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Old 04-11-2017, 09:24 AM
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My friend just purchased one from Mike Mueller at the Toledo and had it dropped off at my house a short time ago.

On my Etude I purchased the F3A battery tray and the new mounting kit that allows for battery tray removal. I installed the kit last night, best accessory I've purchased yet. My friend ordered the F3A battery tray along with the removable tray kit. If you ever have to work on the landing gear it makes life a whole simpler. For $9.50 it's a steal http://www.f3aunlimited.com/gator-rc...ket-kit-grcrtb
Old 04-14-2017, 12:11 PM
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Hey guys I'm having a spring cleaning.
The Caelus which is better than ever quality wise is on sale with free shipping. Plus buy the plane and get a 10% discount on many of the items to equip it.
We also have a very affordable servo option now that can say more than 50% on that part.
The Caelus have proven itself as a very fine competitive well-built plane.
Take a look. Limited supply!!!
http://www.f3aunlimited.com/caelus-v...model?___SID=U

New servo options below.
http://www.f3aunlimited.com/radios-a...ervos/king-max
Thanks, Mike Mueller
Old 04-14-2017, 01:32 PM
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Duplication by mistake

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Old 04-14-2017, 01:47 PM
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At that price it is worth duplicating.
Old 04-14-2017, 08:34 PM
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Just finished my Caelus V2.. Came in at 4747 grams. Not too bad.
Old 04-16-2017, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by mups53 View Post
Hey guys I'm having a spring cleaning.
The Caelus which is better than ever quality wise is on sale with free shipping. Plus buy the plane and get a 10% discount on many of the items to equip it.
We also have a very affordable servo option now that can say more than 50% on that part.
The Caelus have proven itself as a very fine competitive well-built plane.
Take a look. Limited supply!!!
http://www.f3aunlimited.com/caelus-v...model?___SID=U

New servo options below.
http://www.f3aunlimited.com/radios-a...ervos/king-max
Thanks, Mike Mueller
My timing sucks...lol
Old 04-16-2017, 06:48 PM
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The Caelus v2 flies even better than the v1. I was able to use the factory battery tray by adding lite ply strips on the fore and aft ends for reinforcement. The cg was close with the batts the aft end. Still a bit nose heavy for my flying, so I'll add 1 to 2 ounces of lead weight below the stab.
Old 04-20-2017, 12:13 AM
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Default Hacker Q-80 fit in this plane?

Q-80 14xs
Old 04-20-2017, 05:39 AM
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Sorry I can't help you on this one. The only bit of advice I can offer is F3A offers a great firewall mount that's fitted for the Caelus rear mounted motors, specifically the Himax.

If your in possession of the Hacker Q80 14xs I would imagine you could make it fit. If your pondering about what motor to use the Himax 210 is a great choice at a significant savings.

Big_G might be able to answer your question better, he's built three. I built one last year and flew it throughout the season and will continue to do so again this year. I've just started building another one for a friend of mine that I started last night.
Old 04-20-2017, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by mgosson View Post
Sorry I can't help you on this one. The only bit of advice I can offer is F3A offers a great firewall mount that's fitted for the Caelus rear mounted motors, specifically the Himax.



If your in possession of the Hacker Q80 14xs I would imagine you could make it fit. If your pondering about what motor to use the Himax 210 is a great choice at a significant savings.



Big_G might be able to answer your question better, he's built three. I built one last year and flew it throughout the season and will continue to do so again this year. I've just started building another one for a friend of mine that I started last night.



Can't help on the Q80. All three of my Caelus' have the Himax 6330-210-pro. Love the motor.
Old 04-20-2017, 11:40 AM
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The Q80 is a front mount motor and can be mounted on the caelus. There are probably several articles on RC Universe on front mounting somewhere. Also, check with some of your local pattern flyers in your area. They should be able to help.

Sheldon
Old 04-20-2017, 06:34 PM
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IIRC, the Caelus comes with a carbon fiber front mount.
Old 04-24-2017, 07:42 AM
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Default Rudder servo in the tail ?

