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Old 04-03-2013, 09:00 AM
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Hi Adrian,

I sent you an offer for a kit.

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Old 04-03-2013, 11:54 PM
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hi Mario

I would be interested in your kit ,please contact me,please PM me

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:24 AM
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How about a completed one, never flown? Thinking of putting mine on rcu for sale
Old 07-15-2013, 06:07 AM
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I'm trying to find the CG & Control Thows, picked up a badly banged up reaction and just finished completly repairing it.

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Old 07-15-2013, 06:18 AM
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Throws from the Manual:
Aileron: 3/4" Up, 5/8" Down
Elevator: 5/8" Up, 5/8" Down
Rudder: 1 1/2" L, 1 1/2" R
Down Elevator w/ Full Flaps: 1/8"
I have the CG marked on my R54 at 6 1/4" - 7 1/4" from the LE. Can anybody else verify this?
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CG range is 6" to 7" from LE at the root (where the wing meets the fuselage). I strongly recommend balancing in the forward half (6" to 6-1/2") for your first flights. You will most likely need several ounces of nose weight.
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I recently added a GPS to my R54... looks like my pull-ups/vertical climbs are about 1500 to 1800 ft, and GPS top speeds (not airspeeds) are in the 160 to 180 mph range (probably on the downhill from some of those pull-ups). I did see 220 mph yesterday, but I dont think it was real.

Not bad for my somewhat heavy R54! (21 lbs dry, JetsMunt VT-80 power)

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Old 07-20-2013, 08:21 AM
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Well just went to balance out my reaction at 6.5" i need 900gram of nose weight, starting to worry my p60 won't get this thing off the ground
Old 07-20-2013, 09:05 AM
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whats the total (dry) weight? I started out flying my 21 lb (dry) R54 with a 14 lb thrust Wren 54 Mk 3.. did just fine and thats only a little bit more thrust than your P60.

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That's about two pounds, which seems like a lot. Maybe you could make the weight more useful by going with bigger batteries. I would not be concerned about "getting this thing off the ground".
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wing is 6.5lb ended up needing about 610g in the node along with 2 flight batteries and ecu battery up front

Don't have a scale to weigh the fuse, but it's more than 11 lbs
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Oh... 600 grams of ballast plus batteries... thats not unusual. Batteries plus 900 grams would be a bit heavy.

Over 11 lbs for the fuselage depends on how much over. But it should fly just fine.

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:46 AM
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Well Weight is not an issue 6 Flights on sunday she moves and lands well like a baby,

Bumpy grass strip takes about 150ft to take off lands in a bit less depending on how slow you come in

A few mods i did are relocate the elevator and rudder servo to the rear with cf rods, much better than the flex cable that was in the plane, i had to completely recover the wing it had about a pound of packing tape from the previous owner (My first covering job ever) glassed and painted the fuse and control surfaces.

Using a K-60 running diesel and 5% dte lite

as a side note, one of my friends completed a few rolling circles with it





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Congrats! Moving the servos back was the reason for some of the extra nose weight. But, as you found out, its not much of an issue on an R54 until you get really absurdly heavy.

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Looks good.

My R54 weighs in at 22.5 lbs dry. and 26 lbs RTF.
You would never know it by watching it in the air.
I have no idea where my CG is, I just kept playing with it till I liked the way it flew. I have monster batteries so I can fly all day without charging. I hate dead weight.

If you want to reduce your nose weight, move the turbine as far forward as possible, the starter motor on my turbine is about 1 inch FORWARD of the back edge of the fuse. I just added in some extra ply and notched it out.
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Nice pics, chrispol. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the refurbished R54!
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Chrispol
Very nice! I like thepictur were it is about to land (I think) I was going to say airlier before you flew her that my Boomerang is about 43lbs wet, ready to fly with 147 oz of fuel and 50oz of smoke oil and flying her with an old/new 27/29 lbs turbine, she fls just fine like that.

We tend to overpower our jets here in the USA, I know its fun to have all that extra pounds but not needed.
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Hey all, anyone transport an R54 in a short bed truck? Got a jet event this weekend and like to see how others are doing it, it and the wing are longer than the bed (99 dodge)
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John, I carry my R-54 in the back of my 97 Dodge Dakota. I believe the bed is 6 feet long. The fuselage is placed in the bed on a diagonal ((Right front corner to left rear corner of the bed). Perfect fit. The wing is then installed on the opposite diagonal and supported above the fuselage. My other jets, either my Yellow F-22 or my Reaction X sit above the R-54, on a shelf, with the nose extending through the back window into the truck cab. I have a cap on the truck so every thing is secure. To eliminate wind noise when I'm on the road, I put an inflated bicycle tire inner tube between the truck cab and the cap around the rear windows.
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Originally Posted by JohnVH
Hey all, anyone transport an R54 in a short bed truck? Got a jet event this weekend and like to see how others are doing it, it and the wing are longer than the bed (99 dodge)
John - What event are you going to?
Thanks,
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Hey Man, long time!!

Princeton, I think it started today? I think Im just going to take the big planes out of my airplane trailer and just tow it up there. For simplicity sake.
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Wish I could go. I have my R-54 that needs to get back in the air plus it would be good to see
you and the guys again.
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Just do it!
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Great weekend, R54 worked out great.

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My R54 is going to get a workout this weekend.

Our club is having its annual members only picnic and one of the attractions will be my R54 set up with a buddy box for any club members to fly.
This will continue till either everyone that wants to has had a chance to fly it, or I run out of fuel or batteries. I will have my deep cycle battery for charging and 10 gallons of fuel. I only have 2 fuel jugs, but the station I get my fuel from is only 5 miles away from the field.

Last weekend we worked on getting it all set up for the buddy box using the wireless Futaba Buddy box system. All seemed to work out well.

I hope everything holds together.

Last week I had the ply wing mount block delaminate, The wing actually fell off the airplane as I was setting it upside down into the stand for disassembly at the end of the day. I do pull a lot of negative G's while flying. How the wing stayed on in flight I have no idea. I had to cut the old block out and make up a stronger wing mount system. If the wing comes off now, there wont be much else left of the fuse either.

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