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  • Did they solve this elevator problem so people don't have to "fix" a new plane? You would think at this price point that would no longer be an issue.

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    • I agree. Too many airplanes need work out of the box.

      As far as I know the elevator pushrod has not been upgraded.

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      • Originally posted by Desertlakeflying View Post
        Did they solve this elevator problem so people don't have to "fix" a new plane? You would think at this price point that would no longer be an issue.

        AMEN!!!

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        • The nose gear retract servo housing cracked on my Phantom and it allows the nose gear to collapse easily. The pin is fine. Motion call out for the Type E. Can I use a Type D instead? They both fit the same shaft size and look identical from what I can see.

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          • Answered in RCG. The only difference is the lead so you may need an extension.

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            • Finished the repaint of the originally camo version F-4. It's not perfect, but it's definitely unique. Can't wait to see it in the sky!
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              • Originally posted by primodus22 View Post
                Finished the repaint of the originally camo version F-4. It's not perfect, but it's definitely unique. Can't wait to see it in the sky!
                P2, Nicely done, Sir. She's a beauty. Best, LB
                Captain: Got any ideas?
                F/O: Actually not.
                — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

                You'll never be good at something unless you're willing to suck at it first.
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                • Originally posted by primodus22 View Post
                  Finished the repaint of the originally camo version F-4. It's not perfect, but it's definitely unique. Can't wait to see it in the sky!
                  Nothing Like a Good Set of Teeth on an F4!!

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                  Hugh "Wildman" Wiedman
                  Hangar: FL/FW: Mig 29 "Cobra", A-10 Arctic, F18 Canadian & Tiger Meet, F16 Wild Weasel, F4 Phantom & Blue Angel, 1600 Corsair & Spitfire, Olive B-24, Stinger 90, Red Avanti. Extreme Flight-FW-190 Red Tulip, Slick 60, 60" Extra 300 V2, 62" MXS Heavy Metal, MXS Green, & Demonstrator. FMS-1700mm P-51, Red Bull Corsair. E-Flite-70mm twin SU-30, Beast Bi-Plane 60", P2 Bi-Plane, P-51.

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                  • Originally posted by Hugh Wiedman View Post
                    Nothing Like a Good Set of Teeth on an F4!!
                    Hugh, all your newer photos and vids are just "top-notch'. You have one good photographer/videographer. Great pics of your gorgeous Phantom. Best, Steve
                    Captain: Got any ideas?
                    F/O: Actually not.
                    — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

                    You'll never be good at something unless you're willing to suck at it first.
                    ~Anonymous~

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                    • Originally posted by Elbee View Post

                      Hugh, all your newer photos and vids are just "top-notch'. You have one good photographer/videographer. Great pics of your gorgeous Phantom. Best, Steve
                      Thanks, a good friend occasionally comes out and brings his equipment (with a lot of begging). He designs and customizes large turbines for clients all over the world and is also one of the best pilots I know. He took several of my EDF's to events I couldn't make and was the one who piloted my A-10 Arctic Thunder to Best Scale Flight at this years E-Fest in Lakeland. He's also a rep for BVM jets as well as one of the newer reps for Banana Hobby along with J Solt. In addition to the work he's done, he's a past 1st place finisher at Top Gun and is planning on taking my F-4 next year to enter in the electric division (he won 2 years ago with another friends AL37). Despite mostly flying $15,000-$20,000 turbines most of the time, he absolutely loves this F4 (and the A-10 his 2 favorites of mine) so that tells me this Freewing F4 with the 12 blade inrunner is one sweet flyin' machine! His You Tube Channel is MarvinF14 and has shots/videos from almost all the top Jet events as well as his latest creations. Unfortunately, he usually is so busy I can't get him out. He shot the F4 photos as well as the SU-30 and Mig-29 photos from my last video, but didn't have time to shoot the video itself so ended up using another friends cell phone. So far, the only video of mine that had both his photos and his video was of my Beast Bi-Plane. https://youtu.be/rldyf20XQUY (If anyone's interested, probably my best video considering photos and video)


