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Old 05-30-2018, 03:10 PM
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I flew my Escapade last year with a 32cc Turnigy engine. It's been a great plane. Over the winter, I bought one of those low cost AGM 55cc engines for $200 and installed it in the Escapade. It went in pretty easy. I only had to add a riser between the landing gear and fuselage to get more clearance for the 22x10 prop. I flew it for the first time today. It was a lot of fun. It was really going fast and loud. The engine ran great. It didnít seem much different than with the 32cc except for the additional speed and noise.



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Old 06-04-2018, 08:43 AM
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Wondering if simply re-bending the existing main gear would allow you to eliminate the "riser" between the landing gear and the fuselage. Thinking a little bit narrower track may be manageable on this airplane.

Shortening the exhaust stacks with a Dremel and cut-off wheel to a third their length would help ground clearance as well and reduce the risk of "digging in" - angling the cuts to facilitate egress and staggering the pipe length would increase the coolness factor.
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Old 06-05-2018, 01:56 PM
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Thanks H5. That's funny on the exhaust. I had the same idea. This is a photo I altered to see if I liked it before I did it. I did and went ahead and shortened the first one. It came out looking exactly as this mock up photo. You are probably right about bending the gear. I wish I had thought of that. The riser doesn't seem the most secure setup. I might buy an extra set and try bending them. Thanks again
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Old 06-05-2018, 04:36 PM
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You got to admit, that is one good looking airplane!
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I love how it looks except the landing gear riser. I think a better solution would be a different (longer) landing gear.
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I looked for a carbon fiber landing gear that would work and didn't see anything. I agree it would look better and be stronger. Thanks
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:13 PM
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Just a thought, have you considered making one out of aluminum?
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No I didn't but I'll check it out. I really like the idea of it being a one piece too. I've collapsed the two piece gears on a number of GP planes on bad landings. That is some pretty thick aluminum on the stock gear. I'm not sure if I'd be able to bend it nicely with the tools I have. Which is only a bench vise.
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Old 06-15-2018, 09:48 AM
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I got one flight in today before it started raining. I put my Spektrum GPS unit into the plane. When it landed, it said the top speed was 121.8 mph. There were maybe 10 mph winds so top speed was probably 110. But that’s pretty fast for a plane that big. That was a 22x10 prop and I’m going to try a 20x12 next time. Good fun.
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Old 07-16-2018, 10:51 PM
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TNT can make you a one piece landing gear or the may have one that may fit.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:45 AM
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Hello, all, I have a brand new OS160 FX on the shelf, do think it would be enough for this plane? I don't want to tear up the sky, just practice some maneuvers.

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Old 11-09-2018, 09:49 AM
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Hello, all, I have a brand new OS160 FX on the shelf, do think it would be enough for this plane? I don't want to tear up the sky, just practice some maneuvers.
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While it won't tear up the sky it will fly it just fine.
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Originally Posted by Super08 View Post
While it won't tear up the sky it will fly it just fine.
Thanks Super8, thats what I thought.
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I used to fly a Giant Big Stik with a 1.60 before moving to a 30cc gas. It flew great but did not have unlimited vertical like it did with the bigger gas engine.
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I have a Giant Big Stick with an OS160 too! It flies good but your right, the vertical is limited.

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