Hey all -
I was a staunch warbird guy up until a week ago when I bought the new Eflite UMX Sbach 3D. That little plane has changed my perspective a bit. WOW - if you are looking for a fun little bird that looks gorgeous, check out the thread.
Anyway, i was about to pull the trigger on the new PZ Corsair, but like my little Sbach so much I'm considering the Dynam Sbach. I've read the first 20 pages of this thread, realized there was a second version, and then read the last 20 or so pages. Because I skipped so much of the middle, I'm asking for a little help. From what I've read, there are a few things I should plan on doing when I get this thing. I've tried to compile them for your feedback (absolutely critical, nice-to-have, don't do unless you have an issue) and for others who are considering the same thing to save them a bit of reading.
I'd love to get a few reactions (I know, opinions will vary, so no need for concensus) on: a) Is there anything I'm missing. b) Are there anythings listed below that were issues for V1 but are no longer issues and c) What is absolutely necessary to do before flying. I should probably add that I'm a sport pilot/warbird guy who's just getting into 3D, so I'm not going to be wringing this thing out for a while. I also really don't want to dig a hole with it because of something that I could have replaced but didn't.
Thanks in advance.
1) Check/replace Hinges: "I put blenderm tape across parts of the hinges as a backup, because I don't trust those molded-in EPO hinges (have had one on another plane come off before). Some people have been cutting off the control surfaces and rehinging, but I didn't want to go to the trouble."
2) Order extra cowl: I reinforced the inside of the paper-thin cowl with a combination of strapping tape and packing tape, HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED GOING TO A 3D PRINTER like "shapeways" http://www.shapeways.com/shops/av8rrc?s=0
? Not sure if this is a possibilty, but it seems like, if this thing is paper thin, then a replicated one might be better. yes, it would throw off CG, but that is probably workable.
3) Check/reglue/tighten motor mount and screws: "I reinforced around the motor mount area with strapping tape, since there have been problems reported with it tearing out, "
4) Secure battery and reciever in case the canopy goes independant. "I added a securing strap to the battery"
5) Check servo mounting plates: "I put some epoxy around the R/E servo mount plate attachment points,"
6) Check/refasten/replace control horns: Can the existing ones be salvaged and better attached? If not, any particular economical suggestions?
6) Tighten the collet/spinner: "I tossed out the supplied collet and spinner and instead use an E-flite bullet-nose collet," How big an issue is this really?
7) Secure canopy with either more magnets, more velcro, or rubber band: "I use a rubber band to help hold the back of the battery lid on. I have had the lid fly off inflight twice. Some people have installed extra magnets."
Oh, and anyone know a discount code that will provide a bigger discount than "Pricepickle?"