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Old 08-20-2007, 04:52 AM
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Default E-Flite Cessna 182 Flight Report.

I recently purchased an E-Flite 182.

Lots of less than flattering things have been said about this plane, so I am guessing that's why they're throwing stuff at you to get you to buy the last few.

When I picked this one up, it was 70 bucks. For this price they threw in a Park 400 outrunner. As well as a 25 amp ESC.

Assembly was no where near as horrible as was reported. Everything fit, nothing was broken. The electriconics fit in easily. None of the horrors that people had warned us about applied in this case.


Flying it was another story.

First flight was terribly off balance. I thought I had the CG right, but it thought it was a 3D plane and kept trying to hover.

I turned the battery sideways and shoved it as far forward as I could, this improved things a bit. Turns with this need a combination of rudder and aileron. If you try banking with just ailerons, it tries to slide sideways out of the sky. As promised, one of the wheel pants where busted on the first landing. It has an ugly stall if you try to land without power. Consistantly about a foot off the ground it would nose in. Applying power seemed to make it want to climb. I am sure there is a perfect balance that I just need to find. I just haven't yet. The motor mounting is weak, and snaps easily. Some hotglue put it back in order.

The good news, the 400 in it, is more than enough power. It screams towards the sky at 3/4 throttle. Once you have it balanced, it looks pretty good in the air. It's not a big fan of wind, but it isn't terrible in it either.


Of course, all the problems I had, could be because I was letting the monkey fly...






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Old 08-20-2007, 05:03 AM
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Hey I won one of those at SEFF.... It's still in the box though.

I had one a while back to but it met it's demise, rather quickly I might add. It flew ell enough but my lack of experience at the time probably added to it's short life span.

Tha't a great deal at 70 bucks for the motor, esc, and plane! Where'd you get it?
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:16 AM
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Same place where I got the fully loaded GP DR1 for $130

The tripe was used, he says he flew it once, and didn't like it, but with the prop he had on it, I doubt it made the air...
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:17 AM
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I am guessing that is the deal everywhere. They really want this thing to be gone.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:54 AM
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A little lead in the nose might help...I use the stick on 1/4 oz. increment stuff....But also use fishing weights sometimes....
A little nose heavy won't hurt for this one.
But I suspect you know all this.

I see yet another new avatar for you...hahahahahahaha
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:58 AM
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it's 70 everywhere I see it, but I don't see anyone throwing in the motor and ESC...
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
Same place where I got the fully loaded GP DR1 for $130

The tripe was used, he says he flew it once, and didn't like it, but with the prop he had on it, I doubt it made the air...
And where would that be???
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Biplane Murphy View Post
A little lead in the nose might help...I use the stick on 1/4 oz. increment stuff....But also use fishing weights sometimes....
A little nose heavy won't hurt for this one.
But I suspect you know all this.

I see yet another new avatar for you...hahahahahahaha
got 1/2 a stick of putty in it for now, gonna go try it in a few minutes..
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
And where would that be???
Mihabi RC,

A hobby shop in Panama City, FL
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:39 PM
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Ok, first flight time lasted me almost 30 minutes on a 1250.

This morning I didn't have as much time to fly, so I threw the 1000 in it, and tried it out with the added weight.

It was much better!

until....


Well, ever have one of those moments while flying, that you say, "I should pack it in now, that was fun" but instead do just "one more flight"

yeah

I had landed a couple times less than graciously, and one time put a chip in the prop. It was getting close to time to go to work. The boss had just called and I didn't want that the last thing I did before making the hour and a half drive to the office.

So, I ran the motor up, no severe vibration, taxi and away.

Uh oh. Nose went down as soon as I let off the elevator. The putty must have shifted forward.

I brought it up a little further and made a left hand bank (I always seem to like turning left). I couldn't let it stay too high, it likes room for landing, but I am hedged in with power lines and tress. This turn left me coming in over the lines.

I tried to clear the lines as closely as I could while managing the unstable plane. It was going to be close, too high and I would have to try to go around too low and, oops too low, throw on some power, looks like it's going to make it.....


Well, I didn't have to go around. I grabbed the lines and did a sort of spin, then right down, Crunch!

