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Mar 08, 2012, 10:25 AM
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One thing I've noticed while flying facing the sun......the stripes show through the translucent foam!

I'm also seriously thinking about having dual servos for the ailerons so they can become big flaps.....Anybody have thoughts on this?

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Mar 08, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Yes! I was considering removing the single aileron servo and putting two servos side by side in the same spot. Haven't trial fitted anything yet, but it looks like it may work.

Mixed flaps and elevator might be cool with this plane.......
Mar 08, 2012, 12:11 PM
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This plane flies great doesn't it, folks? I still fly mine a lot and it tracks better than any of my other foamies. It certainly increased my interested in flying clean patterns across the sky.

It sounds like they're making some good updates on the original model. The clevises certainly could use an upgrade though. The piano wire is a must though. I still am using the originals on the ailerons but will probably do the piano wire mod on those as well.
Mar 08, 2012, 10:26 PM
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Maidened mine today, flights went well, though i forgot to set my timer on the first flight, lipo cut mid air and had to go for an unexpected landing, broke the landing gears.

No worries though i was going to take em off since most of my fields are grass.

Second flight set my timer to 4:30 and about 3 minutes in flight i noticed one of the ailerons wasnt moving, the clevis pin broke! But she was still flying okay with just 1 aileron lol.

My kit has 2 spare clevis's so its now replaced. i will do the piano wire mod if another one breaks.

How tight does everyone have the kevlar string set? Mine was tight, but after maiden it's not so tight, but wiggle the servo horn there is no slop, wondering if this is normal.
Mar 08, 2012, 10:28 PM
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MaddSkillz +1
I'm even looking at a rigid balsa pattern ship now.... Maybe something cool from Sebart

Dual Wing Servos: OK, so the fuse measures 23mm thick on my calipers and the ES08A is 11.5mm thick.
So if I cutout the current servo, reinforce with 0.5mm carbon strip (like was used for the removable wing mod) and glue two servos to the strip; the 0.25mm protrusion shouldn't be very noticeable.
I'm just not sure if the carbon strip will be enough support for 2 servos torquing all the time.... And if the extra weight is going to impact flying capabilities very much.

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Mar 09, 2012, 02:43 AM
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Anybody tried the airbrakes?
Mar 10, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Anybody tried the airbrakes?
I've not tried them since most of my flying is done outdoors and the Venus slows down very well on it's own, but the general consensus seems to be that they're not really necessary.
Mar 11, 2012, 03:23 AM
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Almost ready for test flight
Mar 11, 2012, 12:06 PM
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Almost ready for test flight
Looking good. Hope your maiden goes well

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Mar 14, 2012, 05:24 AM
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Just about done on the flaps.
Next will be the retracts, and the night flying kit, then the speed brakes, lest I forget about the thrust vectoring. Or I might add a small EDF on the rear fuse. Ideas, ideas...


Now seriously, Venus #2 stripped the aileron servo whilst setting up the rates... well, my friendly LHS had a free replacement at hand
Bought a handful of those (CHF 9.- each) as spare and to upgrade Venus #1. They look and work fine, a simple push-in replacement.

Gotta say there is a radical difference between the servos installed on my 2 Venuses. #1 is a first generation Venus with sluggish and slow servos. #2 has those snappy digital ones, but they are not very precise. We'll see how the replacement servos fare
Mar 14, 2012, 12:06 PM
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Yes my digital servos have really bad resolution. Sometimes I have to re trim the control surfaces. This is my first 3d foamie and I must say it flies really well. I'm having a ton of fun with it.
Mar 15, 2012, 01:01 AM
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Almost ready for test flight
Is this 3d bird tamable to fly for a some what beginner? I've flown a night vapor, champ and a micro t-28 (w/alerions) and I'm wanting to give this baby a go.
Mar 15, 2012, 03:25 AM
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Is this 3d bird tamable to fly for a some what beginner? I've flown a night vapor, champ and a micro t-28 (w/alerions) and I'm wanting to give this baby a go.
You'll need a computer radio to reduce the throws and add lots of expo and it can be tamed down to a very nice aerobatic sport flyer.
I finally got mine out again for a short flight in the wind today....
It was a dream to fly it again and the wind was the worst I've flown this in and it was a blast just having it in the wind standing still. Overall just a great plane that can do it all...
Mar 15, 2012, 03:36 PM
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microDan, fully agree on your comments!

Venus #1 was hit severely by the planet yesterday
After reseating the prop on the motor, I noticed that the fuselage seemed wobbly... further investigation showed that the fuselage rods had become unstuck both sides for most of the length. No other damage, what a tough little bird

Repaired the damage last night, and since I was at it, also replaced the 3 servos.
Had 4 flights today and can't believe the difference this makes. With the new servos she's so much more responsive! A real 3D trainer, I'm now able to work on those KE spins and rolling circles

For anybody with a 1st wave Venus, invest (well, call it spend) into 3 servos, it is well worth it.
Mar 15, 2012, 11:10 PM
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+1 microDan
+1 DeeCee 57
Great comments guys

The V3D is amazingly easy to fly with a computer radio. I'd say It's a must for novice, intermediate and expert pilots since Expo and Dual Rates really open up the envelope for this airframe.

Servos: My V3D is a 1st Gen and was upgraded to 8g Emax ESM08A servos (plastic gears to save weight) which made a huge difference in centering and stability compared to the stock 5g ones.

BTW: Just saw this Neptune EDF on the Techone site! Hope it's made of EPO too.
http://techonehobby.com/proview.asp?id=311

-8th


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