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Old 12-15-2019, 08:46 PM
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Hi again..
sorry another newbie question..

Excalibur ..with supplied air retracts and brakes.

having trouble keeping air pressure.

have traced that issue to the brake side.
If I pinch the brake system feed line off system is pressurised and holds.
UC goes up and down all good.

however as soon as I fill the tanks ( tanks are in parallel) brakes are hard on immediately.
that is with the valve plunger fully "in".
if a move the plunger "out" there is siginificant air noise from the valve area.
brakes dont release until tanks empty AND the plunger is pushed fully in again then they release.

its probably me..doing something dumb but dont understand once the brakes are on how do they release ? or is it just a one shot system that is you get to use the brakes only once ??? Would seem a bit weird..

air valves are new as supplied with kit.
no instructions with kit in regard to UC system.

as mentioned tanks are tied together although I am wondering if I should have one for each function.
seems to be various opinions on that point.

anyway, any feedback would be very appreciated before the urge to commit violence takes over :-)

regards and thanks in advance.

Ray
Old 12-15-2019, 10:08 PM
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I'm guessing you have the valve connected up backwards, or a faulty valve. Disconnect the line to the brakes from the valve, attach your air pump directly to this line. Add pressure in little amounts and see if the brakes come on stronger each time. Then release the connection and see if the brakes release. If they do this the brakes and lines are good and it the valve ( probably connections)

Dave

Old 12-16-2019, 12:09 PM
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Dave to the rescue again... many thanks.

yes the connections were back to front. I had (wrongly) assumed that as there were only two connections it didnt matter.
obviously the brake air release mechanism is built into that valve as well.. just not visible..
hence why they were locked on until the tank was empty.

Been at this game since 1976 and theres still heaps to learn... first plane ever with brakes !!

Be good if they had done a page or two in the manual on the retracts and brakes as it is sold as a jet trainer so highly likely there will be people who dont know the basics on some jet related items..

once again really appreciate the input and the fast answers..👍

Please standby for the next problem..🙄

cheers

Ray
Old 12-16-2019, 12:25 PM
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Ray

Yes unfortunately manuals are often poor, the cost of a decent one is so high manufacturers hope there is enough knowledge around to salve the problems...hence this forum.

Waiting for the next one 😉

Dave
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I’ve been working on my Xcalibur on and off over the past few weeks. Just started it. I took delivery on it around June this summer 2019. This post deals with the flap servo installation. It’s my first jet but not my first RC aircraft. I figured out an easier way to install the flap servo mounting screws. First, the pre-drilled holes in the mounting block make for a very tight fit given the awkward positioning of the screwdriver. I opened up these holes with a 1.9mm drill bit fitted to a pin vise. They still fit tight when fully seated but now are much easier to drive fully to their final position.

As for driving the screws, I mated up several hex driver extensions to a handle and secured them with heat shrink tubing. The total length is about 17 inches (43 cm). This is how I easily drive the two forward mounting screws. The two rear screws were driven with a jewelers screwdriver until tight. Needle nose pliers help to drop the screws into their holes. I positioned the fuse on its side to install these two screws. Much easier this way.



Be sure the mount is completely glued in place line was NOT and was loose in the aft end where it dovetails to the fiberglas.

Adaptive Phillips screwdriver

Tools to install the servo mounting screws.

Next- fashion the linkage. Sorry to say but the supplied hardware was incomplete for this linkage.

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Dubro socket head servo screws and an Allen driver is the easiest method 🙂
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Originally Posted by SJN
The inspectors here wont sign off on the jet here if I only screw them on from one side, that is for sure, even if I tell them it works fine everywhere else :-)

I also bought mine from Lindinger, and a friend also, and we are both missing our 3 mm control clevises. Are they included in your kit ?


I ordered a plane in May 2019 and also did not get any clevises. I bought Sullivan Gold n Clevises to replace them. Since I could not find 3mm size here in the US, I used SWB push rods with 4-40 threads.
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Rick,
I found the 3mm clevises on Amazon. Here's a link for those interested.
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=RC+clevis&ref=nb_sb_noss https://www.amazon.com/s?k=RC+clevis&ref=nb_sb_noss
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Tom, thanks for the follow up. Ended up buying SWB push rods and employed 4-40 Sullivan gold n’ clevis on one end with swivel connectors on the other. I appreciate the input.

