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Old 09-16-2010, 05:56 AM
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Default PIC UPDATE-Power-line/Green Model 52"Albatros D-Va build

Hello All,
Just posting my standard "any tips?" post as I am starting my build on my Power-Line 52" Albatros D-Va. So far I've grabbed the pics for a planned model review for here later and got the tail feathers on. It's looking like a great kit so far (and a freekin huge one by my standards).
So- anybody here had any experience with this kit? I read about the spinner issues over on R/C groups- so I am aware of that issue. Gene threw in two spinners with out even asking him about it. In fact, he brought it up and that's how I found the posts on R/C groups. He's a really nice guy.
I'll post here from time to time as my build progresses.

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Old 09-17-2010, 04:55 AM
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Hi K Close, I can't wait to see some pics... I love the Albatros DVa. What paint scheme are you going to use for it?
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:24 AM
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I found my camera cable so here's the first pic's.....
I've since started the build and the tail surfaces are on as is the landing gear. It all is building really nicely so far.
Musings as of this point- Well, I sorta like the cd. As much as chingrish cracks me up it can be frustrating at times. But the cd can be hard to pause at just the right point for details, too.
The rudder mounting slot was cut at an angle. I feathered the base to get it closer, but it was quite off. The flying wires will still have to take some of it out.
The dummy engine is the battery hatch and is held in by magnets. Except when they come glued in backwards and repel each other. Took me a little while to figure out why it wouldn't seat, I thought something was hanging it up.
The landing gear are well made and sprung nicely, but honestly they must weigh more than the rest of the airframe. This is my biggest model to date, so that may be the norm with larger scales but it surprised me.
Next step is to mount the motor, but some screws (motor to motor mount) are missing and the motor mount is badly bent. I have to fix and source these issues before I bench test the motor.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:14 PM
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Oh my that is a really nice looking plane to be . Thanks for posting your progress with it .
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:49 AM
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OK. I had a little time to work on the Albatros today. Not much headway, but I picked up the missing screws and carefully hammered the motor mount flat. I was then able to test run the motor (no load). I realized two things; First, this motor and prop combo will break my little thrust stand. Second,it ran really well. Nice and smooth, so an "in situ" test it would be. Once installed, the motor made LOTS of power. The down part is the spinner sets up a heck of a vibration. This wasn't a surprise, as I had been warned by the vendor and provided by them with an additional inner spinner.
I should note the spinner is different than the one in the instructional video. The vid shows a flat ply backer, and the one that comes with the kit now has vanes or paddles built in with an included plastic shroud.(see pics) It appears like an attempt at either improved cooling or an air pressure correction for the cut outs in the spinner (to lower the stress on the thin plastic maybe ) Anyway, I know I will be spending a fair amount of time attempting the best balance I can. I should say that it seems made well enough to me, I think it's just a huge spinner at very high rpm's.
Good looking model so far though, and big. I included a pic with my GWS Beaver cam platform for scale reference.
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:54 PM
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Hi K Close
I am in the progress of assembling my Albatros and have a bit of trouble to find a suitable prop adapter ith the required pilot hole at the front to hold the spinner in place. My motor shaft is 5 mm. CAn you point me to a supplier that provided the adapter as shown in your picture.

Thanks in advance

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Old 03-28-2011, 04:19 AM
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Sorry I've been so bad at posting lately folks!
@ Rolf - I am sorry but I don't know, the threaded adapter came with my ARF kit. I think if you reached out to Powerline Hobbies (they sell this plane) they may very well be able to source you one, they are nice folks.

I haven't got any pic's, but the planes near finished (life got in the way). Spent hours on that spinner and it still is out of balance. I'm hoping I got it close enough that it won't self destruct. With the exception of the spinner the plane has been a easy enough build. I flattened the shine with scotchbrite pads and am really pleased with the results. By using straight strokes at a 90* angle from each other it really looks cloth like. I hope it flies as good as it looks. I'll get some pics up as soon as I can.

