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Old 06-18-2016, 12:07 AM
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Here's something that's been bothering me for a while now.
Foam planes designed around a very specific battery that has no room for any other pack.
You'd think designers would allow some extra space to give the consumer some choice as to what batteries we'd like to use, but no.
Half the time you can't even fit the recommended battery without carving out the plane cause the designer seems to forget an esc needs space too.
The worst offenders are makers of slipstreamed gliders. Instead of reinforcing the area around the battery bay with light ply they make the walls thick.
Not every manufacturer has this problem, but many do.

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Old 06-18-2016, 12:34 AM
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Easy fix... I don't hesitate to spear foam with CF rod or bamboo to stiffen the fusleage and chop out room for the pack I want to put in.
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Old 06-18-2016, 01:29 AM
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I have an old soldering iron I use to melt out cavities in the fuselage. Depending on what's required afterwards I use anything from lite ply, bamboo skewers, Popsicle sticks, or anything else that I have laying around to stiffen things up.
It's not even just battery considerations that bother me.
Things like the cg often not correct in manuals, inadequate throws, recommended power systems that are barely adequate. Frustrations all around.
They are pains that can be rectified if one has experience but for people new to the hobby it can be overwhelming.
It's to the point where we expect any new bird we get will need work to make it fly right, unless we spend big bucks for something from horizon hobby or the like. But recently there is no guarantee that even buying more expensive planes will ease the burden.
For example, I received my origin Acro thrust this week. Recommended battery is 2300mah 3s or 4s. I can barely fit any of my 3s 2200 packs in the space provided let alone the esc, receiver, and the wiring. No idea how one goes about fitting a 4s 2300. On top of that, all control horns need reinforcing as the are simply glued in and need screws to stay in place at high speed.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:01 AM
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My pet peeve... Chingrish.

As much money as we send over there either teach them better English our outsource the manual and instruction writing to people who can.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:40 AM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
My pet peeve... Chingrish.

As much money as we send over there either teach them better English our outsource the manual and instruction writing to people who can.
No kidding.
Sometimes it is almost comedy reading the instructions.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Vic Z View Post
No kidding.
Sometimes it is almost comedy reading the instructions.
Or trying to see the teanie tiny pictures.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
Or trying to see the teanie tiny pictures.
Worst one I ever saw was the Maxford Jenny. 1 page of grainy black and white photos of a finger pointing at things. I think they have updated it since then but I may still have it. I'll post it f I can find it.
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Old 06-21-2016, 01:07 PM
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My biggest pet peeve is the cheap feel that everything seems to have in the hobby these days, sometimes I wish I hadn't started until after the hobby was swamped with cheap garbage products...then I wouldn't know any better.
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Old 06-21-2016, 01:21 PM
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At present time my Pet Peave is :

Wrong classification of models ....

The Catalina I just bought is an ARF and NOT a PNF as advertised. It may have all the bits ... motors ... ESC's etc. - but I am still having to assemble it from parts.

In the old days ....

Kit was a box of wood maybe printed or die-cut.

ARF was a part built model and needed your covering and final scheme

ARTF was a part built model covered and waiting for you to complete

RTF was a model that just needed your Rx ... or if really lucky in those days it had a Tx as well !

Today ? Seems anyone can just tag on whatever they like to their box of foam / ply ....

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Old 06-23-2016, 05:04 AM
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I agree 100%
Here is a good example where in the 3rd picture they show the kit components.
They call it an ARF, The fuselage is not assembled as shown and they claim it can easily be assembled in an evening. Total BS. It takes me 2 days of solid work and I have built 3 of them so I should know.
It should be classed as a Flat Pack Kit. It also doesn't come with the correct instructions.

This is another one but at least they show the components in one of the pics but they still claim it can be built in an evening.
Once again it took me 1 and 1/2 days of fairly intensive building.... jee, glue only dries so fast....
At least this one comes with excellent instructions (in colour)
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Wrongway-Feldman View Post
Foam planes designed around a very specific battery that has no room for any other pack.
The worst part is that I do it to myself on scratch builds.
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Old 06-23-2016, 02:13 PM
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How about plans and instructions for an earlier revision of whatever plane you just bought. Showing parts and assembly steps that no longer apply.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:38 AM
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My pet peeve is setting the CG at the recommended position, being conservative and going with the setting that is most nose-forward, only to find it is way tail-heavy, and you struggle just to get it back down in one piece.
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:08 PM
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Or manufacturers like great planes / electrifly that assume that people that buy their arfs will only ever use rimfire motors and make the mounting hardware and firewall nearly impossible to use with competitors motors.
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