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Old 10-23-2018, 04:26 AM
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The stabilizer is permanently installed now, the garolite tubes are bonded in the tail and the haves along with the aluminum tubes can be removed for storage & transportation. I need to adjust some wood on the stab as there is a bit of mismatch between the glass and the stab. The fillet between the fuse and the stab matches on the bottom side but is out on the top, nothing I cant get cleaned up in the next night or two. I need to installed the hard points in the fuse to fasten the stabs and then I can install the tail cone. The wings are set at 1 degree positive incidence and the stab at 0 degrees. Setting the tail and squaring the wings to the fuse & stab to the wings was not fun, add the removable stab tubes to the equation and its even better!
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Old 10-23-2018, 04:41 AM
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I spent a night playing with my Robart electric retract conversion kits and Im less than happy with them. I was dead out of the box but I managed to pull it apart and get it working.... to get a warranty part I need to pull it apart again, undo the fix, take a picture and submit for warranty or mail it back as is to assess. If I mail it back there wouldnt be any fault to find so whats the point? I was given the option to buy another actuator for half price when its DOA right out of the bag.... I have to say these things are junk, the jackscrew is the problem and its press fit together on a .100 spline, not even TIG welded together.

Given the slightly aggressive customer service approach they took with me I cant say I would consider buying their product again. I purchased directly from them a few days ago, they have the transaction history, explained in great detail the problem and the internal construction of the sealed Jack screw that came apart and wont do anything without pictures. I cant event get a replacement jack screw, only the complete actuator if I pay for half of it! Given the shipping cost back and forth between Canada and the USA its not worth it, especially when customer service states someone is always trying to get something for free ***?

Sorry for for the rant, I cant even explain how displeased I am with their support, $2-$3k in an airplane and I have to deal with this crappy actuator and a less than pleasing customer service approach.

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Old 10-23-2018, 04:37 PM
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I have heard that others have had less than pleasant problems with the electric retract versions that Robart is selling. One of our club members ordered a set for their
Giant Scale Top Flite P-47 and they didn't work out of the box and had some rather disappointing phone conversations with customer service at Robart, finally gave up,
had a machinist friend convert them back to air actuated retracts.

Sorry you are having the problems with Robart, but hey the 310 is looking some kind of awesome, have you picked a color scheme for it as of yet?

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Old 10-23-2018, 07:06 PM
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I went with Century Jet retracts, electric. With the ability to also operate the doors. And had no problems at all with them. Perhaps you should check them out.
i just did a search for century Jet and did not realize that they are no longer in business . When I had purchased my gear from them they also came with a sequencer for the doors.

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Old 02-21-2019, 05:20 PM
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Just received my 310 short kit from Tim at AMA Models. VERY nice kit. Plans are superb, including the reverse image of the wing plan. Laser cutting looks fantastic. Wood quality is great - ply is great, very hard balsa where it needs to be, lighter where it needs to be.
Packaging of the kit was superb too. I had it mailed to an address in LA, an airline friend picked it up there for me and brought it home to Australia. I can recommend this short kit.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:58 PM
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You will like the plane ,flys like it’s on rails
i have Dle 30,s on mine,word of caution the nacelles are narrow and required re enforcing with aluminum
the original plane was designed for .61cc glo engines
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:43 PM
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Very good. I'm hoping that I'll use some .61's in mine. I had an 8 foot ARF 310 with two OS46 in it, oodles of power, and still aerobatic on one engine too.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:22 PM
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Other retract options:
https://www.electron-retracts.com/
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:27 PM
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Its been a while but since this thread has come back to life I figured I would post a few pictures of where Im at. Im installing wiring harnesses and then Im going to start glassing the wings. Not too much left after that, gear doors in the center wing and then onto the Fuselage detailing. Opening door, vacuum form the windows and the cockpit kit are next.
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Old 02-28-2019, 04:17 AM
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Looks really great, have you put her on the scales lately to see what she is at
weight wise? You have done a really great job, keep it going, looking forward
to the finished aircraft!
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing your incredible work!
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:18 AM
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I'll get some weights this weekend, I want to finish mounting as much hardware as possible to get some accurate numbers. She will be heavy once you factor in the electric retracts and adding the cockpit, I guess it was a good idea to go with the twin 36cc vs the 22cc engines. It's finally at the point where it all the small details to finish, it's not as exciting as the start of the build where you get to see some real progress being made. I'm trying to juggle this build and 2 fiberglass Super Chipmunks at the same time and it's a lot of work! Trying to coordinate the builds so I'm working on the same items at the same time keeps me on track but is a lot to manage, soon it's going to be time to glass the flying surfaces and start the detailing.
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Old 02-28-2019, 05:22 AM
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I almost forgot, MR Aerodesign radial beaver is on the bench to finish at the same time.
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