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Old 04-06-2015, 08:44 PM
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AeroWorks 60cc Freestyle Extra 260

So I finally was able to start (and almost finish) my new AW Extra 260.
I have had the airframe since December but never had time to get started. The good ole Easter holiday came around which gave me enough time to get most of the plane knocked out. I decided to build and take pictures as I go than put the pictures up during the build. Here is what I got so far.


Here are the specs!
Wing Span: 91 Inches
Wing Area: 1592 Square Inches
Fuselage Length: 78 Inches
Fuselage Length: 82.5 Inches
Cowl Width: 10 Inches
Weight: 17.5 to 18.5 Pounds
Engine: 50cc to 70cc Gas
Spinner Size: 3.5 Inches


My equipment:
DA 60
Cheap Chinese no name smoke muffler that is actually works really well
AR9110 9-Channel DSMX PowerSafe Receiver
Trusty DX-18
Savox 2270's for the control surfaces
Savox 2272 for throttle
Spot-on-rc servo arms: 1.5" Ailerons, 2.0" Elevators, 4.0" Rudder
2x 7.4v 2550 mAh Pulse RX batteries
Tech Aero Ultra IBEC blue LED
16oz Fortitude tank
3.5" Red anodized Miracle spinner
Red Miracle fuel dot
Cheap no name 24x9 falcon look alike prop
3DRC Hobbies DA 60 1.5" Aluminum engine mount
Custom 1.5" Aluminum engine mount


And I want to give Kelly Payne (vegasking1961) a big thank you for having all of what I needed in stock in one place. I seriously recommend you guys check his shop out at 3DRC Hobbies whenever you need something for a new airframe.


I was very happy with the condition the airframe arrived in and had to do only minor touch ups to the covering. Overall it looked great.


In usual fashion, the AeroWorks construction is very sturdy but also very light compared to other similar sized airframes.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:48 PM
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Hinging was easy. Glad to have ailerons that aren't warped. As you can see the wings are huge on this thing! Linking up the servo's was easy as well.
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Hinging the elevators and setting up the servos were just as simple as the ailerons. Rudder install and pull pull system was uneventful. Landing gear went together without a problem which has been an area of trouble on past airframes from other companies. Originally I was going to use the 3DRC Hobbies engine mount but due to the suspected tail heavy CG a friend made a heavier engine mount for my DA 60. It wound up working out great. Throttle Servo setup was a breeze. I decided to try out a Tech Aero Ultra IBEC for the 260 and seems to be working fine although having another battery for ignition is recommended for CG purposes. 16oz Fortituide tank mounts up easy but I'm worried about flight times being low. I may put in a 24oz tank in the near future.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:13 PM
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:15 PM
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Looks great Mitch. Can't wait to see the maiden
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Managed to cut the cowling without any issues. I may need to cut more air exit later on but I will see how this works out. My friends motor mount is awesome! Really matches the DA 60 well. And Batteries are all the way in the motor box.


All I have left is final CG, put on SFG's, and run the engine. I may or may not add the decals. I'm really liking the clean look of the model though.


I will add more pictures and hopefully some videos at a later date.
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Looks great Mitch. Can't wait to see the maiden
Thanks!
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Mitch,

Great review I am looking forward to the maiden flight. After seeing how you throw down with the 100cc Carbon Cub I canít wait to see what you can do with the Freestyle 260........

Thanks,
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Thanks for the build log! Good job. I am about to begin the assembly process of my own Freestyle 260 with a similar setup. If you don't mind, I may post up some of my progress (once I make some) here in your thread as well?

Looking forward to more pics & video!
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Mitch,

Great review I am looking forward to the maiden flight. After seeing how you throw down with the 100cc Carbon Cub I canít wait to see what you can do with the Freestyle 260........

Thanks,
Rocco
Thanks Mr. Rocco
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Thanks for the build log! Good job. I am about to begin the assembly process of my own Freestyle 260 with a similar setup. If you don't mind, I may post up some of my progress (once I make some) here in your thread as well?

Looking forward to more pics & video!
-Jeff
That's fine with me. The more info and pictures the better. These threads help lots when deciding on how to build.


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So far, I've only started some basic "pre-assembly" items like hitting all of the accessible glue joints with CA, test fitting the wings/stabs, cleaning up the hinge holes in preparation for gluing, etc. Overall, everything looks pretty good.

My wing and stab tubes were all VERY loose in the fuse. Especially the stabs. I used some clear packing tape to wrap the CF tubes in order to make up the slop (centers only...where they go in to the sleeves in the fuse). The rear stab tube took 6 wraps, the front stab tube took 2 wraps, and the wing tube took 3 wraps. Now they all fit like they should. This is a pretty easy fix that I have had to do in the past with other planes and it holds up really well as long as you get your wraps straight and judge the thickness properly...just make them snug to where you can still insert/remove the tubes without tearing or bunching up the tape.

I did have a quick question...see pic :-)
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:17 AM
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Yep, remove it from the tail if not needed.
You will need nose weight most likely unless your going with a twin.
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I did nhave a quick question...see pic :-)
Yup, I removed mine completely. And my tubes are the exact opposite, the wing tube is extremely tight and my tail tubes are perfect.
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That's what I thought. Haven't seen one of those in a while! I will pull it out for sure. It's a shame that they have an open exit hole in the bottom of the fuse for that silly thing. Oh, well. No biggie.

No twin for me. For now, I'm pulling the DLE 61 off of my 91" EF Yak. I'll be sure to plan my component layout in anticipation of a tail heavy condition. I appreciate the heads up.
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