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Old 01-16-2013, 07:28 PM
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Anybody try one of these yet? I just finished putting mine together. It's a pretty decent little plane. I used the hardware provided and found it to be OK, will probably replace the pushrods in the near future. Some construction notes:

The FG control horns epoxy into slots in the woodwork. It was easy to set up the wings since the servo slots are precut.

The tail feathers require a bit more work. Rudder pull-pull horn slot was only partially there, requiring some cutting and alignment. Still, the included FG horn worked out fine. I ran the wire into the CF horns, used the copper crimps, then used the included pushrod retainers to secure the servo ends of the pull-pull wire.

Stab/elevator seems a bit fragile. I'll probably put CF rods from bottom of tailcone up to stab to prevent flutter.

The Exceed 3020 motor is a direct drop-in for the included motor mount. Any other motor will require mods to the mount.

The only "major" glitch is that the tail feathers are slightly out of square with the wing. I used Solar metal gear mini servos from Nitroplanes for all surfaces. Power will come from a 2200 mAh 14.8V 4 cell batt. Gotta get my Dynam ESC set up and installed and then take it out and try it.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:21 AM
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Stab/elevator seems a bit fragile. I'll probably put CF rods from bottom of tailcone up to stab to prevent flutter.
Good tip. I was wondering about this plane too.

BTW: I had to do that with the 50cc Ultimate after the entire tail elevator fluttered off!

If you can slightly bend the elevator or rudder with a small bit of force, it NEEDS re-inforcement.

The tail should always feel stiff if the plane is properly set up.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:34 PM
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Flew my Raven for the first time on Wednesday, and it's a great little plane. I'm using a 2200 mAh 4S battery, with an Exceed 3020 motor and an APC 13x6.5E prop and a Dynam 60 amp speed control. There's gobs of power, and the plane is a floater. Not pushing it hard right now but hope to do so in the near future. Everything held together for a few flights to trim things out and try different CG settings. No instructions means I hunted around on the web and found a manual for a similar plane, leading to initial CG at 93mm from LE at root rib. It flies just fine there, but it's more of an advanced CG, with a pronounced (but not unflyable) tail drop at low power. Moving the CG forward by 5mm gives a more "sport flyer" feel. This is a great little plane for pilots looking for an electric bird that has lots of capability, but can be tuned to fly easy. Given the light wing loading, bigger batteries can also be used without compromising performance. I'm happy...
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If you can, upload a pic of your tail re-inforcement area.

As they say, a picture is worth....

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Cpt. I just ordered one of these yesterday. I thought I saw you at our field one day in Albuquerque (Maloof Airpark). I haven't picked which power I'm going to use. Electric or gas.
Maybe I see you at the field.
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Linden,

Electric is the only way to go with this airframe; it's mostly covering and very light. That being said, I've had a bunch of less-that-perfect touchdowns and it's staying together well. I really like this plane. I do hang out at Maloof; look for the yellow/black Monocoupe. See you out there...
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