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May 21, 2014, 05:54 PM
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Yellow Aircraft Starfire - Martini Style


I needed a winter build so I ordered a Yellow Aircraft Starfire

Ordered plane and retracts from Shaun, main gear struts from Tam. Nose gear is RC crafters. Hitec digital servos all around. I used Tams inlets and ducting for the smaller fan.

I put 2 thin servos in the stabs to control the elevators to get rid of that long linkage.

Used automotive paint and primer for base coat, model masters enamel for color stripes. Clear is automotive U-POL gloss clear. Graphic decals are from Callie Graphics


EDF will be a Neu 1524 / 1.5Y in the HW-730 fan 106mm fan.

Basic airframe weight 9 lbs
EDF and motor 1 lb 11.7 oz for
ESC 8 oz
12S 5500 4lb 3 oz
Rx pack 6 oz
Battery holders TBD

Planned RTF weight is 16 lbs

I weighed the build at every step, some day I may get around to posting that info.

EDF at 12S is right around 4500 Watts, so thats about 280 Watts/lb

About right for a sport flyer.

Its pretty much completed. Just need to get my repaired ESC back from Castle to finish things up.

It will be a while before it flys, as I haven't even flown once yet this year.

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May 21, 2014, 06:00 PM
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May 21, 2014, 07:31 PM
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Nice Ken! Expect to need a bit of uptrim, they all do
May 21, 2014, 07:31 PM
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dude i love the porsche inspired racing scheme!
May 21, 2014, 08:01 PM
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Nice.
Hope you have better luck with 5125's than I have. Keep an eye on them, I had them in my spark and noticed trim problems. The servos wernt centering properly, and finally one went bad.
May 21, 2014, 09:05 PM
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Great job Ken! Very unique and standout finish!
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May 21, 2014, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by kevin
Nice.
Hope you have better luck with 5125's than I have. Keep an eye on them, I had them in my spark and noticed trim problems. The servos wernt centering properly, and finally one went bad.
I agree Kevin. I smoked 3 of them back in the day on the F16. They are complete crap.

Awesome build Ken now get your a$$ out and fly!
May 22, 2014, 06:46 AM
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Thanks guys.

I'll keep an eye on the sevos.
May 22, 2014, 06:46 AM
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Nice work Ken!
May 22, 2014, 09:30 AM
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Looks really nice!
I have those same servos in the tail of my spark and a 60 sized p-51... they have been perfect in the spark for over 100 flights

in the p-51 I had one act a little nuts on me and had to replace it....
it would go out of center by a 1/2 inch but the new one has been good
May 22, 2014, 10:09 AM
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Ken:

Really nice job. All the best on your maiden. Years ago I had a Starfire and really loved it. Flies great.

Ed
May 22, 2014, 03:28 PM
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Looks good Ken


Initially the lines kinda had me say what scheme is that. Then with all the finishing details in comes through looking great!

Please share your flight video when you get a chance Ken. Want to see the flight envelope you have with your setup. Like your ducting as it allows for lot of battery options.
May 26, 2014, 04:40 PM
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Just for Fun I weighed all the parts during every step of the build.
I wanted some real data on where the weights come from

On the finishing side of the build here are the weights

Primer and Bondo added 6.1 oz
White color coat added 2.2 oz
Stripes added 1.3 oz
Clear added 1.6 oz

total finish and paint is 11.2 oz

I dont think thats too bad for a plane this large


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