Go Back  RCU Forums > RC Airplanes > RC Jets
 Reaction 54 Jet Kit >

Reaction 54 Jet Kit

Notices
RC Jets Discuss RC jets in this forum plus rc turbines and ducted fan power systems

Reaction 54 Jet Kit

Old 02-25-2019, 09:46 PM
  #4351  
 
Molar mender's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Lake Tapps, WA
Posts: 806
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Default


It's baaaaack!!! I took the drive a couple of hours north of where I live and picked up my old R-54. It's in really good shape and as soon as the weather warms a little, I will start putting it back into flying condition.

Last edited by Molar mender; 02-25-2019 at 09:53 PM. Reason: add photo
Old 02-26-2019, 06:18 AM
  #4352  
My Feedback: (123)
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Marysville, WA
Posts: 411
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

It looks better in YOUR garage than mine Roy! I'm glad it will be in the air soon versus collecting dust.

Regards,
Bart
Old 02-26-2019, 07:19 AM
  #4353  
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Kamloops, BC, CANADA
Posts: 1,023
Received 9 Likes on 8 Posts
Default

Nice Roy...
Looking forward to some Reaction formation with you...
Cheers
Dean
Old 02-26-2019, 08:15 AM
  #4354  
My Feedback: (22)
 
LGM Graphix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Abbotsford, BC, CANADA
Posts: 5,802
Received 59 Likes on 41 Posts
Default

Very cool Roy, looking forward to seeing it in the air again!
Old 02-26-2019, 01:35 PM
  #4355  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

You score Roy, happy to know it's back with you.
Old 02-26-2019, 09:21 PM
  #4356  
My Feedback: (39)
 
PaulD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Coquitlam, B.C., CANADA
Posts: 1,473
Received 12 Likes on 9 Posts
Default

Cool stuff Roy. Is this the one you had a underbelly tank or something ?

PaulD
Old 02-26-2019, 09:32 PM
  #4357  
 
Molar mender's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Lake Tapps, WA
Posts: 806
Likes: 0
Received 2 Likes on 2 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by PaulD
Cool stuff Roy. Is this the one you had a underbelly tank or something ?

PaulD
I have to admit, I am glad I have the R-54 back. I have been to a lot of events since I sold it and was envious of the others I have seen flying at those events. Yes, I had what I called a smoke boat attached to the bottom which held the extra tank for smoke oil, the pump, battery and speed controller to run the pump. I think I still have it in the shop somewhere. Looking forward to getting it back together.

Roy
Old 02-26-2019, 09:40 PM
  #4358  
My Feedback: (39)
 
PaulD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Coquitlam, B.C., CANADA
Posts: 1,473
Received 12 Likes on 9 Posts
Default

Bruce Tharpe, when u gonna cut some more kits? After you dig yourself out of that massive snowfall you’re having? Got a couple buddies in Bend and the pictures they’re posting on FB are shocking.

PaulD
Old 02-26-2019, 09:41 PM
  #4359  
My Feedback: (39)
 
PaulD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Coquitlam, B.C., CANADA
Posts: 1,473
Received 12 Likes on 9 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Molar mender
I have to admit, I am glad I have the R-54 back. I have been to a lot of events since I sold it and was envious of the others I have seen flying at those events. Yes, I had what I called a smoke boat attached to the bottom which held the extra tank for smoke oil, the pump, battery and speed controller to run the pump. I think I still have it in the shop somewhere. Looking forward to getting it back together.

Roy
there ya go!!!! I knew I remembered there was something hanging under that thing.

Smoke on a Reaction.... awesome.....

paulD
Old 02-27-2019, 01:17 PM
  #4360  
My Feedback: (2)
 
flyinfool1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Cudahy, WI
Posts: 887
Received 9 Likes on 6 Posts
Default

I did manage to stuff 24 oz of smoke inside of the R54.
I have two 12oz DuBro slant tanks plumbed in series located at the rear hatch, with the pump and speed control just in front of them. I have not flown it with smoke yet but it is stuffed in there. The system when empty is not much weight, so I am not concerned with hauling it around when I am not using smoke it is only a few oz near the CG. I run it off the same battery that I already have installed for the nav lights.

Someday when I convert to electric brakes and retracts and can loose the air tanks, there will be a lot more room for smoke.
Old 02-27-2019, 02:46 PM
  #4361  
My Feedback: (48)
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Plymouth, MI
Posts: 2,961
Likes: 0
Received 16 Likes on 14 Posts
Default

I also managed to get a 24 oz. smoke tank in there. Smoke tank is up front, under the receiver and the pump is in the back. It's good for about 3 minutes.

Here's a picture. The smoke shows up much better on a clear day.

Joe
Old 03-04-2019, 09:27 PM
  #4362  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default


My Reaction is getting a new engine, K80.
Old 03-05-2019, 06:35 AM
  #4363  
My Feedback: (2)
 
flyinfool1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Cudahy, WI
Posts: 887
Received 9 Likes on 6 Posts
Default

I knew you couldn't wait.

