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Old 03-24-2018, 03:16 AM
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Frank,
Amazing transformation from a "coffin container" to a scale model jet capable of flight. No doubt there are many hours of detailed effort to get the Hunter to the flying stage. Best of everything with this Hunter.
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Old 03-24-2018, 04:24 AM
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Congrats Frank, awesome jet. Really enjoyed watching it fly. Look forward to many more at the Carolina Jet Fest in April.

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lol sounds good amigo. Great looking jets
count me in if there is a beer or two

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Old 03-26-2018, 10:54 AM
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Frank, just finishing one up. How much weight did you have to add in the nose? Bringing it to MS Jets if I get some logistics worked out. Maybe well fly together if you make it there

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Old 03-26-2018, 12:00 PM
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Hello furloughed!

I've installed a 38 lb thrust turbine and due to its light weight, along with its peripherals, the total weight added right in the most forward (radome-like) area is 4.75 lbs!
I did "not" use their specified C/G of 130 mm beyond the axle center. My starting point was 115 mm, and after four flight on the jet, I've moved it back another 8 mm since. The manufacturers always tend to strive for an extremely conservative forward c/g. And I don't enjoy the resultant pitch-down moments when in an "other" than level flight attitude. I will most likely settle on the 90-100 mm point when time and additional flight work-ups allow.
Feel free to fire off any other inquiries.
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Great info. Thanks for taking the time to give useful feedback ! Appreciated! I have a K210 in mine with heavy batteries (on purpose) in the nose ( 2 3000 mah 5cell sub C NiMh, 1 3600 6cell sub C NiMh, 1 4200 9.9 LiFe ) and it needs 5lbs 10oz in the radome to get to the factory CG. I’ll start aft of recommend as well. All my jets are aft of recommend.
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Old 03-27-2018, 01:57 AM
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Your K210 will be more than enough power for this graceful jet!
Keep us posted with your progress! Pic's pic's?
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Old 03-27-2018, 08:57 AM
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Hi Frank , or anyone else who has knowledge about this kit. I would like to know what the projected wet weight range of this aircraft is ? I did read a post above that said 75 - 80Lbs but is that correct ?

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Old 03-27-2018, 10:41 AM
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Awesome news, Frank! Beautiful jet and superb job! Look forward to seeing it (and you!) next month. JS

Originally Posted by Frank Alvarez View Post
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Hey guys, and dolls!
Amazing how these projects come to us huh? Everyone of you engaging in this hobby ought to pat yourself on the back! The fact that we take a pile of stuff and do this is pretty cool!
The Hunter has now been flown successfully! We have a really wonderful large Hunter to prowl the sky with you guys.
My friend, and fellow jet man, Mr Gary Jones assisted with the required structural, and flight control load inspections, his patience, and knowledge with the AMA LTMA1 requirements helped to make this an easier than expected process.
We'll be seeing you guys starting with the "Tiger-Meet" , followed by the "First in Flight" events.
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Old 03-30-2018, 03:35 PM
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Hi Frank,
Send me a PM with your contact info. I'm planning on attending FIF and can spot/call for you. Thanx in advance.
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Old 04-04-2018, 01:54 AM
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The large Hunter kit from Fae-Bao that I built here is 56lbs empty, and 66.4lbs at takeoff.
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Originally Posted by Frank Alvarez View Post
The large Hunter kit from Fae-Bao that I built here is 56lbs empty, and 66.4lbs at takeoff.

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Frank, what pilot are you using in the cockpit? Scale of this jet is 1/4.3 but my 1/6 pilot is much too large.

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Dave, here is the BB 12" pilot in my Hunter. I think it is sized about right. I tore the seat out and put him on a balsa block to get the height I wanted. Keep in mind you cannot get the cockpit out thru the canopy opening with this pilot in there.
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:58 AM
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Hello David,
I used the 15 inch jet pilot that was available from the good folks at Dreamworks.
There was some removal of the interior body foam/cotton to exact a nice fit. I also had to remove a good portion of the provided seat, and rebuild to allow for the larger fitted pilot to sit in a more scale-like position.
Mr furloughed is correct in stateting that the cockpit tub is “only” removable with the seat being vacant of the pilot.
Take care guys.
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Frank, will you be at MS Afterburner next week with the Hunter?

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Originally Posted by furloughed ual View Post
Frank, will you be at MS Afterburner next week with the Hunter?
For us it is the
Tiger meet in Scranton, SC, will be first, then First in Flight. Don't have the wider vacation slot to cover logistics for the MS burn action.
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Here are a few videos and photos of Frank’s Hawker Hunter from this wekeend’s Carolina Jet Fest at Flying Tigers RC Club in Scranton, SC. Frank earned the “Pilot’s Choice” award for his efforts on this awesome jet!












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Old 04-15-2018, 05:13 PM
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Yes Frank you flew it very well in those strong winds! I love the way it looks in a bank..It has a large presents in the sky! Congrats on a well deserved award Sir!
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That is true scale performance ..... well done
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Originally Posted by CR Tech View Post
That is true scale performance ..... well done
Hello folks,
We just returned from a spectacular weekend of flying at the "Tiger-Field"
near Scranton, SC! Had many flights on our new Hunter and we were absolutely delighted with its performance! A highly recomended airframe choice for those of you that enjoy the "scale" aspect of the hobby!
We did unfortunately suffer a grounding event that luckily occured during a turn to finals....
The turbine compressor had ejected a blade or two, and thankfully this was on final at a low thrust setting. Normal landing with a slightly high pitched squeal from the engine and an imediate shutdown.
There is a slim hope with the repair, however i am aligning the purchase of the replacement as I write this.
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Franko,
Sorry to see/hear of your misfortune with the turbine. I'm facing a similar situation with my olde RAMS but fortunately have backups sleeping in the shop.. Take care and see you in several weeks at FIF. Looking forward to escaping this Feb weather in mid-Apr, snowed here this AM!
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Hello folks,

Out with the old.....

And in with the new.....

Just mounted the Jet Central "Rhino-SE" !

Super smooth engine starts, and surprisingly cool running!
Does anyone have the brush-less fuel pump PW figure's?
Want to get an installed base-line number so as to keep an eye on the pump/filter performance as
I place this engine into service on the Hunter.

Thanks in advance,
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Hi Frank, just got these from Revoc. They used measurements from my Hunter to custom make them. Now available to order.
Cheers,

David S

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