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Old 04-02-2006, 11:42 AM
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Hey Guys....its been a while since I posted anything in here...so I figured I would put my latest project in here.

The Fliton Rogue3D Biplane.

I ordered this plane from Shulman Aviation shortly after the Memphis event. Thanks to Shulman, I got my plane VERY quickly. I've never had a chance to actually see the plane before I ordered it...other than pics on the net. When I opened the box I was surprised to see what has to be the most flawless perfect ARF kit Ive ever seen. Perfect construction, incredible covering job. The covering job on the Rogue3D was as good if not better than some of the covering jobs Ive seen on professional pattern planes. Really well done, and tight as a drum.

Fliton has gone the extra mile by including a manual that has no equal. This manual is written in plane english(misspelling intentional). A modeler wrote this manual for sure. Build time is really short, due to how complete the kit is, and how easy the manual is to understand.

Old 04-02-2006, 11:45 AM
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After you get done pulling out all the stuff from the amazingly small box, and marveling at the planes construction. Its time to get started.
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Old 04-02-2006, 11:49 AM
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First step is to hinge and attach the ailerons. All the CA hinges are included, and the ailerons and wings are pre-slotted for the hinges. This whole process for all four ailerons only takes about 20 min.
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Old 04-02-2006, 11:52 AM
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The next step is installing the horizontal stab. Just cut away some of the monokote, slide it through the slot, square everything up, and epoxy into place. About 15 min to do this.
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Old 04-02-2006, 11:56 AM
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Now you hinge and attach the elevators and the rudder. Again everything is pre-slotted, so you just insert the hinge, and hit each one with CA. Really simple. Takes about 15-20min for both the elevator and the rudder.
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Old 04-02-2006, 01:17 PM
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The next step they tell you to do is mount the landing gear...DONT. Install the landing gear last. The way the Rogue3D is constructed, you will have to remove the landing gear to get the wings off. This is a real pain, so leave the landing gear off for now. It makes access to the inside of the plane for radio installation much easier.

Now you want to mount the motor. The Rogue3D comes with mounts for outrunner motors, inrunner motors, and even a OS .15LA glow engine. Your choice. I want lots of power on this little plane, so I chose E-flite's 480 sized outrunner. If you are installing a electric motor. Construct the motor box using rubber bands to hold it together and TEST FIT IT before gluing in place. You need to check to make sure that the designed thrust angles are correct, and that the cowl will match up to the motor. I, like those before me, found that you need to mount the outrunner box upside down with the side and top panels reversed so that the cowl will match up correctly. Be sure to check to see that the thrust angles are correct before gluing it up.


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Old 04-02-2006, 01:27 PM
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The final steps are simply installing the cabane struts, attaching the wings, installing the radio, ESC, and linkages...all standard stuff for most modelers. The kit includes all linkages, and really cool red anodized aluminum control horns. And of course adding the included graphics to the plane.

I havent put all the servos or radio equipment in yet, because I havent decided quite how I want to do it. I was thinking of modifying the kit for a push/pull rudder, and perhaps dual elevator servos. But you can see what the completed plane looks like.
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when you finish, I want a video
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Video it shall be. Im waiting on some gold plated servo extention cables...and I have to get a ESC, but once I get everything up and running. Ill shoot a video of it flying and post it online. Im also going to program flaperons on it, for those low slow harriers. I really hope it flys well. It's a really great looking airplane. Sleek and smoooooooth. After seeing this thing...I might just order one of those Fliton Mini Extra 300's...they sure can build an airplane. This really is a top of the line electric plane. Ive not seen anything built better.
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