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Old 05-09-2018, 06:51 PM
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I’d suggest not to go with 4 blades unless you drop down to 22 inches. A 22x10x4 could be close to a 23x12x3 but only testing will tell. It would be less expensive to just buy the Vario prop than experiment with several 3 or 4 blade props.
The Vario 24 inch scale 3 blade set by RPM will be very good.
The cool thing is replacement blades are cheaper than a new prop.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:24 PM
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Anyone have a Saito FG60 r3 on this plane. Is the power adequate.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rafim View Post
Anyone have a Saito FG60 r3 on this plane. Is the power adequate.
I questioned that too. This is a video I saved last year of one with it. To me it flies it scale and not enough in reserve for my flying field. If I had an open field like that I would probably do it.


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Thanks rowdog! You see the Saito FG 60 r3 pulling a Hangar 9 Corsair with quite some authority in this video. I am sure there is some piloting skill involved but also makes me think that the FG60 will be just as good or better on the bit lighter TF Corsair. Can anyone testify to this?

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Yeah that one looks to be pulled better with the FG60. The other guy must have it with a bad prop combo.
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i talked with a guy who was very pleased with the way his FG60 flys his TF corsair and i believe he said that the factory cowl fit the FG60. i know that the FG90 is nearly silly power on mine. Does anybody remember where to get the scale aluminum wheels for the 50cc corsair? i thought there was a set that would fit the robarts on either the H9 or the TF corsair. any help would be great.
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Last week one of the wing bolts stripped as I tightened it to fly. The spar is aluminum an you are torquing the wing bolts every time you assemble the plane so eventually to wear out the aluminum.
This is a thread in style brass insert you can buy through Mc Master Carr. So I upgraded to M3. Now instead of about 1/8 inch of thread engagement in aluminum there’s about 1/2 inch.
I drilled the wood out in the wing, the counter bore, to the aluminum spar. With thin CA I wicked some into the wood just before screwing in the insert.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by jagdpanther9 View Post
i talked with a guy who was very pleased with the way his FG60 flys his TF corsair and i believe he said that the factory cowl fit the FG60. i know that the FG90 is nearly silly power on mine. Does anybody remember where to get the scale aluminum wheels for the 50cc corsair? i thought there was a set that would fit the robarts on either the H9 or the TF corsair. any help would be great.
Silly power? That’s what the left stick is for!

Robart makes the wheels too. The H9 set was painted white. You can buy the H9 wheels or go to the Robart site or the Tower Hobby site.
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Thanks chris,i like silly power most of the plastic wheels have not held up well with my 30cc and larger models. although the aluminum wheels are expensive i think they will be a nice upgrade.
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I still have the first set of plastic wheels and foam tires on my Corsair actually. All I had to do was replace a screw/nut that fell off once. Pretty durable and look ok. I like the aluminum wheels with the machined details but they are heavy. I have a Robart set for a P-51, looks cool.
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these corsair wheels seem to be holding up ok so far but i had one fail on my TF FW190. the plastic hub shattered on a hop while landing causing it to go on its nose and broke a prop. maybe they have these corsair plastic wheels sorted out. the aluminum wheels look sweet but they are pricey. i think ESM had a set that were a little more affordable.i looked @ VQ but i dont think they stock them any more.
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The best FW 190 wheels I have seen, and own, are from Sierra. Machined aluminum with simple details and good looking tires for the most part. Again, pricy, but worth the scale look.
I think it’s hit or miss with the stock TF wheels on the giant scale planes.
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If you guys want a Corsair wheel that is both very scale and light then I may be able to help out. I have several customers for whom I have designed 3d printed wheel hubs, Corsair and Skyraider thus far. They are 3d printed from nylon and have proven to be very durable while in use on 35-40 pound Ziroli designs. The Corsair wheels are designed to fit the 5" diameter tires available from Robart. They are not cheap, the price is probably very similar to that of a nice set of machined aluminum wheels. However, they are more scale than anything else currently on the market and they are lighter which is a nice bonus on an airplane where the gear is retracting aft. Food for thought anyway. These would be suitable for Hellcats as well.






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I purchased a TF GS Corsair last year and got another wing set because I thought I had damaged the one that came with the ARF. If anyone needs a wing set let me know.
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The Hangar 9 60cc Corsair is the replacement because of the acquisition and merger between the two companies. They must have felt the need to curb the TF model due to competition between the two products/brands. Brand loyalist’s will be pissed about this. People can argue the TF model flies better, I do, but Horizon will prefer to support their house brand every time.



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Originally Posted by rafim View Post
Anyone have a Saito FG60 r3 on this plane. Is the power adequate.
I would not suggest it. The plane does fine with the 84 or 90 but the 60 is too small. It’s power is like a DLE 35 @ 4.4HP.
The 84 is more like a DLE 55 @ 5.5 HP but the extra weight makes the verticals and big loops slightly less impressive.
If you must have a radial I’d suggest the FG84 or 90 otherwise the DLE 55RA was an awesome light weight combo.

Im taking out the FG 84 and replacing it with a DLE 61 for more top end performance and a slightly lighter combination.
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The Hangar 9 60cc Corsair is the replacement because of the acquisition and merger between the two companies. They must have felt the need to curb the TF model due to competition between the two products/brands. Brand loyalist’s will be pissed about this. People can argue the TF model flies better, I do, but Horizon will prefer to support their house brand every time.



I hope the Top Flite P51 does not get discontinued in favor of the Hangar 9 Mustang. I have read about too many problems with the Hanger 9 Mustang like wing failures, etc.
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