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Reaction 54 Jet Kit

Old 02-04-2010, 12:04 PM
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Is there any R54 thread wisdom out there on what used R54 airframes are bringing in the marketplace?

I have one done up in a Navy trainer/Panther-like scheme, I posted here on the thread earlier, that I might consider selling since I recently got another kit from Bruce. My Navy R54 is pretty close to stock, and I'd like to do the new one with the inlet/canopy features so many have posted here.

I might be willing to part with my first one if the prices are reasonable, otherwise I'd probably just keep it as an everyday flyer.It has a Wren 54SS for power.

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:23 PM
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yes there are also people who think the 2cv looks good, love is blind as they say, spend your money as you will

I may now live in france but not a french man! They may not have beautiful cars but they do have beautiful girls
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:50 PM
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I can give you a good deal on a tail section and one inlet duct lip. The paint is a little banged up but still identifiable as an R-54.
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:17 AM
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Guess who won...... Best Sport Jet!!
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:48 AM
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ORIGINAL: Ayrtonsenna

Guess who won...... Best Sport Jet!!
Congrats Ants,
Was a Great weekend, your R54 flys awsum, and your flying it awsum to... Great to have you guys up for the event...

First wood R54 ive seen in the flesh, have to say i liked it alot, and even though ive got a PST composit 54 on my bench rite now,
i think il be building a wood kit one before to long, Gotta love the glue/balsa dust, and the satisfaction of creating...
The opposite to working on the PST one...

Maybe Bruce mite do a OVER REACTION Kit ??????? Gotta Love the design, and its flying qualitys, well done BTE...

Chrs Jeremy.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:48 AM
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ORIGINAL: Ayrtonsenna

Guess who won...... Best Sport Jet!!

Congrats !!!!

A very, very nice reaction you got there. The paint job is super nice !! Well done !
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:44 AM
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Way to go Ants!!! What a fantastic photo too (tip of the hat to the cameraman).

So what do you think of the visibility in the air, any problems?
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:11 PM
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Thanks to everyone for there kind comments, On a high contrast day, without sunglasses.... its alittle marginal, lol- in saying that the underside is dark grey, and to date....touch wood...I haven't "lost" her in the sky...yet!

This is the link to other photos of the event;

http://www.evokestudio.co.nz/preview...a-Feb-2010.htm

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Old 02-26-2010, 12:30 PM
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Well I picked up my Reaction wing from Bruce and all I can say is "What a Craftsman" Absolutly beautiful!!! Built in record time and at a fair price. So if you can't find the time to do a full or partial build, give Bruce a call....

Started the fuselage and ordered up all the other goodies to finish out the build. I am still trying to decide if I stay with monokote or try my hand at fiberglassing....


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Old 02-26-2010, 12:48 PM
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Well, after 2 years I will finally be gettin my Reaction in the air. I posted back in 2008 saying I had bought a bare airframe off a friend, and was looking to get it going... time flies (and other projects took precedence).

I have a brand new Behotec J55HP2 kero start for my R54. I just finished installing the Behotec retracts, wheels, brakes and struts (all top notch machine work, that Behotec stuff is amazing!). I actually just received a set of drawings today from Bruce, although I dont have any repairs to do (the airframe is good to go) just to see where everything goes its nice, and I liek to have drawings for planes in case I need to repair anything.

I am using Hitec 5645 on the flaps, and some 5945's on the elevator/rudder/ailerons.

Hope to have it RTF by the time the snow melts (that gives me nearly two months to get it done) and I hope to fly it a lot this season.

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Old 03-02-2010, 12:46 PM
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welcome back cairoman. and good luck with the reaction 54 kit, cant wait for pics (soon i hope)
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:30 PM
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Finally got some flight photos... been flying my R54 with Behotec J55HP (an Excellent combo!) for a month now, 3 outings so far. Excellent flying characteristics and this is finally the "everday" sport turbine model I have been looking for for the past 8 years

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Old 04-26-2010, 06:38 AM
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ajcoholic,

Wonderfull pictures, and a awsome job there, love the colours to... well done, enjoy...

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Old 04-26-2010, 07:50 AM
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Hi,

Looks great in the air. I should have the ARF in yellow by the fall. Have fun.

