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Feb 11, 2013, 09:24 AM
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Nicely done, Paul...
(I've got ~ 11,000 hours in C-5's, Gulfstreams and Challengers.. Welcome! )
you've got the prop right for a pusher... (the front of the prop always faces forward) one note, in case the motor turns the wrong way, just swap any two wires from the ESC to the motor.
for landing gear, you may want to consider making it a taildragger, (it's a little more forgiving in where exactly you place the gear fore and aft, also no nosewheel steering to deal with)

no disrespect meant in ANY way..... but do you have any RC airplane flying or simulator time?
(I've known no less than 8 full scale pilots that tried RC flying (without any instruction or sim time) none were successful)
just a heads up.
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Feb 11, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Yeah this is my first "real" rc airplane. Have played around with airhog airplanes quite a bit, a night vapor, and I have about 18,000 thousands of hours of flight time, (I am a pilot for SWA).

I am having fun just doing the build and looking forward to my first crash, or I mean my first test flight.

Just built landing gear for this thing and installed it.

You tube video of the Taxi to follow

Jim, any suggestings for an indoor flyer, or park flyer to get some experience? The night vapor is fun, but I need a bigger challenge.

Thanks Guys!
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Feb 11, 2013, 04:19 PM
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Dont laugh too hard. Home made landing gear for X-5. Coat hanger and stole my kids lego wheels (shhhh don't tell them, they'll be pissed).
Feb 11, 2013, 04:20 PM
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X-5 getting ready to taxi, I need a red rotating beacon.
Feb 11, 2013, 04:23 PM
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Alright here it is, the maiden X-5 taxi, again don't laugh too hard!!!

She pulls a little to the right.....

Back to the drawing board...

X-5 Taxi Test1 (0 min 27 sec)
Feb 11, 2013, 04:58 PM
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Fixed the taxi issue with X-5 pulling to the right during taxi.

Gave x-5 "Trailing link gear"

Taxis real smooth now, hopefully she will land as smooth as the Regional Jet guys with their trailing link gear in the RJ's

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Feb 11, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Going to laugh my ass off on the first flight day. If this thing gets off the ground with my improvised landing gear, Ill be laughing to hard to fly the dam thing!

I figure two beers and a fully charged lipo, and ill be all set.

Now have to get the CG just right. 10.5" aft of the nose. Which is just forward of the nipples on the bottom.

common spring!!!!!
Feb 12, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by paulskyone

Jim, any suggestings for an indoor flyer, or park flyer to get some experience? The night vapor is fun, but I need a bigger challenge.

Thanks Guys!
there are tons... (btw, the airplane DOES look real nice... )
for a Parkflyer, I've heard some VERY good reviews about the ares gamma pro...
I've flown a couple of them, everyone I know that owns one raves about it....
or if you're feeling more froggy, the Parkzone T-28 is a good one, (it is a bit more of a challenge than the gamma) ... if you're flying a vapor then you can pretty well disregard my earlier comment... (the guys that I know that had difficulties thought their skills would literally transfer from full scale to RC)
they were fine.... until they turned the airplane towards themselves...

(BTW, those RJ guys with the trailing link LG ... the RJ is basically a stretched Challenger 603 ... LOVE the way it looks, HATE the way it flies )
Feb 12, 2013, 02:37 PM
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Seriously though, at least pay the 70 bucks for a simulator so you can practice up a bit. I have these and they work great. I went from not being able to fly, to practicing aerobatics the first time I flew my real one.

I know if feels like you have a ton of experience flying, but real planes don't equal rc planes. The perspective is what will cause you to crash every single time.
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Feb 13, 2013, 06:58 AM
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I should have also mentioned that I am looking for an RC simulator. One of my buddies just gave me a recommendation for one.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Next weekend, setup equipment to balance x-5 at the CG, then high speed taxis in the school gym. I'll probably setup my FPV equipment as well.

Videos to follow.

Thanks guys.
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Feb 17, 2013, 09:57 PM
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Man I would seriously consider getting a bixler or something to get you going.
Feb 20, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Yeah I am currently flying a Parkzone flyer (the ember 2) indoors in a school gym getting some experience. I will probably invest in a bixler or something similar, as well before I take x-5 out for its first flight.

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