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Old 07-21-2014, 06:02 PM
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Bill Hempel 25% Xtreme Decathlon

I've been out of the hobby too long and it's time to do something about it. I just threw down on the Xtreme Decathlon. I'm cheating here using Bill's stock photo, but once this baby arrives I'll catalog my building exploits here appropriately.

Waiting is the hardest part.

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Old 07-25-2014, 10:35 PM
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YEAH!

You should be the first to start a build thread!
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:22 AM
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Bill, any vids of this plane?
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:40 PM
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No videos yet.. Coming soon!
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:43 PM
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what is the width of the cowl and can we fit a twin 40 in there?
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:40 PM
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what is the width of the cowl and can we fit a twin 40 in there?
I'll measure it up for you.


Better start with some unpacking pics. The box was smaller than expected, but did a great job protecting the aircraft. It was actually a box inside a box. Everything was in plastic bags, and also wrapped in foam. I peeled that away so you don't see it in the pics. No damage I could see. This is my first giant scale plane so it made quite the impression!
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Old 07-31-2014, 05:28 AM
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I'm interested in the cowl width as well.

Thanks
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:19 PM
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Some cowl dimensions for you guys. Remember this cowl doesn't have the extra "chin" that the Super has (compare the planes in profile view to see what I mean):
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:49 PM
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Mine is in route! I'm running a DLE 55; what prop did you end up going with?

I can't decide between a Xoar 22x8 or 23x8.

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Old 07-31-2014, 01:14 PM
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Mine is in route! I'm running a DLE 55; what prop did you end up going with?

I can't decide between a Xoar 22x8 or 23x8.

Matt

Nice! I haven't even settled on servos or engine yet. Instructions for the Super say minimum 220 ounces on each surface servo. Having a hard time finding servos with that much torque that aren't slow, analog, and very Chinese. Any suggestions?


As for engine I asked Bill what he thought for a more "scale" power curve because I haven't flown in forever and I'm not doing too much 3D any time soon. He thought a good 35cc would keep the weight down. Seems like a lot of folks go with the 50-55 though. Lots and lots of 55's for sale in various classifieds, not so many 35s. I was thinking maybe a PTE 35.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:35 PM
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Tower hobbies has a great deal with their July savings campaign and it ends at 12 midnight tonight.


DLE 55 = $369 - $38 (homepage July savings) and free shipping = $331 shipped.
DLE 30 = $284 - $27 savings and free shipping = $257 shipped


Not bad at all.




For servos I went with Hitec HS-7954SH on control surfaces ($75 each).




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Thanks for the heads up. That is a nice deal. Why did you decide to go with 55cc?


[EDIT- Just picked up the 35RA using that savings coupon and the easy pay option. Thanks again!]


I don't think I can do $75 a pop servos at this time. I might do a couple like that on rudder and elevator with some high-torque ones in the cheaper range on the Ailerons, Flaps, and throttle. Eventually I would like to go Hitec or similar all the way around.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:26 PM
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take your time and save up for the better servos a plane of that size is better to use good quality equipment it will be worth it in the long run make sure to use metal gear servos with a little more torque than recommended cheap ones can strip out and if they are stronger than you need they don't have to work as hard and last longer the grizzz
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:22 PM
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I will take that into consideration.


Time for some more pics. I found the covering job to be at least as good as I could do myself which is as much as I could ask for. The fuse was lighter than I expected.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:31 PM
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More fuselage pictures.
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