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Old 04-19-2019, 10:33 AM
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May I also add this, not to impune anyone on this thread, but I DO NOT consider these high speed guided missiles to be TOY'S as they can mame or easily kill a person. ANY RC pilot especially a turbine rated pilot should not be flying if they consider these to be toys. If so then get into another harmless hobby like stamp collecting.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:33 AM
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The stabs on my V1 with removable rudder fit very well. Similar to the photo above. (purple one) above.
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Old 04-22-2019, 07:32 AM
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I got mine finished and ready to test fly. Mine came out heavier than I expected it to. I am weighing in at 30lb with main tank empty and UAT full. My CG came out ever so slightly nose heavy on the balance Jig that came with the plane. I'm hoping to fly it Thursday.
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Old 04-22-2019, 10:45 AM
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I got one flight on mine this weekend. I haven't weighed it but with no smoke in the tank and with nearly full fuel it is NOT a vertical missile with the 210. I would say it is not short on power by any means but I am glad I went with the 210. I did not test the TV and left the gear down as I always do on first flights. I learned the hard way a long time ago that the first landing on a plane with the gear up is more stressful. Not joking, I performed the best landing I have ever done. EVER! of course now video. Plane touched down nose high and you literally could not tell when the plane started rolling. It was crazy smooth. I set the bar way to high on the first landing.

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Old 04-23-2019, 07:52 AM
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I went back through the directions and it says to disassemble the fuel tank to check the connections and to clear the tank. I am guessing this just means make sure there is no debris in the tank. Is there anything special I am supposed to do other than that?
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Old 04-23-2019, 11:05 AM
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Check it for leaks while its out, ask me how i know.
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by lfierro1 View Post
Check it for leaks while its out, ask me how i know.
that doesn’t sound like fun at all. Where was your leak?
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Old 04-24-2019, 12:51 PM
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On the seam towards the front on the left side.

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Old 04-24-2019, 12:53 PM
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On the seam towards the front left side
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:03 PM
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Awesome flying plane. Got my maiden in today. 3clicks of up trim and she flew on rails. The 140 is a little light on power most of the flight is done at 80-100% throttle. It flies well just doesn’t have any extra. Overall I give mine a 9/10. It will be a couple of weeks before I get to fly again. I’ll post some pictures when I get home tonight.

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Old 05-03-2019, 05:57 AM
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I have 3 more flights on my Predator. I am very pleased. I really like the way it flies and am impressed with the authority of the TV system. My 210 will not hover it. I didn't really expect it too but it is further from hovering even at the end of the tank than I expected. Talking with a few folks I am pretty convinced that some of this is because at full power and at or near static the engine is not getting enough air to breath properly. One guy has added some holes in the bottom and claims improved static thrust. I think I am going to do a simple test on the ground at full throttle and measure the thrust and then take off the top hatch to see the difference. Not an accurate thrust test but if there is a dramatic change in thrust then would indicate more air flow is needed.

Don't take this as a regret or big knock on the plane. It flies really really good. Flies on rails really. Then you throw in pinwheels, spins, and flips and it is quite fun. My goal is not to hover on the deck but would like to take advantage of the thrust available from the K210.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:12 AM
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Not hovering on a 210? Got the same engine but not yet installed so I am interested to know your top open result. Will be at Nall next week so not working on it for now. LMK
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:29 AM
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It slowly backs down with near full fuel right now. It would just about hold toward the end of the flight. I have not weighed mine. but haven't added much and don't have much to take out anyway. I don't think even with the engine breathing and putting out its max thrust there will be much excess thrust anyway for bailing out of a hover if things get off. I honestly don't have a burning desire to hover a jet. I can hover my electrics and gassers. Once I get the smoke working I think the TV and smoke will make some great effects.
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Old 05-03-2019, 06:36 AM
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I guess I can always put a K-320 in it. Got TV just for the hovering reason.
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Old 05-03-2019, 07:09 AM
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I think if you want to hover and have good acceleration vertical for bail out a 260 would be appropriate.
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Old 05-09-2019, 02:55 AM
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I put 4 more good flights on mine yesterday. I am really enjoying it. 7 min flights and I still land with 1/4 tank. I will say that it could use just a touch more power than the 140 that I am running, I will be saving my pennies for a 160 or 180 class motor. All in all it is probably the best flying plane in my hangar.
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