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Old 05-21-2009, 12:57 PM
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Well ihave a Showtime with a Saito 91, and an AW edge with a saito 100 which will maiden within the next week. I also have a Venus 40 with the 46ax, never flown it, but sorta lost interest in it. Ionce had a Pulse XT which I loved....and would like ot find something similar in characteristics for easy sport flying with some aerobatics....and cheap. Just something easy to kick around with. Does anyone know how it compares to the Pulse? The Pulse was GREAT!!!! it also had a little dyhedral.
Old 05-21-2009, 02:08 PM
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Well ihave a Showtime with a Saito 91, and an AW edge with a saito 100 which will maiden within the next week. I also have a Venus 40 with the 46ax, never flown it, but sorta lost interest in it. Ionce had a Pulse XT which I loved....and would like ot find something similar in characteristics for easy sport flying with some aerobatics....and cheap. Just something easy to kick around with. Does anyone know how it compares to the Pulse? The Pulse was GREAT!!!! it also had a little dyhedral.
If you loved your Pulse XT, I can't imagine why you aren't tearing up the skies with your Venus .40/ .46AX combo. That would be a lot of fun!
Old 05-21-2009, 06:07 PM
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To be honest i havent even flown it. Ive lost interest in finishing it. Maybe I should give it a chance.
Old 05-26-2009, 07:18 PM
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it a nice airplane i have 2 of them in my hanger and i love them and the price
Old 05-26-2009, 09:21 PM
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Well after almost 2 weeks of emails i still have heard nothing from Great Planes. I've sent them pictures and copy's of bill's and still have not had a reply. I'm hoping the holiday is slowing things down for GP. []
Old 05-27-2009, 12:56 AM
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Call them mike! Great planes should be on this for you, It flying season! Does seem slow because I have always heard from them in a few days! Good luck Mike! Bob



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Old 05-27-2009, 04:52 PM
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You should give them a phone call instead of email. When I thought I had an issue with one of my wings, they sent me a replacement right away. I was very impressed with their response. See post #101.
Old 05-27-2009, 08:25 PM
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Thanks guys. I received a response today. They said they did not receive any emails from me. Not sure what could have happened but no matter, I sent a nice reply with the pictures so hopefully will hear back tomorrow. Will let you know.

PS I was starting to get worried but hopefully all is well now. Thanks Guys.
Old 05-28-2009, 02:19 AM
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Last weekend I was playing around with some in-flight video using my Escapade.

I need to resolve a vibration issue but this is a sample from last weekend.

I'm using the Aerocam Lite.  It's about the size of a pack of gum.  

Old 05-28-2009, 07:49 AM
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Hey Guys

I finally got ahold of one of these in demand arfs.  I've read through some of the forum here and it sounds like there's an issue with the stab/fin assembly and many of you have just epoxied it on instead of the bolt on method (which is how I will probably do it as well).

Are there any other issues or fixes that should be done?

Thanks!

Old 05-28-2009, 11:32 AM
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A few of my upgrades...

epoxied the wing halves together
strengthened the area with the wing indexes into the fuse and where the landing gear attaches
glued the rear stab and elevator to the fuse
check the elevator wire and add CA to all the hinges
changed my tail wheel assembly to a Sullivan
upgraded to Dubro low bounce wheels (rubber not foam)

