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Old 02-14-2014, 11:48 AM   #2476
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At the field I used to hang around, Hitecs' were a sure thing if you wanted to auger one in.
Yup....

Seems to depend a lot on where you live. Up here it used to be nothing but Futaba with a few JR mostly flown by Heli pilots. Never had a plane go in due to faulty gear. Don't know anyone that has either. Even when we were competing all over the country and Canada I can't think of one person who crashed where it was radio gear that caused the problem. Oh, you can bet that the first thing out of everyone's mouth when the plane went down was "He got hit" meaning a radio glitch, etc, but the cause was always something else...usually poor prep, pilot error or airframe fatigue.

If any brand truly had a provable bad track record no one would use them.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:00 PM   #2477
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Yup....

Seems to depend a lot on where you live. Up here it used to be nothing but Futaba with a few JR mostly flown by Heli pilots. Never had a plane go in due to faulty gear. Don't know anyone that has either. Even when we were competing all over the country and Canada I can't think of one person who crashed where it was radio gear that caused the problem. Oh, you can bet that the first thing out of everyone's mouth when the plane went down was "He got hit" meaning a radio glitch, etc, but the cause was always something else...usually poor prep, pilot error or airframe fatigue.

If any brand truly had a provable bad track record no one would use them.
Always easy to blame the radio, especially if you did not start out with 2.4 gear. Had a guy at our field that swore up and down that my DX6i was interfering with is DX6i. Thing is, he had the same issue when I had my radio off.
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Old 02-14-2014, 12:30 PM   #2478
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Always easy to blame the radio, especially if you did not start out with 2.4 gear. Had a guy at our field that swore up and down that my DX6i was interfering with is DX6i. Thing is, he had the same issue when I had my radio off.
heehehe I know that guy!

I fly in my yard some 4-5 miles from the flying field. When I was flying FM I had a few guys that would swear I was "hitting them" from that distance....on a different channel.
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:06 PM   #2479
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Something about the Futaba FHSS system, something about it doesn't work super well in hot environments. Hitec seems to be great until you get to larger piston systems, then it's hit or miss..
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:56 AM   #2480
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New, to me! An older gent in our club donated some of his older electric stuff to the club to be sold to benefit the club. I picked up these two. the trainerish bird just needed just need a new servo and to be rebalanced for the change from nimh to Lipo. Took 2.5 oz right at the nose to do it.

The glider will need a whole new power system, but looks like ti will be fun.




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Old 02-15-2014, 05:25 PM   #2481
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Looks like a Mini Telemaster. I had one and gave it to a friend's brother to learn to fly with. Great utility plane. Mine was on skis in the winter, and I rigged up a camera mount on the side of the fuselage to hold a point and shoot nikon with a servo hot-glued onto the camera with a custom linkage on the arm to trip the shutter when I hit the flap switch on the Tx. Aerial photography's gotten a lot more sophisimacated in the last 7-8 years...
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:21 AM   #2482
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I will second that. Telemasters are good flying airplanes.
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:29 AM   #2483
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Looks like a Mini Telemaster.
Now that you mention it, I see that it does look just like my Telemaster Electro.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:54 AM   #2484
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Graupner Chip? I had one, I had high hopes, but it didn't survive the maiden launch.

The stock power system and a thin symmetrical wing didn't help much.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:35 AM   #2485
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Graupner Chip?
Just might be, has a Graupner Speed 600 motor and Graupner 7" prop. I will be replacing them with a 480 class BL motor and 10 x 6 prop. Planning to run it on 3S so power should not be an issue. Got it, the mini Telemaster shown above and a 6" fuchsia wing for $50. Plan to mount the wing on a Slow Stick and see what she does.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:02 PM   #2486
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I've been working on a 12 foot Tele, and I thought that's what the high wing could be, except it didn't look like it had a lifting tail. Maybe the smaller ones don't have an airfoiled horiz stab?
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:06 PM   #2487
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I don't know about the ARF versions, but the kit built Mini Telemaster was not designed with a lifting tail; it was a stick-built truss frame. IIRC, Tom Hunt ala Aero Craft RC made the kits for Hobby Lobby, I think I still have the plans somewhere.
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I've been working on a 12 foot Tele, and I thought that's what the high wing could be, except it didn't look like it had a lifting tail. Maybe the smaller ones don't have an airfoiled horiz stab?
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:22 PM   #2488
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He is the one who made my kit.

Building the tail was a bit like building a wing for a fun flier or something.

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:22 AM   #2489
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I had two of the Hobby Lobby Senior Telemaster ARFs over the years. They did have the lifting tail. The ST is a big slow flyer--it doesn't like to be rushed!
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:44 AM   #2490
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I believe it is only the Senior Telemaster that has the fully airfoiled horizontal stab. The smaller airplanes just have a traditional plank.
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