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Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:28 pm
by Joe Hunt
The plane arrived!

* The wings weigh 3-lbs 10-oz each.
* The landing gear weighs 0-oz, haha, it's crazy light... just 11-oz.
* It's all hinged up, but not gap sealed.
* The pushrods are titanium and the balljoints are already on them.
* The control horns are fiberglass and are ready to be glued in.
* The fuel tank is plumbed, mounted, and has fuel line running to the engine area and T'd off for the fill line.
* A Desert Aircraft style fuel dot is included.
* A carbon fiber spinner painted to match the plane is included.
* Extension connector plastic keepers are included.
* Spoke'd wheels and big fancy wheel pants are included.
* The rudder is as big as a kitchen cabinet door (I love it).
* Ailerons are going to be more than enough for me.
* Elevators might be plenty for me, too.
* The pull/pull cables come assembled and ready to install.

That's what I've noticed so far.

Oh, and the two boxes were delivered in perfect condition and the plane and all parts were in perfect condition.

The workmanship and quality are great, just like the last two 122" ARFs I just completed. Everything looks very clean so far.

Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:45 pm
by Joe Hunt
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Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:11 pm
by Xpress
You'll probably want to ditch the tank and wheels. Pilot goes above and beyond when it comes to completing their kits but the tank and wheels are not the strong points of the airplane. A Fiji bottle and PSP cap work much better! :D And don't forget the White Rose bling :P 8-)

For what it's worth, we never seal the hinge gaps and never have issues, though Tony does include spare sheets of covering if you want to either patch holes or seal the hinges. Very well thought out airplanes though ;)

You might have already deduced this yourself but keep in mind these are hucking airplanes, not really designed to fly fast or ultra precise. Great for down on the deck.

Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:20 pm
by Joe Hunt
Hi Xpress!

Xpress wrote:For what it's worth, we never seal the hinge gaps and never have issues


The issue is control surface authority... or as Cartman would say, uh-thor-uh-tie! Used to make a difference with flutter when all we had was weak servos. But, now it is just for better surface authority. And, it does make a nice difference for that. Try it and see!

I see what you mean about precision. The wings are pretty thick with round leading edges. Should be fun! I already have two precision planes! Doh! haha

You know, though, my old Carden's (I had four of those) had similar wings but were still pretty precise.

Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 3:13 am
by Joe Hunt
I always wanted to build a bigger rudder for my 122" H9 Sukhoi, I won't be needing to do that with the 122" Pilot Extra. 8-)


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Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 4:02 pm
by Xpress
As you can see with the size of the rudder... Authority is not a problem :cool:

Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:21 pm
by dunny
Do you think the airframe is built for the long haul? I remember Dave Sullivan really honking on his when I lived and flew in Sacramento. It's too bad that so few people build GS kits nowadays- there are very few to choose from and I really think there is a lot to be learned from building. I know Joey, all most people want to do is fly ;-)

Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:26 am
by Joe Hunt
dunny wrote:Do you think the airframe is built for the long haul? I remember Dave Sullivan really honking on his when I lived and flew in Sacramento. It's too bad that so few people build GS kits nowadays- there are very few to choose from and I really think there is a lot to be learned from building. I know Joey, all most people want to do is fly ;-)


The fuse is just a little beefier than the Hangar 9 Sukhoi, but not nearly as beefy as the AW Yak55m. The wings are the heaviest of the three. Seems a good balance between weight and strength.

I'd like to build a kit, too. Probably a Dalton 300, not ML. Build it for fast and light freestyle. :)

Re: Pilot RC 40% Extra 330SC

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:23 am
by Xpress
dunny wrote:Do you think the airframe is built for the long haul? I remember Dave Sullivan really honking on his when I lived and flew in Sacramento. It's too bad that so few people build GS kits nowadays- there are very few to choose from and I really think there is a lot to be learned from building. I know Joey, all most people want to do is fly ;-)


They're pretty durable!! We've been beating the snot out of Pilot airplanes at my club for years. The only time they break is if someone augers one in.