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Old 07-18-2007, 01:23 PM
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ORIGINAL: Hughie42

Excellent job on the build Dave. If someone was to have less build skill than a parrot, ie me, is there redemption in the form of an ARF for this aircraft?
No ARFS. There are two SPA ARFs I can think of. They are:

Richmond RC Avenger (although I've never heard any SPA folks mention this plane, but it's on their list of legal designs): http://www.richmondrc.com/vma/storec..._vma_a0026.htm

Or the World Models Intruder: http://www.airborne-models.com/html/...?ProductID=109

Good luck!
Old 07-18-2007, 01:25 PM
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ORIGINAL: locolobot

Thought I would share with you the results of my efforts on a Troublemaker also. Decided to make mine with tricycle gear and fixed since I am in SPA and will be competeing there. A lot of them were not pqarticularly impressed that the Intruder ARF was orange but since I am a Tennessee fan you can understand the trim scheme. I would like to say it came in at 7 pounds 9 onces with a Magnum 91 as the engine of choice.

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I like orange! It's on all my planes!
Old 07-18-2007, 04:58 PM
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You can obtain an ARC from Zimpro Marketing.

http://www.pub.nxs.net/dehunt/

I have included their address here. Contact Dennis and he will tell you what he has on hand or will build you one. He carries the Daddy Rabbit which is quite popular here along with the D-20 Panzer and furnishes a short kit as well as building them. He will even furnish you with a built one if you can afford it and have it shipped.

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Old 08-20-2007, 11:17 AM
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Update: I'll be back to this plane after the Tucson Aeobatic Shootout in October. I was selected to fly the Intermediate class, so it's all practice practice practice for now. I still look across the shop at the Troublemaker... I can't wait to fly her!

Dave
Old 08-29-2007, 07:34 AM
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Here's my take on the Troublemaker from the Eureka kit. The picture was before the first flight in fact I hadn't put the wheels on yet.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:02 AM
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VERY VERY NICE!
Old 08-29-2007, 09:19 AM
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Now that's a Troublemaker !!
Very nice, brings back a lot of good memories.

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Old 10-12-2007, 08:35 PM
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Any body flying their Troublemakers yets? I'd like to see a flight report!

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Old 10-12-2007, 09:07 PM
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Almost there! Shootout is over so getting caught up in the garage.
Old 11-12-2007, 03:15 PM
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Update?
Old 11-18-2007, 08:54 PM
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Sorry guys. She's been in the corner of the garage awaiting my finishing my 'hired' projects. I'm almost done with them and will be getting back to her soon. There is about 6 hours of work left (if that).
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Finally got back to work on the Troublemaker last night. I mounted the tailwheel bracket then my hands went numb and I quit. LOL I'll fire up the space heater next time.

As for a battery, I got a Radical RC 1400 mah 5 cell, A2/3 pack. Should do the trick!
Old 12-16-2007, 04:05 PM
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Well fellas, she's done as far as the build goes. Got her done today and balanced... came out more nose heavy than I though she would. Had to move the battery and rx rearward in the radio compartment. After that she was right on the CG from the plans.

I don't have a high-tech scale in my shop, so what I do is step on my digital scale without the plane, step off, then get back on holding the plane. It showed 6.5 pounds, but we'll just round that up to seven. When I have more time I'll sit her on the digital baby scale we bought to weigh the kid. That will get it down to the ounces.

I set the ailerons and elevator throws to 10 degrees low-rate and 12 high rate.. probably WAY too much, but I like them to have as much authority as possible for maidens. You never know when you might need it. After the maidens I start bringing everything down.

Next step is to go out back of the house here and run the engine. I probably wont get to that today, but it will be done soon. Most likely maiden this thing by next weekend. If she flys good I've got some cool ideas for graphics.

Sorry for the fuzzy pictures, my camera screws up now and again.
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:13 PM
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Schweet!

Man, that's one nice-looking plane. Can't wait for the test flight report!
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Thanks!
Old 12-17-2007, 10:25 AM
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Shooting for Thusday on the run. Just in time for the weather to get crappy Friday. Ugh. So glad I'm moving to Florida in 40-some days!
Old 12-17-2007, 11:14 AM
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Looking Good!!

Old 12-18-2007, 03:33 AM
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WOW! Took the baby out back today and fired her up for the first time. The AXE/Rossi .60 was really stiff ... she started... then the part I hate...listening to the engine break itself in initially...OUCH! Well after monkeying with the mixtures to get her up on speed, I let her run about 3/4 throttle for 5 minutes. Then I grabbed the tach and let her rip... 13000 at 5600' pressure altitude, 11X7 Master Airscrew. I did that once and decided it wasn't safe to try and mess with the mixture without someone helping to hold the plane. So that's all I will have done until probably Thursday morning when I'll most likely get the maiden in. Of course I'll play with the pipe length eventually as I know she has more in her than 13K.
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I love it! Nice job Dave. Man I can't wait to finish getting my shop set up to start building again. But you're right- it's been so stinkin cold. [:@] Since I can't move to Florida, guess I'm gunna have to buy a heater. Looking forward to the maiden flight report!
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that plane is awesome!! If it had tricycle gear on it then it would really be sweet. but not knowing anything about the plane's history it looks great as is.
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I didn't want to try and rig a retractable nose gear, hehe
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Well, she has officially flown. I took her out today and flew her three times. A few clicks of right trim and one or two down and she was tracking like an arrow. I initially had the Master Airscrew 11X7 on it and we tach'ed it at 13000 rpm. We then put an APC 11X7 hand got 13600 out of her and more speed. Can't wait to try the 11X8 or maybe a 10X10.

First flight I mainly made trim passes. Second flight I tried several half-reverse cubans. Third flight I did all these plus the 3 loop sequence. I have to say, having never flown one of these type planes, I can see why you guys like them so much! I got a rush every time I poured the coals to it coming out of that 1/2 reverse cuban. WOW... In fact, one of the guys at the field who flew this type of pattern years ago asked me why I was throttling back at all!!! So, I did several with full throttle and the Rossi, nor the plane even flinched.

The landings were surprisingly easy. That is until I touched down with a slight crab and turned one of my retracts 90 degrees. Whoops! Forgot to file that flat spot on the strut. It nosed over hard and dented the header, but it didn't break. It cracked one of my retract mount blocks, but that can all be fixed. I'M OFFICIALLY HOOKED!!!
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Oh, and she's pretty nose heavy, so I have to fix that too. Other fixes include more aileron and rudder throw. No noticalble coupling in knife-edge, but I needed more speed or more rudder to get a true line. Will work on that.
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Congratulations!
Old 12-21-2007, 09:11 AM
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Excellent! She's a beauty. Now when not tearing up the air you can put it on the flightline with pride and field those, "Where can I get one?" questions.

I love the swept wing and swept tail. It really looks sharp.

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