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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Some cool new pics
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    Just in, my new Jet Central VT-100 Rabbit!!!!!!!

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Here is the long awaited maiden flight of my Predator







    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxt2D8XGr_8
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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B


    ORIGINAL: Mr Ray

    papajeff

    Did you use a pusher prop?

    Are brushless motors reversable?

    Where did you find pusher props?

    Did not receive my second predator yet, want to do this one right.
    Ray,

    Regarding the prop - Freddy is correct on both counts (use a 9x6 APC E {electric}) & normally (called tractor)
    on every type of prop, the numbers or letters face front (away from the motor) now,
    with a pusher, the numbers or letters face rear, but still away from the motor!

    Brushless are reversable - just switch any two of the three leads between the motor & ESC.

    Although some Mfg's do make special pusher props (Zinger, master Airscrew) regular (tractor) props
    can be used as pushers, just as long as they are turned backwards.

    On your "new" Predator, just take your time & basically follow the instruction booklet and use this build thread
    as a guide with the knowledge that most of the mods suggested, are worth considering.
    If you have a question.....just post it and I'm sure that you will get lots of help.

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Freddy,

    Now you're talking.........I mean flyin!!!!! Very nice, and I will agree with brownlab when he said that the Predator is not all that easy to fly!
    Your turns were very good and that's just a matter of more flying and getting the feel of adding in some opposite rudder ("V"tail) as you make your aileron turns. This will flatten out your turns and help make them a little wider, which is good for the long, narrow wings of the Predator.
    On the landings, just line up on the runway, slowly cut the power to about 1/4 stick and let the plane lose altitude on it's own without a lot of down elevator. At about 10 feet high, or so, cut power to just about 1/8 stick and kind of fly & glide the plane down to the runway. If you practice landing in this manner you will avoid the up-down....up-down of your first attempt. It looked like you got it right on your second landing.

    You did good and that gives me a lot of pleasure! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....................Yeahhhhh hhhhhhhh!!!!

    One other thing, see that sort of loop on the rear under-fin, it's just a piece of 0.47 piano wire bent in a curve with both ends
    CA'd into two holes drilled into the fin. This mod helps prevent the prop from striking the ground upon landing and it works!
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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    I welcome,
    what of these models is better?

    1 - http://store.bananahobby.com/gp1029.html
    or
    2 - http://www.bananahobby.com/1048.html


    Thanks!

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Hey all interseting thread, the build photos are excellent - think i'm going to get one soon.
    Can the wings be removed after its built for transportation?

    I think the title of the thread and the model name is incorrect though, this model isn't a PREDATOR RQ-1B, as that is the name given to the baseline production configuration of the smaller Predator A (the tail is upside down). This is infact MQ-9 Predator B which has now been named the MQ-9 Reaper.

    Check out this link if your interested in making the uav a little more autonomous - http://blog.wired.com/geekdad/2007/0...ng-a-real.html

    Anyway keep up the good work.

    P.S. Just found another build thread for the same model which has some interseting mods - steerable nosewheel and canopy attachment for those who are still building/going to build - like me! http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...nitro+predator

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Hi, Jeff. I do have the tail skid mod on my predator. its hard to see in the pics. Havent skinned the prop yet!!!
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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    that brusless pred is the one i had but mine had a brushed 290 in it. and 4ch is a lie ,it is 3ch
    the wind is a planes worst enemy

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Ch1. Throttle
    Ch2. Rudder
    Ch3. Elevator
    Ch4. Ailerons

    Not in that order but that are the 4 Ch. needed to fly the Predator.
    Typically a 3 Ch plane doen't have Ailerons and a 4 Ch does.

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Hello Just wanted to show you a pilot figure a friend of mine caved out of a chunck of balsa. I looked all over for a pilot for my Zero and couldn't find one I liked and he said he would make me one and did a nice job of it.
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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    ORIGINAL: PALLADIUM

    I welcome,
    what of these models is better?

    1 - http://store.bananahobby.com/gp1029.html
    or
    2 - http://www.bananahobby.com/1048.html


    Thanks!
    For me, with knowledge of both planes, I truly believe that you will be happier with
    the #1 (camo) above, which is the same one as in this thread.
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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B


    ORIGINAL: junkjet

    Hi, Jeff. I do have the tail skid mod on my predator. its hard to see in the pics. Havent skinned the prop yet!!!

    Good move, Freddy, and you're right as I could not see it on the video.

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    imwebbo,

    Thank you for both links! I really liked that almost real UAV, silver Predator. I did see one of the UAV
    sites that had photos of the many variations and we'll just remane this thread the new and improved
    MQ - 9 Reaper. I like it!!!!!!!!!!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.................Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh hhh!!!!!!

    Thank you for your comments which are greatly appreciated! I thought the same about the Predator's
    63" wing span and decided to figure out a way to make the wings removeable. You can go to post
    #116 then Ryan's idea see post # 294 & the next few to # 303. Now, I think that Ryan's mod is the best.

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    ORIGINAL: Warbird-Dave

    Hello Just wanted to show you a pilot figure a friend of mine caved out of a chunck of balsa. I looked all over for a pilot for my Zero and couldn't find one I liked and he said he would make me one and did a nice job of it.

