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Old 11-22-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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I flew my new Park Zone "Vapor" last evening at a local school gym with a bunch of the boys. Following about my third flight, I retrieved the plane from the gym floor and when I began to remove the battery noticed smoke coming from the servo area. I quickly removed the battery. In due course the smoke disappeared but you could smell that something had been very hot. Upon visual inspection everthing looked fine and after a while, I hooked up a freshly charged battery and flew it again without a problem. In fact, I had probably 3 more flights without a problem using both of my batteries. However, I did notice that after one relatively hard landing, my elevator was stuck in the up position. I moved the stick a couple times and it unstuck itself - no damage. This lead me to thinking that perhaps this happened before and I did not notice it and hence the smoke. Does anyone out there know of what I speak and perhaps have had a similar problem? I have almost ruled out something shorting in the electrical area. By the way, the Vapor flys great and we had a ball. . . Cheers
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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Re: My Vapor was Smoke'n - literally

i would check your servo travel adjustment.maybe your servo travel adjustments is set to high and it,s causing your servos to bind which can overload the servo.this can lead to an overload on the servo causing it to get hot.i seen this on other aircraft causing servo failure and aircraft piling into the ground.just my two cents.

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:57 PM   #3
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Re: My Vapor was Smoke'n - literally

Ya, well, a Vapor is ultimately going to get "vapour-ized" anyway, isn't it?

Here I thought it was like smoke while flying, as with an aerobatic glow or gas plane. That would be cool.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:42 PM   #4
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Our indoor club uses these for our pylon racing. We're having a hoot though tomorrow will be a grudge match between 2 of us since the "collision" last week.

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Old 11-23-2008, 01:13 AM   #5
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Re: My Vapor was Smoke'n - literally

The instructions state that all travel adjustments be no more than 100% so I set them there prior to flight.

On the first test flight I did a loop and the elevator stuck in full up !

I then landed and had to lower the travel adjustment on the elevator and manually lower the elevator servo.

Once I did this no further problems.

BTW my radio is an JR9303 with 2.4 conversion.
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