                      Told my wife I bought this from him and you can see her reaction (fortunately it was one of the few times she wasn't carrying)


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                      Hugh "Wildman" Wiedman
                      Hangar: FL/FW: Mig 29 "Cobra", A-10 Arctic, F18 Canadian & Tiger Meet, F16 Wild Weasel, F4 Phantom & Blue Angel, 1600 Corsair & Spitfire, Olive B-24, Stinger 90, Red Avanti. Extreme Flight-FW-190 Red Tulip, Slick 60, 60" Extra 300 V2, 62" MXS Heavy Metal, MXS Green, & Demonstrator. FMS-1700mm P-51, Red Bull Corsair. E-Flite-70mm twin SU-30, Beast Bi-Plane 60", P2 Bi-Plane, P-51.

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                      • BTW Elbee and davegee, both of you being so great at attention to detail in your modifications, you'd get a treat out of watching my friend (mentioned above-Marvin) and his father in their incredible detail that they put into the aircraft they build for their clients. The father has been doing this for like 50 years and when I get a chance to stop by their shop, I'm like a kid in a candy store (but without a penny for a gum ball). Most of their work ends up at the various major jet events and there's always several every year at the Top Gun competition. They also just finished an incredible F-4.

                        A very cool L-39 they did is featured here: https://youtu.be/z6b_YyjS3Fg

                        And the F-18 above is below. (I know this is a bit off topic, but seeing master builders and detailers like the 2 of you and these guys never gets old).
                         
                        Hugh "Wildman" Wiedman
                        Hangar: FL/FW: Mig 29 "Cobra", A-10 Arctic, F18 Canadian & Tiger Meet, F16 Wild Weasel, F4 Phantom & Blue Angel, 1600 Corsair & Spitfire, Olive B-24, Stinger 90, Red Avanti. Extreme Flight-FW-190 Red Tulip, Slick 60, 60" Extra 300 V2, 62" MXS Heavy Metal, MXS Green, & Demonstrator. FMS-1700mm P-51, Red Bull Corsair. E-Flite-70mm twin SU-30, Beast Bi-Plane 60", P2 Bi-Plane, P-51.

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                        • Originally posted by Hugh Wiedman View Post
                          BTW Elbee and davegee, both of you being so great at attention to detail in your modifications, you'd get a treat out of watching my friend (mentioned above-Marvin) and his father in their incredible detail that they put into the aircraft they build for their clients. The father has been doing this for like 50 years and when I get a chance to stop by their shop, I'm like a kid in a candy store (but without a penny for a gum ball). Most of their work ends up at the various major jet events and there's always several every year at the Top Gun competition. They also just finished an incredible F-4.

                          A very cool L-39 they did is featured here: https://youtu.be/z6b_YyjS3Fg

                          And the F-18 above is below. (I know this is a bit off topic, but seeing master builders and detailers like the 2 of you and these guys never gets old).
                          Thanks, Hugh. That F-18 is certainly a masterpiece on the ground and in the air. Fiberglass and /or carbon fiber are my preferred media to work with, but now that I'm retired I guess I'll stick with the less expensive foam models which allow me to fly so many more types of airplanes than the expensive ones I used to work with. In the end, it's all good!

                          Thanks for sending that video. Kudos to the father/son team who produce these great flying models!

                          davegee

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                          • Originally posted by Hugh Wiedman View Post

