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Nov 14, 2012, 10:14 PM
Carthage, TX
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Originally Posted by degreen60
I flew the Wildcat after painting when the sky was overcast. It was mostly a dark plane in the sky unless I banked and could see the yellow on the wings. I took it out today for its first flight with 3 blade prop. Sun was out and all the colors stood out. Really looked good. Could not tell any differant from 2 blade prop but I am not a speed flyer. I am use to flying WWI planes and on landing I bring them in close and chop power and they slow to a nice soft landing. I brought the Wildcat in, chopped power and watched it not loose speed and fly right on by. I added power for a waveoff and next time brought it in much lower for a fast landing. Now I am working on getting the old FW-190 going.
Yeah, I had to cut some red stripes and put on the bottom of my wing so I could see mine.
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Nov 15, 2012, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by xfatdannx
anyone have an extra spar for this plane?
Nope - built too strong..LOL

Now if you want to put a EF25 and looking to do a buck fitty on the flat - then you may want some extra sparage.
Nov 15, 2012, 07:17 AM
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my dad nosed his in and cracked his...broke down and ordered one off ebay. thanks any way
Nov 15, 2012, 04:22 PM
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I crashed my wildcat. It was about 30 feet up, and I lost orientation, and basically flew it into the ground. nothing rally broke other then the plastic cowl and prop, so I thought. after replacing them and doing a good check over everything, I tried to fly it, and it basically no longer has enough power to fly.

Its hard to tell, if you just run it up, on the ground. but when i tried to take off, it basically just skipped down the field. This was at full throttle, with a full battery.

It hit pretty hard on the nose when I crashed. Do you think i should replace the motor? ESC? any other ideas? And If motor are there any cheaper replacements?
Nov 15, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Your new prop might be on backwards.

Seriously.

Nov 15, 2012, 04:57 PM
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Sounds like possible motor/shaft damage to me. With the cowl off, check the motor especially the gap in the housing. That may give you a visual clue before you conduct a full mechanical inspection. Also don't forget to inspect your battery for damage as well, good luck!
Nov 15, 2012, 06:02 PM
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Come on everyone knows it would have flown backwards if the prop was on backwards.

I used one of my other batteries that I know is good, and the shaft doesn't show any signs of being bent. I'll have to take it apart and check more throughly
Nov 15, 2012, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by eric5989
Come on everyone knows it would have flown backwards if the prop was on backwards.
Funny cause in the old RC single channel days we would put the prop on backward so the motor pull was not as strong. Look at a prop, the angle is the same no mater which side is front, only the curve of the blade changes.
Nov 15, 2012, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by eric5989
Come on everyone knows it would have flown backwards if the prop was on backwards......
LOL

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1605615

Nov 18, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Colbyntx
Yeah, I had to cut some red stripes and put on the bottom of my wing so I could see mine.

Looks good with the red. Nice one.
Nov 18, 2012, 11:32 AM
So where does this bit go???
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Winter Flying


I know it's winter, and the weather has been quite nasty round here of late, but today, something strange happened!

The weather was great

But the flying field was like a marsh! Very wet and very muddy! Beautiful blue sky though, and no wind! Nice.

I decided not to risk one of my more technical, retract and flap fitted warbirds as there was no-one to hand launch anything for me, and the last time I tried it solo (hand launch) it cost me a prop, new spinner, bit of foam straightening!
Damn, but you can't get a grip on them anywhere to launch yourself!
And... I know if I tried to take off from the ground it would dig in, nose over and still cost me some bits for the front end!

So, Old faithfull was flung into the air - my trusty ol' PZ F4F Wildcat which is a breeze to self hand launch (easy to grab under the wing near the dummy wheels) and a blast to fly.... Ran a few batteries through it until the sun began to set....

Well, you can't waste an opportunity to fly can you boys??

Cheers
Nov 18, 2012, 01:44 PM
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Well done redzed9..... I'm with you regarding the hand launch capabilities of the wildcat .....flies right out of your hand.....when conditions are marginal the wildcat is my go to model as well.

Regards
Mike
Nov 18, 2012, 03:40 PM
So where does this bit go???
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Originally Posted by flmlm
Well done redzed9..... I'm with you regarding the hand launch capabilities of the wildcat .....flies right out of your hand.....when conditions are marginal the wildcat is my go to model as well.

Regards
Mike
Hey Mike,

Cheers for this, and yeah this plane makes nearly everybody look a pretty good pilot.

I know, we are all really great pilots..... ha ha

If anyone is tempted for their first "Warbird" then this is definitely the way to go.

Pretty cheap, easy to nail together, flys a treat, looks great in the air, stacks of power, fits nearly all cars without having to field strip everything off which must explain why everyone needs one of these.

And you don't need an expert ground crew to get it in the air, as you said, flies right out of your hand......
You only need something a little soft to crash into. Oooops, sorry, I mean somewhere nice to land it...

It even passed my bounce test once or twice, he he
Nov 18, 2012, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by xfatdannx
anyone have an extra spar for this plane?
Yup Wildcat likes to go on by!
I think Horizon has the joiner tube.
It has been out of stock at times.
It would be a log at an archery shop, but may be.
a nicely grained hard wood dowl would be hard to beat.
Maple is great.
Orient the grain like the markings on an old base ball bat.
Wait one are woods bats still out there?
No idea how to break the Wildcat's spar!
May get power 10 up tomorrow!
Good luck! Chris
Nov 18, 2012, 09:23 PM
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Mine will try to take me up with it if I don't let go fast enough. Our weather here in SW Louisiana has been awesome this week, bluebird skies and no wind. I can't charge the lipos fast enough.


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