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Old 03-03-2014, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by stoneenforcer
dang that's one ugly plane. looks like a good trainer though...
........be careful. You can call me fat, bald, and ugly but don't be dissing my plane.
Old 03-03-2014, 02:06 PM
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there are much uglier planes out there, I think the R54 looks pretty decent. And its definitely fun to fly!
Old 03-03-2014, 07:36 PM
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it looks pretty cool.
Old 03-03-2014, 07:48 PM
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I thought that was the beer holder........
Old 03-03-2014, 08:08 PM
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When I flew my first Reaction that was the comment from one of my Clubmates. When he saw how well it flew he built one. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

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Old 03-04-2014, 03:48 AM
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Honestly... I think they look great! not everyone wants a scale warbird.
Old 03-04-2014, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Dr Honda
Honestly... I think they look great! not everyone wants a scale warbird.
Of the 37 aircraft in my hanger, not one is a scale anything.
They all look good in the air. Even the ugly ones.
But my R54 is one of my nicer looking planes.
Old 03-05-2014, 11:04 PM
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Thanks Paul, and it still flies as good as it looks.

Well Bruce... Do I need to come down there and help out? lol Glad you're going to run a new batch soon. Had a fella here local raving about the Venture, was his first build. Took a great deal of convincing that this R54 was one of your birds. Said he didn't see it on the website.. I told him to go look again. I still stand beside the R54 community as simply the best around. Just look at this thread if anyone needs proof. Lot's of great ideas, changes and I don't regret any of it.

As for those up-swept wingtip's for those thinking of doing a set. It's harder than it looks. The hard part is getting both identical and in my case I figured starting with blue foam was the easiest. Actually the stuff I ended up using was pink. I sanded carefully until I got the desired shape, yes used a template, then used about 4 layers of glass and yes the tips are heavier glass, I don't remember the exact stuff but higher than 1oz. I still have knocked the tips off but with the glass they are easy enough to fix. Just don't slam a door on it like I did. The whole airplane was glassed in .6 oz so the transition was smooth and easy to do. Best advise, go slow and don't give up till you are 100% happy. As with anything in the R54 world, don't be afraid to raise the bar, go for it!

And is it worth it? Oh Yeah..

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Old 03-06-2014, 08:36 AM
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Cool, I should be finishing up the winter maintenance on my gasser tonight and these wing tips will be next on the list.
I'll try to take pics along the way.
Since my wing is Monokoted, I will probably do the tips similar to how we did them back in the 70s while I was flying sailplanes.
The tip is carved from a block of very soft balsa. The trailing edge is a piece of music wire bent to the desired final shape that is embedded into the balsa to hold the shape and give it strength from rough handling. They are then covered in Monokote.
We will see how it goes.
Old 03-09-2014, 09:19 AM
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Sigh. I miss my R-54 too.

http://rcairgallery.com/rcairgallery...tion54.mp4.php

I think I'll sign up for the notification list...
...jim
Old 03-09-2014, 04:04 PM
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You can add me to the list also. Such a great plane
Old 03-09-2014, 05:51 PM
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Hey guys, if you'd like to be on the notify-when-ready list, please send me a quick email [email protected] - that way I will have your email address. The list does not obligate you to anything, it's just to let you know when the kit's available again.

The compliments above are getting me pumped up!
Old 05-01-2014, 12:53 PM
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Hi!

I had 5 nice flights with my Reaction today on our local annually show, and it`s a show stopper! People really likes the big speed envelope, and landings at a crawl..

I also maidened my Vortex Delta from Bte, but engine died after 10 sec.. here is a nice pic from the field.


Best regards from Svenn
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:58 PM
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its a keeper! cant wait to get mine in the air again
Old 05-01-2014, 06:09 PM
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Jim, you fly that Reaction Great!! One of the best flights I've seen with an R54. I want mine back as well
Old 05-02-2014, 06:05 AM
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I wish they would bring this kit back. I want to build something and would prefer it to be a sport jet.
Old 05-02-2014, 09:16 AM
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I'm working on a new batch of kits right now. Long way to go, might be another month or more, but they will be back by popular demand! Let me know if you would like to be on my notify-when-ready email list.
Old 05-04-2014, 02:55 PM
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That is great news Bruce. Its a great plane and I really love flying mine. Although, I am getting tempted to put a bigger turbine on it.
Old 05-10-2014, 07:20 AM
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I took a little different slant to the classic reaction scheme. I have a lot to go to get it in the air. One question. Do you put covering under the metal heat shield. I made some modification. Using Robert hinges I felt the spars that supported the rudder seemed weak so I added 3/4 tri stock. I also added mounting pads to the control horns for more strength. Maybe it wasn't necessary. But I come from the 50cc 3d crowd and that is always an issue
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:02 AM
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Awesome!
Old 07-05-2014, 10:51 AM
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A couple more great flights with the R54/JetcatP70 yesterday, this time on a short grass field, this bird works perfect up here where there are no GOOD jet fields.

Gopro on my head.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxlLS33xmTo&feature=youtu.be
Old 07-06-2014, 09:44 AM
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I am watching the last several video and am now convinced that I am still landing my 54 way too fast. I am going to have to screw up the courage to slow that thing down!

DRS
Old 07-06-2014, 09:45 AM
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Thats the biggest problem I have with it, making myself slow it down. I have lots of flap and some crow mixed in to try to make it stop flying, Bruce just designed it too good!
Old 07-06-2014, 10:25 AM
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Three years ago I tip-stalled a couple of giant scale warbirds on landing going too slow. I know that its apples and oranges but I just have not been able to force myself to bring my planes in slower for landing. I have even dorked up the landing gears on the 54 going too fast. The next time for sure though, I am slowing this thing down. And you are right, it is a well designed airplane and has survived a great deal of my stupidity on the sticks.
Old 07-06-2014, 10:51 AM
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what would be the easiest way to add smoke to this bird? Not much room inside...

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