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NEW ARF from SIG - Rascal 80 EG

Old 04-01-2016, 07:37 AM
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Default NEW ARF from SIG - Rascal 80 EG

SIG debuted a new ARF today at the 62th Annual Toledo Weak Signals RC Expo. It is the SIG Rascal 80 EG ARF. It is a smaller version of the popular SIG Rascal 110, but with a number of enhancements. It is designed to accept both electric and glow power. At an 80" wingspan, it will qualify for your favorite "big bird" event.

Pre-Orders are being taken online exclusively from SIGPlanes.comat this time. June 1st, 2016 delivery is scheduled.

For more details, visit:
http://www.sigplanes.com/SIG-Rascal-80-EG-ARF_p_304.html


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Old 04-02-2016, 04:20 AM
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The new Rascal looks like an upgrade from the 72" version. Battery access looks to be more convenient, which is a major plus for the new model.
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Pffft, thats nothing compared to the even bigger news from SIG. A 14' WS Rascal. But its a real kit, so guess the ARFers are out of luck for this monster! LOL It is huge!
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I pre-ordered my Rascal 80 from Sigplanes.com a couple weeks ago. Web site still says by June 1st. Meanwhile, I'm finishing up one of the older first generation Rascal 40 ARF's, will have a Saito 56GK. This is my second one of these, the first I sold at auction after over 200 flights. I have two more Rascal 40 ARF's NIB on the shelf as well. I really like this airplane, but mounting the engine is a real pain using the beam mounts and metal plate arrangement. I hope the new Rascal 80 flies as nice as my 40, will be an interesting comparison.

Can't decide on engine options. I have a near new Saito 72GK, but also recently acquired an OS Engines GGT 10 and 15. These are the OS glow gas engines, I have one flying in a Hangar 9 Alpha 60 trainer for testing purposes. Any thoughts...?
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I bought a 40 size in Florida. Resold it, my carpal tunnel in my hands was too bad to finish it. Looks like all done airplanes for a long time. john
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captinjohn they can do carpal tunnel surgery as day surgery now . Just a very small incision . I had it done years ago and am amazed at how far they have come . Is it your right hand ? It's usually your dominant hand . I hope you are able to do something to help you keep active in this wonderful hobby .
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bikerbc, I had the surgery done late July of 2015 & it will be a year ago soon. My thumd & 3 fingers are still numb. Got to wear a glove to help the numb feeling. It was a small incision....they must have damaged a nerve. I wish they would have used the tried & true way so they can see better what they are doing. Very ticked off about it all.
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I received my Rascal 80 a few weeks ago, I have her decked out for night flying, I think I should be able to see her!


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Old 07-20-2016, 05:22 PM
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It"s official

http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...168.html?E+Sig
Old 06-24-2017, 07:47 AM
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I'm bumping the thread to see if there are any more conversations on this??? I'm about to begin mine. I have an AX4120-14 that I plan on using with 4S or 5S packs. Any comments???

Also, does that forward windshield/cowl just pull off to change batteries or do I have to unscrew it from the frame first??? It looks like it's screwed into the fuselage - or is that just a screw holding the windshield to the cowl? I don't want to pull things all apart until I get everything ready for the build.

Thanks,

Bob
Old 04-03-2020, 07:32 AM
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Default Looking for Ideas for the Next Build

Hmmm, was that me who wrote that almost three years ago (i.e., the previous post)?

Well, I finally crashed my red and white Rascal 80 (pilot error - strained it through a pine tree) and for the time that I had it, it ran really well. I loved it. Now I have to wait till Sig gets them back in stock to pick a new one up. The power will be the same as in the previous message with that AXI motor and a Castle 75A EDGE Lite ESC (admittedly, way more than needed but had on hand) and a 4S 3500mAh pack. So far, my only fault with it is that I feel that the airplane is overpriced. I'm getting my replacement as a combination Fathers Day/Birthday present.

Anyway, given that I will be building another one up again, I thought I might resurrect this thread in case there were any of you out there who, like me, were awaiting a replacement and had some time to think about the plane.

What I mean is, if you had to do it over again, would you make any changes??? For example, I replaced the LG bolts with 10-24 nylon bolts (and T-nuts) available at the home center. That saved my butt on one occasion when I struck something just as I was lifting off and it knocked the LG off. The bolts snapped, the plane kept flying, and it looked cool tooling around like it had retracts. I had to belly land it but I only had to replace 3 nylon bolts - the landing gear blocks stayed in place.

Do any of you have anything else that you would do differently if you had to do it all over again?

