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Old 10-08-2008, 09:11 PM   #26
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I just got off an instant message session with raidentech!!! I take back their no reply. A tech called steve reports I should have a replacement ESC and motor in 4 - 7 business days!!! thats quicker than I got the plane from them. I'll keep ya posted.

For the fast learner part.. all I can say is REAL FLIGHT G3, anytime the missus runs an errand, run to the pc and practice for 20 minutes.
I was given the instructions that when you can do an inverted circle on purpose in real flight then land it, it is time to buy a 4 channel plane so that is what I did and it worked out well (until above mentioned engine bay fire)
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Originally Posted by j33p3r View Post
For the fast learner part.. all I can say is REAL FLIGHT G3, anytime the missus runs an errand, run to the pc and practice for 20 minutes.
I was given the instructions that when you can do an inverted circle on purpose in real flight then land it, it is time to buy a 4 channel plane so that is what I did and it worked out well (until above mentioned engine bay fire)
Sounds like a good rule of thumb. Actually, when you said SAPAC T-34 Mentor, I was thinking T-38 Talon. I thought SAPAC only made electric ducted fan jets, which would be one helluva plane to learn on

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Yesterday I was flying my somewhat recalcitrant Funder & Lightning that I now realize I over-thunk... In an effort to enclose the electrnics, I built a semi-hollow fuse. It seemed like a good idea at the time!

Up in the air all the control responses were snappy, but obviously there was something wrong with the CG, as the nose would dive whenever I cut the throttle back past 75%.

I was working with the plane, trying to 'get more data' on the problem, when I inadvertently brought it overhead, dumb thumbed for a split second, and recovered just in time to have it belly-flop hard into the ground. Whack.

Hollow fuse was destroyed, and the prop of course was obliterated-but none of the gear was hurt and last night I was able to (with my awesome $20 Hobby Lobby foam cutter) cut out a new fuse and glue it on. I flew it today after work and it was dang near perfect. Its in the paint shop as I type.

Looking forward to many flights on this one, and hope to get my Mk3 Chucker airborne soon too!

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Old 10-11-2008, 06:19 PM   #30
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What can you expect, im 15, and she said.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:39 AM   #31
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flying way too low for the speed for my skill level. Coming back at myself trimming it out a little about 100 feet up. not exactly sure what happened. then straight at the ground. Got a stick stuck through the wing, the nose is in 2 piece, the fuselage and wing is another piece and the motor, motor mount and foam attached is the other part. Looks like a concord with the nose tip missing now
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:46 PM   #32
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I got up early today and decided to wring out the Mavrick MkII.

So, yeah... anyone who needs something fragile shipped, I have lots of extra packing foam laying around.





I am ordering another 2 airframes this morning - I love this little plane!

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Originally Posted by groundrushesup View Post
I got up early today and decided to wring out the Mavrick MkII.
So, yeah... anyone who needs something fragile shipped, I have lots of extra packing foam laying around.

I am ordering another 2 airframes this morning - I love this little plane!

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Dang. Sorry to see that, GRU. It was a good video, though!
Did all of the electrics survive?

Speaking of crashes, I PM'd CPT Easy about all of us getting together to fly. We haven't locked anything in yet. That's when I plan on maidening the GeeBee.

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Doh!!! That was actually very much like my attempts at 3D. In perfect control right until the end of the flight (whenever that may be)

Nice soundtrack BTW

Edit: Okay, from now on I'm spelling flight withought the gh and adding an e, like this: flite. See, no links!

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:P

almost reason 6. 2 persons driving by, probably getting distracted by our aircrafts and forgot to slow down before a corner. slid right off the slippery winter road.
i got distracted by the car crash, wondering if anyone was damaged, so my aircraft went into the deep snow :P
it was just the flybaby, so it survived intact. opposed to the car
no person injuries though, so that was fortunate. and the car was just a volkswagen passat, so who cares, exept for insurance
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I crash because the plane is up in the air!! bub, steve


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Originally Posted by max2112 View Post
Dang. Sorry to see that, GRU. It was a good video, though!
Did all of the electrics survive?

