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Old 02-12-2006, 10:48 AM
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Default Columbo Anderson 34% Extra...Do I want one?

This afternoon I'll be going to look at a CA 34% Extra which was built by one of our club's better builders. It's RTF minus Rx. "No expense spared"...DA 100, JR 8611 everywhere, etc. Never been flown. The builder decided that it's just too big to move around and is sticking to his 50cc sized stuff.

My impression of CA kits is good, but I am having trouble finding good feedback using the search feature on RCU or web-wide using Google. Some think the Cardens, while heavier, are better. Others think the opposite is true.

Anyone out there have any 1st hand experience? I'd like to hear your impressions.

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Old 02-12-2006, 11:00 AM
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Default RE: Columbo Anderson 34% Extra...Do I want one?

The CAModels Extras are known to fly quite well... as long as he built it properly and true... you should enjoy the plane.

From what I understand the Chip Hyde, Planes Plus and RC Superstore 34% Extras are ARF versions thta are all built up... and they fly well.

If it's a good value (deal!) then you can't really go wrong. Even down the road when you get tired of it, you got some good stuff there to move to the next airframe...
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:22 PM
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Default RE: Columbo Anderson 34% Extra...Do I want one?

vertically trimmed giving 1 degree of upthrust, there an unbelievable aircraft. This one im flying is powered by a 3w CS 106 with 11hp, power to weight being a light plane is extreme.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:51 PM
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Default RE: Columbo Anderson 34% Extra...Do I want one?

Acrobat,
Man that prop clearance looks close.

Robert,
If you get it, through up some pictures. I've got one now that needs to be finished.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:58 PM
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It is the best 35% IMAC plane I have ever flown. They fly awesome. If you fly IMAC and you aren't going 40% this would be an excellent choice. Tracks awesome and snaps VERY well.

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Old 02-22-2006, 08:38 PM
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It is the best 35% IMAC plane I have ever flown. They fly awesome. If you fly IMAC and you aren't going 40% this would be an excellent choice. Tracks awesome and snaps VERY well.

Dan
You talked me into it.

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Old 02-23-2006, 12:36 AM
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Well?? How do you like it?

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Old 02-23-2006, 09:45 AM
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Well?? How do you like it?

Ryan
Awaiting batteries/regulators/ignition cut-out. All are due here tuesday. Then, balance, final checking-out, then....flyyyyyyyyyyyy.
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Old 03-05-2006, 10:45 AM
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Well?? How do you like it?

Ryan

Wow, what a plane.

My mentors Joemac and YesDear were on hand and gave everything one final once-over -- tug on this, push on that, "is there loctite on this here?" -- and deemed it sound. We doublechecked the CG...it was fine.

I watched them fly their planes first (35% and 40%) and somehow this helped me get rid of my gitters.

Then the first run on my DA-100...flawless. Started easily, transitioned like an old hand.

No reason not to fly, huh?

Off we go...Slowly applied power, right down the runway, no surprises...climbed out at around 2/3 throttle...had to back off a little. Set up for a trim pass...one click of Aileron -- that's it. Flew around at half throttle, my mentors told me I was still flying too fast...so somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 stick seems to be the right amount for straight and level flight.

45 upline, roll inverted...CG seems exactly on the money. Future flights will reveal any coupling issues which might need to be mixed-out. I don't expect any surprises, since we double checked incidences and the plane is very straight. Who knows, it might benefit from a touch of differential, idle-down elevator, we'll see.

Anyway...Landed after a short flight...maybe 5+ minutes total. What a landing! Nothing to it...establish my glideslope, minor heading adjustments with rudder (only) and control sink rate with a hint of throttle...greased her in. This is the easiest plane to land that I have flown -- period.

I was running out of time which was probably good, since I ought to go through the plane and check everything for tightness and airworthyness before any subsequent flights (stuff like prop bolts and servo linkage, pull-pull..etc.)

Weather permitting, I'll get some quality flying time late this week.

At 25# 6 oz, this plane is very easy to fly. I was apprehensive about buying this plane at first, but I can now safely say that I couldn't be happier with this plane. As my abilities (IMAC) improve, I might find issues with the plane at some point in the future, but for now I think I have a good platform for my ability level.

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Old 03-05-2006, 10:52 AM
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Here's a pic from when my wife was out-of-town...I installed the LiIons, Optical cut-out, and engine baffles in the dining room. Beats working in the garage!

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Old 03-05-2006, 09:37 PM
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Congrats. You will love IMAC with this ship. At that weight and with a DA-100, it could carry you all the way to unlimited, no kidding.

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Old 03-06-2006, 10:49 AM
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Congrats on the first flight!!
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:26 AM
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Default RE: Columbo Anderson 34% Extra...Do I want one?

I am now flying the 34% that Acrobat was flying, this is the straightest flying model iv'e ever had the pleasure of laying my hands on, that good that I am picking up a 38% this week.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:01 AM
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I am now flying the 34% that Acrobat was flying, this is the straightest flying model iv'e ever had the pleasure of laying my hands on, that good that I am picking up a 38% this week.
Lucky dawg!
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:26 PM
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10 months later...

Am I still happy with this plane? Now more than ever, you bet.

I was initially a bit frustrated with trying to mix-out quirks which revealed themselves as I got used to flying it. I even got a little discouraged then recently took a fresh, new approach.

I backed-out all the mixes and started over. The first thing I did was junk the MSC prop. That made a big difference (believe it or not) when I replaced it with a Mejzlik 27 x 10. Intellectually I know how drastic a prop can affect how a plane flys, but I am still really blown away when I experience change.

Next, I found that a lot of right rudder was needed on uplines...OK. No fooling around this time (remember my "fresh, new approach?" ) so I added a washer to increase the right thrust a bit. WOW! What a difference!!! Really unbelievable the change...not just in uplines, but in other ways as well.

I moved my CG fore and aft and found a sweet-spot that I will maintain from now on.

The DuBro wheels were heavy and coming apart, so I went with H-9 ProLite wheels. Nice, really nice, but I wonder why I don't see them more often.

I replaced the aluminum gear with CF gear. The alum gear was too low and made the plane look odd on the ground. It was quite durable, though.

Somehow the combination of changes has me flying without any mixing at all (for IMAC flying) when before I was struggling with thro->dn elev, Rudd->dn elev, etc, etc.

I have a "new" plane and I am enjoying it more and more each flight. IMAC this season will be much easier for me, maybe I can get some wood!?!?





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Old 12-28-2006, 07:28 PM
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Glad to hear you are happy with the "new" plane.
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That is one very clean scheme. Nice machine. Good luck in 2007.

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