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Old 04-12-2006, 07:42 AM
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Default Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

I'm reviewing the [link=http://www.hobby-lobby.com/reflex.htm]Reflex 3D ARF[/link] from Hobby Lobby and we'll see just how well it performs with the recommended setup when flown by the 2006 EX Games winner, Devin McGrath.

The Reflex 3D is an all wood ARF designed by world-class pilot Benoit Paysant-Le Roux that flies like a much larger full fuselage plane. It is solid in all maneuvers, hovers easily, knife edges with little coupling and snaps cleanly. With this airplane, the pilot is in total control as it responds instantly to your inputs. The wing loading is very light making this suitable for both indoor and outdoor flying. With reduced control throws, the plane is easy enough to fly for the novice 3D flyer. With full rates the performance is only limited by the pilots skills. The Reflex builds quickly and the instructions are fully illustrated with step-by-step photos.

The Reflex uses four channels: Ailerons (2 servos), Elevator, Rudder and Throttle. A radio with end point adjustments and exponential is recommended.

Specifications:
[ul][*] Wingspan: 35.5"[*] Length: 33.5"[*] Wingarea: 602 sq. in.[*] Flying weight: 13oz
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Old 04-12-2006, 07:56 AM
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The entire box is very light and the contents are packed for protection and wrapped in plastic. A step-by-step manual and decal sheet are included. I'm using the recommended AXI 2208/34 motor, 8-amp Jeti ESC, APC 10x3.8 SF prop, and a 3-cell PolyQuest 800mAh pack. The optional [link=http://www.hobby-lobby.com/antennas.htm]Lightenna[/link] from E-Flight Products eliminates the unneeded longer and heavy wire antenna on the Hitec Electron 6 receiver.
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Old 04-13-2006, 06:34 PM
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

The assembly begins by cutting away various sections of the covering. The manual spells out where to make the cuts. The one-piece wing center covering is removed after tracing it while installed in the fuselage.
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Old 04-14-2006, 08:56 AM
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

The wing and tail sections were positioned and then glued in place using thin CA. It is important to double check the incidences at this stage before gluing.

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Old 04-14-2006, 09:13 AM
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

The control surface fiberglass hinges are secured using a few drops of thin CA on both sides. The motor mount balsa halves and plywood plate were glued in place using medium CA and kicker.

The plywood control rod guides were glued with medium CA and kicker.
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:54 AM
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After installing the servos, it is important to center them using a "live" receiver before mounting the arms. Since I am using an Electron 6 receiver, my servos are set up as followings for my Futaba 9C radio. No "Y" adapter is needed.
[ul][*] Ch. 1 - Aileron 1[*] Ch. 2 - Elevator[*] Ch. 3 - Throttle[*] Ch. 4 - Rudder[*] Ch. 5 - unused[*] Ch. 6 - Aileron 2
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The control rods come pre-cut and pre-bent with "Z" bends on one end for the servo arm. At the control surface end, you need to make an "L" bend and cut off the excess length. The rod is secured with shrink tubing and CA.
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Old 04-15-2006, 09:01 AM
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

The Electron 6 receiver mounts perfectly into the receiver bay on the Reflex. I'm using a "Lightenna" from E-Flight Products to eliminate the long black wire antenna on the receiver and reduce weight. This helps to keep the antenna from whipping around during 3D maneuvers and still retains 90% of the original receiver range. The Lightenna weighs less than 1/2 gram.

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Old 04-16-2006, 07:39 AM
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

Before mounting the motor, I soldered a Dean's Ultra connector onto the Jeti ESC and PolyQuest LiPo pack. I decided to use the Kavan [link=http://www.hobby-lobby.com/connectors.htm]HLFK4003[/link] Speed 400 connectors to connect the motor wires to the ESC so that I could reverse the direction, if needed.

The radial mount set for the AXI 2208/34 motor was installed with a small dab of thread locker on each screw. Note that the center of the plywood motor mounts must be drilled out to clear the AXI motor shaft and collar.

I used 5-minute epoxy to mount the side pieces for added strength on the motor mount area.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:17 AM
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The APC 10x3.8 SF prop installed using the thicker of the two included spacers.

The gears mains fit into the fuselage channels and are secured with two supplied tywraps. The wheels are mounted with the supplied collars and a dab of thread locker.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:25 PM
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Old 04-18-2006, 06:49 PM
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The final steps are to mount the ESC and battery. My pack mounted as shown to obtain a balance 95mm back from the leading edge which was in the middle of the recommended 90mm-100mm range.

The Jeti Advance PLUS ESC easily programs by setting the jumpers on the programming card and plugging it into the ESC. I set my throttle to logarithmic, hard timing, brake off, Lithium low-cutoff with slow down.
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

My Reflex 3D was ready to fly at 12.3oz using the 2.3oz PolyQuest "Twenty" 800mAh pack.

The power system draws 15amps for about 150 watts of power. That's 200w/lb. !!!
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Default RE: Reflex 3D All Wood ARF

The Reflex 3D flew very well, even in the 10-15mph winds. The sturdy balsa design keeps the surfaces from warping so it is a blast to fly in most weather conditions and it has plenty of power for any maneuver.

The video shows EX Games champion, Devin McGrath, giving the Reflex 3D a full workout.

[link=http://www.gregcovey.com/reviews/Reflex3D.wmv]Reflex 3D video[/link] (8.6meg)
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I'm starting the building of mine right now. One question: what's the purpose of the big rentagle hole on the fuselage after the battery (under the wings)?

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I'm starting the building of mine right now. One question: what's the purpose of the big rentagle hole on the fuselage after the battery (under the wings)?

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That's where they want you to put the battery. David Payne and myself both have our batteries located inside that hole and the CG works out great for 3D. Just a little tail heavy.

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I have to say this is one of the best flying profile (non foam) planes I have flown yet. I don't have a lot of time on it (two or three flights) and they were all in 10 mph++ winds but it handles the wind great !!! and I am sure it would be even better in the calm weather. I would park it right next to the ground knife edge just like a foamy. inverted and upright harriers were rock solid. point rolls were crisp and although I didn't do much precision stuff because of the wind I can tell that it will do precise maneuvers as well. You may have to move the battery up a little bit to help out the precision flight characteristics. Over all I would give this plane a 10 out of 10 I can't seam to find any bat flight characteristics that a slight change in CG wouldn't fix entirely. looks like you have a winner !!!
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Juan,

I believe that the rectangular hole you are referring to is meant for the receiver. Please use the photo below for an example.

I flew the Reflex 3D last evening again in the park down the street. The range of flight is very dynamic as you can tone down the throws with low-rate settings for aerobatic practicing or crank it up for 3D flying as seen in the video. The sturdy construction even flies well in wind as it has plenty of power!
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What kind of flight times do you get with the 800maH pack?
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Hey guys... I have the Reflex as well... Love it. Does anyone still have the box for that this thing came in? Obviously it's imported by HL, but I want to know who actually produces the kit. Thanks in advance.

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I have one of these I got at a swap meet. What are the throws for the plane? I'm not able to find a manual online. It might be your old plane. Even has the same setup as the one you posted.
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