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Old 01-09-2009, 03:09 PM
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Seahawk,

I did spend quite a bit of time trying to get the tail assembly bolts to line up with the holes in the bottom of the fuse. My solution was to turn the fuse upside down, then bend the bolts slightly to align with the holes. When mounting the tail assembly you have to make sure the front and rear projections fall into the slots. After a little wiggling it will match the holes and seat properly. Bob T.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:32 PM
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Nice report Amistad, very interesting. Curious, where did your battery end up? Any chance you could have moved it forward to prevent moving the engine out on the engine mount? It's really a nice looking sport plane. You're going to have fun.
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At first, I thought I had all sorts of room for components, but by the time I finished, it was getting pretty crowded.

The section of fuse between the rear of the canopy and the firewall is separated into upper and lower sections by the servo and fuel tank floors. The lower area, above the wing has what looks like a storage area, but actually is taken up by the aileron servo when the wing is attached..

The tank and throttle servo takes up the forward top section, leaving a small area beneath the pilot in front of the rudder and elevator servos. This is where I located the battery and receiver. The first receiver I tried was too large and prevented the canopy from closing, so I substituted a smaller one.

If I had been aware of this before installing the tank floor, I may have been able to locate the battery below the tank floor, behind the firewall..
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At first, I thought I had all sorts of room for components, but by the time I finished, it was getting pretty crowded.

The section of fuse between the rear of the canopy and the firewall is separated into upper and lower sections by the servo and fuel tank floors. The lower area, above the wing has what looks like a storage area, but actually is taken up by the aileron servo when the wing is attached..

The tank and throttle servo takes up the forward top section, leaving a small area beneath the pilot in front of the rudder and elevator servos. This is where I located the battery and receiver. The first receiver I tried was too large and prevented the canopy from closing, so I substituted a smaller one.

If I had been aware of this before installing the tank floor, I may have been able to locate the battery below the tank floor, behind the firewall..
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The airframes are manufactured so light these days
I hope that was intended as sarcasm.
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Yeah, looks like space gets pretty filled up with components as you go. If you did get the battery under the tank floor, you might have needed tail weight. I think you're pretty close to specs on this without adding a lot of extra weight. An APC prop might be a bit heavier than a wood one, but looks like you're pretty close to balance with your setup. Good decisions. I bet you're going to like this plane.
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:27 PM
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Yeah, looks like space gets pretty filled up with components as you go. If you did get the battery under the tank floor, you might have needed tail weight. I think you're pretty close to specs on this without adding a lot of extra weight. An APC prop might be a bit heavier than a wood one, but looks like you're pretty close to balance with your setup. Good decisions. I bet you're going to like this plane.
My balance now is right on, but I now have 1/2 inch clear between the nose and spinner backplate instead of the manual suggested 1/8 inch. Going to two aileron servos would open up the space above the wing that would hold both the battery and receiver. I don't know if the space between the nose and spinner is critical or not, but don't think so.
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:08 AM
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Balance is the most important thing, 1/2" gap between the spinner backplate and the nose is only cosmetics. It could be my imagination, but it looks like your HB 40 has a longer crankshaft in front of the carburetor than most 40 size engines.
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:21 PM
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I installed my tank with the 270cc down all of the fuel line holes work out great. I think they installed the bulkhead backwards or need to state the 270cc needs to go down.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:16 PM
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Skew

You're right. Just turn the tank upside down from the instructions and viola, the holes line up. I hadn't noticed that the holes were drilled off center. I just pulled my tank and corrected the situation. Thanks for the heads up. Bob T.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:53 PM
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The canopy section doesn’t seem to latch just right, but seems secure after seating it and then moving it slightly to the rear to lock it in. It seems it should slide back more, maybe with the rear of the canopy sliding over the front of the turtle back. The fit seems a little off in that area, since the canopy hits the edge of the turtle back instead of sliding over it, giving the canopy locking device more backward movement.
I did more checking to determine why the Canopy didn't seem to fully lock when sliding it back. The rearward movement is stopped by the rear edge of the canopy hitting the front edge of the turtle deck. Also, I noticed that with the top edge of the canopy touching the top of the turtle deck, there was a small gap at the two lower corners of the canopy where they met the turtle deck. I decided to try a little sanding to square the rear of the canopy.
Using fine grit, I sanded and checked the fit and each time the latch holding the canopy down moved more to the rear. After about three or four repeats, the latch now slides all the way to the rear. The gaps at the corner are eliminated. You can check the latch or hold down by installing the canopy and then looking into the area through the wing opening. Pic attached. Bob T.
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Also don't forget to turn stopper for the vent to be up when you turn the tank over.
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Old 01-10-2009, 09:14 PM
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Amazingly, I remembered. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:41 PM
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if you could.....i would love to have 3 views of the airplane....so i can create one for realflight. currently....the only pic i have is the one on towers page.....emoore1978@bright.net
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:37 AM
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The plane looks nice. I am looking foreward to a flight report. I think I am going to get one myself.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:31 PM
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So anyone actually fly this yet?
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:48 PM
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I'm looking forward to reading flight reports on this model.

For the price you can't beat it with a stick!

My only complaint is the wing. I wish it had a symmetrical wing.

At half the price of a Pulse XT they are going to sell a LOT of these I bet!

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Symmetrical wing? How about a Tower Uproar for $89? Lighter and greater wing area. But I have to admit the Escalade has much better looks.
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But I have to admit the Escalade has much better looks.
Bingo!!

I own a pulse 40XT and wonder how the 2 will compare?

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Finally got the Excapade maidened this morning. I couldn't get the HB40 running right, so installed a TTPro40. Overall, the flight went good. A little right rudder on takeoff run and she lifted off after a short run. Two right and four up for trim and she was flying nicely. Fast on full throttle and handles nicely on cruising speed. Trimmed for crusing it tends to climb on full throttle. Slowed down good for three point landing. Looks like she may be a nice flying little plane. Bob T.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:53 PM
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Sorry, but got a typo in that last post. Should have said TTPro 46 instead of 40. BobT.
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Congratulations on a successful maiden, Amistad! It looks like your Escapade turned out quite nice.
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learn to spell correctly.....or dont bother posting at all....hope you fly better than you spell.
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My cousin flew his Escapade today. He is using an OS 55AX and it weighs 5 lbs. It seemed to fly very well with short take offs and nice slow landings. He only flew twice because it was cold, windy, and spitting sleet.
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Thanks for the pics amistad. Glad to hear it went well. Mine is coming along slowly but surely. This is my 3rd arf assembly so I haven't learned all of the little tips you veterans have (one of these days Im going to try a kit after the kids are a little older). I get stumped pretty easy and have to step away for a day or so or run to the guy that got me hooked on this damn hobby for a quick answer.
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