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Aug 28, 2012, 04:16 AM
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Hey guys,

Just ordered my Texan II, going to go a DLE35ra with a Belia 3blade 17x10 prop and ESM G3 Retracts.

One question, anyone know if its possible with creativity to not use lead in the rear to keep this long fuse CG spot on? I hate additional weight, however if i do i would rather put a 30 grams in the absolute rear before i glue the elevators on so i can keep the weight to a minimum.

Thanks guys
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Aug 28, 2012, 07:34 AM
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Morning Ausfester!

The DLE 35 should work out great with that prop combination. As far as the weight distribution I think you'll find that with the extended nose on the fuselage, engine, tank, ignition, ignition batt., nose gear...etc.; that you'll have plenty of weight up front to counter the longer tail section weight. I have the 6374 electric motor, + mount and a 120HV ESC + mount, nose gear, etc. up front and the CG is right about on the money with the 2 big 5,000Mah 6S packs moved slightly rearward, but pretty close to being right over the CG.

It becomes a trial type thing though...add your servo's, batt.s etc. and check the CG. I actually had mine on the CG scale and with most of the fixed items mounted and then started moving other things around until I was really close.

Anyway have fun with it...the aircraft is'll have a little tweaking to do here and there on this ARF, but its all worth it in the end.

I just got my V2.5 gear replacement in mine last weekend....but still have not flown it yet. Hopefully this weekend... Let us know if you run into problems...etc.

Aug 29, 2012, 04:10 AM
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Thanks Mike.
It arrived today, did a quick check over and she looks beautiful.
Love the big canopy, just wondering if if anyone found some good pilots for this baby
Aug 29, 2012, 01:44 PM
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I'll let you know when I get home and I'll see if I can find the information. Most of the items I picked up on ebay and I think everything came in at about $75.00 for both pilots. They really look great!

There should be some pictures here on the build of the pilots and cocpits. If not I can send you some of those too. Just let me know!
Sep 09, 2012, 12:24 PM
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About ready for the Maiden

Well its all set for a maiden next week. Were actually looking at Monday or Tuesday.

I attached a video of the aircraft with the new sounds solutions PT-6 turbo prop sound. Just wen thru the start-up and shut down, but it really sounds awsome.

I'll let you know how the flight goes.

IMG 0213 (2 min 5 sec)
Sep 09, 2012, 01:15 PM
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That is seriously Awsome! What motor setup are you running?
Sep 09, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Thanks BN 181.!

The electric motor is a Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 6374-192kv Brushless Outrunner swinging a Zinger Pro-18X12 4 bladed prop. Did some taxi tests on a grass runway today and this combination really has some trust. Was barelly over a 1/4 throttle and the the aircaft was rolling down the runway at close to take-off speed.

Should perfrom really well!

Sep 09, 2012, 05:41 PM
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Hey Mike are you running a benedie sound system as well?
Sep 09, 2012, 06:43 PM
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No, They did not have the PT-6 Sound file I wanted. So I did some research on a company called Sound Solutions out of Ontario, Canada. Dave Harrison is the owner and was quite helpful in getting me setup. Its actaully quite a nice system with a lot of functionality. I can use the same sound card in other aircraft, just insert another SD card with the new sound file and re-configure the card which is all done on my laptop.

Model Sounds Inc. Ottawa, Canada
Oct 07, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Retract hell

Still can't believe that I haven't been able to fly this lil plane even after almost a year of having it sitting in the corner of my shop. I've got a fly in this weekend and after two gear replacements from TBM, this piece of crap still cycles uncontrollably.... Ive read all the forums an talked w TBM for hours but this dam Chinese crap still is crap. Thinking of just selling the whole loss an sticking w the large scale professional toys that are predictable. Can't believe that Sierra, Robart still doesn't have a conversion for this bird...
Oct 07, 2012, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 2Big
Thinking of just selling the whole loss an sticking w the large scale professional toys that are predictable. Can't believe that Sierra, Robart still doesn't have a conversion for this bird...
I'll buy it!!!,
Oct 07, 2012, 08:36 PM
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The version 3 retracts just came out. Complete redesign from what ive been told by tbm. Check out their facebook page for a video.
Oct 09, 2012, 06:18 AM
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Just ask TBM to replace the version 1 or 2 you have with the new version 3. Thats what I requested and the were very helpful getting them to me. They work great...and have had no problems at all. If you need additional help getting them working, just let me know.

What exactly are they doing when you say uncontrollably cycling....can give some specfics.?
Oct 10, 2012, 12:28 AM
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Hey Snaer810 .
That video is really cool , Have you had a chance to weigh the plane yet for take off weight ?


Oct 10, 2012, 06:25 AM
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Hey Pete,

It comes in right at 20lbs. With the batteries mounted in the aft section of the fuse right over the the wing the CG is perfect.

Have a Great Day!


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