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Old 09-25-2008, 12:27 AM
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I have finally put together the Mini Leader that I got from Hobby-Lobby many many months ago. I took plenty of photo's and will document here where I deviated from the manual.

I picked up some ideas from the backyard flyer review and even more ideas from two threads on RCG. I like this site better but no body has written much about the mini leader and now that they've discontinued them I imagine we won't hear much more. The second link has more information on power systems.

http://www.rcgroups.com/for...7821


http://www.rcgroups.com/for...9065


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What's in the box?
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This is how the kit should come.
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These pieces were missing from my kit. After a couple of weeks and a few phone calls Hobby-Lobby shipped them out to me.

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Parts count is low for this one.


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First order of business is to CA the ailerons in place. They come fitted in the wing but not glued.

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Old 09-25-2008, 04:44 AM
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My attempt at drilling the slot to allow for easier CA access. I use the Mercury thin CA and had a tough time getting the tip of the bottle in to the space even with full deflection of the surface.
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The servo mounting hole was too narrow so I had to open it up with the hobby knife. ( I really wanted to use dual aileron servos as talked about in the first build link but will see how this set up works. I may go back and modify it later).
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Control rods in place. I really like that they included the quick connects!
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I used the Dubro micro adjustable control horns. Also the provided control rods were too snug for the installed tubes (just like everyone else has stated) I had some smaller rods and they fit just right.
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I am not a big fan of the tail drag setup but did not have a tail wheel assembly and couldn't find one local that was small enough. I do have one on order that hasn't come in yet.

The horizontal stabilizer is a very loose fit and I had difficulty in getting it lined up equadistant from the wing tips. You have to remove the film from the surface to use the CA as the manual instructs. One of the suggestions on the other build thread is to use e-poxy, I agree. I read this too late and had used the CA, hopefully it holds up.

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Here's a close up of the wheel assembly, one of the wheels would not spin freely. Upon examination one of the washers had sharp edges on the side that faced the wheel, I flipped it over and all was well. I used blue thread lock on all of the nuts.
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Here's the main LG and a view of the rest of the electronics.
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Everything I've read about this bird says it's nose heavy... so I decided to add a pilot! I asked my son if we could look through his toys to see if we could find a pilot for my new airplane, he was pretty excited about it and we found this Happy Meal toy that worked out perfectly.

You will notice that there are no pictures with a motor installed that's because I didn't have it yet. In fact it showed up just before lunch today!

I'm looking forward to mounting it up tonight and getting everything set for a maiden possibly this weekend.

The motor I'm using is a BL 2212/10 from BP Hobbies.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:18 PM
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Wow, can't believe I've had this plane sitting on the shelf ready to fly since 9/24. It had it's maiden flight this last Saturday (11/15).

It flew great! I had on an APC 8x6 prop and it was producing 227W @ WOT. The AUW on the craft came out to 20.1oz.

She just wanted to float when I was bringing it in for landing and I nearly ran out of runway.

I have video of the flight that I'll have up shortly.
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It's a large video so be patient.

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