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Old 06-21-2011, 09:57 PM
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Any thoughts? Durability? Gear Quality? etc...
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:05 AM
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Hi ,

I've got one with over 200 fligths on it and still going strong (nearly always off grass), it is a very nice and forgiving plane. There's some build to have it airworthy (cutting and hinging gear doors, fitting hatches) so not a typical arf like sm or fej. overall quality is not as bad as some people say o(on mine t least), but if you can get an old kit they were better

I'll start building my second one soon. As for the gear,nose is perfect, the mains are strong enough (I have replaced the rotating pins only once) but there's some slop so will go a different way on the second one: I'll use non rotating 105° ones. the trouble is that it takes some space used for the fuel tanks. Some people have opted for bvm gear.

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Old 06-22-2011, 01:15 AM
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Yes I agree with florent on the gear. However I have had both single and twin seat.
I think the single flies better only because it has less weight. Lighter always flies better.
Yes more work than an artf but you then own something different something unique. It is also
A plane that takes wind in it's stride but with the swept back fin be careful on how much you apply on
Crosswind takeoff and landing.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:34 AM
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The AD Rafale is a great flier. You will love it.
I had issues with flutter on the fin and one aileron. Make sure the control surfaces are slop free and use good quality servos, and you will be OK.
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Shaz,
You talking about the big one or the little one? If the small one look at Philip Avonds....his flies great.

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Old 06-22-2011, 04:39 AM
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Tom, the big one. A quality guy wants to sell me one he's had in his hangar as a queen for several years and she's in good condition, just gaining dust. Total purchase may not even cost as much as a new fuse from AD...



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Old 06-22-2011, 07:08 AM
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Is the one in question green camo? and comming from California? If so it may have been the one I built and that one I used expensive BVM rafale gear not stock gear.

Great flyer and fun to land.

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Kevin, I believe it is grey though it would be a Cali product...
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Hi
I bought one a few month back S/H airframe only I think it is quite old but it sound I am planing on putting in a Simjet Nexus 36lb
maybe a bit over the top what are you guys using the biggest problem that I can see is the fuel tanks the previous owner had 2 dubro 32 oz tanks fitted but that would not last long with a 36lb turbine there is room but in my opinion to far forward from the C/G has any of you any idea or also a few pictures of the install I have all my gear in a part from the tanks and turbine my main gear is eurokit and non rotating .

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I have never had one of the big ones but have seen them fly....nice! The owners did use the BVM gear though. Talk about hi alpha slow flight....quite a show.
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Sale may be a no-deal since I just found out plane is one piece....[]

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