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Feb 22, 2021, 08:00 PM
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Pilot RC 40% Decathlon


Putting together Pilot RC 40% Decathlon.

Specs:
  • Wingspan: 150" (3.81m)
  • Wing Area: 3758 sq in (24245 sq cm)
  • Length: 101" (2.58m)
  • Weight: 39.3 lbs (17.8kg)
  • Engine: 100-120cc

This is my first Pilot RC model and first Decathlon so I'd appreciate any input/feedback on build components for scale/sport flying. I'm not into 3D or towing so no need for crazy power/weight ratio. Kit is ordered, working now on the components.

Here's what I'm what I'm thinking as build list -

Power
- Engine: Saito FG-100TS
- Prop: Mejzlik carbon 27x10

Radio gear:
- Pioneer w/Micro Mag Switch
- iGyro SAT
- GPS-III
- PowerPak 5.0X2 (PowerBox batteries)
- SparkSwitch Pro
- PowerPak 2.5X2 (Ignition battery)
- PBR-26D Receivers (2)

Servos (ailerons-2, flaps, elevators)
- Hitec D950TW (8)

Servo (rudder)
- Hitec D951TW (2)

Servo (throttle)
-Hitec D955TW

Pilot Dude
- Extreme Flight X-35-40%- Red/White/Black

Servo extensions
- ElectroDynamics QuikClik

LED system
- UniLight PRO-Large Lighting Set

Pilot RC Wing Bag
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Yesterday, 10:26 AM
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Mark, i had the 47% and I have the 32%. My initial thought is that you are a bit light on power. These are big heavy models. The builds are very straightforward, but as you know or will find out the manuals are almost useless.
Yesterday, 11:12 AM
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Thanks...


Yikes!

Realize on the low end, but watching a few videos with DLE-111 and other similar engines spinning 27x10 - 26x12 props, I’m hopeful it’s gonna work.

Also I already have the Saito and ordered the model so fingers crossed!

Agree the manual is light on detail.

Thanks for your input - appreciate it!
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Yesterday, 03:53 PM
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hi, after doing so reading on the Saito i think you will be fine. you're up in the 6000s with a 27/10 which should be plenty. 40lbs is probably a bit optimistic, I'm thinking you will be closer to 50.


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