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Old 09-05-2008, 06:51 AM
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Great reminder Pylon. Since FTD was new to this whole comp radio thing, I didn't want to overwhelm him off the bat, eh? That manual is biblically sized for a reason - LOT'S of fun things to do in there!
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:58 AM
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Hey FTD,
I see you are in LA,
Are you going to come over to Bomber field in a couple of weeks (Sept 19-21)???
It's a great time and there are SO many fantastic birds there!
Hope to meet you. Maybe we could do a T-cat fly-by together. The crowd would go nuts.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:58 AM
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I wanted to very badly, unfortunately, I will be moving my family to Plano Texas right about that time and I doubt my wife will understand the need for speed when we are putting the house together. I have been in trouble with my wife over this hobby for a while now and that I believe would probably do me in. Of course none of you other guys probably have the same problem..
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:47 AM
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Well, at least you'll finally be in God's home State.
Join us when you can and good luck with the move.
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Old 09-05-2008, 05:29 PM
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Pylon2, would you be able to post some pics of your carb modifications?
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:23 PM
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Flown Tigercat again tonight, no problems. mrcasey69 will post some pics of carb mods soon.
Cheers Richard.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:29 PM
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When I die I may not go to heaven I don't know if they let cowboys in
If they don't just let me go to Texas, Boy! Texas is as close as I've been.

Lived in West Plano many years ago, Dallas /Ft. Worth is a great place to live, I'd still be there if it were not for work moving me to Virginia 6 yeas ago.

Lots of nice flying fields one of the largest hobby stores in the world, Mikes Supershop in Carrollton, I think it is around 58,000 sq feet.
[link]http://www.mikeshobbyshop.com/[/link]


Still waiting to fly my TC....
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Old 09-11-2008, 10:33 AM
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Glad to hear all the positives about Texas since I am going to live there now. I was wondering if any of you guys who are now flying their Tigercat have had an in flight engine stop and had to land on one engine. If so, would you kindly share the experience. It seems the huge fin and rudder would compensate very nicely. I am approaching the final stages of completion with a small interruption for the move. I have never flown a twin before and don't know what to expect from a dead engine.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:56 PM
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I have flown numerous twins( B25,P38,Mosquito & F7F and have experienced engine failure a number of times.(twice with Tigercat!!!) Personally I would always throttle back the remaining engine and if you have enough height/speed, land as soon as possible and try to avoid having to throttle up other engine. If you need to fly further on the other engine, trim with rudder and remember to only turn to the live engine. Try not to use full throttle as this will only make things worse. More important, a little prayer helps I am sure other people will have there own opinons on this matter but this works for me. Hope it helps. Cheers Richard.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:22 PM
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T-Cat Builders - TEST PHOTO for size.....
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:25 PM
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:12 PM
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Hey guys have not been on here a while. Just wanted to let you know that I lost my TC due to my own neglect last month, but on the good side I think I am the first one to test the structural strength of some of the latest mods. I did do the Charles Winter mod to the spar and after the crash the spar mod did very well no breaks in that area. I also did a mod to make the outer wings removable and after the crash this mod did very well also. So after all was done the spar mod and the removable outer wing mod held up the best in my crash they were the strongest parts of the airframe. I did order and get another TC that I will build over this winter.
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Old 09-14-2008, 12:43 PM
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I'm still trying to get mine out for her 1st flight, always having gear quality issues, seems the guy falls apart everytime i do retract final tests!. I have 2 SATIO 100's 4 strokes and 3 bladed props. I did do a few taxi and high speed run. The Satio 100's sure pulled her very very well, very brisk takeoff acceleration, we'll see if the gear ever works.
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Old 09-14-2008, 10:42 PM
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Mooney,

I would be curious how you lost your plane. Are you the one who flew it through the trees? Did you have an engine stop? What happened.?
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:13 AM
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Hi Mooney Sorry to hear about your loss. Any help you can give the other T-Cat guys would be appreciated. Just finished more taxi testing and engine runs. Everything is falling in place again. I am anxious to fly this BIRD again with good power and strong retracts.

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Old 09-16-2008, 12:56 PM
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Wow, I actually found video of the TC flying... motivates me to get a move on...

[link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksdOZz6NLUY[/link]

[link]http://www.viddler.com/explore/drhanke/videos/69/[/link]
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:25 PM
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Hi everyone! The swedish one is mine and that was the premiere flight with it..Used the wrong props and the performance was not sparkling to say the least..Use 2 26cc gassers and haw now changed to 16x10 props with better result..
Its a nice flying airplane,no bad habits EXCEPT the retracts,gen 4,but I think all have been said here about them...[sm=red_smile.gif]
I will change mine to either german Wabo or gen. 5 when i can get hold of them here..
We have a couple of more videos if someone is interested on Viddler..
One show what happens when the nose retracts dont lock..
If i would build this one again for some reason i would go for a couple of 120AX or 180 fourstroke and try to get it a little bit speedier..
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:58 PM
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To help motivate you: Look on YOU TUBE Y.T INTERNATIONAL TIGERCAT test flight.
Cheers Richard. It really does not need to go any faster BOKIS than this!!!!!!!
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:15 PM
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Yep, that helps! Wow what a nice place to fly! I have only grass fields to fly off of. but then again I don't have to use brakes either...
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:54 PM
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Went out and ran the Saito 170 radials again. I used 30% heli fuel in them and it seems they hate it. The engines ran very badly. When I used cool power 10% the really did well. I think I'll split the difference and use a 16 or 20% syn oil blend.

While checking the engines out I discovered I had two bad glow plugs, which I replaced, but the engine still performed poorly after replacement.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:52 AM
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I use saito 170 in my FW 190 and Bearcat and they seem to like my blend,12% oil and 8-10 nitro..Best prop(and I have tried many) seems to be APC 17x8..I tried saito ,OS F and McCoy plugs and I actually have had som luck with McCoys,they work perfect for me but i think thats a matter of taste.. The biggest problem I have experienced is that I have "leaned" them to much on idle.
They work perfect on idle and full speed but when I go back from full to half throttle one cylinder dies..
Since i use onboard glow I just turned the idle screw(hmmm..bad english?) out a little and the problems were gone..
Pylon,just a liiiitle bit moore would be nice,having trouble making nice loops except in headwind,but it flies great!
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Old 09-17-2008, 02:06 PM
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Hi Bokis,
What prop are you using on your Zenoah 20's? I use APC 17x8 Narrow and pull 7800rpm on ground. My Tigercat can manage big loops no problem.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:40 PM
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bokis, thanks I'll try a lower blend. I make my own for my Seidel ST710 and use no nitro at all and only 6% Klotz synthetic, I could make a batch up for the saitos, but gee I'd have to male a lot since they really go thru the fuel.

ahhh I'll just go buy some fuel pre-made ,,,,
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:02 AM
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Good afternnon from sunny South Africa. I have finally finished my TC, well just about. Ran the 20 Zenoah's over the weekend, and they sound sweet. Gave up on the gear door installation though []. I will post a video later this week or over the weekend. We have a huge scale fly-in event from Thursday, and I hope to maiden the beast there. Will keep you updated.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:02 PM
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