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Aug 06, 2012, 09:35 PM
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Aug 06, 2012, 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by PittSpecial
By coming over to my Best Supplier, "YOU"!
And you're my best customer, Carlos. I've got to keep you happy!
Aug 07, 2012, 03:37 PM
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I couldn't disagree more with these statements:

This is a scale model - "converting" it into a tail dragger destroys its scale looks. If you want a tail dragger there are plenty of them available.

The nose gear will fail only if you are not skillful enough to fly the plane properly.

In spite of its name, there are much better planes to use as trainers.
Ok, no problem.
I wasn't looking for any agreement as much as I sharing the success over here with this great plane.

We weren't looking to maintain any scale looks with these little planes.
I asked both guys what their RC goals were and whether they thought of the Cessna as a plane they really liked or was it just a tool to get them to the next level.
One wanted to get into composite EDFs and the other was into WWII types. It was a stepping stone for them.

This thread is replete with nose gear repairs, mods and even a couple taildragger conversions so I'm not bringing up anything new here.
Although I could readily grease it in on our grass field, it took a few flying sessions before these two were proficient enough to baby the nose gear. It was not up the task in grass.
On the first guy's Cessna we fiddled, tweak and modded the nose gear several times before it was OK. When the second guy came along, the nose gear gave out and we just gave up on it.
GG a piece of ply right in front of the battery hatch and screwed the mains onto it. Added a tailskid and never looked back.

I still recommend this plane to newcomers at our field. It does have nice scale looks for a foamie ARF, flies superb and is very rugged (except for the nosegear).

Aug 07, 2012, 04:07 PM
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at least the 4 channel version if's what I have and I feel it flys along better than the 5 ch version
Aug 07, 2012, 04:30 PM
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I wasn't intending to be snitty with my post about tail dragger conversion - hope it didn't come across that way.

I just see so many people converting trike planes to tail draggers - and wonder why. Why don't you just buy a dragger to begin with?

Sure tail draggers are generally more rugged and suitable for grass. But trikes usually have much better ground handling - especially on hard surfaces.

Anyway, it's all good and individual preferences make life interesting.
Aug 07, 2012, 06:24 PM
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Flying in the Morning!

Okay guys!

Going to fly her out of MOON PORT Modelers RC Club while on my way to work

I got my buddy "Gerry" ready to man my Digital Camera that serves as a Video 1080p platform and we shall see about a nice flight and nothing over 3 minutes to keep the upload time short.

I will attempt to keep the model as close as possible and with sufficient Flybys in front of the camera so little or no zoom would be needed.

Stay tuned!!!

Aug 07, 2012, 06:54 PM
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I hope yours goes better than mine .
I definitely learned a few lessons there.
Be sure to watch in 1080p (so you may have to click "watch on youtube" and then adjust).

NitroPlanes SkyTrainer Flybys and Eventual Crash (4 min 9 sec)

Good luck tomorrow!
Aug 07, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Oh my! So Sorry to see your model slam into Mother Earth like that.

I hope you find out what happened.

Is that FIU Flying Site? I do visit Miami every once in a while and meet the guys at the Tamiami Campus of FIU as there is a Public Park adjacent to the Campus and you enter via SW 24th Street (Coral Way).

Wishing you better luck next time.

Aug 07, 2012, 11:12 PM
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haha, yes, funny video. No condolences necessary... It was an easy fix and she flew again only to be darted a few weeks later by an orange Rx (which i decided to try for the first time). It is still left unfixed after the Orange Rx indecent. One of those days i'll get to it maybe next week... My Son is waiting patiently to learn to fly on it...

Find out what happened? I'll tell you what happened! That Pilot is what happened... :
- At the time I have been flying for only 4 months and it was my 39th flight ever.
- I had distracting twins in the car.
- I was flying fast and low to the ground to make it quickly back in front of the camera which is foolish as that gets edit out in "post" anyway..
- Was using ailerons as oppose to my rudder.
- Didn't stick with my flight plane
- Did aerobatics too low to the ground given my skill level at the time...
- Hesitated on that loop, should have just stuck with something and would have made it out...

This is not FIU, it is Ives Estate Park...

When I fix the Cessna I can meet you next time you are down here. It will be a good Cessna Photo Op...

I can think of at least 4 or 5 Floridians on this thread with a Cessna...
Aug 08, 2012, 10:40 AM
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3rd, 4th, and 5th Flights of my new Cessna 182!


Thanks to my buddy Gerry (simano) Video Capture using my Digital Point and Shoot 1080p resolution was possible! Thanks Gerry.

The 3rd and 4th flights were recorded in Video and the 5th Flight was dedicated for high resolution Still Image Photography shooting and again thanks to Gerry with his nice SLR Digital Camera. The pictures will be available later in the day.

The Set Screw got lose and it was not because of the hard landings but, rather my inability of tightening it during buildup!

Here are the Videos:

3rd Flight:
BlitzRC - FMS Cessna 182 Third Flight over Moon Port Modelers RC Club 08-08-2012 (0 min 49 sec)

4th Flight:
BlitzRC - FMS Cessna 182 4th Flight over Moon Port Modelers RC Club 08-08-2012 (4 min 22 sec)
Last edited by PittSpecial; Aug 08, 2012 at 11:35 AM.
Aug 08, 2012, 11:41 AM
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5th Flight Dedicated for Still Images!

Thanks Gerry!

With Flaps deployed!

Aug 08, 2012, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by PittSpecial
Thanks Gerry!

With Flaps deployed!

Great photos!

Aug 08, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Carlos, I'm glad I could be on hand for video and photos!!. Great looking plane!!!.

Jim, thanks for the comments about my photos!!.

Aug 08, 2012, 12:16 PM
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Thanks so much for those terrific Pictures and Video capture recordings!!!!

Aug 08, 2012, 02:38 PM
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