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Old 12-01-2022, 06:13 PM
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Has anyone heard when Bruce may be producing another run of the Reaction 54 Jet kit????? Thanks. Chic
Old 12-03-2022, 12:00 PM
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Last thing I heard was that he is making a run but, he is taking his time.
Old 12-03-2022, 05:04 PM
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Yeah, I'm finally working on a new batch. Will probably not be ready until well into 2023. Please let me know if you would like to get on the R54 notify-when-ready email list.
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Old 12-04-2022, 11:53 AM
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This is excellent news!
Old 01-13-2023, 12:02 PM
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Carlos, I've followed your build. Great work! I have an old kit stashed away which I now want to build. Can you share the length of your main and nose struts. Thanks
Old 01-13-2023, 05:07 PM
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Sure!

let me get that for you and thank you.
Old 01-17-2023, 05:52 PM
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Here is where you can order and see the dimensions of the L gear I installed in my R-54, this gear is still working fine on my R-54, the only thing I did to it was to change the hub bearings, the car section of your LHS will have them or order on line, you can also order an entire wheel, it comes with the hub shaft and brakes.

https://www.hobby-china.com/air-retr...ts-planes.html

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Old 08-18-2023, 04:11 AM
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I Know this is an old thread, but was wondering if any of you guys had any issues with the cables for the elevator and rudder? was it standard 3/32 cable or something special? i am completing an aircraft the was missing a few items.
Old 08-18-2023, 04:14 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceTharpe
Yeah, I'm finally working on a new batch. Will probably not be ready until well into 2023. Please let me know if you would like to get on the R54 notify-when-ready email list.
Bruce, been trying to contact you for some parts i need to complete my reaction 54. Hope all is well with you.
Dave
Old 08-18-2023, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by RBTHNTR64
I Know this is an old thread, but was wondering if any of you guys had any issues with the cables for the elevator and rudder? was it standard 3/32 cable or something special? i am completing an aircraft the was missing a few items.
I am not certain, but believe it to be the 056 or even 063 Sullivan cable.
Old 08-18-2023, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by RBTHNTR64
was wondering if any of you guys had any issues with the cables for the elevator and rudder? was it standard 3/32 cable or something special? i am completing an aircraft the was missing a few items.
I didn't use the cables that came with my kit since I made a bunch of modifications and mounted the servos in the back where they belong.
If you want the cable PM me your address and send me $10 via Paypal to cover postage.

Joe
Old 08-18-2023, 07:20 AM
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BTE standard cables are fine. Never an issue.
Old 08-19-2023, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by jake1
BTE standard cables are fine. Never an issue.
Agreed, but that wasn’t the question. He was asking for the those cables since his were missing…
Old 08-19-2023, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by joeflyer
I didn't use the cables that came with my kit since I made a bunch of modifications and mounted the servos in the back where they belong.
If you want the cable PM me your address and send me $10 via Paypal to cover postage.

Joe
I am guessing that moving the servos aft is probably an idea which Bruce would agree with all these years later. When using today’s much lighter engines, one can move the servos aft without creating burdensome CG issues. All while losing the weight of the cables themselves and creating a more direct linkage. Win/win.
Old 08-22-2023, 02:12 PM
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I build mine as standard as it could be build ( except for the position of the UAT ) still strong as when it was new ( no time to fly at the moment ) the cables are just fine, no need to move the servos to the back, in my opinion


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Old 09-07-2023, 09:42 AM
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Default Which JP Hobby Retract Set to Get?

I will be getting a Reaction 54 kit from Bruce's final run of kits. He no longer stocks the retract sets (air & electric) that he used to sell, and I don't see them on the manufacturers websites either, so I will be getting one of the Chinese made electric retract sets. Someone on this forum recommended the JP Hobby electric retracts and I looked them up on TurbineRC. Wow, they make a lot of sets of for all kinds of jets. One would assume that a set designed for a jet that weighs the same as the Reaction 54 would be correct, but I have no idea about the specs of all the different jets they show retract sets for. Does anyone know which JP Hobby electric retract set would be the correct one for the Reaction 54?
Old 09-07-2023, 12:40 PM
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I will take a look later and will make a recommendation.
Old 09-07-2023, 04:18 PM
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Is there a confirmed run of new kits? I have been on the list for literally years but haven’t heard anything.
Old 09-07-2023, 05:23 PM
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Go with the Boomerang Ranger gear.





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Old 09-07-2023, 05:39 PM
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This is the one I used and n mine.

https://www.hobby-china.com/air-retr...ts-planes.html






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Notice that on both set of retracts the strut is opposite to the retract in the up position.
Old 09-07-2023, 06:14 PM
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Carlos,
Thanks for the recommendation and info!

highhorse,
Check out the BTE website. Bruce has an update saying he is winding down the business and probably has enough wood to make a run of R54 kits by the end of the year. So I asked him to put me down for one and he did. So hopefully it'll be a Xmas present this year.
Old 11-04-2023, 04:30 AM
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I look forwarding to building one once the final kits are done.
Old 11-04-2023, 09:07 AM
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I refreshed with Bruce my long-standing desire for a kit just today. We exchanged emails a couple of years ago and he said then that I was on the list for a possible future run, but the refresh should hopefully help.
Old 11-04-2023, 06:46 PM
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Been flying mine lately, I have it with a body box now, had 5 guys fly it in one afternoon.

The fuel pump went bad about 8 months ago and got one from Pacific Jets, it’s running good, no flames on the start up, after running the pump for 7 flights, I noticed the idle rpms are up some, time to adjust them down some.




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