I have here at my home the new SE5a , it is nice
Everything unpacked and weighed on my digital postal scale came to 13 oz , thats everything from in the box
The plane feels so light , nice packing for shipment , all covering smooth and laid down well , nice wheels and landing gear , the batt hatch is a perfect fit and held closed with magnets ....all installed already .
It is like both of the Super Sporters from GP , only better and lighter it seems , I am pleased , so far .
Cabane struts are flat painted METAL , also the interplane struts and the landing gear is flat painted metal , feels pretty strong , of course they could be bent if enough force was applied . The cabanes fit in strong box slots ........and are really , really , tight fitting , had to use a fingernail clipers fold out file thingee , to open the slots up just a smidgen , no need to glue them in ....they are tight .
I am anxious to complete and fly , but , it may be a little while
If the Fokker is like this , they both will be some nice WW1 birds for us
This is one of the best ARF's I have ever built - 6 hours ready to fly!
Well guys I flew mine this afternoon. I was worried, small bipes can be an HANDFULL. Well any of them can really.
Well no reason to worry. This is a fine flying airplane. CG was right on with the battery in the center of the tray. Use the control throws they recommend. Low rates make this docile and easy to fly.
It is remarkably fast with the Hyperion 2212/20 motor and GWS HD 9x5 prop....That setup on 3s draws about 14 amps. PLENTY of power. I was surprised at how well it carries speed, most bipes almost drop out of the air without power.
I just got mine together and took it for it's first flight yesterday. There was a bit of a mishap due to (er-huh) pilot error... But after a short minor repair I was back up again. Man it is a sweet flying plane.
I built it with the recommended 'RimFire' motor and Electrifly ESC and it has nearly endless climbs rates.
I have a question for anyone who has come up with a drag tail for theirs - I see Mike has a good looking solution for him. With out a mod I find the rudder drags on the ground. I have a pice of wood taped back there now and it works, it's just not very elegant looking....
It is a great plane though - Will try and get some pictures later.
alienx - if you look above at the in flight pics you can see the green stock tail portion as well as the 3" or so length of CF rod stock I added to keep the rudder from catching.
The scale one can be seen at the full scale site, but in essence where the GP skid angles back towards the bottom of the rudder the full scale actually angles the other direction creating a skeg that drags on the ground. Easy to recreate, I will just add a piece of ply where you see air inbetween the CF rod and existing skid.