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Old 01-01-2019, 09:44 PM
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I'm not sure what you're asking? I didn't use monokote on it. The red, white and blue are all ultracote, same idea as monokote. The pinstriping tape is just an adhesive backed 1/8" colored tape, very sticky and the letters are sign vinyl which is just an adhesive backed decal material that gets computer cut on my vinyl cutter.
Old 01-01-2019, 10:00 PM
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This .
" The pinstriping tape is just an adhesive backed 1/8" colored tape, very sticky"

Is what I wanted to know, specially the very sticky part.

Thank you.
Old 01-01-2019, 10:22 PM
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Just be sure to buy 3M. Most other brands suck.
Old 01-01-2019, 11:17 PM
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Will do.

Thank you
Old 01-03-2019, 10:27 AM
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Wing is almost done, only needs the flap servos.

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Old 01-03-2019, 01:29 PM
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I got my DW parts today ( a day early ) these are the Airpower 3" wheels, swapped from the 2 3/4" ones the shaft, bearings and brakes, inflated them to about 80 psi and now the wheel well looks full.

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Old 01-03-2019, 05:36 PM
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I needed to make new hatches for the bottom of the wing but couldnt be bothered to make balsa ones and cover them. I had a sheet of 2mm carbon fiber so I used that instead now it can be all high tech and crap lol. Too bad the recesses in the wing weren't perfect. Oh well, still pretty good for 14 years old and on its 5th owner with me. Got all the surfaces glued and the equipment back in today. I can now call this one finished again.
Old 01-03-2019, 05:47 PM
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Hey! Now you can call it a composite R-54
About the hatches, no one is looking under the wing when on the ground, it looks very nice from here ( about, what? 2K miles from you ) build it strong, make it look good the go fly it till the Ultrkote come off
Old 01-03-2019, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by CARS II
Hey! Now you can call it a composite R-54
About the hatches, no one is looking under the wing when on the ground, it looks very nice from here ( about, what? 2K miles from you )
the truth is I was so sick of ultracote I couldnt bring myself to build and cover 2 more hatches lol. I knew I could cut the carbon ones out faster and so I got lazy hahaha.
as for the distance, not sure, I'm west coast canada, 40 minutes from Vancouver. Where are you located? What I really dig about the reaction is the design is 14 years old now and people are still building them. There really hasn't been anything to equal it!
Old 01-03-2019, 05:53 PM
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I finally got the flaps servos on and the flaps travel adjusted, it is a pita for me to do that, my flaps program is almost not the same on my wings but, I get them where they need to be.

Moving forward with the fuse ( the easy part )

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Old 01-03-2019, 05:59 PM
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I hear you about been sick of Ultrkote ( using it also ) last week was all about covering all four days.

The Reaction is such a simple and easy jet to build for $700, kit+glues+Ultrakote.

I'm I Sacramento, CA.
Old 01-03-2019, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by CARS II
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I'm I Sacramento, CA.

only about 870 miles then. Did a whirlwind trip to San Jose a few years back. Made it there in about 14.5 hours
Old 01-03-2019, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by LGM Graphix
With the help of a friend we started stripping and re-covering my old R54 today too
Looks great as does yours Carlos. Everytime I think of stripping and recovering my Reaction, I get cold sweats. The Monokote is original from '06 so it comes off in little pieces. Easier to just patch it.

BTW Carlos, I initially had a P-60 in mine and after a few years I had a Rabbit(19 lbs) that came out of another plane and it turned the Reaction into a much more fun plane. Just something to keep in mind.
Old 01-04-2019, 03:55 AM
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Thanks Marty, I keep hearing that the P60 is OK but an 18 lbs thrust engine can do better, for that I got me cover, I got me a deal for a K80 G1, that engine is going to be mounted on my Turbinator, if want more speed I will fly the Turbinator or my Boomerang XL, what I'm looking for on the Reaction is more flight time and slower airspeeds.

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The install is on the way, fuel system first.

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Old 01-04-2019, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by CARS II
Thanks Marty, I keep hearing that the P60 is OK but an 18 lbs thrust engine can do better, for that I got me cover, I got me a deal for a K80 G1, that engine is going to be mounted on my Turbinator, if want more speed I will fly the Turbinaor or my Boomerang XL, what I'm looking for on the Reaction is more flight time and slower airspeeds.
Makes sense. You will enjoy it.
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Haaa, yes, that's what I'm hopping for

And since I lost the window for this week to maiden this jet then, I'm taking it easy from now on, the WX for central Cali is not favorable for at least two weeks.

I picked up at HD the double wall tube and some wood to build me the thrust deflector tube, I made me some wire extensions for the install and cleaned up my mess from the last 3 days, now I can continue the install this is the initial install, I will remove all of the guts from the front later to paint and to improve on the install after a few flights.

I also got me a rechargeable air mattress air pump inflator, the idea here is to use it to help cool down the engines after the flights to save the starters and O rings from wearing out, so far it looks like it will do the job just fine, we will see.

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Old 01-04-2019, 11:15 PM
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I'm done with the fuel system in the tub, looks decent, I can see all the connections and it is modular.
Old 01-05-2019, 03:18 AM
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The retract valve is in, using chl 10, chl 9 and 10 are none proportional on my 10 chl Futaba, I use chl 5 for the brakes so that I can select the right slider, with chl 10 I can't do that, because this chl is not adjustable then I have to set it up with an over swing.

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Old 01-05-2019, 03:49 AM
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About R54 engine selection. As you know if you followed this thread my P60 R54 turned out very light , it fly fine and is in my opinion in the philosophy of what Bruce Tharpe wanted to give us. A nice docile and forgiving jet trainer.
That being said if I had to change the power plan I would personaly go with the new jetmunt merlin 70 XBL. lighter and more compact than the p60, it give 70N thrust. I have one instaled in my excalibur.
My R54 flown extensively during 2018 and log about 200 flights with the p60 without any problem ( not a single gear wire bend or flame out). It's still in flawless condition and will continue to fly in 2019, but I admit that a little more thrust would be cool.
If one day i decide to change the engine on it, it will certainly be for the M70 and not more. that would reduce the plane weight and give the small amount of extra thrust that some of us want to have fun with the R54

that's my opinion only

here is a link to a small video made the day of christmas ( traditional day for the last flight of the year in my club), it show my R54 in what he does the best, train !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyt...ature=youtu.be

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Old 01-05-2019, 12:06 PM
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Very nice! Looks perfect to me
Old 01-05-2019, 01:54 PM
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Airpower brake valve with a modified GP ball link, a very tiny spacer added to it made out aluminum fuel tube.

Got to run to the LHS for some small screws and other small supplies.

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Old 01-06-2019, 03:00 AM
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The brake valve is in, I had to make the mount out of a piece of sheet metal that I had laying around, plywood wouldn't work.

Things left to do in the fuse, airlines, air bottles, batteries and turbine, after that check the CG then check everything again.

Next day that I have time to work on it is next Wenesday, I may have it complete by then.
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Old 01-07-2019, 12:06 AM
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Just for info , SIG sale aluminium fueling valve mounting bracket ( for DUBRO fueling valves), I realised they are also perfect to mount pneumatic brakes and gear valves
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You are right, I've been making them for my models out of metal like that for decades now.

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