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Old 03-26-2019, 01:07 PM
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Looking good! Im really interested in final weight when you get there.
From my experience this plane will fly ok at a higher weight but the landing approach and touch down will be faster in certain conditions. I want to glass mine too so I can't wait for your maiden and flight reports on this one.
Im switching back to 2 stroke and using the DLE 61 this time. Last time I had the DLE 55RA and it was very sporty and light. With the FG 84 it really gets a head of steam and climbs way out but flies heavy in the pattern to land. Im looking for the in between performance from the 61 and glassing it might put it back to the heavy side.

Did you use a 2mm wide tape for the panel lines? I used a now out of production Kartograph tape that was 1mm wide for my P-38 project and now I can only find 2mm tape from Tamiya. Anybody know of 1mm tape please chime in!
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Old 03-27-2019, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris Nicastro View Post
Looking good! Im really interested in final weight when you get there.
From my experience this plane will fly ok at a higher weight but the landing approach and touch down will be faster in certain conditions. I want to glass mine too so I can't wait for your maiden and flight reports on this one.
Im switching back to 2 stroke and using the DLE 61 this time. Last time I had the DLE 55RA and it was very sporty and light. With the FG 84 it really gets a head of steam and climbs way out but flies heavy in the pattern to land. Im looking for the in between performance from the 61 and glassing it might put it back to the heavy side.

Did you use a 2mm wide tape for the panel lines? I used a now out of production Kartograph tape that was 1mm wide for my P-38 project and now I can only find 2mm tape from Tamiya. Anybody know of 1mm tape please chime in!
I use 3/32 chart tape. Also check out the video link of the plane flying before the make over. This was only my 3rd flight with the plane and was still getting used to her. Same engine as now. Video was with a 24x10 prop

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Old 03-28-2019, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by rowdog_14 View Post
Yeah this seem crazy. I am tempted to see if they would just send me another wing set and I send this back or just cut an angled relief in the aileron so that it works properly. Here are some pictures
the one I just picked up is the same way
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Old 04-07-2019, 05:34 AM
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this may have been posted somewhere in here and I just missed it but can someone tell me if a H9 tail wheel fits in the Top Flite
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:38 PM
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so is this right? tower says the TF Giant Corsair ARF will be available again in late may?!!? i thought these were discontinued?

https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXATDZ&P=0
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Weighed the corsair today...28.6lbs after all said and done
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Interesting, a little heavy.
If you have never flown this plane on the heavy side then youre going to notice the weight almost immediately. Mine balances on the aluminum wing spar with the stab level, gear down and tank dry. In this configuration I can land with low fuel and the plane is very docile and easy to handle. If it was more nose heavy then the landings will get more sporty and less comfortable.
So just a suggestion, at the new weight, take it up high and do some stalls and dirty approaches with a couple flap settings so you can get the feel of it. It was very different from the light configuration for me and I had to figure it out. It reminded me of the H9 Corsair in the way it handled heavy on approach.

Happy landings, keep us posted and I hope you get video!
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this may have been posted somewhere in here and I just missed it but can someone tell me if a H9 tail wheel fits in the Top Flite
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I does fit.
I have seen it installed and working before. I have one but have not installed it because Id have to undo my custom servo installation, rudder servo in back above the gear.

Id suggest you do it so the tail isnt so low to the ground especially on grass. I had to modify the Robart gear to increase the height and just clear the door opening at the back.
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Originally Posted by Chris Nicastro View Post
Interesting, a little heavy.
If you have never flown this plane on the heavy side then youre going to notice the weight almost immediately. Mine balances on the aluminum wing spar with the stab level, gear down and tank dry. In this configuration I can land with low fuel and the plane is very docile and easy to handle. If it was more nose heavy then the landings will get more sporty and less comfortable.
So just a suggestion, at the new weight, take it up high and do some stalls and dirty approaches with a couple flap settings so you can get the feel of it. It was very different from the light configuration for me and I had to figure it out. It reminded me of the H9 Corsair in the way it handled heavy on approach.

