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Jun 22, 2007, 07:43 AM
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Thanks Mike, Mike, Robert and Tim! Mike, I will definitely have to try the 'Falling Leaf'!

Ronnie
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Jun 22, 2007, 12:24 PM
Dr. Dave
Nice job Ronnie. Funny how my old IFO was a 9.6 MIMH with a brushed GWS motor. Seemed like it weighed very little. Bet the bug is way less. I always liked the way the IFO flew, but about 4 years ago 3D was just getting started I think and I just missed the connection to making a transition to a "real" airframe. Looks like a blast to fly.
Jun 22, 2007, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Tram
Hmm..

This lil' guy looks like it would be a good replacement for my Mini Gee Bee..

Jeff
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Yup mine too!
Jun 22, 2007, 03:20 PM
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I really enjoy this and all the other reviews here. They are very helpful to all of us. I would like to make a suggestion, I think each review should include something about cost. At least the retail price of the plane if not each component. I know they contain links to the site where they can be purchased but I still think it would be nice to be listed. Just a thought. Thanks for the great review!
Jun 22, 2007, 03:24 PM
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Thanks Dave!

Iurmd,

I think that's a great suggestion and I'll pass it on. And I'm glad you enjoyed the review!

Ronnie
Jun 22, 2007, 11:01 PM
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Nice review. Great images. I got my Bug at E-Fest, I have had a blast with it. I love it so much I got another one and want one of the smaller one's that are going to be in production.

A couple of other tips on assembly, which I got from Ron. Put some heat shrink tubing on the carbon fiber bow on the front of the Bug. Also it would help to do the same on the landing gear bow. This heat shrink tubing will help protect the carbon Fiber rod from dings.

I love my Buig, I painted my and I am not a very good painter. I think I have about 100 plus flights or more on mine and really enjoy mine.

For me, buying the Bug was one of best buys of an airplane I have ever done. I wasted money on other planes that are terrible, but the Bug is worth every penny and if I can assemble one, just about everyone else will do better.
Conehead
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Jun 23, 2007, 05:27 PM
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Hey Ronnie I like it but it looks like a bug!
Jun 24, 2007, 06:22 AM
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Hey Ronnie I like it but it looks like a bug!
Doug you funny man! Wish you could make it out to Thunderbird field with us today

Ronnie
Jun 26, 2007, 11:26 PM
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I'll echo what others have said here and say that the Bug is one of my favorites. I sometimes fly it with a 10x4.7 and Electrifly's 300mah 20C 7.4V battery. At under 27 grams with a deans connector, this battery allows only 8 minutes in the air with minimal throttle management, but the weight reduction provides for a more sublime flight and at under $10 on eBay, I'm ordering more of these batteries.

My Bug is an earlier generation one I bought at my LHS. It was on their bargain shelf for $25 and I scored the motor and ESC for $18 +SH on eBay. Added $3 servos from Bidproduct, a $10 cheapo Rx from Hobby-Lobby and the rest was easy. I never realized how much RC flying fun I could have for so little money.
Last edited by Cheekers; Jun 27, 2007 at 08:05 AM.
Jul 06, 2007, 09:20 AM
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I warm up with my BUG before flying the bigger stuff.

A GREAT, FUN plane.

A few problems that were fixed; I'm a bit over powered with my 3S LiPo I use (stollen from my helicopter).

1) engine kept pulling out from the mount, I installed a 1/16 pin in the mount and a groove in the engine; I also use a 9x5 prop instead of the 10x6 that it came with; I replaced the 10A ESC with an 18A Phoenix (Castle)

2) landing gear were replaced with DuBro ultralite and the suspension beefed up some; I found the foam wheels a bit to delicate

3) I keep breaking the servo arm extensions so I made up a bunch of replacements; it takes only a few minutes to repair these; I do fly it HARD!
Sep 10, 2007, 01:26 PM
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ELevon Contol Arms


While I know that the elevon control horns built from the kit parts work, I decided that I wanted to go another route. The HS-55 servos are now coming with a very long control horn in addition to the normal ones that they supply. Distance from the center hole to the other hole is 1”. For the standard long control horn, the distance from center is ˝”. So I thought that it would be an easy thing to just screw these two horns together and get the required 1.5” distance that the elevon servos require.

First picture shows the new long horn, the “standard” long horn and two small screws. The screws are actually the extra ones that come with the HS-55 servos and are normally used to mount the control horn to the servo. As I’ve used lots of these servos in the past, I had lots of these extra screws. The rest of the pictures are pretty self explanatory. In the third picture you will see some bowing of the control arms, this is because I didn’t enlarge the hole in the smaller control arm first before putting the screw in. As a result it distorted the nylon. I used a .063” drill bit to open the hole in the small control arm ONLY when I made the actual elevon control arms and there was no bowing then.

I also opted to use Durbo EZ connectors and installed them in the outer most hole of the new control horn after first enlarging the hole with the same .063” drill. Last picture shows the new arm installed on a servo.
Sep 10, 2007, 04:06 PM
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GBR2,

Nice work!

Ronnie
Sep 30, 2007, 02:50 PM
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Thanks


I wish to thank all of you guys and gals who contribute all of this info, on all of these forums!!!!!! It is sooooo helpful to many of us!! It also saves much time and money!! Again, I THANK YOU ALL! Ray
Oct 12, 2007, 06:02 AM
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Good review I have had a bug for most of this season and probably well over a hundred flights(usualy two sometimes three a day)two batteries each time. Great plane as it taught me how to use the rudder correctly.Even fly in stiff breezes. It has taken some bad hits with no damage. amazing. I ordered another kit for gym flying this winter as old one looks pretty ragged.
Oct 12, 2007, 06:08 AM
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Originally Posted by ranger351w
Good review I have had a bug for most of this season and probably well over a hundred flights(usualy two sometimes three a day)two batteries each time. Great plane as it taught me how to use the rudder correctly.Even fly in stiff breezes. It has taken some bad hits with no damage. amazing. I ordered another kit for gym flying this winter as old one looks pretty ragged.
Thanks, glad you liked the review!

Ronnie


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