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Old 03-16-2012, 08:16 AM
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Problem 1. The wheel doors were painted before the plastic hinges and horn were glued on.
The glue sticks the paint to the plastic but the paint does not stick very well to the foam. The
plastic parts come loose very easily. I popped off all 12 plastic parts and hot glued them back
after removing the paint and glue from the plastic pieces.

Problem 2. With only 1 servo controller / tester it is difficult moving back and forth between the
wheel motor and the door servo to get the doors adjusted. I think it would be easier to mount
and adjust the doors first, then mount the wheels. Then the problem would become threading
the wheel connector cable which is not too bad.

There are 6 rods with clevis attached, one foreach door and one for each aileron. There is
an electronic board with 9 two pin connectorsand a switch. The connector on the end is for power
from the receiver and the four light cables plug in anywhere on the board. The switch turns the lights
on or off. The strange molding is apparently a bomb sight that mounts inside the plexiglass nose.

I did not know that mosquitos had more firepower and were slightly faster than a p38.

On mine the wing tip lights stay on and the "landing light" blinks.

There is a war bird meet in Tucson, April 21 so I have to finish the bird and test fly it by April 20th
I will report more as the build goes on.
Old 03-17-2012, 11:38 AM
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Mosquito door delay circuit:
With the cable laid out with white to right; single in bottom;
double out top( this is the double row of pins )
landing gear is closest row; landing gear doors is farthest row.
white to white.
Old 04-06-2012, 04:14 PM
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Finished it today. Weight with Turnigy Ntech 2.2AH 4S 35C 4.6 lbs. About a half a pound more than book weight.
CG with battery all the way forward and retracts down = 76mm
CG with battery all the way back and retracts down = 80 mm
CG with battery all the way back and retracts up = 86 mm
Book is 95 - 105 mm. Does not say where the gear is when measuring.
I have spent 9 hours playing with gear doors and they are still not right
but good enough to fly and operate reliably. I am going to fly it Sunday
and see what it does. I think it will fly OK because there is a bit of
lift over the top of the engines, which is far forward; moving the center of
lift forward.

Old 04-13-2012, 05:57 PM
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I am very interested how was your maiden, and like to hear more details about that plane.
I just got mine today, and will be working on it soon.
I looked over everything, and it seems like quality is really nice. My left wing red lights burned up right away, so I need to replace LED's.
I'm planning to install flap servos right away too.
I love details of landing gear!
Mario
Old 04-14-2012, 05:46 AM
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It crashed - demolished. At 40% throttle with the wheels down, and a sharp left aileron turn, it snapped and went into the ground before recovery.
When checking out the pieces there were a lot of parts that were painted before gluing. The paint does not adhere to the foam very well.
It was pilot error however that did it in. Still I will not buy another.

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has anyone found a good paint color match for the dark gray on the wing and body?
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Testors model masters has several shades of grey. You could check if any match and they have flat black and flat white. It would be fairly easy to match color with the right mix of these.
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I owned that Freewing Mosquito for a few weeks before I sold it.

It is the first and last foam aircraft that I will ever own.

Foam material is a blight on model aviation.
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I would agree if it is freewing. Dynam stuff is pretty good. A lot of guys fly the heck out of them at my club and most of them last until a major pilot error.
I have a Carbon Z Yak 54 that is pricey but very good. It flies better than my Balsa Great planes Yak 54. I think it depends on who designed and built
it.

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