready for flight.
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Used black and white electrical tape for your invasion stripes. There is a foam ridge on the wing to get you started straight.Then just line them up carefully. I believe Bladehead pioneered this. I did not know that when I did it. Thought it was my own idea. Also check out my retracted look wheels. Mine will be a belly slider. Also painted props to look like anti ice boots, electrical tape leading edge anti ice boots,and silver windows. Motors are from Headsuprc.com. Running two Donsrc 30amp esc's and a seperate BEC. Lots of soldering which I enjoy as an Aircraft Electronics Specialist in the AF. Props are 9x5x3 counter rotating GWS trimmed to fit. Didnt think 9's would hit the fuse but they do. Pulls hard and will likely have lots of vertical but will be flown in a scale manner. Maiden later today weather permitting.
Good luck with the maiden. I bet with your custom power and props, she'll fly as sweet as she looks. Would be great to see some vid of fly-bys with the landing gear tucked in.

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Unfortunately my lazy self over slept during my afternoon pre-flight nap. Maiden will have to wait till tomorrow. In the meantime, time to add a spot on my plane rack for Juliet Kilo. ( My C-47 tail Flash Letters)
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Now that I'm again checking out Cubcrazy's pics of his nice C-47 with the gear up, I have an interesting factoid to share with my fellow Skybus drivers from my vast file of useless mental trivia. Did you know that the guys who engineered Donald Douglas' little masterpiece designed the retractable mains so as to minimize damage in the event of a belly-landing? Even if the plane touched down with wheels in the wells, they still protruded just enough to support the plane and roll! There was a real chance that the only damage would be to the props. No kiddding, you could look it up.


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