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:47 AM
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AJC, I really like the flight shot with the wheels up. Also like the big stripes on the wing bottom, great for visibility.

Have been flying the ARF myself, starting to get nostalgic for the original
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:06 PM
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Thanks Bruce... my friend took the shots yesterday while I was flying. WHen we have the Wingham Jets event in June, there will be a few more R54s and I will take some photos for you.

I forgot to mention one thing... my Behotec turbine is set up for kero start. The kerosene ignitor has to be upright for a clean, flame free start. I took the aluminum mount off, and cut some of the center part away, and then drilled a hole into the fuse to allow the ignitor body to go up into the hole. There is about 1/8" clearance around the ingitor body (which gets quite hot during start up). The mount is still very secure with the 4 bolts holding it on and the heat isnt an issue - nothing has caught fire in about a dozen runs

Just a heads up in case someone else might wonder how it was done.

And I put big contrasting bands of colour on most of my RC planes... it really does help in visability especially when you are up high and its sunny out.

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Old 05-01-2010, 01:06 PM
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So Bruce, Should I talk Chris into bringing your old ship back for the day?

I'm going into withdrawls here. No R54 flying due to wind.. Usually I'm ok with wind but not 30kts with my pretty bird.. LOL
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:34 AM
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> So Bruce, Should I talk Chris into bringing your old ship back for the day?

Actually, yeah I'm glad it's still in Oregon so I can see it once in a while. Still, it's just not right for me to be R54less, so I just gotta buckle down and get one built, maybe this Summer...
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:20 AM
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So Bruce, Should I talk Chris into bringing your old ship back for the day?

I'm going into withdrawls here. No R54 flying due to wind.. Usually I'm ok with wind but not 30kts with my pretty bird.. LOL
Chris, stop being such a wimp and grab your Reaction and go fly. Those things love the wind. They land so slow that with a headwind you're gonna have to power it in.

Oh yea - and go grab Shaker by the ear, scold him for spending too much time on FaceBook and the computer, and drag him to the field with you so Bruce can get close to his old Reaction.

Have fun guys,

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:51 AM
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Oh yea - and go grab Shaker by the ear, scold him for spending too much time on FaceBook and the computer, and drag him to the field with you so Bruce can get close to his old Reaction.
LOL.. Too funny Paul.. You have no idea how many times I'm up late and he's always listed as online with FB. Oops, what does that make me? Hmm. Yeah, i should stop being lazy and go fly my bird. One of the last times out the wind blew my canopy off the table which cracked that wonderful paint on the corner.. So me and wind aren't speaking right now. I really need to start work on that Exocet, just too much going on
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:11 AM
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Well I have finally got to put the Reaction back together - all of the internals are now complete after the rebuild. The original monocoat was removed from the fuselage to repair the damage. The fuselage was glassed in 3/4oz cloth & finished with automotive paint & 2 pac clear over the top after the pin striping was applied. I had to remove the retracts from the wing to clean them up & get them operating correctly. All systems except for the fuel have been checked & operational. I have removed the wheels & brakes & some minor repairs have to done inside the brakes.

Almost ready to fly now - unfortunately my job takes me away from home & I am leaving for Perth tomorrow so there will be no test fly in the immediate future. Hopefully I will get it certified & test flown before our Jet event on the 1st-4th July. Here is the photos of the first time the wing has been on the complete plane after the rebuild.

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Old 05-09-2010, 04:15 AM
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Hi Steve, it looks a lot better than when I had it. You have the first Reaction to be flown in Australia, Look after it!!.

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Old 05-09-2010, 04:50 AM
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Hi Tommy,

Well that is an honour to now own the first reaction flown in Australia. I certainly will be looking after it.

I have included the link to our club that has the info re our Jet weekend.

http://www.maryboroughmac.com/




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Old 05-09-2010, 03:33 PM
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Chris and I have been getting my Reaction back into shape. Got the bent struts replaced. Installed new tires. Chris is fixing the damage to the wings tips and covering.

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Old 05-16-2010, 12:57 PM
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Today I put the 200th flight on my reaction which I have had for three seasons now. You couldn't ask for a better plane when it comes to sport flying. Hope everyone is having as much fun with thiers as I am. cheers to all you other reaction owners wooden or composite.enjoy! Sean in canada
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