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What ? no posts? OK Escapade ARF

Postby jeffie8696 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:44 pm

I am not much of a builder, too new to this stuff. So recently I purchased a Great Planes Escapade ARF.
It was so simple and easy to assemble I was amazed! The quality is good the manual is easy to read , not perfect but very good and it flies really well.
Couple of points about the plane.
It is light so it doesnt need a huge engine although it will take one and go really fast if you want to. In fact there are people flying this plane on a strong .25, I used a Thunder Tiger GP42 and it was an excellent match next time I will use an Irvine 36.
Glueing the wing halves together and the tail feathers on is a good idea especially if going with a larger than .40 size engine.
With a light engine I moved the receiver battery to a small tray under the engine ,that I made, in order to balance, Escapades are famous for being tail heavy and I did not want to add weight and increase wing loading.
I used a much smaller servo on the throttle, a GWS Naro Max and it saved a lot of weight and worked great, really how much servo do you need to move a throttle? I am surprised this is not more common.
This plane is made to be the next step up from your basic trainer and I found it to be a as easy to fly as my PT-40 just a little faster. It is not designed to be a 3D plane, it is a casual sport plane so dont expect the same flying performance as a Sukhoi.
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Re: What ? no posts? OK Escapade ARF

Postby jeffie8696 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:39 am

Update.
I have found the Escapade has an Achilies heel. It suffers from flutter at high speed possibly related to the elevator joiner being somewhat weak. My first Epade took a dirtnap on an unrelated issue but flew really well on the Thunder Tiger GP42. My new one is powered by an fine Irvine 36 and it is plenty . Great Planes recommends the OS55AX and I think you could get in trouble very quickly.
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Re: What ? no posts? OK Escapade ARF

Postby RCModelReviews » Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:45 am

Yeah, a lot of ARFs are built pretty light these days and many use laser-cut ply rather than a decent thickness of good old balsa -- the result can be reduced stiffness and a tendency to flutter.

You seem to have found that out for yourself though :-)
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Re: What ? no posts? OK Escapade ARF

Postby jeffie8696 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:59 pm

I found out the problem through a build thread on that other huge online forum. A friend of mine has first hand knowledge of it also.
I understand the problem stems from a weak elevator joiner . There have been some fixes suggested such as adding some thin strips of balsa to the area of the elevator the joiner fits through . I may try that .
Other than that it is a very inexpensive great flying easy building ARF.
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Re: What ? no posts? OK Escapade ARF

Postby jeffie8696 » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:53 am

I now have several hours of flying on the Epade and it is still kickin. I am resisting the urge to swap out the engine for something with more power, it really doesnt need it. That Irvine with a 10X4 Zinger prop winds up quick and is plenty fast.
Tried a lot of different props on it and the Zinger flew the best for my style of flying(nothing fancy just the basics). 8-)
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