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Finished plane pics?
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:10 AM
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You know, I have no good ones yet. I'm gonna grab some, but she is ready to maiden. I've held off on doing details until I fly her but as a build it's a great model. Speedy and straight forward to build, with the only exception being the rigging. It was on the instruction cd, and they did hold the pic plenty long enough to pause on the needed info. Thing is they are thin wires and hard to see-- and I have smokin' good eyesight. Honestly I found the pictures on the box helpful in sorting it out. I was disappointed in the rudder being out so much, and the spinner drove me crazy. I'll see if I got the spinner close enough to not disintegrate. It's a nice big plane, impressive in it's finish as well as it's scale-and I just basically put it together as it comes out of the box. Let me grab some pic's.....
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:02 AM
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OK, I couldnt use my decent camera so I snagged some ok pics with my Iphone. The pilot is a Aces of Iron item and is currently being painted, and the supplied guns are nice but sit way too high so I will rework them before mounting.
The plane is so large (by my standards anyway) that I had to make a hangar out of copper pipe to get it up and out of the way.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:55 PM
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Cool pics! Nice plane. Hope the maiden goes well for ya.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:25 AM
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Thanks Ace. I will post as soon as she flies - for good or ill.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:07 AM
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OK, today was the day. Had a nice calm evening and the time to fly. Met my Da out at the field and the Alby had her maiden. Plane flew great, very scale and really stable.
I started with a 2200, the best one of the 4 I have (none of them are great anymore). Full throttle roll out, jumped into the air but torque steered to the left like crazy. She came around and only required a few clicks on the trim and she was hands off straight and level. The battery was not really up to the challenge, and after 40 seconds or so started to surge. Dropped the throttle to almost off, turned and floated on in for a landing. This was the best balanced flight I had.
Next flight was with two similar 2200's in parallel to compensate for my batteries. Nose heavy but still flew great, just a little faster. Flight was about 6-7 min, and enough to get a feel of how she performs. It flies very stable with a really scale look and feel. Snap rolls are possible but sloppy, and loops from level flight posing no problems (even with all that weight). Landed faster, but still floated in nicely.
Last flight was a bit of an afterthought. I never intended to fly more then those 2200's I had brought, but I ganged together two 1300's for a 2600 and one more flight. Flew almost as good as the first flight, but slightly tail heavy. All in all a great 4 min flight, with a unintended dead stick landing. Dead stick habits are better then I could have hoped for, but if it caught you out at the wrong time it could be a big problem.
In short I'm pleased as punch, and although it looks pretty big in my house it's a nice size at the field. Now for the details.....
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Fantastic!!
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:31 AM
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On flight number 2 I passed the sticks to my Dad, and I shot a quick vid with my I-phone. I'm the dummy talking so turn your sound off or you will have to listen to me herp-derp. Here's the youtube link.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf6PtkXkIKo
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Hey I am glad to hear it went so well!
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Hi there Pat! Thanks, it really flew great and I cant wait to get another chance to fly her. Would have liked to have had you come with me for the maiden, but you just seem to be getting busier and busier. Last time I stopped by I think you were up at ORA.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:47 PM
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I just hope the people at Powerline are okay. They are in Joplin where that huge tornado hit!
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Wow! I got to see one of these in person on Sunday. What a nice flyer.

And yesterday I get eh Sept. issue of FLY RC and there she is! Marked down to $279.00 from the $359.99, and the top of the ad says take an additional 20% off the listed price!!!

I emailed Gene to confirm the price and the how's to ordering it, as the site still shows the regular price and no way to order it......

Would love to have the Albatross in the hangar with the Camel and DR1.
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Hi, Did you get a reply from them re the final price.
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touche, nope. Emailed em a couple of times and never heard back.
I'll have to try and give em a call.
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Ok Thanks, If you have any luck I would appreciate a post on it.
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Yeah I'm interesting in learning how to purchase one also, and without paying the full price since I saw the add too. I might just hit-up my one-man LHS and asked if he can order it for me.
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