With the new mount arriving on Friday you should be back in the air this weekend.......
I hope your flying weather is better than what we have here.
Old 03-05-2019, 10:21 AM
  #4364  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

You guys and also a friend got me curious to fly the Reaction with the K80, I'm 100% sure I'm going to like the performance with the 19 lbs engine.

Last edited by CARS II; 03-05-2019 at 10:25 AM.
Old 03-05-2019, 04:25 PM
  #4365  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

A friend of mine told me today that his R-54 had an 18 lbs thrust Simjet, that was the first Reaction I ever saw and the only one in our area, this Reaction was clocked at 180mph, check out the video.


Last edited by CARS II; 03-05-2019 at 04:45 PM.
Old 03-05-2019, 04:32 PM
  #4366  
My Feedback: (48)
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Plymouth, MI
Posts: 2,961
Likes: 0
Received 16 Likes on 14 Posts
Default

I have a Jets Munt M90 (21#) in mine and it's lots of fun. I'd guess it can do about 180 mph.

Joe
Old 03-05-2019, 04:51 PM
  #4367  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

We have a swap meet at our flying field this Saturday sooooo, I've asked my better half to give me a field pass for most of the day, I will be selling a couple prop airplanes in the morning and if the Reaction is ready to react then I will be flying it in the afternoon.
Old 03-05-2019, 09:48 PM
  #4368  
My Feedback: (39)
 
PaulD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Coquitlam, B.C., CANADA
Posts: 1,473
Received 12 Likes on 9 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by CARS II
You guys and also a friend got me curious to fly the Reaction with the K80, I'm 100% sure I'm going to like the performance with the 19 lbs engine.
My Reaction has a Wren Super Sport in it which was 18+ lbs - really woke the thing up and drew lots of comments.

PaulD
Old 03-05-2019, 09:51 PM
  #4369  
My Feedback: (22)
 
LGM Graphix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Abbotsford, BC, CANADA
Posts: 5,802
Received 59 Likes on 41 Posts
Default

You guys need to stop. Now I want a bigger engine in mine....
Old 03-05-2019, 10:07 PM
  #4370  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

Oh! I thought your R54 has something in 18 lbs range, what's on it?
Old 03-05-2019, 10:09 PM
  #4371  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

Oh! I thought your R54 had something in the 18 lbs range, what's on it? As I recall, you sold a K80 gold can recently, you had the bigger engine.
Old 03-05-2019, 11:15 PM
  #4372  
 
causeitflies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: EASTERN OHIO
Posts: 2,439
Received 42 Likes on 32 Posts
Default

Eight years ago I took my Reaction out of retirement and replaced the P-60 with a Wren SS. It was like a whole new plane. Finally, knife edge without a struggle and square loops on the deck right in front of me. I had a blast and will never put less engine in it. I haven't flown it since but will keep it just in case. It was the first turbine jet I flew and will probably be the last one I fly... hopefully when I'm about 90 years old.
Old 03-07-2019, 02:02 AM
  #4373  
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 37
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Guys,
I really enjoy reading your comments. Thanks for the videos. This jet looks great and probably makes for the best 1st jet trainer. Waiting for the next production batch.
Solly
Old 03-07-2019, 07:17 AM
  #4374  
My Feedback: (22)
 
LGM Graphix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Abbotsford, BC, CANADA
Posts: 5,802
Received 59 Likes on 41 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by CARS II
Oh! I thought your R54 had something in the 18 lbs range, what's on it? As I recall, you sold a K80 gold can recently, you had the bigger engine.
Mine has an old PST J600R on it just 14lbs of thrust. We fly close to sea level though and honestly I think the power is just right. It will never be a fast jet and I don't need it to be. I have a number of very fast jets. I have more fun flying the R54 around slow which is imo where it truly excels. When I open the throttle the vertical is still excellent for such a big airplane. When the day comes that the PST dies I won't fix it, I'll probably buy K70 or something for it.
I did sell a K80 not to long ago, you are correct there.
Old 03-07-2019, 09:17 AM
  #4375  
My Feedback: (7)
 
CARS II's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,602
Received 125 Likes on 108 Posts
Default

I'm with you on that one, having the right thrust, I also have a faster jet and soon another one, I prefer the R54 to be slow, I build the R54 with idea of body boxing prop guys, I think the P60 is right for it and I want it to be slow, the P60SE has a fast spool up time, that makes it right for this jet, prop guys will have nearly instant thrust like the prop airplanes we fly, I wouldn't trust a trainee with my Boomerang XL, the engine was build about 20 years ago and it has a very slow spool up time, in order to fly it one has to be 5 to 7 seconds ahead of the engine 's rpms.

Last edited by CARS II; 03-07-2019 at 09:20 AM.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.