Radian pro to Multiplex Easy Star rebuild

 ( Sorry for the crappy photo )  It's time to retire the Radian pro after logging over 100 flights in the past year The wings are pretty well mush from flexing so much. Spring is just around the corner and I am going to
"Morph the Radian pro into a Multiplex easy star I live and fly near a significant body of water and there is always a breeze here you get a on shore breeze in the morning and a off shore breeze
in the afternoon The radian pro doesn't penetrate the wind very well unless you keep the air speed up in a shallow dive then you risk ripping the wings off when you pull out. The wing tips flex
up over a foot or more .If you get into turbulance and a wing drops you push the opposite rudder to bring it back up and the whole fusalage bends and nothing happens. When the breeze is blowing
you have to "nurse it around carefully with the rudder and airlerons and try not to pull to many "g's". In less than 5 mph wind is when it flies best when there is a light breeze blowing against
the cliff and the seagulls are soaring 150 feet up I have soared right beside them with the engine off just giving it short bursts when needed for up to an hour I only crashed twice. Once I
stayed up to long and the battery went dead and all I could do was watch as the off shore breeze pushed it towards the edge of the cliff and the lake. It landed in a bush 3 feet from going over
the edge. The other time it flew into the bright sun light the next time I seen it The tail was sticking up in the center of the bean field . I dinged the prop and replaced it 3 times (once it
tried to eat the coffee table) I used 2 batteries at around 47 flights the original battery swelled up round and wouldn't charge. I stripped the elevator servo the Very first flight and replaced
it with a standard size hightec servo I modified the fusulage for.I put balsa skids on the wings along side the aileron and flap servo horns for protection for landing .The left wing was
heavier than the right wing right out of the box and I had to put 6 thumb tacks in the right wing 3/4 of the way out to get it to balance level side to side I had "crow programmed in
but I never used it The flaps were adequate , with no wind ( which was rare) it would float in ground effect . I had mine given to me by my boys . It is not a "first plane," down wind or in a
dive it accellerates quickly. A Newbie would end up with a lot of broken foam on the plus the hobby shop can get parts readily. I wouldn't go out and buy another one .
For the Easy star it is going to have an alunimum spine down the center stretch the fuslage 2 3/4 inches, larger rudder and elevaror , either airlerons, flaperons or ailerons and flaps.and I
am going to reinforce the wing "right out of the box change the radian motor from a Tractor to a pusher machine a prop hub so I can use the radian folding prop
MyF4 Phantom I am going to leave it stock maby a bright led on the front.There is a abandoned WW2 air strip about an hour north of here shaped like a triangle the farmer utilizes 2 ofthe
runways the other is left open it is not marked on the charts any more but pilots know it is there and use it as a" Emergency strip" .I know the farmer, back in the day I would land there and
bring him a coffee from 'Timmys' I am going to fly the F4 there. When I take it out I am bringing along a bunch of guys that want to see it fly and 4 fire extinguishers From what I have seen of
Vidieos of the F4 you have to keep the airspeed up it has a long takeoff and rool out on landing it glides like a brick and you have to "Fly" it onto the runway . http://youtu.be/WBHCnjXLbrk
and http://youtu.be/7K_sQ8gR3d0
` I just have to repower my alunimum scratch build and it is ready to go! A jet cat gas turbine would fit right in where the 32 EDF was without a'majour modification . Or I go with a piston engine
put the engine in the middle near the center of gravity and run a shaft out the back with a thrust bearing and a folding prop? Or I could mount the engine on a pilon and make it into a "flying
boat and use my dive boat as a "Chase vehicle'!. You Guys have a Great Day!

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Comment by R. D. Starwalt on March 2, 2013 at 9:20am

Build, Mod, Fly!

Winter won't last forever.

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