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Old 10-02-2014, 02:06 AM
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Hello everyone.

Like the title states, im getting back into the hobby after being away for 5 years. Bought me a mini telemaster because I decided electric power offered more opportunities to fly other than at designated flying fields. In the past, i started on .40-sized planes, then got into gliders. Life events got in the way of my flying, so i sold all my gear and focused on getting things back to a manageable situation. 5 years later, here I am and im ready to get back in the air.

I have been working on this kit off and on for the past few weeks. Only thing left to do is add some more covering details, install the pushrods, and check the throws. She is already balanced and the batteries are charged and balanced.

This is my setup:

ERC BL480S 1000Kv motor
ERC 35A ESC w/BEC
ERC 8g mini servos
Venom 2200mAh 40C lipo batts.

Futaba 9CAPS w/ FASST module
Futaba R617FS


Here are a few pics showing the process. Nothing out of the ordinary, pretty much a standard build. The wing is the non-aileron verson, the aileron wing will be built at a later date.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:16 AM
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Very Nice Build I get to Do The Maiden Flight on it LOL, Ok, Just Kidding, Post some video of the Maiden Flight, Take care and have fun, Chellie
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:45 AM
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Welcome back Shane,

Very nice looking build....should fly great for you.

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Old 10-03-2014, 07:27 AM
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Thanks Chellie and DEG!

Got her all finished this evening. Added the remaining covering details, got the pushrods in, servos and control surfaces centered, control throws adjusted, and verified the CG was still good. Hoping to maiden on Saturday if im still in town, if not, then it wont be until 3rd weekend in October.
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Originally Posted by shane.c.barton View Post
Thanks Chellie and DEG!

Got her all finished this evening. Added the remaining covering details, got the pushrods in, servos and control surfaces centered, control throws adjusted, and verified the CG was still good. Hoping to maiden on Saturday if im still in town, if not, then it wont be until 3rd weekend in October.
You cant beat a telemaster they fly great. I always want to build the 8 ft one long ago but never got around to it . Yours turned out very nice and have fun flying her . joe
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Looks great. Love the color scheme should be real visible in the air. Good luck on the maiden. After doing my flight checks all of my maidens have a ritual
Step 1: Take a picture of it before take off (video works as well) May never look that good again and want to remember it.
Step 2: Must announce my pucker factor. 1 being the most comfortable 10 be puckered up as tight as can be
Step 3: Hope the RC Gawds are with me
Step 4: Have a blast
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishbonez View Post
Looks great. Love the color scheme should be real visible in the air. Good luck on the maiden. After doing my flight checks all of my maidens have a ritual
Step 1: Take a picture of it before take off (video works as well) May never look that good again and want to remember it.
Step 2: Must announce my pucker factor. 1 being the most comfortable 10 be puckered up as tight as can be
Step 3: Hope the RC Gawds are with me
Step 4: Have a blast
Haha! Great set of check points!
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishbonez View Post
Looks great. Love the color scheme should be real visible in the air. Good luck on the maiden. After doing my flight checks all of my maidens have a ritual
Step 1: Take a picture of it before take off (video works as well) May never look that good again and want to remember it.
Step 2: Must announce my pucker factor. 1 being the most comfortable 10 be puckered up as tight as can be
Step 3: Hope the RC Gawds are with me
Step 4: Have a blast
P.S. I am a Wyoming native. Grew up in Wright. Hows the weather way up there?
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by shane.c.barton View Post
P.S. I am a Wyoming native. Grew up in Wright. Hows the weather way up there?
I live in Cheyenne and this morning it was snow and windy. Typical fall day in the Ole Wyo
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Sounds like a typical spring day aswell. I remember it would always sleet/snow on more than one occasion during spring track. Typically on the days I had the most events.
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Originally Posted by shane.c.barton View Post
Sounds like a typical spring day aswell. I remember it would always sleet/snow on more than one occasion during spring track. Typically on the days I had the most events.
Yep it was snowing in May this year. 8 months of Winter, 2 weeks of Spring, 3 months of Summer and 2 weeks of Fall.
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Originally Posted by Fishbonez View Post
Yep it was snowing in May this year. 8 months of Winter, 2 weeks of Spring, 3 months of Summer and 2 weeks of Fall.
Just so you two dont fell like your alone its rain and snow mixed in the windy city today and of cource its windy ! joe
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:45 PM
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Maidened the mini telemaster today. It flew great after some small trim inputs on elevator and rudder. I could easily scoot along at, or less than half throttle. The landings were less than graceful, but its what to be expected after several years of being out of practice. I also need to reconsider my CG, it seemed a bit squirrely at times. Now its time to start building the aileron wing. By the time I finish, I should have a few more flights under my belt.