Happy landings, keep us posted and I hope you get video!
I have flown this plane before the make over..see the flight post #627. Im balancing mine on the aluminum spars too. Those are exactly at 5 3/4"
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Originally Posted by Chris Nicastro View Post


I does fit.
I have seen it installed and working before. I have one but have not installed it because Id have to undo my custom servo installation, rudder servo in back above the gear.

Id suggest you do it so the tail isnt so low to the ground especially on grass. I had to modify the Robart gear to increase the height and just clear the door opening at the back.

thanks for the info
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Originally Posted by Chris Nicastro View Post


I does fit.
I have seen it installed and working before. I have one but have not installed it because Id have to undo my custom servo installation, rudder servo in back above the gear.

Id suggest you do it so the tail isnt so low to the ground especially on grass. I had to modify the Robart gear to increase the height and just clear the door opening at the back.
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Interesting, a little heavy.
If you have never flown this plane on the heavy side then youre going to notice the weight almost immediately. Mine balances on the aluminum wing spar with the stab level, gear down and tank dry. In this configuration I can land with low fuel and the plane is very docile and easy to handle. If it was more nose heavy then the landings will get more sporty and less comfortable.
So just a suggestion, at the new weight, take it up high and do some stalls and dirty approaches with a couple flap settings so you can get the feel of it. It was very different from the light configuration for me and I had to figure it out. It reminded me of the H9 Corsair in the way it handled heavy on approach.

Happy landings, keep us posted and I hope you get video!
it was my understanding you where to balance the Corsair with the gear up to better replicate actual flying configuration?
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:18 PM
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I do my gear up..
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Since the gear swing forward there is a CG shift.
I balance with the gear down and the tank empty so I know the plane will never have a rear CG condition. Most likely the tank will not be empty so between the aerodynamic drag of the gear down and the least amount of fuel possible the plane will always be neutral to slightly nose heavy on approach.
If you balance with the gear retracted and tank empty then the plane will have a CG shift to a nose heavy condition plus any fuel load it carries.
If you want a more agile plane try it with the gear down and tank empty.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:08 PM
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So the bash is on I will be coping some things I have seen on this post so thanks to everybody who has shared
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Awesome!
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Already ordered up the FS cowl with open flaps and a dummy radial

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Will also be addressing the weak linkages in the tail section
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Interesting bash.
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Started the engine make over on my Corsair. Dropped the FG 84 and now she gets a DLE 61 with a Jtec Pitts style muffler.
I have a custom firewall made for the FG 84 that lets me pull everything out at once, tank, servo included. Now Im changing it over to the DLE 61 and had to make an adapter bulkhead. Pretty simple, used the 30mm standoffs from the FG 84 so the prop hub is in the same basic position.

I was looking at the specs on this engine, the 61, and the claimed thrust is 30 or so pounds! Im looking forward to this hot rod! This plane will be well under 30 pounds soaking wet so vertical climb outs and loops are going to be huge.

A few photos to come...
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Man you all have put in some work. My unflown still being built fell off the wall last night from about 8 feet up . Damage does not look too bad.

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Cool, now you can reprofile the rudder to a more scale look with slightly more area! I did this mod to mine is why I mention it... not the dropping part, just the rudder.

That sucks, I hope its ok.I have mine up high for storage too and I have had visions of it falling also.
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Got a hatch made today to access batteries and ignition module
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Looking great!
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Engine swap progress, you can see the custom engine mount for the FG84. Its made to allow the whole power unit to come out with 5 bolts. Im using the same concept to install the DLE 61. The plane flies fine with zero thrust offset.






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The Keleo Exh. Ring has a smoke fitting at the top and although I capped it off it did develop a leak. This caused a mess so just be aware. It's a smooth tube without a barb.
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