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Old 06-09-2015, 08:25 AM
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Picture series Decathlon 150 Pilot 40% : GP 176ccm engine pics

Just for the info, some pictures of the Great Power GP-176 engine.





and the Aspen 2-stroke fuel I use in all my gasoline-models

as bought from:
www.gvgoliehandel.nl/de-de/marken/aspen
www.gvgoliehandel.nl/en-us/brands/aspen
www.aspen-benelux.nl/nl-nl/gebruik/modelbouw
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:38 AM
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Picture series Decathlon 150 Pilot 40%: Trial assembly and sub-total weights

Trial assembly, just to see the real size for the first time

Fuselage -as pictured on the table- 14,68 kg
(32.3 lbs if I'm correct)

Wings are 2,66 kg (5.86 lbs) and 2,64 kg (5.81 lbs)

Items to be installed: engine cowl, three-blade carbon prop, carbon spinner, wing struts, doors. I guess empty weight will be around 23kg (50.66 lbs)

In The Netherlands we have a max take off weight (regulated by law) of 25 kg (55 lbs)
Keeping in mind the bigger engine, navigation lights, pilot, some minor construction modifications and such . . . .
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I had a intermittent problem with my engine not starting which plagued me for the entire season which was frustrating. So I ended up leaving it back at the hanger most of my trips to events. I finally figured it out when the same problem showed up on another airplane. Tracked it back to a programming issue on my transmitter So I never really flew it much till recently. Now that the issue is resolved, I've been doing some dynamic flight trimming and working out the bugs. I've included a video below.

The only real issue I have having now is the damn latches on the door and top hatch. They keep dislodging and I have to dig them out of the tail of the fuselage or replace them. I had to order a new top hatch on one flight when it departed in flight.

Other than the above, it flys great and I'm going to have a ball with it next season!!!

40% Pilot Decathlon 150" flight testing -...
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Started reading post and watching vid, wondered who posted this.....WOW, Steve did, haven't seen that name for ages.
How are you, was in Boston over Thanksgiving.
Was it 03-04 Joe Nall we hung around a little.


Sorry for this post.


Nice plane and flying Steve


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Old 01-06-2016, 04:28 PM
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The only real issue I have having now is the damn latches on the door and top hatch. They keep dislodging and I have to dig them out of the tail of the fuselage or replace them. I had to order a new top hatch on one flight when it departed in flight.

Other than the above, it flys great and I'm going to have a ball with it next season!!!
I have well over 300 flights on mine.. I've also replaced the top hatch pins many times of the years, but I haven't lost mine YET.. LOL

You're going to love it!
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Already love it Mike. Just need to fix the damn latch problems. Everything else seems solid. Watching yours fly at Westport got me motivated to drag mine out of the hangar and resolve the ignition issue to get it flying. Thanks for the motivation


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Started reading post and watching vid, wondered who posted this.....WOW, Steve did, haven't seen that name for ages....
How are you, was in Boston over Thanksgiving.
Was it 03-04 Joe Nall we hung around a little....
Good to hear from you Roger! It was 2004, same year I was there writing/photographing for Fly RC magazine if I remember correctly. Good to hear from you. Going to Joe Nall this year? Considering the trip myself. Would be good to see you there.

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