RE: Nitromodels PREDATOR RQ-1B
PapaJeff - Thank you for your quick response to my question. The picture in Post #24 tells all - my Predator came without the oval cutouts in the fuselage ahead of the main wing tube hole - they are present on the wings (that's where the servos wires come out), but there is no corresponding holes in the fuse. A little careful measurement and a scalpel will soon fix that.
To answer your question about the planes I have been learning with - I first flew an Electristar, which I am still using as a camera mule, planning to build a 'Taliban Targetting Pod' (tilt & pan) to go underneath, with a FlycamOne2, or perhaps a small DV camera, if I can find a cheap lightweight one that uses SD cards. To date it has flown with a fixed 'Tony Hawk Helmet Cam', but the 320x240 15fps video is not very good. I also have an E-Flite UltraStick 25e - my second one, in fact, as the first one tore apart in midair (the wing mounting points failed) and the manufacturer sent me a new one which I still have, although it has had some close shaves. I had a Diamante, the airframe of which I bought used, and could never seem to fly it right, until it went in with extreme prejuduce - I kept the pilot and some covering as mementos but will never buy another one. I have a Parkflyers profile GeeBee and a Parkzone Typhoon, both of which I like, as flying them is more like a wrestling match than an exercise in any sophistication. They both have an extensive history of major surgery. I also have an Accel Hobby Katana 35ES which has flown once - a hair-raising event which I will repeat when I feel I have a lot more experience. I have a Parkflyers Edge 540T, which I don't like on any level other than its looks. I just ordered an Extreme Flight 47" Yak, as they are on supersale for $100 delivered - who could resist such an opportunity !! And now, I am not too far from finishing the build of my Predator. I have read all the comments in this thread regarding the odd characteristics of flying a short bodied, long,thin-winged V-tail, rear pusher-propped plane with trepidation.
This is a good hobby - and, in comparison to most others, surprisingly affordable. I am thoroughly enjoying building and flying, although I am, at best, mediocre at both and loving it.
Once again, thanks for all the info and all your work here!...Chris