Sorry, no pics of the flight this time.

P.S. for those in the cooler climates, it was 95 and sunny today. :P
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Originally Posted by shane.c.barton View Post
Maidened the mini telemaster today. It flew great after some small trim inputs on elevator and rudder. I could easily scoot along at, or less than half throttle. The landings were less than graceful, but its what to be expected after several years of being out of practice. I also need to reconsider my CG, it seemed a bit squirrely at times. Now its time to start building the aileron wing. By the time I finish, I should have a few more flights under my belt.

Sorry, no pics of the flight this time.

P.S. for those in the cooler climates, it was 95 and sunny today. :P
Ha Ha my dogs did not want to go outside this morning because it was in the 30s . Wind was 20 mph and gusting higher . Yep its about time to start building again. Congrats on your maiden Shane have fun building the ail wing but this was a nice build. joe
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Welcome to the community, Shane. We'll be watching with interest to see how it goes.
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Besides your new ail wing .what are you thinking about building next Shane? You into warbirds ,arobatic planes ,your first low wing ?joe
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mclarkson,
Thanks for the welcome. Happy to be here.

Joe,
Not sure what the next build will be. Watched a couple guys flying thier powered gliders, so might build one of those. But a hanger isnt a hanger without a warbird though. But that wont be until I get a few more builds under my belt. I may just go with a warbird foamy, unless I can get a park sized balsa kit somewhere.

Just finished recharging the battery I flew 11 mins with, put in 1063mah of 2200. Thinking I can get 15mins out if I keep the throttle mid range or lower.

-Shane
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Originally Posted by shane.c.barton View Post
Maidened the mini telemaster today. It flew great after some small trim inputs on elevator and rudder. I could easily scoot along at, or less than half throttle. The landings were less than graceful, but its what to be expected after several years of being out of practice. I also need to reconsider my CG, it seemed a bit squirrely at times. Now its time to start building the aileron wing. By the time I finish, I should have a few more flights under my belt.

Sorry, no pics of the flight this time.

P.S. for those in the cooler climates, it was 95 and sunny today. :P
Hi To get rid of that Squirrelly ness , set your CG to 25% back from the Front Leading edge and give the motor about 2 to 3 degrees of down thrust, that will help to load the Main Wing and make it fly like if it was on Rails
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Originally Posted by shane.c.barton View Post
mclarkson,
Thanks for the welcome. Happy to be here.

Joe,
Not sure what the next build will be. Watched a couple guys flying thier powered gliders, so might build one of those. But a hanger isnt a hanger without a warbird though. But that wont be until I get a few more builds under my belt. I may just go with a warbird foamy, unless I can get a park sized balsa kit somewhere.

Just finished recharging the battery I flew 11 mins with, put in 1063mah of 2200. Thinking I can get 15mins out if I keep the throttle mid range or lower.

-Shane
You have a great attitude about building and its great to see guys like you here. You ever looking for free plans ,foam or balsa just pm me Shane and i will help. Joe
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Originally Posted by CHELLIE View Post
Hi To get rid of that Squirrelly ness , set your CG to 25% back from the Front Leading edge and give the motor about 2 to 3 degrees of down thrust, that will help to load the Main Wing and make it fly like if it was on Rails
It 'appears', to my untrained eye, that there is down and right thrust built into the firewall. I did move my CG to 25% of the wing chord. It is about 1/4in further forward than what is called for in the plans. I will fly it again with the new setup, if it still acts squirrely, I will shim for more down thrust. Dont want to change too many things at once, I will loose track of how an adjustment makes what change in flight characteristic.
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Originally Posted by road king 97 View Post
You have a great attitude about building and its great to see guys like you here. You ever looking for free plans ,foam or balsa just pm me Shane and i will help. Joe

It is, in my own opinion, more gratifying flying something you built from a stack of raw materials. But I do also appreciate the ease of pulling something out of a box and wringing it out. Time and place for everything.

I will definitely give you a holler once I decide on a new project. Thanks for the offer!

-Shane
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