    Dave,

    I wish that I had such talented pals. Nice custom pilot! Hey, happy New Year and remember;


    '08 is going to be GREAT!!!!!!

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B


    ORIGINAL: Warbird-Dave

    Ch1. Throttle
    Ch2. Rudder
    Ch3. Elevator
    Ch4. Ailerons

    Not in that order but that are the 4 Ch. needed to fly the Predator.
    Typically a 3 Ch plane doen't have Ailerons and a 4 Ch does.
    it doesnt have rudder, it has a nosewheel that is connected to the elevons, and it has elevons

    ch1 throttle
    ch2 ailerons
    + mixed=elevons THAT IS THE WHITE PREDATOR
    ch3 elevator
    the wind is a planes worst enemy

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Hi Papajeff,

    My Predator is ready for the 1st mission.Its a nice looking *******,so I"m very exciting how its gonna fly.Thx for the building tips.[sm=thumbs_up.gif]

    Georgee
    I\"m tired of airplanes.I just want one more.

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    ORIGINAL: georgee

    Hi Papajeff,

    My Predator is ready for the 1st mission.Its a nice looking *******,so I"m very exciting how its gonna fly.Thx for the building tips.[sm=thumbs_up.gif]

    Georgee
    Be sure to let us know how it goes. Also, post some photos if possible.

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Hello guys need some help. I'm fortunate to work for a company that give out to its employees a $250.00 American Express card for Perfect attendance for a year which I did last year. Now my question is I always need just 1 more War Bird but having a problem finding one. Looking for one that can be EP powered with nothing bigger then a .25 and with a wing spawn of 42 - 48 inches. And I want to stay in the 3 cell lipo battery range. Wanting a War Bird I don't already have is the problem here is what I alredy have
    1. Corsair x 3
    2. P-47 x3
    3. P-40
    4. A-26
    5. P-38
    6. P-51 x 2
    7. ME 109
    8. FW 190
    9. Stuka
    10. A6M Zero x2
    11. Predator
    12. U2
    13. AT6
    14. T-28
    15. Cub
    16. Bird Dog
    17. Spitfire x 2


    Looking for ARF or kit I would like to find a F4F , F6F , F8F or a Dauntless SBD but what I have found are either to big or to small. If any one knows of one of these planes or any other War Bird not listed in the 42-48 WS area please let me know. O and I'm only looking for prop driven plane.
    Thanks for any help
    Dave

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    try nitromodels or raidentech they have some nice warbirds that can be gas or electric, maybe hobby-lobby.com all they have is electric, make sure you put the hyphen in the middle or it will send you to the other hobby lobby
    the wind is a planes worst enemy

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    ORIGINAL: Warbird-Dave

    Hello guys need some help. I'm fortunate to work for a company that give out to its employees a $250.00 American Express card for Perfect attendance for a year which I did last year. Now my question is I always need just 1 more War Bird but having a problem finding one. Looking for one that can be EP powered with nothing bigger then a .25 and with a wing spawn of 42 - 48 inches. And I want to stay in the 3 cell lipo battery range. Wanting a War Bird I don't already have is the problem here is what I alredy have
    1. Corsair x 3
    2. P-47 x3
    3. P-40
    4. A-26
    5. P-38
    6. P-51 x 2
    7. ME 109
    8. FW 190
    9. Stuka
    10. A6M Zero x2
    11. Predator
    12. U2
    13. AT6
    14. T-28
    15. Cub
    16. Bird Dog
    17. Spitfire x 2


    Looking for ARF or kit I would like to find a F4F , F6F , F8F or a Dauntless SBD but what I have found are either to big or to small. If any one knows of one of these planes or any other War Bird not listed in the 42-48 WS area please let me know. O and I'm only looking for prop driven plane.
    Thanks for any help
    Dave


    Hi, Dave. Here is one of my next brushless projects and would be a great addition to your collection also

    http://www.estarmodels.com/

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    I really like that plane thanks much for the tip. Have you put any of there kits togeather? if so what do you think of them?

    Thanks
    Dave

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Those kits look nice, I really love Broncos, I already got 2!
    What comes down must always go up!

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Junket,

    E-Star kits sure look fine and the Storch is a good example! Great suggestion for Dave's next Warbird!

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B


    ORIGINAL: chrishornby

    Those kits look nice, I really love Broncos, I already got 2!

    Hey, Chris, how have you been? I just might have found a real interesting UAV for us Predator nut-cases. I have a little more checking to do and I will be sure to let you know the result. We just could end up with a number of unusual UAV's to do some air-recon whenever we want.
    All we have to be careful about is to make sure that we do not fly them too close to any airport, right???????????????

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    RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B

    Hi Jeff, I look forward to seeing your new UAV idea. The weather is awful here right now, floods all over the country so no flying, but I will be taking a couple of planes to South Africa with me in February so looking forward to some aerial photography. I have got me a couple of gyros to put on the elev and ailerons of my predator to stabilise it for camera shots. Even more like the real thing then? Nice to hear from you. I guess it is sunny and warm down in Texas?
    Chris
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