                            Thanks, a good friend occasionally comes out and brings his equipment (with a lot of begging). He designs and customizes large turbines for clients all over the world and is also one of the best pilots I know. He took several of my EDF's to events I couldn't make and was the one who piloted my A-10 Arctic Thunder to Best Scale Flight at this years E-Fest in Lakeland. He's also a rep for BVM jets as well as one of the newer reps for Banana Hobby along with J Solt. In addition to the work he's done, he's a past 1st place finisher at Top Gun and is planning on taking my F-4 next year to enter in the electric division (he won 2 years ago with another friends AL37). Despite mostly flying $15,000-$20,000 turbines most of the time, he absolutely loves this F4 (and the A-10 his 2 favorites of mine) so that tells me this Freewing F4 with the 12 blade inrunner is one sweet flyin' machine! His You Tube Channel is MarvinF14 and has shots/videos from almost all the top Jet events as well as his latest creations. Unfortunately, he usually is so busy I can't get him out. He shot the F4 photos as well as the SU-30 and Mig-29 photos from my last video, but didn't have time to shoot the video itself so ended up using another friends cell phone. So far, the only video of mine that had both his photos and his video was of my Beast Bi-Plane. https://youtu.be/rldyf20XQUY (If anyone's interested, probably my best video considering photos and video)


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                            I was just going to mention, Hugh, those latest inflight pics are fabulous! Just love looking at them. Well done!!

                            Davegee

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                            • Originally posted by Hugh Wiedman View Post
                              BTW Elbee and davegee, both of you being so...
                              Thanks Hugh, I just call 'em like I see 'em. Best, Steve

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                              F/O: Actually not.
                              — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

                              You'll never be good at something unless you're willing to suck at it first.
                              ~Anonymous~

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                              • So now that I have confirmation that they have NOT fixed the elevator issue, I cannot justify spending $600 on a broken airplane.

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                                • All planes need something/ are "broken". May be time for another hobby that's not "broken".

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                                  • For those that install the 3D printed cockpit, what is the process to remove the original canopy and what do you use for the instrument panel decals?

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                                    • Originally posted by Lateral-G View Post
                                      For those that install the 3D printed cockpit, what is the process to remove the original canopy and what do you use for the instrument panel decals?
                                      LG, Welcome to Hobby Squawk. I now use a small stainless steel mixing artist spatula I bought at Hobby Lobby. It has a rounded angled and flexible head that is easily thin enough to slide between the canopy and the foam. It will take a little force to break the glue bond, but you can usually pull the canopy off once you've gotten it started. Try to keep the inevitable damage to a minimum. You will need to pick up some lightweight filler. I use "Shrink-Free Spackling" from Sherwin-Williams. The glue will pull off the foam, but you might need to soak the canopy in mineral spirits to remove the glue from the canopy, but might also remove some of the OEM acrylic paint. If you are not repainting the canopy, try pulling the glue off the plastic, which works okay.

                                      As for the decals, I looked at my Phantom cockpit and I color printed off the instruments from the inter-web and added clear glue to simulate the IP glass. The side panels were also color printed and glued in position. It looks pretty okay. Best, LB

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                                      Captain: Got any ideas?
                                      F/O: Actually not.
                                      — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

                                      You'll never be good at something unless you're willing to suck at it first.
                                      ~Anonymous~

                                      AMA#116446

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                                      • Originally posted by Elbee View Post

                                        LG, Welcome to Hobby Squawk. I now use a small stainless steel mixing artist spatula I bought at Hobby Lobby. It has a rounded angled and flexible head that is easily thin enough to slide between the canopy and the foam. It will take a little force to break the glue bond, but you can usually pull the canopy off once you've gotten it started. Try to keep the inevitable damage to a minimum. You will need to pick up some lightweight filler. I use "Shrink-Free Spackling" from Sherwin-Williams. The glue will pull off the foam, but you might need to soak the canopy in mineral spirits to remove the glue from the canopy, but might also remove some of the OEM acrylic paint. If you are not repainting the canopy, try pulling the glue off the plastic, which works okay.

                                        As for the decals, I looked at my Phantom cockpit and I color printed off the instruments from the inter-web and added clear glue to simulate the IP glass. The side panels were also color printed and glued in position. It looks pretty okay. Best, LB
                                        Thanks.

                                        I kind of figured that was the method for the canopy removal. i already have all the tools and materials needed that you mentioned.

                                        I will image search Google and work something out then for the IP. I can print my own decals.

                                        I have plenty of year experience building plastic scale models so it shouldn't be difficult. I was hoping for a less labor intensive path but no matter. it's all good.

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