Speaking of crashes, I PM'd CPT Easy about all of us getting together to fly. We haven't locked anything in yet. That's when I plan on maidening the GeeBee.

Yep, they all did. Like I said I am ordering a couple more of these because they are so much fun to throw around with caring too much what happens.

I have a DWFoamies 48" Juka in the mail, and I bought a E-Flite Edge 540BP that was on clearance at the LHS today for 50 bucks!

So I think 3D is my new direction lol

I'm also ordering a couple more of the hobby city hacker A20-22L clones - they are great motors!

Hope we get to see your Gee Bee sooner rather than later John.

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Originally Posted by groundrushesup View Post
I got up early today and decided to wring out the Mavrick MkII.

So, yeah... anyone who needs something fragile shipped, I have lots of extra packing foam laying around.





I am ordering another 2 airframes this morning - I love this little plane!

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Hi GRU The Mavrick MK2 is a lot of fun huh I have the MK2 and the Mavrick Cap, my Mavrick Cap is my old reliable, it just keeps on flying, and i am not very nice to it I have a few mavricks under my belt too as they say Either i have gotten better at flying or just Luckyer but they are lasting me, Take care, Chellie

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Originally Posted by stevecooper View Post
I crash because the plane is up in the air!! bub, steve
Quit Breaking your Toys Steve

I may be getting Older, But I Refuse to grow Up I am Having to much Fun to Grow Up LOL
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Crashed and Burned before i ever left the house. Drove 15 miles to flying field only to find i'd left my battery box on my workbench!!! Ouch! I gauge the success of my flying day by the number of hours i spend repairing planes when i get home. So, by that measure i had a pretty good day, just no flying! It's a good thing i love to build, or i would have a short lifespan in this hobby.
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Hi GRU The Mavrick MK2 is a lot of fun huh I have the MK2 and the Mavrick Cap, my Mavrick Cap is my old reliable, it just keeps on flying, and i am not very nice to it I have a few mavricks under my belt too as they say Either i have gotten better at flying or just Luckyer but they are lasting me, Take care, Chellie

Oh yeah I was not gentle with my first Mavrick.

I went to the LHS to buy a few sheets of white depron to try and bring this one back from the dead - and I ended up stumbling across a deal I could not turn down - an Eflite Edge 540 BP, NIB, retail $119.00 - for $50!!!

I already have 'er built - now I'm just waiting for a decent day to maiden her! I know, it was probably folly to buy this plane and often I get perturbed by n00bs buying more plane than they can handle, but I couldn't help myself!!!! Aiyeeee!

LOL anyways the next thing you hear about this plane might well be in this thread!


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Oh yeah I was not gentle with my first Mavrick.

I went to the LHS to buy a few sheets of white depron to try and bring this one back from the dead - and I ended up stumbling across a deal I could not turn down - an Eflite Edge 540 BP, NIB, retail $119.00 - for $50!!!

I already have 'er built - now I'm just waiting for a decent day to maiden her! I know, it was probably folly to buy this plane and often I get perturbed by n00bs buying more plane than they can handle, but I couldn't help myself!!!! Aiyeeee!

LOL anyways the next thing you hear about this plane might well be in this thread!
Nice plane and deal GRU Is that your Daughter holding the plane up

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Doh!!! That was actually very much like my attempts at 3D. In perfect control right until the end of the flight (whenever that may be)

Nice soundtrack BTW

Edit: Okay, from now on I'm spelling flight withought the gh and adding an e, like this: flite. See, no links!

HAH yeah the music was Beck - Nicotine & Gravy from the Midnite Vultures album. flight. flyit, flite, floite.

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Nice plane and deal GRU Is that your Daughter holding the plane up

LOL no That's all the model E-Flite could afford Our SWAG girl was busy I guess

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HAH yeah the music was Beck - Nicotine & Gravy from the Midnite Vultures album. flight. flyit, flite, floite.

