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    Skill Collector rockyboy's Avatar
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    Big motor (for me at least). Power Up 60 Sport 430kv 5060 sized and 408 grams - that's almost a pound of motor!

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    Last edited by rockyboy; 01-05-2018 at 02:15 PM.
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    A thousand pints of lite. Joker 53150's Avatar
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    Yeah, that’s how the addiction to giant scale happens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker 53150 View Post
    Yeah, thatís how the addiction to giant scale happens!
    *sigh* I'm not sure this will end well.... for my wallet... or my storage space...
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    A thousand pints of lite. Joker 53150's Avatar
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    Swap meets are your friend when it comes to big birds. Everything from airframes to engines to electronics at bargain prices. My favorite swap meet score so far is a Balsa USA 1/4 scale Cub, that came complete with a Zenoah 23cc gas engine, all servos, completely covered and needing only minor work (new landing gear wires, new gas tank and lines, new battery, and new receiver). I paid $100 and put maybe $50 additional into it to get it in the air.

    There is a swap meet near Green Bay this weekend and I'm hoping to find a couple glow engines. I've got another 1/4 scale Cub that needs an engine, so something around .90 to 1.0 should work well. I'm also looking for a .75-ish size for a Great Planes F-4 Phantom that I got after it was about 60% built. Glow engines are getting very common as well since electric and gas are so popular.
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    Yeah, I've noticed at the local RC auction there is a sweet spot of park flyers that get the most attention, and then some big stuff that often doesn't draw too many bidders. Like my Sig Kadet Senior w/ servos and minor covering blemishes for $20.

    But we've just opened up a new field locally that's giant scale compatible, so that might be changing soon... and honestly I hope so as more flyers in the air means we're more likely to keep the field financially viable and operating.
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    A thousand pints of lite. Joker 53150's Avatar
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    $20 for a Kadet Senior is a bargain! Mine was closer to $75 and needed a ton more work than bargained for, but I'm a sucker for old balsa and hate to see it get junked. It's such a nice design that flies perfectly, it was well worth the time and effort.
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    Progress continues...

    When I hooked up the servos to a tester and started moving control surfaces, I noticed a lot of flexing in the elevator control rod. So I added a bulkhead extension with carefully placed slots to keep the rod straight. Will be adding a second wood strip across the top of the slots to fully trap the rods.
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    I didn't like the idea of needing to grab a screwdriver at the field to get the two screws out to remove the battery hatch. Happened to have some 3d printed thumb knobs handy that I epoxied onto the screws. No more need for tools to get to the battery!
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    This is the flat wing of the pair - it came with several patches of hangar rash and some gaping holes where the servos were removed.
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    Sliced off the damaged covering back to solid ribs or frame elements. Had to peel everything off one of the wing tips too.
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    The new servos I got were just a 1/8" shorter than the originals I think - the covering was going to be too high up on the spline to mount the servo horns correctly. So I glued in some plywood shims to raise up the servos a touch. Also tugged and pushed on the servo rails with a good amount of pressure to make sure the glue wasn't going to fail, which has been a problem in several areas of this frame.
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    Servo two. Had to remove a second section worth of covering here due to the hangar rash. Also installed control horns on the ailerons.
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    All patched up and ready for control rods! Waiting for a 2-56 die to arrive this weekend so I can thread the second end of the control rods for a ball socket connection.
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    Last edited by rockyboy; 01-13-2018 at 04:20 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyboy View Post
    Big motor (for me at least). Power Up 60 Sport 430kv 5060 sized and 408 grams - that's almost a pound of motor!

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    HOLY COW! my biggest operating plane is a FT 3D!
    Always remember this when you are struggling with something, "It is possible.....just not in a way you know yet".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grifflyer View Post
    HOLY COW! my biggest operating plane is a FT 3D!
    This step into the big stuff has been fun so far - and affordable by picking up used stuff that needs work. I think by the time I'm done I'll only have about $200 into this airframe and electronics to get it in the air.

    So come on in! The water's fine!
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    So how much you gonna charge the parents at FFE to take the kiddies up in this?

    Gotta recoup the hobby money some how right?
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