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Old 05-05-2006, 12:08 AM
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We've had 1099 posts on here for so long it's time to make it an even 1100. Bruce - perhaps you can tell us the latest on the nose wheel strut availability from Robart?
Old 05-05-2006, 12:09 AM
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I goofed - it was 1100 already!!!
Old 05-05-2006, 12:38 AM
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I checked with them today and they are still working on tooling. I get the feeling that they are trying to set themselves up with the proper tooling to make wire struts of all types in house and using the R54 nose strut as their first wire project. It's hard to get the straight scoop from them, but they haven't forgotten about us, believe me...
Old 05-06-2006, 08:39 PM
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Well to add my last to this post, let me publicly annouce that I finally got my R54 in the air today. It really was exciting to be such a non event. Balanced where the plans indicate and powered with a PST600R, my Reaction flew like a true trainer. It required a few clicks of trim and nothing ese. Although I only got two flights on it due to a wheel rolling off on landing due to some rough asphalt, I was totally happy. My plane weighs a little more than WD40's, we had them there together, but it was as gentle as anything I have ever flown. As soon as I get a new brake from Sierra Precision I will be back out there and hope to put many more flights on this bird. Thanks Bruce for your excellent instructions and engineering, this truly is a remarkable plane and very sturdy. The PST 600R is a great engine for it as well. Proud to be a member of the Happy R-5-4 Club...
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Old 05-06-2006, 08:46 PM
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Congrats Tommy on another successful R54 maiden.

Hopefully, I will be joining the R54 club this flying season.

Marty
Old 05-06-2006, 09:14 PM
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Now there are two "Tommys" with Reaction 54's.
Congratulations and welcome to the club.

Regards
Old 05-06-2006, 09:47 PM
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Congrat's DocYates!!!

Finally will get mine back into the air tomorrow. #2 is coming along slowly but it'll be my best build yet. Pretty easy with all the work that Bruce puts into his kits.


Cheers,
Old 05-07-2006, 08:39 AM
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Congrats Tommy! This has been a great Spring for R54 maiden flights.

You guys have inspired me to finish up my second R54 (the one shown being built in the instruction manual). Need to cover and install radio. Will use a PST like Tommy.

There. I've said it publicly, now I gotta do it...
Old 05-07-2006, 08:41 AM
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nothing special to report, but i put 4 gallons through my 54 last sunday and 3 gallons yesterday at the waco warbird fly in. seems the pseudo military scheme got me some airtime. barry
Old 05-07-2006, 03:58 PM
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Hey Barry I hope to see you and the Reaction in Mississippi next week. I will be there on Friday.
Tommy
Old 05-13-2006, 04:25 PM
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Well today, 2 months to the day that I ordered the Reaction from Bruce I did the maiden flight. What a great (and easy) flying airplane! Anyone wanting to get into a turbine should seriously consider the Reaction. It has a Jet Cat P60 and just about everything else as Bruce suggested. Mr. Tharpe did a great job in the design, the kit, the instructions and offered a little bit of help along the way! Now it's time to get a waiver and burn a serious amount of K1! Already have jet #2 sitting in my shop, a few weeks ago I bought the last remaining Bobcat from BVM.
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Old 05-13-2006, 04:41 PM
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Welcome to the club. I also had a Bobcat kit, After I flew the reaction for the first time I sold the Bobcat kit. Apart from looking nice, I could not see it doing anything that the Reaction would not do.

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Old 05-13-2006, 05:49 PM
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Welcome to the club JC.

Nice covering job... Looks familiar for some reason [&:]

Cheers,
Old 05-13-2006, 05:58 PM
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ORIGINAL: TommyWatson

I could not see it doing anything that the Reaction would not do.

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Except perhaps the speed the Bobcat can attain
Old 05-13-2006, 08:58 PM
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Tschuy - I forgot to say thanks for the great inspiration! Loved what you had done and figuared what are the odds that we would both be at the same place with our Reactions! My inside is even done in carbon fiber sheet (plastic version). If I ever get to PA, I owe you a drink!
Old 05-13-2006, 09:14 PM
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One more photo, this one with another Reaction. If the one one the left looks familar it's beacuse it belonged to Mike (bnova) until last week when someone at my club bought it. He had a great time flying his as well.
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Old 05-13-2006, 09:54 PM
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No worries JC..

I'm actually going to duplicate the same layout on my #2 Reaction. Except using different colors Going to do something slightly different with the equipment installation too. Original plan was to put the JetKitty P70 in it, but now salivating over the WREN 54 SuperSport. I'm hearing a lot of good things about it and it does put out more power the the P70.

When time permits, I'll start posting my #2 build photo's to share with everyone.

Super job JC. Very nice looking jet...


Cheers,
Old 05-13-2006, 10:36 PM
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My Wren Supersport powered Reaction comes close, or at least close enough for me!!.


Regards

Old 05-13-2006, 10:39 PM
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Tim,

I can highly recommend the Supersport. Not only is it much more powerfull, it will spool up very quickly, almost as quick as a glow engine.
Old 05-22-2006, 10:35 AM
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Couldn't resist showing some pics from this weekend, gotta love this plane. Thanks again Bruce.
Tommy
Dirtied up and wheels down she is a real sweetie.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:38 AM
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Takeoffs are a non-event. Flies like a true trainer. I did manage to induce a stall up high and she dropped the right wing. Throttle up, little rudder, counted to three and eased in the elevator, she recovered almost instantly. My underwear however may not be as lucky.....
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:02 AM
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Isn' that a fun plane? Try a little crow with full flap. We fly off a rolly bumpy grass field and without the crow she would bounce around on landing with the crow its a beautiful thing.
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:04 AM
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Mike has been telling me to set up the crow feature. So far I have not had the bounce, but his seems to slow much better than mine using the crow feature, so I really need to do it.
Tommy
Old 05-22-2006, 07:22 PM
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HI, I have the most rear CG, lands very slow, no need for crow.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:29 PM
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Pete
How far back is your CG and how does it handle at high speed?

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