Old 05-28-2009, 11:44 AM
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Just started putting together my second Escapade.I lost mine in an orentation white out with a gray sky and took it into the ground wide open. It was not a pretty sight. After flying this plane more than 100 times. I will definately reinforce the landing gear area. I did that with the other plane and after picking through the wreckage was impressed with the landing gear box, so I will do the same with this one. Definately epoxy on the tail section, use the bolts to pull it nicely together. Drill some small holes on the under side of the elevator where the control wire goes into it and wick in some CA. Epoxy the wing halves together. I added two dowels to the front of the wing to index into the wing pocket just to add some rigidity in the wing to fuse area, the stock tab on the front of the wing didnt seem adequit to me. I also added a cross brace to the front of the fuse under the engine to stop the excessive vibration of the fuse tabs when the engine is running wide open. I have an OS 55ax in mine and really run this plane hard, but its one of my favorites. Got another one in stock just waiting for the next time.
Old 05-31-2009, 12:27 PM
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I got a chance to fly the Escapade again yesterday. I moved my CG back to 3 1/4" from the leading edge, and I thinkit flies ALOT better. I was able to 3 point land every time (they seemed alot easier too), and everything felt much snappier like I expected. I also tried a 11 x7 prop on my OS .46, and didn't like it. Iputthe 11 x 6 back on, and I think itis the perfectprop for this engine/plane. I amable to slow waaay down for landings, and have almost unlimited verticle.
Old 05-31-2009, 02:05 PM
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Thank you for the video!!!! Bob


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Old 05-31-2009, 08:02 PM
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Glad you liked the video.  I didn't get a chance to fly this weekend but I changed a few things that should help minimize the vibration (hopefully).

If I get another good video clip I will post it.
Old 06-01-2009, 12:14 AM
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It was still great! let us see some nice landscape and the plane seemed to handle good!  looking forward to more as you can! Thanks Bob





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Old 06-01-2009, 08:42 PM
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Just got my escapade the other day. Took it out of the box tonight to look at it. Engine mount is way off to the left? Anyone else have his or hers like this. I'm guessing since it is one of those GP adjustable ones that the people on the assembly line just tightened it down wrong.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:09 PM
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Yes mine was about the same! It has good adjustment in it and had to loosen them up to mount the OS 46 AX in it anyway. You are going to love this airplane!  Follow this tread on things you need to do and there will not be any problems, Have fun! Bob





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Old 06-02-2009, 01:43 AM
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It's been a while since I built my Escapade but I think the firewall has thrust offset built into it so that could be the reason the engine mount looks offset.
Old 06-02-2009, 02:04 PM
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It is mounted correctly for the engine thrust just open it to fit your engine and bolt on!!!

Old 06-10-2009, 01:17 AM
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A new video compilation from last weekend

Still having vibration issues.  I added some rubber washers to my camera mount but it's still not great.

http://s266.photobucket.com/albums/ii260/pquattro/?action=view&current=FallbrookFlyers6-6-09.flv
Old 06-10-2009, 02:23 AM
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Thanks again for the video! We have been having nothing but rain last two weeks so no flying but this weekend is supose to be nice, here/s hoping! Bob



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Old 06-12-2009, 07:32 AM
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MS1095
Mine is the same as yours. I am installing an Italian ST 46 and it is a narrow engine. Ifa wide engine is installed then the adjustable mount wouldbe spread farther apart to the right and the engine would be centered rather than to the left as my super tigre is.
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Just got my escapade the other day. Took it out of the box tonight to look at it. Engine mount is way off to the left? Anyone else have his or hers like this. I'm guessing since it is one of those GP adjustable ones that the people on the assembly line just tightened it down wrong.
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Test Flew the Escapade on Wednesday. It went well, flies pretty good. I had to add 2 1/2 oz to the nose. After the 1st flight I took a 1 1/2 oz out and it seemed to fly better. I should have put a Sullivan Tailwheel on it. That thin wire one it comes with is junk. it was bent beyond repair after the 3rd flight. I am sure it is okay for hard surfaces, but our grass field is a bit rough. I have my rudder throw maxed out, it will not hold knife-edge. Flys basic acro and Inverted very well, and slows down nice for landing. Overall I am happy with it for the $99.
Old 06-12-2009, 02:28 PM
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Thanks for the report!I had read where the rear wheel assembly was junk so I put a Dubro on mine right away. For a hundred bucks it is a Great plane! I did make sure everything was glued good and didepoxy my wing haves together. Thanks Bob





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