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Old 05-30-2006, 09:01 PM
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hello me and my dad are kinda interested in this business of Jim's. I live in San Angelo texas ...i'd say maybe 90 miles away from buffalo gap and i'd like to get ahold of JIM sometime if at all possible. Can anyone email his number to me at [email protected] any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Here is the ad ...if you read thru the ad the # is in there.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemId=195167
Old 05-30-2006, 11:27 PM
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Hi, his number is 325 572 5200. He should be back by tomorrow or thursday. I come through San Angelo all the time... I'd love to stop and meet with you sometime to put a face with a name. I also may have some info that might be useful to you. (on Jim's plane) I'm actually coming through SA tomorrow (the 31st.) Call me if you'd like and maybe we can meet somewhere for a minute.

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Old 06-02-2006, 09:20 PM
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Continued progess.. Now everyting is finished except paint and vinyl graphics.. Paint will be done tomorrow and vinyl from Kirby's should be here next week!

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Old 06-02-2006, 09:49 PM
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By the way heres the ready to fly weight... right at 22.5 pounds...
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Old 06-02-2006, 11:32 PM
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Mike, I'm kinda curious here. I don't see any matchboxes or foam under the RX. Is this your final configuration?


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LOL,,, yes this is my final configuration.... I dont need matchboxes. Hitec 5955's are programmable servos, they PERFECTLY matched using a programmer that you can purchase when you buy the servos. Hitec has finally worked all of the bugs out of the programmer and it is real reliable..
All you do with the programmer is match the centers of servos that are ganged on the rudder, elevator or ailerons and then match the endpoints so that the give you exact matched travel to within 1 degree. I used the rocket city titanium turnbuckle pushrods. They allow you to make tiny adjustments to the pushrod length so you can get everything matched up to perfection.

You may already know all of this but here goes anyway just in case.

The little black box is a power box that regulates the voltage to the servos and evenly distributes power to all of the servos in the plane. It allows you to use multiple servos without Y harness and absolutely ZERO binding when used with programmable servos and turnbuckle linkages... I am so proud of this setup.. the servos are silent unless they are moving. .

The receiver is sitting on a thick double stick velcro that acts as a shock absorber and firmly holds the receiver in place with the help of the velcro tie down. A lot of guys are now simply sticking their receivers down on a flat spot with silicon.. I havent seen anyone have issues with that either... I know that the velcro I'm using works really well.. I have hundreds of flights on my other planes that are setup the same way. I get the stuff from a local hardware store.. Its expensive velcro but it works great. [8D]
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Mike,

Looks great! hope mine turns out as well. Jim has sent me some pictures of my 260 in the building process. I would post them on this thread but don't see how to do it.
My monokote and hardware arrivied yesterday, just waiting for the plane.

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Mike,

Looks great! hope mine turns out as well. Jim has sent me some pictures of my 260 in the building process. I would post them on this thread but don't see how to do it.
My monokote and hardware arrivied yesterday, just waiting for the plane.

Alan

Right below where you post your reply.. it says click here to upload images
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Here is my 260 in progress:
Old 06-03-2006, 05:14 PM
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haha were's the pic's?
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Man Mike... thats looks great!!! I can't believe how light that is. I have a 260 that I thought was real light that comes in at about 24 lbs... but 22.5!!!... thats gonna be ballistic.

ahallock... I went to Jims yesterday and your plane is comin' right along. It looks real good. You're gonna love it!!!

Oh... BTW... Mike, when you maiden... I would love to see a vid on that flight, I bet Jim would too

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Old 06-04-2006, 08:12 PM
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Well here it is... Im done other than programming the aileron servos and getting/installing the vinyl graphics.[8D]

By the way,, thats ultracote on the cowl since I could NOT get pearl blue paint.. If anyone ever wondered if it would stick.. Boy will it. Came out real nice.
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Mike, I wasn't aware that you were running Hitecs. I did see the split loc servo arms and thought that SWB only did those for JR. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable with velcro providing the vibration dampning on a gasser especially when it is attached almost directly to the motor box. You say you have had good results doing it that way so I assume it will be OK, just not the way I would go.



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Thanks Shawn,
I will keep it in mind.. When I test runt he engine if I dont like the amount of vibration I will modify what I have there. It was setup the same way in my Edge and my Ultimate without any problems though. Same engine too, just moved it into this plane....
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man i'm excited.....get that bird in the air i'm droolin here.
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Can't wait to see it at the Nederland contest Mike
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Cant wait for you to fly it at the Nederland contest! [8D]
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Hey Mike. that looks pretty cool. Now for the big question.

Are you coming to Abilene to fly IMAC this next weekend??

Just curious.

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LOL,
I sure wish I could but no. [&o] I organized a funfly next weekend at Mid COunty RC to get folks back out. We have been dead since the hurricane understandably. Hopefully this will rekindle everyone and get our little club active again.

Are you coming to our pattern contest in 2 weeks? I know its a long drive for you. The Jetero contest was great even though I didnt fly.


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Well we flew the Extra today... It is fantastic, required no significant trimming and there was only a very slight rudder to elevator coupling+/-4, but I think I have it just a little noseheavy so once i move the CG back I should be able to remove the mix.. I am more than pleased with everything the planes does. Its definitely a winner. I will have some video of todays flight later tonight or tomorrow.

Well, maybe later we will have some video. We posted a couple on DOD but they arent very good. What we took came out really jerky and segmented, part due to trying to film from a tripod and part something the with the camera. Never had that happen before.
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Does the wing area look like 2180 square inches?
At 22.5 lbs that should be the best wing loading besides a biwing
Old 06-25-2006, 06:21 AM
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Thats the true wing area of the entire wing projected to the center of the fuselage. If you measure the wing area from the root rib to the tip its going to be less..

Bret Wickizer put the plane through its paces yesterday with me and he absolutely defied gravity with it. I dont want to put words in his mouth but I will conservatively say that I believe he was a little taken aback by just how well the plane flew. It really is an impressive airframe, I have never personally flown anything that tracks as closely to a pattern plane as this one does and will 3D like nobodys business. Within 2 minutes Brett was performing every 3D maneuver in his arsenal and right on the deck. He put on quite a show with it. He should be in the XFC next year for sure.

I cant take any credit, it all goes to the design of Dave Von Linsowe and Jim Terrell's build. [8D]
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Hey guys, like Mike said I got the pleasure of flying this thing at the pattern contest at Mike's field this weekend and it was AWESOME.

The plane flew really well. No joke, I'm not just saying this because Mike's a good friend, but he's got a real winner on his hands. I'm used to trying to 3D an underpowered ~43-44 pound carden and this thing was just a breath of fresh air. Flat splins were FLAT, knife edge spins were easy (not easy to get into with every plane), harriers were solid, hovering was very locked in, knife edge coupling and stability was oustanding. I was just comfortable in any attitude, the plane never reacted in an unfavorable way. I just can't say enough about how it flew. I was more comfortable with this thing after 3 minutes than I was with my carden after 30 flights. Flying something so well designed, light, and not short on power was a real treat. Thanks Mike!
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My pleasure Bret. [8D]
I was glad to see it in the hands of a capable pilot, only thing is now I think that I can do that stuff too!. I'm in big trouble man.

As always it was great to visit with you and your pop.


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