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Pilot-rc PREDATOR 2.2m Sport jet / full composite

Old 03-23-2019, 09:24 AM
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Anyone know the capacity of the smoke tank?
Old 03-24-2019, 04:07 AM
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Originally Posted by airborn900
Anyone know the capacity of the smoke tank?
2 liters
Old 03-28-2019, 02:45 AM
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Hi..
wings and stabs were developing gap with fuse and on inspection it revealed that all wing and stab holding clamps bots are loose on my predator 2.2m,, after 37flights.. I replaced all the bolts with 25mm length as pilot bolts are small, 20mm, and where not coming out of lock nuts. so when ever you have issue replace the bolts. second I replaced the washer to big one to have more contact area over ply.

Just an update.
Old 03-28-2019, 04:05 AM
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Thanks for the update. Any problems with your wing tube?
Old 03-28-2019, 04:19 AM
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tube is fine.. it's 2.5mm thick aluminium ..
Old 03-29-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bodywerks
He told me only about 3mm/1/8", if memory serves
Thanks..I have some dialed in, not sure if its that much or not.
Old 04-11-2019, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by blainer48
Did anyone have issues with the stabs fitting flush with the fuselage? My right horizontal stab has a gap at the back while the left fits perfectly. Both wings and everything else fits like it should just the one stab. I'll post a picture tomorrow.
I am assembling mine mine now and have the same thing. Was going to ask the same question.

what did you find out
Old 04-11-2019, 05:58 AM
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Mine also has some inconstant gaps on the stab. I used clear duct tape to seal the gaps. Over 100 flights and no problems. I figure this jet is much less expensive then others, so some inconsistencies can be expected. As long as they don’t compromise the flight characteristics and safety, I’m happy to accept them.
Old 04-11-2019, 06:44 AM
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Can you send a picture of your clear duct tape fix. Iím curios how much it effects the appearance of the airframe.

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Originally Posted by DHC6
Mine also has some inconstant gaps on the stab. I used clear duct tape to seal the gaps. Over 100 flights and no problems. I figure this jet is much less expensive then others, so some inconsistencies can be expected. As long as they donít compromise the flight characteristics and safety, Iím happy to accept them.
Old 04-11-2019, 09:49 AM
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Anyone got a good set of rates and expo settings to start with? Factory recommended rates good enough?
Old 04-11-2019, 10:17 AM
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That's such a personal feel thing. I'd set factory rates and adjust to taste.
Old 04-11-2019, 05:45 PM
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I am away from home until Sunday night, I should be able to post some pictures for you when I get home. However with the clear duck tape (essentially stronger/thicker clear packing tape) its nearly unnoticeable, especially if you take your time to make sure thereís no bubbles.

I used the recommended rates, and still do in fact. As someone stated, itís all personal feel, but itís a good stable place to start. I find it it could use a little more roll, but it makes for a nice smooth starting point.


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Anyone got a good set of rates and expo settings to start with? Factory recommended rates good enough?
Old 04-13-2019, 09:28 PM
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wow so many jet trainer
Old 04-14-2019, 11:25 PM
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Hi,
My jet elevators are 3mm up trimmed , I had moved CG maximum backwards, shall I go for more?. I have fear of touchy elevators?
Old 04-15-2019, 03:12 AM
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Originally Posted by laiqalih
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My jet elevators are 3mm up trimmed , I had moved CG maximum backwards, shall I go for more?. I have fear of touchy elevators?
I would judge it by how it flies inverted more then how much up trim is showing. My elevator looks to be 2-3mm up, however it doesnít need much down input when inverted.
Old 04-17-2019, 07:13 AM
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Sorry for the delay, here are a few pictures with the tape sealing the gaps. Itís pretty hard to see that thereís tape on there. Itís a little more tricky on the bottom side, but not difficult.


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OH! that is not cool at all. Have not put mine together yet but I will be pissed if this is the fit.
Old 04-17-2019, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieDJ
OH! that is not cool at all. Have not put mine together yet but I will be pissed if this is the fit.
As Iíve mentioned I think itís important to consider the cost of this jet compared to its competitors. Itís FAR less then the competition, so this is to be expected. To demand perfection at this price level I think is unreasonable. This jet offers exceptional value and has excellent flight characteristics. These ďdefectsĒ donít affect the flight performance at all, and you canít see those gaps when itís flying.
Old 04-18-2019, 02:45 AM
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My fit is slightly better. But I need to be able to remove stabs for transport. I donít think I will be able to tape them.
Old 04-18-2019, 07:10 AM
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Duct tape on my custom paint job? "I don't think so Tim"; if I have to block sand them to true them then I will repaint the edges. AND "for the price" is not a qualifier for poor workmanship or design. Try that on full-scale and see what happens. JMHO
Old 04-18-2019, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieDJ
Duct tape on my custom paint job? "I don't think so Tim"; if I have to block sand them to true them then I will repaint the edges. AND "for the price" is not a qualifier for poor workmanship or design. Try that on full-scale and see what happens. JMHO
Ummm, Comparing a mass produced cheapest price point composite toy to a full scale plane is completely irrelevant. Having working in the full scale composite aircraft world, there are some fluctuating gaps with all of them.
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Originally Posted by RobbieDJ
Duct tape on my custom paint job? "I don't think so Tim"; if I have to block sand them to true them then I will repaint the edges. AND "for the price" is not a qualifier for poor workmanship or design. Try that on full-scale and see what happens. JMHO
I have two composite Harlock Vipers the are made of Airex that have a perfect fit and almost flawless paint jobs. They are $629 new. I sent my predator back because of poor fitment and many, many flaws in the paint job. I would not compare out models to full scale quality but I do thing that quality matters and a little more attention to detail is warranted in a $2500 composite jet. Saying that it is at the lowest price is not really an excuse for poor workmanship.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by why_fly_high
Ummm, Comparing a mass produced cheapest price point composite toy to a full scale plane is completely irrelevant. Having working in the full scale composite aircraft world, there are some fluctuating gaps with all of them.
Nonsense, good workmanship is good workmanship so I will reserve further commentary until I test fit mine. I am a full-scale pilot too so I have been around the patch plenty.
Old 04-19-2019, 05:48 AM
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You are correct. Good workmanship is good workmanship. At this price point and being a toy good workmanship is if it looks nice and stays together in the air and can take some abuse. Having perfect gaps and flawless paint is craftsmanship which is much less common and more expensive.
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Well, I had to have my instant gratification so I unpacked the stabs and test fit them. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is my thousand. In summary, I would never duct tape anything on my planes that can be fixed with some time & talent.
Yours looks like a V1 with the removable rudder, correct?

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