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Forum: Kit Building
12-19-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,166
Posted By Rodney

Here is one that I built and had a ball with. As...

Here is one that I built and had a ball with. As you can see, I enlarged the rudder, moved the firewall back a bit to accommodate the bigger engine and beefed up the landing gear. Roll rate was...
Forum: Beginners
12-14-2017, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,041
Posted By Rodney

Check for warps, sounds like the wing is warped...

Check for warps, sounds like the wing is warped since it pulls to the right whether on the ground (taxi) and in the air. Carefully examine for wing or stab warps by looking at the plane from the...
Forum: Kit Building
12-07-2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 724
Posted By Rodney

You can get buy with surprisingly few tools. A...

You can get buy with surprisingly few tools. A good knife (an Xacto or equivalent), a razor saw (recommend a Zona brand), a block of wood that you can glue or wrap some sandpaper to (one about a...
Replies: 10
Views: 848
Posted By Rodney

You will find that those 148 servos are very...

You will find that those 148 servos are very good. I've used them for years and still have some in use. I also used them in a number of 1/4 scale with no problems. Other than being slightly slower...
Forum: Aerodynamics
11-29-2017, 02:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,005
Posted By Rodney

Do you not mean 24" spam and 5" cord? 24 foot...

Do you not mean 24" spam and 5" cord? 24 foot span is an awfully bit model.
Forum: Aerodynamics
11-26-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,005
Posted By Rodney

Define what you mean by hunting. Is it in the...

Define what you mean by hunting. Is it in the yaw or pitch axis?
11-16-2017, 03:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,486
Posted By Rodney

To much heat is as bad as not enough. Red hot is...

To much heat is as bad as not enough. Red hot is far far to hot to make a good solder joint. You do need a good soldering iron for soldering 3/16 diameter or larger wire. There are two things you...
11-10-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 206
Posted By Rodney

Enerland A123 charger; need instruction manual

I have tried to find the manual for this on the web with no success. Do any of you know where I can get it?
Forum: Aerodynamics
10-26-2017, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,004
Posted By Rodney

Beg to differ with you jaka. I have flown...

Beg to differ with you jaka. I have flown hundreds of planes of most configurations and size. In ALL of them, any change in airfoil caused a change in "how the airplane sits"; in some cases drastic...
10-26-2017, 02:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 830
Posted By Rodney

Have you checked your battery voltage under load?...

Have you checked your battery voltage under load? If you have a watt meter, check and see what the voltage is with all items connected and loaded.
Forum: Aerodynamics
10-25-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,004
Posted By Rodney

It is so easy to try just do it and see how you...

It is so easy to try just do it and see how you like it. I have found that several of my planes (with barn door ailerons) did improve in how they responded when I put in a bit of up aileron at...
10-25-2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By Rodney

Chances are very good that you can still use that...

Chances are very good that you can still use that battery for a long time. What happens under the conditions you described is that the internal resistance goes way up but; at the low discharge...
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Rodney

Not enough information to give you any reliable...

Not enough information to give you any reliable help. sounds like a very inexperienced young man connected something wrong, most probably reversed polarity which will almost always release that magic...
Forum: Aerodynamics
10-20-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,051
Posted By Rodney

Not true, most of our models (and real planes)...

Not true, most of our models (and real planes) are set up where the stab is usually lifting DOWN for stable flight.
10-20-2017, 06:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,995
Posted By Rodney

Hopefully, I managed to post a picture of my last...

Hopefully, I managed to post a picture of my last Phaeton
Replies: 9
Views: 721
Posted By Rodney

For what it is worth, I have two Tactic 850's and...

For what it is worth, I have two Tactic 850's and one 650. I have been using Eneloop LSD NiMh cells in them for the past 2+ years with perfect success. They hold a charge almost as good as a LiPo...
Forum: The Clubhouse
10-11-2017, 03:03 AM
Replies: 7,052
Views: 304,051
Posted By Rodney

RCKen has given you some very good advice in the...

RCKen has given you some very good advice in the above comments. I have used Ubuntu for the past 5 years as a dual boot with Win8.1. Ubuntu is so much easier to use than Win?. I have just recently...
10-08-2017, 05:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,995
Posted By Rodney

I've built two of the Lazy Ace's, both flew very...

I've built two of the Lazy Ace's, both flew very well. Had a Quadra (a 45cc if I remember correctly) on one, a 1.20 glow on the other. Both seemed to have plenty of power. Coincidently, that...
09-27-2017, 01:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 564
Posted By Rodney

If you use Ca on hardwood, always rub a little...

If you use Ca on hardwood, always rub a little soda (like your wife uses in the kitchen) on the area to be glued before gluing it as hardwoods tend to be acidic which CA does not like to work with. ...
09-20-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 742
Posted By Rodney

When they say "spar(hard)" it can mean either of...

When they say "spar(hard)" it can mean either of two things. Balsa comes in many weights and sometimes the designer just means to use the harder of the balsa spars. It could also mean use a...
08-04-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By Rodney

No need to discharge prior to charging. Just...

No need to discharge prior to charging. Just make your first charges at 0.1C and leave on charge for at least 15 hours. The old fashioned wall warts work well for this. A peak charger does not...
07-31-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 690
Posted By Rodney

Did you make sure that before putting on the...

Did you make sure that before putting on the first coat that you completely removed any residue of the mold release from the cowl? You need to lightly sand it, clean with alcohol and tack cloth...
07-31-2017, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 283
Posted By Rodney

I have the 650 and two of the 850's and have...

I have the 650 and two of the 850's and have never had a bind problem. Do you have access to a second Tactic transmitter so you can see if it binds to it? If so, there may be a problem with your...
07-25-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,148
Posted By Rodney

That slight flexibility is a furtunate ( very...

That slight flexibility is a furtunate ( very good) thing. Too ridged a bonding surface contributes to failure. Ideally, you want the bond to be at the same flexibility as the base material with...
07-25-2017, 06:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Rodney

This only works if the control horns are on the...

This only works if the control horns are on the lower surface of the ailerons, if on the top, you get the wrong setup; i.e. more down than up.
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