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Flying the Firebird again!

Old 09-26-2013, 08:08 AM
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Well, this past weekend was the Princeton Jet Rally, I took the Firebird out again and with all the negative posts about airplanes flying apart in mid flight and problems, I just wanted to say that after nearly 3 years of sitting, doing nothing, all I had to do was blow the dust off of the airplane and go fly it.
This airplane does what it is designed to do and it does so effortlessly. It is fast, it is clean, it is accurate, and overall it has been nothing but a pleasure to own.
It is a prime example of "you get what you pay for". The airframe is impeccable, the AMT NL Olympus even after sitting 3 years fired up instantly like a brand new engine, all the servo's and radio gear is JR and was faultless. The retracts worked perfectly up and down (despite being huge heavy wheels, they are driven by appropriate sized cylinders). The only issue was a main inner gear door blowing off in flight. I've watched doors on many jets pull open in flight and the Firebird on a full throttle pass did have the door open and break off. However, full throttle on this bird is around 300mph+ (and don't worry, I live in Canada, I'm not breaking any AMA rules).
This jet is amazing no question, I've done nothing for maintenance outside of cycle the gear a few times before I went to Princeton to ensure I had no air leaks.
Yes, it's heavier than today's current jets are, but you know what, that's ok because it works, and it holds together at incredible speeds. I'm still a candy ass when it comes to flying it in terms of bringing it down on the deck but I'm not afraid to fly it fast and hard. Only downside is after 3 years, I waited until the end of hte season to fly it again and now I have to wait until next spring again.......... sigh....... Oh well, at least I know she'll be ready for me in the spring again, no honey comb will have crumbled or linear actuators in my gear to seize up
So with all the negative posts about manufactures and problems, I just want to say a brilliant thank you to Jet Model Products, AMT Netherlands, and JR for products that simply work. It's a huge mental step forward in flying jets to have confidence in your equipment!

Video of the Firebird starts at 4:40 here, and yes, I did f up the landing a little and got a couple bounces out of it As I say, the door blew off on one pass, so 95% of the flight in the video is a half throttle!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpIvwOC5jeY&list=UU-UEbM0Z2a-2WcVwlCXrqAQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=281

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:41 AM
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Good on ya!! Nothing like it out there today!
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:51 AM
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Erik R I like your scheme, might have do do something like this on my Jacknife.
Old 09-26-2013, 11:09 AM
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Deeeyyyyaaaammmmmmm!!!!!!!! that thing was hummin'. glad to see you back in the saddle amigo.
Old 09-26-2013, 11:13 AM
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That is beautiful- You probably did but after three years would have been a good idea to cycle the batteries a few times or put in new ones. Scotty
Old 09-26-2013, 11:14 AM
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Congrats, I got a 15year CAI RAZOR Im rebuilding Nothing wrong with the oldies baby..

Looks and sounds great!
Old 09-26-2013, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by DiscoWings View Post
Erik R I like your scheme, might have do do something like this on my Jacknife.
Thanks. My bud Dan did it. Goes by SplitS on here. Candy red,blue,and pearl white.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:50 PM
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Erik, did you have to use special high adhesion paint on that Firebird?
Old 09-26-2013, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Jetkopter View Post
Erik, did you have to use special high adhesion paint on that Firebird?
I'd put the vid up,but I just don't feel like dealing with the trolls and rocket surgeons.
Old 09-26-2013, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by GSR View Post
That is beautiful- You probably did but after three years would have been a good idea to cycle the batteries a few times or put in new ones. Scotty
Oh I did, trust me, I ran the batteries through the cycler about a dozen times before I took it up. 2000mah packs and they pulled 1700mah's on the cycler time and time again in the discharge cycle. Still us old school NiMh batteries in all my jets. Just need to add some brighter colors to it, way to hard to see!
Old 09-26-2013, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Erik R View Post
Thanks. My bud Dan did it. Goes by SplitS on here. Candy red,blue,and pearl white.
Its a great paint job! Show them the inner flap detail...love it!
Old 09-27-2013, 12:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Erik R View Post
Thanks. My bud Dan did it. Goes by SplitS on here. Candy red,blue,and pearl white.
wow thats great! do you have pictures of the bottom?

Thanks
Old 09-27-2013, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by DiscoWings View Post
wow thats great! do you have pictures of the bottom?

Thanks
Not handy,but look at my a avatar,and on JMP's website on the firebird page there's a pic of the bottom with my wife.
Old 09-27-2013, 07:32 AM
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Now if I could get Tom Cook to get his out. I fly my jet every weekend,By my self because Cook is to lazy to go.
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I spent some time yesterday laying out tape lines on the firebird to try to come up with a nice scheme to add some BRIGHT colors to it, it's way to freaking hard to see with the color scheme I have on it currently..........
Old 09-27-2013, 08:23 AM
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without a doubt, the most impressive sport jet I have seen, its like a cruise missle!

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Great shot on the landing John, wish we could have found that gear door!
Old 09-27-2013, 09:00 AM
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Does Tom know you need a door? I lost a wheel/tire brake a few weeks ago.
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Yes he does, I called him about it, but with the move he's in the middle of I'm not expecting anything too soon which is ok. So long as I can have it ready for spring I'll be happy.
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nice flight Jeremy , just need to open that throttle a bit more shes got at least another 100mph in her


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This is the one I was referring to Kevin!

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Old 12-07-2013, 05:26 PM
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American made baby!!!

I love how the Eurofighter gear collapses and then the guy rocks the house with the Byro Beater!!!

Nice job Jeremy, bye the way, playing it safe and having the plane to fly another day is smart not candy ass!

LOL! All in fun of course.

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This is the one I was referring to Kevin!


Sweet ride!
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Hi Jeremy,
Back on the flightline with the ultimate jet - good to read !
Two tips here from my side concerning your set up :

- you have to add a SECOND air bottle for the gear doors !! Only with the volume of two tanks pumped up to 100psi (7 bar )wil the doors hold fully closed when doing speeds
in excess of 250mph !!
- you can safely rate that Olympus at 113000 RPM ( Bennnie says "not a problem at all " ) if you are really going to exploite the max out of this bird !!

- and just besides, if you fly a little closer and lower than on the video, the speed and sound of that machine gets even more impressive !!

see you from Switzerland
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:40 AM
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Hans,

100psi exerts the same amount of force on the surface of the pistons regardless of the volume behind it. I'm installing servo driven gear door locks on mine to alleviate this problem,although I don't fly it over 200 mph here in the USA. :-) I'm also adding the extra fuel tank from Jettech,like you did on yours. Happy Holidays!

Erik

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