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Old 04-03-2020, 02:47 PM
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Mine is set up with a Saito 72 and flies great. I like your idea on main gear bolts. One thing you might consider is changing out the tailwheel assembly with something else....the stock version wears out pretty quickly. I've got an older sig tailwheel assembly for a Rascal 40 that I plan on installing on mine. That said....

I happen to have a brand new Rascal 80 on the shelf, bought it as a spare for my Rascal 80. Not sure what the ETA is from Sig but I'd sell you this one if you're interested....
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Hi Gerry, thanks for the note. I can't say that I had any problems with the tailwheel but I see what you mean. Another 'mod' that I did was to replace those springs (between the rudder and tailwheel steering arm) with solid wire and EZ Connectors (for adjustment). My thinking was that the tailwheel isn't on the ground all that much, except for taxiing, so I wasn't worried about damage to the servo. I'll take a closer look at the tailwheel assy that I scavenged off of my wreck and look for signs of damage. I might also still have one from a Previous Rascal 40 (I had two of those).

SIG says that they are building up the 'kits' now, and Tower says that the Red/White has an order pending and that the Blue/White Rascal is due on the TH site in early May.

If that doesn't come through, I just might pick you up on your offer. Which color combo do you have on the shelf?

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Bump!! I see that TH says that the Rascals are now due in Late AUG. Here's hoping!!

Bob
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Just FYI... I'm thinning out my collection of ARF's... I have two NIB Rascal 40's, one each red and blue for sale. Let me know if you or someone you know are interested.

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Bump!! I just got word from TH that my Rascal 80 is being shipped from Ontario, Canada and should arrive on Tuesday, Oct 12. I thought I'd toss that out in case anyone was considering getting one. They still show up on the TH website as Backordered but I have my FedEx tracking number in hand.

This has been on order since about late March - I'm glad that I stuck with it. I'm going to put the plane in storage until next year and have a fresh new Rascal to fly in the Spring. I don't want to mess it up by flying in winter conditions. I have enough other projects to keep me busy.

One thing I'm going to do is to fasten the LG with nylon bolts. My field is a bit bumpy and those things have saved more than one landing gear block. I have look in my files to see if I had written down any other thoughts bout building up the new Rascal..... I also replaced the tailwheel springs with solid music wire. I felt that the springs were too soft and I could not turn effectively when I was taxiing. Do any of you have any unique ideas to kick around for this plane as I build it from new?

RCISFUN, I see your Night Rascal and that's a nice idea. I do have a set of lights that I bought but never used. How about a tutorial about how you installed those lights? What was it like to fish wires through the wings, etc.?? Separate power source???

How about any other thoughts to toss around???

Bob
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Couldn't you have gotten it quicker through SIG? $345 direct from them.
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Well, when I ordered it via TH last March, I was able to apply Coupons and my Super Saver Club (best $10 I ever spent) and by the time the dust settled with free shipping, I only spent $292. And I am not going to be building it up right away anyway. I'll be saving that for a Winter Build for a Spring maiden flight.

By the way, when I first found out that the plane was Out of Stock at TH, I did go to Sig and, of course, they were out of stock too. Sig and TH both got them back into Stock at about the same time. If I lost any time by waiting, it was only a day or two.

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Thats what I was wondering, if SIG was out too.
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Default TH is shipping the Rascal 80!

I've just noticed that the Rascal is still showing up on the TH website as Backordered as of today (Thurs, Oct 15). Maybe they're just busy filling the current backlog first!

Just to confirm, my Rascal did arrive on Tuesday. The packaging looks to be in good shape and it's on my shelf nagging me to start to build it. I'm going to hold off till after the Holidays so that it'll be ready for next Spring.

I'll throw this out once again... does anyone have any ideas I could use on my Rascal to make it look unique? Maybe turn it into a 'Could-Be Scale?" or a 'Sorta-Standoff Scale". I'm still working on those lights for night flying.

Bob

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Well, I still have my red NIB Rascal 80 on the shelf. But over the past week, I had (my version of) a brainstorm, so I ordered another Rascal. This one is blue. It is on the truck for delivery today.

My thinking is that I am going to marry the red fuse/rudder/fin to the blue wings/horizontal stab.

Can anyone visualize this???

And, if/when I 'retire' this one, I will have another one just like it, except that it will be a mirror image.

Bob
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Now that is just plane silly



I like it
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What if I were to put a US Flag decal on the fin?? Would that give you a hint???

I bet you thought that your answer was punny, huh?? :-)
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No different than a few of my planes. Same colors IYKWIM. Plane silly, get it, plane.


I like it

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Ayup!! I once had a Sig Somethin' Extra like that. I sold it and immediately had Sellers Regret.

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