We win. :P
I love Beck, but I've not heard that one before. All his stuff sounds different so I didn't even recognize him by the sound. BTW, that Edge looks like it will be a blast to fly! I'm surprised you got it for so cheap. E-Flite seems to have pretty tight control over pricing, so you better not mention who sold it to you. You might get them in trouble

Edit: The auto-linking thingy seems to have gone away. Good. Flight flight flight FLIGHT!

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Went for a quick flight yesterday in my powered 2M thermal. I had used a couple of packs and found a few hints of lift, decided it was time to head home. I brought it in figuring I'd catch instead of land, only I was a little hot so I aimed for the green patch behind me. Only I forgot I was standing in front of a light pole! crushed the LE and snapped the wing joiner. Should be an easy fix, I just hate cutting out the crushed balsa on the LE and having to recover for such a silly thing. *sigh* gotta thing things ALL the way through!!!
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I love Beck, but I've not heard that one before. All his stuff sounds different so I didn't even recognize him by the sound. BTW, that Edge looks like it will be a blast to fly! I'm surprised you got it for so cheap. E-Flite seems to have pretty tight control over pricing, so you better not mention who sold it to you. You might get them in trouble

Edit: The auto-linking thingy seems to have gone away. Good. Flight flight flight FLIGHT!

Yeah well the box was dented and actually the balsa on the small part of the horizontal stab that is connected to the fuse was broken, but some thin CA hooked that right up.

I must say the covering is a tad gaudy for my tastes and I predict if I do punch it in and have to do some rebuilding, I will recover it in an opaque scheme.

I got up at 7am this morning to see if I could get in a shakedown flight before I came to work but I thought better of it. Hoping to get it up on Wednesday at the latest.

Top that with my 48" DWFoamies Juka that is in the mail and I am set for at least the next few weeks! Woot!


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Mine was a 3 with a bit of 7... I was flying my slow stick in 10 degree weather (i cant help it.. it was just saying "fly me"), over a soccer field.

Im not sure if it was the battery in the plane, batteries in the transmitter, out of range (using LP5DSM and ar6100e if that means anything) or just a dead spot, but my stick just went dead, no throttle or other controls, and glided into a tree. Of course, right after it hit the tree it starts responding again.

I was running rechargeables in the transmitter, that hadnt been cycled for a year and a half. They read 5.5 volts but voltage can be deceiving.. maybe they weren't supplying enough current?

Oh well, i got it back in one piece, after much persuasion to get my dad to put the ladder in the van and drive me over (should have taken my road test.. i just turned 16) to get it out of the tree.
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Who crashed today?

Heck, I'm lucky if I can drag my butt out for 5 minutes to the park with the dog, with the weather here lately.
I can chime in with "who slipped on the ice today" though. Probably here from me ever day or so.
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I did. Punched in my PZ T-28 right on its artfully custom-painted beak.

I got 'er up and was testing out some rolls after an adjustment to the thrustline - everything was going well except perhaps the sun was a bit bright.

About 5 minutes in to the flight, my eyes started to burn like I'd been maced. It was hard to keep them open, and I took off the hatcam I was wearing just to remove it from the list of things to think about while I tried to bring this plane down safely.

It just so happens, and by sheer luck, I put the camera down facing the eventual crash site. I stalled it and lost orientation (having only intermittent use of you eyes can do that) A short film for your consideration:




Well, it turns out that today the Cedar Pollen count here in South Texas was 9,480 grains per cubic meter. 500 is considered high. No wonder I feel like I've been freebasing caustic soda these last few days.

Between this and my Mavrick... not having the best week. I did wait for dusk when the wind settled down and put up my E-Flite Edge 540 BP - which flew great, barely 2 clicks of up elevator to complete the trimming, and it floats like a dream. The Trojan's paint has already been spackled and sanded and is waiting for a new cowl and motor mount. So I say Nyah to you, cedar pollen. Nyah.

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