I didn't even bother walking over. Tossed the radio in the car and did the drive of shame. Upon arrival the thing was twitching like a dying animal. But a quick inspection showed that the damage wasn't anywhere as near bad as I had expected. It had ripped the mounting system out for the wing (it wasn't in that securely anyways). It had busted the motor mount, again (no surprise there). And of course the cowl was cracked.

I might have 30 minutes worth of work to have it air worthy again.

Lesson learned, secure your putty!!!!
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Darn power lines.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:20 PM
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that's it, all you had to say was, darn powerlines?
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:29 PM
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well....I just got up...waiting for coffee to brew....Cold foggy misty morning...Brain is not fully functional yet...

What kind of putty did you use?....Silly putty
I like the stick on weights....they seem to hold really well.

I am confident you can rebuild it like the 6 million dollar man.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:34 PM
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I had a stick of the GWS putty.

I used half of it.

Of course it can be rebuilt. The damage is really superficial.
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
I had a stick of the GWS putty.

I used half of it.

Of course it can be rebuilt. The damage is really superficial.
Does that GWS putty refer to Grasshopper whuppin' squad"?:<

When I was learning I obliterated the cowl on my Kadet on the very first hand launch....I never replaced it....the plane is on it's 3rd owner right now, and still has no cowl.

And I ripped out the wing mounts as well.

30 minute repair job is nice.....I've had some much longer ones.....Most of my planes have been Balsa, so repairs can get quite extensive.....

I souped up a cessna 182 for someone once...I think it was a parkzone.
Stuffed an E-flite 450 in it, Esc, and 1320mah 3s Lipo Batt...added bigger wheels....increased rudder and aileron throws.
It was Faster, lighter,and more manueverable.
It was capable of inverted flight...Snap rolls...etc...
It could climb vertical no problem.
But not really scale flight.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:01 PM
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This one has plenty of power to remove all scale appearance.

I run it at about half throttle once in the air. A few take offs I did at reduced throttle, with a longer run out, just for scale.

I have to reattach the piece of wood that the wing bolts to.

I have to reglue the motor mount, again.

Other than that, there's nothing to do. Hotglue and a couple minutes, and it really will be flight ready
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Biplane Murphy View Post
Does that GWS putty refer to Grasshopper whuppin' squad"?:<

When I was learning I obliterated the cowl on my Kadet on the very first hand launch....I never replaced it....the plane is on it's 3rd owner right now, and still has no cowl.

And I ripped out the wing mounts as well.

30 minute repair job is nice.....I've had some much longer ones.....Most of my planes have been Balsa, so repairs can get quite extensive.....

I souped up a cessna 182 for someone once...I think it was a parkzone.
Stuffed an E-flite 450 in it, Esc, and 1320mah 3s Lipo Batt...added bigger wheels....increased rudder and aileron throws.
It was Faster, lighter,and more manueverable.
It was capable of inverted flight...Snap rolls...etc...
It could climb vertical no problem.
But not really scale flight.
Easy there Biplane Boy! We don't want to get that started.
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I dunno, I kinda like it.

It has a certain flair!
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Grasshopper View Post
Easy there Biplane Boy! We don't want to get that started.
Remember this...."Grasshoppers Crunchy"........

Quoted from Brnyrbbl..Word chain game.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:16 PM
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The giant black grasshoppers are out in force around here lately.

I need to get a picture of one.... being squished!!!

These things are about as thick around as your thumb, at least as long as a finger. They're huge!
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
The giant black grasshoppers are out in force around here lately.

I need to get a picture of one.... being squished!!!

These things are about as thick around as your thumb, at least as long as a finger. They're huge!

They're mean too. Their main diet is Flying Monkeys.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:45 PM
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Actually, the book only said plants.

I am no plant!
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:12 AM
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What the hell? You got a monkey in a box? From SEFF? Let the damn think out!


Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
Hey I won one of those at SEFF.... It's still in the box though.

I had one a while back to but it met it's demise, rather quickly I might add. It flew ell enough but my lack of experience at the time probably added to it's short life span.

Tha't a great deal at 70 bucks for the motor, esc, and plane! Where'd you get it?
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:35 PM
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Wow Wilbur, You can actually provide meaningful information to this forum. I'm impressed!






ok.....I'm over it now
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:51 PM
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It was an accident, I will try to keep it from happening again....
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