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Old 10-08-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default E-flite Piper L4 Grasshopper

Maidened successfully today.

She's built as per the instructions, save for an off-brand esc and 800mah battery that negated the need for a bunch of lead in the nose to achieve recommended cg.

She flew sweet. Took off in under fifteen feet from pavement, pulling hard to the left until corrected, climbed smartly. Plenty of power from the outrunner 250. Very responsive to the slightest stick movements.

As others have reported, she gets tossed around in the breeze, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be or, say, my eflite Jenny gets tossed around.

I only flew 5 minutes each time so as not to risk LVC kicking in. She dead-stick glides pretty good. All three landings were dicey/ugly due to the wind and two-inch grass, but she came away without a srcatch.

I found the entire kit rather expensive when built as recommended, but it is a nice plane, and a well designed quality kit. Plus my father in law was in the 1st airborne on D-day, so I know he'll like it.

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I enjoy mine-I picked up a spare cowl and landing gear, but so far don't need them.
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Did you do any mods? I know some people have glued the wings on, beefed up the landing gear, etc.

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I enjoy mine-I picked up a spare cowl and landing gear, but so far don't need them.

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I have not modified anything, but I do use quite a bit of ballast on the tail: I use magnets, which makes modification easy.

I did not use the specified system, but rather a "blue wonder" motor and 9 gram servos.

I really like this little plane.
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In the tail?? Wow. The LHS guys told me if i went with regular size radio equipment it would never fly.

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Mine flies beautifully.
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Yeah, I've been playing around with different batteries, weights, even heavier landing gear, and the plane seems to take it all in stride. This morning, just for fun I was flying around left stick only for a while and it still performed decent, which is kind of neat.

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