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Old 12-06-2008, 07:22 AM
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WoW! How good is that?
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:04 AM
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She id finally ready to fly. Now all I have do do is wait for the snow to melt!

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Old 01-05-2009, 12:03 PM
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Nice work Paul, the Defiant looks very impressive in the pics. I can't wait to see her fly. Barry
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:06 AM
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Cheering your maiden on from the peanut gallery.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:35 AM
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It really came out nice.
Hopefully the test flight will be as well.

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Old 05-28-2009, 09:42 PM
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"It Flys !" well it flew for 30 seconds anyway. Take off and climb out on crosswind were normal. Just about time I leveled out on downwind the motor quit. I landed kind of hard in some tall grass with a 10 knot tailwind. Both main gear were torn out of the wings. The impact really was not all hard I knew the landing gear mounts were kind of weak and proceeded to prove my theory. Did I mention I forgot to pull up the gear or lower the flaps.

Since the plastic mechanical retracts were a little rickety I've decided to install Robart Air retracts. The wing has been opened up and I will correctly locate the landing gear and strengthen the spar and leading edge. All I need to do now is buy $300 worth of parts.

I suspect the phoenix 80 shut the motor down as a result of the low voltage being encountered. This is the second time that has happened to me. I wonder if some how I am screwing up the programing at the field. I know for a fact I set it correctly in the shop.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:10 AM
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Sorry to hear about the early motor shutdown.
I just had that happen on my Aeromaster. E-Flite 60 2 6 cell A123s, CC Phoenix 80 ESC.

This is too late, but I just found out the A 123's drop below 3 volts under load and as low as 2.5 volts.
That could be why your motor shut down.
I'm guessing that's why my motor shut off. I was set on auto detect.

I just re programmed my ESC to not shut off until 12 volts.
I hate it when the motor quits at the worst possible moment.
I wonder if there is a way to Confirm what the ESC is programmed for?

Good luck getting it back in the air.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:18 PM
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I'll check the programing tonight. Probably something I did. The repairs are well under way and the new landing gear has been ordered.
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Old 05-31-2009, 04:33 PM
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That's really tough luck Paul and slightly worrying news. I thought that by moving to electric I had left motor shutdowns and the resulting dead sticks ( which always happen at the worst possible moment) behind me. Now it seems that the grass is not that much greener on the other side.
I know you'll have things fixed in no time.

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Old 06-20-2009, 01:55 PM
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You'll get her fixed up and flying nice I'm sure!
I still haven't started mine yet, I think the way things are going it's going to end up being a winter project ( I know, I said that last winter as well)
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:57 PM
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Jag,

I am about ready to beef up the wing and install a torque tube to operate the flaps. I'll photograph everything and add them to my construction file. If you like I can send you a cd that will show in detail things I did.

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Old 06-26-2009, 12:34 PM
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Thanks for the kind offer of sending the CD Paul. I have done a few of these conversions, so I'm pretty sure I'll get through it once I actually get started. Perhaps you could post any pics here for all of us to see, if you feel you have some that are going to be really beneficial for someone doing this plane. Spread the wealth around, so to say

I had to move the box mine was in the other day, so I pulled it out to have a quick look at it just to make sure the mice haven't ate it. Again I was sickened by the choice of colors for the covering. A chrome colored underneath? I have painted over covering in the past successfully, and I think this plane will be a candidate for another paint job. Easier and cheaper than doing a recover job on the whole plane.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:18 PM
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Jag,

Ya the covering is a real problem. Since I recovered this plane I have learned how to glass airplanes. I suspect that is what will eventually happen. While I have the center section of the wing apart for new gear and flaps I think glass and paint that section. Since this is kind of a development bird and I have one more in the box I'm going to try several things.

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Old 08-26-2009, 02:19 AM
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Progress has been slow on the wing rebuild simply because it is flying season not building season. Any way the new pneumatic gear has been installed in a seriously beefed up wing. This time if I tear the gear out there won't be any putting it back in. I also built a new flap set up. The flaps are now bolt on and both are driven via a carbon fiber torque tube.
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:47 PM
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Almost have mine finished now.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:53 PM
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Any updates on this unusual subject?
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:38 PM
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Here is my update. She made the wall. Stalled out on take off, too tail heavy. So much for the Chinese directions.
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Sorry to see it end like that.

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Old 08-19-2010, 07:52 PM
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I have another ARF, I bought two. The wing is completely intact with no damage. Since I've moved into Giant scale I don't know if I will ever get back to it. It is a very unusual model.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:42 PM
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always wanted to get one
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:29 PM
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Check the for sale adds on RC universe there is always one there.
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One of the guys who has helped me a lot did a conversion about a year or so ago. Plane looks good & is a very nice flyer.
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