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Looking for input on how builders are securing the brake air lines on the landing gear struts. I saw a couple posts somewhere on this forum but finding them is quite a job.
if anyone can share how you did it with a couple photos, I would appreciate it.
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Originally Posted by k8svrick
Looking for input on how builders are securing the brake air lines on the landing gear struts. I saw a couple posts somewhere on this forum but finding them is quite a job.
if anyone can share how you did it with a couple photos, I would appreciate it.
small zip ties.
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Originally Posted by k8svrick
Looking for input on how builders are securing the brake air lines on the landing gear struts. I saw a couple posts somewhere on this forum but finding them is quite a job.
if anyone can share how you did it with a couple photos, I would appreciate it.
Rick,
I use slightly stretched electrical tape, backed up with wax cord.




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Thanks guys. I like the idea of using the wire lug/terminal as a line stay. I do have some very small wire ties too. The concern I have with the wire ties though is that you cannot tighten them very much. I’m using Clippard poly air line and it’s very flexible, so it’s softer than some.
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Zip ties tend to slide off or can snag if you fly off grass and I prefer the old school wax cord that's still used in acft today. You can also try the low temp heat shrink sleeve to capture most of the brake line on the down strut if you dont care for tape.
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Thanks again Tom. I’ve got a few ideas I’ve come up with. Tonight’s effort focused on the nose gear retract install, along with its air lines and steering cables. My first jet.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:04 AM
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HI,
Finally flown the Excalibur.. flies very nice.
No additional weight required.. CofG right on as per manual. (160mm)

But, there has to be a but !!!

it needs quite a bit of elevator down trim.. about 3 to 4mm.
in level flight and inverted no trim change is necessary.

elevator mix on flaps is working well with no pitch.

Stab is sitting down nicely onto the "step".

everything is per design.

the only difference I made is to get the Kingtech 85g2 sitting in the middle of the airintake I had to add a 6mm block under the turbine mounts. Thus turbine is sitting 6mm higher than the mounting blocks supplied.

question ? would it be an idea to add a couple of washers under the leading edge screws in the stab so I can get rid of the down trim..

any thoughts appreciated.

thanks once again.


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Look at the back of the tailplane lower skin, behind the fin slots-is there a dent? If so the notch on the back of the fin needs cutting 1/16 deeper to clear the lower tailplane skin.

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Hi Dave,
thanks for quick reply once again 😇

I have now removed the stab .l. ( lost the flipping bolt down the right hand tube would you beleive... what ate the chances of that 😡 ill get that out tomorrow. 🙄

yes there is a slight indentation on the skin at the step point ( T E of the inderside of stab)

I measure the "step" at 8.5mm from fin top to the step bottom.
I measure the fin caivity on the stab at 10.5mm so about 2 maybe 2.5mm .

if I read that right the stab is not sitting fully down onto the fin at the rear..

so I would need to cut away say 2.5mm so it can bed in correctly.. true ?

once again many thanks

Ray
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Ray.

yes, correct

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Hey guy's,

For those that are using Electron retracts, which of the steering systems available is the best to use ?. Thinking about a set of these for a new kit. Thanks.

Rodney
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Finally got mine in the air :-)
Fantastic plane. Very stable and easy to fly.....a great trainer.
Neded a few down clicks on the elevator, and that was about it.
Very easy to land, and slows down very well with the airbrake. With the airbrake deployed, it sure does want to climb :-)
The Merlin 100 is great. Cruise around at half thottle, and give a real punch at 100% throttle for some vertical.

















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Awesome plane....even though its an ugly beast :-)











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Where did you hide the air tanks???
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Electric retracts :-)
See the post`s above #2354........its fantastic not having to fill air tanks. My first jet with electric retracts.
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Originally Posted by SJN
Electric retracts :-)
See the post`s above #2354........its fantastic not having to fill air tanks. My first jet with electric retracts.
+1 on the electric retracts. I finally ditched my air and went to Electrons https://www.electron-retracts.com/pr...calibur-combo/
some of the best money I ever spent

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