ceecrb1 -> Seagull Super Tucano (1/4/2012 8:54 PM)
As I cant find ANYTHING about this plane in any forum... going to start talking about mine!
Mine has JUST arrived at last! After paying for a 24 hour delivery, it finally arrived 2 weeks after it was meant to as the courier messed up....
I think its been all over spain as the box had taken a beating, the plane has a few minor marks on it but nothing that the iron and cyano was´nt able to fix in under 5 minutes.
1st impressions.. The covering is great! I saw no need to iron it over!
There are a lot of parts to this ARF. there is very little really done by seagull, but as someone who enjoys building, but does not trust his own skills to build a plane straight (I have tried an ALL were bananas!) I really like this options, I have a basic fuse and wings, but the rest I have to do, even the pilots and canopy are not installed as are none of the hinges etc.
IT also comes with removable long range tanks and missiles! NO idea where I am going to store them! They arnt small!!! I also really liked that it has spilt flaps, and the inside of the split is painted white for added scale look. They even painted the hanging points for the ordinance.
Its bigger than I thought! Its the same size (almost) as my goldwing/redwing MX2 30cc...
The fine details are really nice, lots of fins and antennas and pilots etc to glue on if I want later!
The wing tube is really heavy.. but each wing is held in by 2 nylon screws.. I have test fitted the wings and they are ROCK solid in place.. they slot into a really nice fit!
The shop even gave me a gift of an entire packet of 10 mini (1g) cyano tubes for taking to the field! They turned out GREAT for doing the CA hinges!
I ordered mine with a dle 20.
A few things I have noticed before I bought it (as I got the manual online http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/hz/rcplanes/planes_seagull/SEA2585.html )
Mounting a fuel tank for a gas setup is going to be a real pain!
The glow tank has its specifically shaped hole inside the fuse all ready, and as usual goes right up to the firewall.
There are 2 problems here:
1, with gas tank so far forward, the tygon will be pressed up against the DLE 20's rear carb...
2, the dubro gas stopper is too small for this tank.
The tank's location is RIGHT inside the nose, in an inaccessible area... So I'm leaving this stage for a while as I need to think it over.....
The next flaw in this plane is the retract system.
It uses 1 and only 1 servo for all 3 retracts...
Yes I said that right.... removable wings but the retract servo in the fuse..(check the manual). They intend "us" to disconnect the pushrods every time.. NO THANKS!!!
So I have bought some eflite electric retracts (90-120).. They are a perfect fit. I have the wing retracts already installed, it really was as easy as screwing in a servo.
The engine standoffs were 5mm too much together for the dle20, but 10 mins shaving off nylon fixed that... I've test fitted, the LE of the mounting plate of the dle 20 measures EXACTLY to the end of the standoffs to reach its mounting point.. will be really easy to line up to the end of the standoffs to get it straight!
The undercarriage mounting blocks on the wings are "hardwood" and they say to predrill with a 2mm bit before inserting a 3mm screw.. They need to be epoxied in place first..... and in the end.. they split!! I managed to save 2 of them by re-drilling with a larger bit but I need to have another think on how to rescue the split ones.... Would´ve been better if they were ply rather than sold wood..
After so much attention to detail, I find it really silly that the plane arrives with a RED spinner when the original plane has a black spinner.... Not a big issue, nor expensive.. Just not sure why they would do that after going to so much effort in other areas.
I´m using analogue servos (tower pro sg-5010) for everything.. so In the end to save from messing about every flying day I am using multiplex multipin connectors for the servos.
2 +ve pins, 1 -ve and a for each of the 3 servos in each wing.... all made into a special Y cable for each function going straight to the RX... Should make things really fast, and i'll NEVER mix up servo wires!!!
Anyway.. like always.. these threads are useless without pics... so here are some of how far I have gotten in 2 evenings work...
Now what shall I do next........