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Old Nov 07, 2012, 05:32 PM
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Which one is aileron again?
If I get some of those low dropout 9v voltage regulators, would you want one for this plane?

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Old Nov 07, 2012, 07:20 PM
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Yes, I could use one for a dimmer on the "Always on" circuit.

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Old Nov 08, 2012, 09:01 AM
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It looks incredible. You did an amazing job with it...I am jealous!
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Thanks! Maybe we can organize a night fly somewhere in upper NC. I am about 1.5 hours from King. I go down to King RC sometimes and we hit the Swap Meets in that area.
Old Nov 08, 2012, 12:02 PM
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Thanks! Maybe we can organize a night fly somewhere in upper NC. I am about 1.5 hours from King. I go down to King RC sometimes and we hit the Swap Meets in that area.
We can work that out...I fly at RAMS, about 15-20 mins from King RC. We have several nightflyers in the club...
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Old Nov 10, 2012, 04:14 PM
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I did the maiden flight on the Kadet today. It flew great. 4000mah 4 cell on motor and 2600 3 cell on lights. The only prop I had on hand was 14X4 wide, for a 4 stroke. It produced adequate power but a real electric prop would be better. The Kadet still flew light and floaty, cruzing at half throttle. She was a bit tail heavy so a 5000 and 3000 battery will be just about right.

The battery access hatch worked OK but if I did it again, I would lengthen the nose area and put a hatch in the bottom of the nose. You could strap the batteries to the hatch and then just put it on.

The ailerons work great. The roll rate is still very slow at the inverted part of a roll. The Kadet is just not made for it. Rudder is very effective.

Landing gear needs to be a bit bigger.

Now for a night maiden!
Old Nov 10, 2012, 04:44 PM
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Which one is aileron again?
I looked up those low dropout voltage regulators and they're only rated for 1A so, I'm guessing you would need at least two of them to power your whole plane. I believe you said it drew 2.8A at 12v so, I'm guessing a bit over 1A at 9v. Any ideas what the "always on" circuit draws?

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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:20 AM
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Got in another flight to test the Kadet. Not really worthy of a video but what the heck. It flies like a Kadet.

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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:45 AM
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Very cool. That's quite the landing approach you have to take at that field.
Looking forward to the night footage.
Old Nov 15, 2012, 10:14 PM
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Good job, man!! I love the approach, looks like you were using the wind to your advantage, though I didn't hear any in the audio.

I know you are gonna have a blast with that one!!
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 08:42 AM
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Yes it was a bit windy that day.

Now that I know it flies, I have been working on the landing light and the lasers for the wing tips. I am going to rotate the RX switches on the connection board so their servo wires are right over the receiver, making the wiring neater.

I would like to get a night flight in this weekend. Anyone want to come out????
Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:32 AM
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Barn, that's one good looking kadet, I am also in the process of building a night kadet for the 2013 Nall. One question what is the amp draw with your lights on ?

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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:20 AM
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Everything at full brightness, landing light on, is about 3 amps. I plan on running the lasers off the balance tap, one cell. They pull about 400ma each so about 3.8 amps with both lasers on. The landing light and lasers would not be on at the same time. I have not decided on a dimmer for the "always on" circuit. It would need to dissipate about 4 watts. The always-on pulls about 1.8 amps.

Lets see some pics of your Kadet. How far along is it?
Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Barn,

I have both wings rough out so my father can start wiring in the LEDs on the wing. Right now I am in Cleveland Ohio @ the Cleveland Clinic under going a medical trial. I leave for home tomarow so Wednesday I well be back to building.

Bob
Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:32 PM
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Best wishes and I hope you get back home soon. Post some pics when you can.


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