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Old 08-19-2014, 12:45 AM   #1
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Did the maiden Saturday, it was kinda wallowing all over the sky, nose pitching up bad! Took it home, moved the battery pack forward 1/2", tweaked and checked a couple of other things......took it out Sunday morning, and.........BAM! This thing is FAST! Handles GREAT! Goes vertical with NO PROBLEM! If I had the money, id get another one of these lil beauties!
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I had the exact same issue!! wish I'd read it here first. Went home got the wiring out of the way so I could get the battery further forward and ta-da!! no more fighting to keep it going.. glad I didn't hurt the bird trying to get this sorted.
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I had the exact same issue!! wish I'd read it here first. Went home got the wiring out of the way so I could get the battery further forward and ta-da!! no more fighting to keep it going.. glad I didn't hurt the bird trying to get this sorted.
The fit for the battery is pretty tight, and I wish they would have made the lead from the ESC to the battery about a 1/2 inch longer, but I manage! Its a FAST little airplane, isn't it! Don't know if you have done this to yours yet, but its a good idea to lay in a little 'glass or carbon rod in the fuselage along the leading edge of the wing....ive heard that some people have snapped the nose off the fuse from the leading edge of the wing forward just from a hard landing! If you look at the fuse, theres no doubt its a weak point! I glassed mine before I ever flew it, and its been just a GREAT lil plane!
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I haven't reinforced mine but I did switch out the prop to a APC 6x4 and can't wait to test it out... yes it's a fast and responsive lil plane for sure!
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I haven't reinforced mine but I did switch out the prop to a APC 6x4 and can't wait to test it out... yes it's a fast and responsive lil plane for sure!
Hey! If you don't mind, let me know how she flys with the 6X4!!
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Hey! If you don't mind, let me know how she flys with the 6X4!!
well flew it several times with the 6x4 and I love it! took some balancing though. The spinner was driving me nuts with vibration got finally got it 99% dialed and it seems snappier than the stock prop for sure
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Old 02-08-2015, 05:27 AM   #7
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pics from todays flying using a 7x5sf prop. flys great with it but I think i'll drop back down to the 6x4 so I can get better flight time


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well experimented with a 6x5.5 APC prop today and i works great on this mustang, the 7x5sf just ran to hot and inefficiently. this is the sweet spot and very quick around the park that's for sure.
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will do Bill, I'm gonna give the 6x4 a try first and also bringing a couple others to try out as well. so far just testing it out in the garage, its seems to put out some nice thrust compared to the stock prop..
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I have question about this plane, how does the Aries version compare, as I'm considering buy ing the Aries one.
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I have question about this plane, how does the Aries version compare, as I'm considering buy ing the Aries one.
well this is a 280 motor version, and i think the ares is a 350. So there may be a bit of power and speed difference. I changed the stock prop to a more aggressive one on my 280 mustang but the ares comes with either a scale 4 blade prop or a speed 2 blade i believe. Also i think the ares comes with landing gear, not sure if they're retracts though. i dont have landing gear but i just belly land in the grass at the park.

I say go for and let us know! i had to do some work on mine to mod it for different props where the ares is module and comes with different setups..
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Been thinking of getting one of these. I'm flying a pkz t-28 now, and I want to try this. Can anyone tell me if these are good planes? I'm not a big warbird guy but it's starting to grow on me now. I really like the looks and how they fly
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Been thinking of getting one of these. I'm flying a pkz t-28 now, and I want to try this. Can anyone tell me if these are good planes? I'm not a big warbird guy but it's starting to grow on me now. I really like the looks and how they fly

i love mine!! https://youtu.be/_EVaLGM71UE
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do you think that it is a lot to handle for a intermediate pilot? Been doing alot of research on this plane, and noticed that people had some issues with the motor mount and motor screws coming loose causing the motor to fall out and cause some issues, servos going bad, and esc glitches.. are these still common issues or are these issues from when they first come out?
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do you think that it is a lot to handle for a intermediate pilot? Been doing alot of research on this plane, and noticed that people had some issues with the motor mount and motor screws coming loose causing the motor to fall out and cause some issues, servos going bad, and esc glitches.. are these still common issues or are these issues from when they first come out?

i am an intermediate pilot and love this plane, it's my favorite one to fly currently and i'm not sure about all the other issues you mentioned. i've had zero problems with mine and i've even swapped spinners and props on mine to get it dialed in better. i'm using a APC 6x5.5 prop and it's awesome!!!
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