Anyone try the servo in the tail?
Old 04-24-2017, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by mtcarey View Post
Anyone try the servo in the tail?
I had to on both of mine to get the cg correct. Probably will on my liteV2, as I had to add 1 oz. to the tail on a pull-pull.
Old 04-24-2017, 08:55 AM
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I would be surprised if you need to add weight to the the V2, I'm sure it is possible though.
After repairing my landing gear block last year I moved the battery tray back from my original installation 1.5". This puts the trailing edge of the lipos on center with the front wing adjusters.

I wish I found the Gator RC removable battery tray kit before I reassembled everything.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:41 PM
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Hi Guys. The name is Rick Bergeron and I acquired a Caelus when Mike M. first started offering them. I have been looking at the forum from time to time and enjoy all the tips and innovations offered here for the Caelus. I will offer some input when I have something that might be useful for all.
Old 05-08-2017, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ribergeron View Post
Hi Guys. The name is Rick Bergeron and I acquired a Caelus when Mike M. first started offering them. I have been looking at the forum from time to time and enjoy all the tips and innovations offered here for the Caelus. I will offer some input when I have something that might be useful for all.
Hi Rick.....it is a distinct pleasure to see you here on RCU.
I'll be reading your most experienced input!!
Old 05-08-2017, 03:11 PM
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Hi Dave. I need much learning on this forum thing as this is my first try. I saw you posting a lot here and decided to give a try. Your a long way from SoCal and Mile Square. Me too, I am in Sweet Home, Oregon now. Send me an email and we can catch up. Mine is: [email protected].

Rick
Old 05-10-2017, 12:06 PM
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I must have hit been by a truck or something as i volunteered to build a friends Caelus.

The first one I built was in May of 2016, it is / was V2, the newer lighter model. Compared to last years model not much has changed other than the way the horizontal stabs adjust, not bad just different.

One thing I did on this version was to place a carbon fiber plate between the firewall and motor mount. When you tighten the motor mounting bolts the plywood does not crush. Also, I spent a fair amount of time aligning the firewall/ spinner to the nose and was determined to get it right. Once I set the firewall in place, I tacked it with medium CA. Once I was satisfied with the final alignment I used Loctite E20 HP to make it permanent. This product has become my all purpose adhesive, I have yet to find anything any better.

The pull / pull rudder cables are in the same location as my original build and made it pretty easy to replicate.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:20 PM
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Need reinforcement ?
Old 05-24-2017, 07:00 PM
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At the least you should scuff the fuselage wipe it with acetone and apply a constant bead of loctite / hysol 1c or 11c depending on your color preference. If you have the gun use the series 20.

I chose to make a new one from carbon fiber plates, as posted here in this thread. The new Caelus is by far the best plane in its class for the money, hands down.
Old 05-29-2017, 07:09 PM
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I managed to finish building my friends Caelus on saturday. After. A final CG check, set throws at 10 percent, we plugged in the Lipos and let it rip. Two clicks of down elevator and this this thing flew great.
I tried passing off my Caelus for his, but he wasn't taking the bait.

As I've stated in earlier posts, for the money you simply can't buy a better plane for the money. Plus, the deal Mike @ F3A unlimited has on this bird is hard to pass up.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:08 PM
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The new Caelus now has individual stab adjusters.
Old 07-18-2017, 04:54 AM
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Hello guys,

any recommended setups for this plane by Hobbyking?
looking for a budget motor / ESC setup.
thanks.
Old 10-22-2018, 10:18 AM
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Hey Guys.
The Caelus is far and away the best selling plane in the history of my company F3A Unlimited.
I've been happy with the manufacturer in many ways. They are constantly improving their products.
We are introducing a new paint scheme today.
Please see the listing. Anna took these photos yesterday as I just dry fit the components together for the photos.
The price has increased but I promise it has got a lot to do with the costs I've incurred. Things are getting a tad more expensive.
For an all composite beautifully painted well made good flying plane I think its still a good deal.
https://www.f3aunlimited.com/caelus-...w-paint-scheme
The accessories for the plane can be discounted if you contact me we can discuss this.
The original scheme is available as always. Yes, they were out of stock for a while but back better than ever.
https://www.f3aunlimited.com/caelus-...-by-toprcmodel
Thank you for your support. Its very much appreciated.
Mike Mueller

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