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Old 02-02-2019, 06:11 PM   #1
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Welcome to my documentary on refreshing my Carden PRO Special...Special because itís the shortened canopy version. I originally built this in 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed the whole five months it took and fully documented it in Flying Giants under ďCarden Pro built by LeeĒ.
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Going for new colors Lee?
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Going for new colors Lee?
Yep, going for a more modern look. The bottom will remain the same with the blue and white checker pattern which shows up miles away. Got this scheme from a German team at the Worlds.
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So after seven years, this plane has gone from a DA150 on MTW 110s to a DA 170 on RE3s finally to my beloved DA200 on KS1090s which is a marriage made in heaven
Itís had the gear pulled out three times but other than that, itís been a dream to fly from Intermediate up to Unlimited class.
After all the engine swaps, the canister mounts are shot and will be redone and the ailerons lengthened for more snap authority. I originally went to shorty ailerons which seemed like a good idea thinking of less turbulence over the tail for smoother rollers and precision point rolls. However snaps are slower than what others are doing as is stopping sharply on points.
So the ailerons will be lengthened inboard which will require a little surgery.
Iím also replacing the gear sets of my wing's Savox 2270 brushless servos as theyíve developed a little slop after a few thousand flights!
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Old 02-02-2019, 07:28 PM   #6
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The hardest part of recovering a plane is making that first cut...after that it becomes fun!
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Ok this may be a dumb question but I have to ask. What are the pair of box's in the lower half of the rudder post hinge line. Is it some type of direct drive rudder system?
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Ok this may be a dumb question but I have to ask. What are the pair of box's in the lower half of the rudder post hinge line. Is it some type of direct drive rudder system?
Oh good eye! This is a Durant direct drive system for the rudder. I have two Hitec 7955s that are coupled to the rudder via some ply tongues and the servos themselves slide into the boxes. Zero play and invisible when the rudder is on. Works great for this application.
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After removal no the covering I noticed a little hangar rash. A cross piece that was added for the large tunnel I made for the RE3s was broken loose and pushed in and there are a few sheeted areas that are dented in. Probably occurred from the gear rolling under when it was snapped off a few times. A little hysol and sanding will fix it.
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One of the best design features of these Cardens is the gear mount which consists of two rock hard maple mounts integrated into the motor box. Originally it called for four bolts that were simply inserted into the tapped hardwood. If you have a really hard landing the bolts shear off or pull out of the threads and the gear flips under and away with ( At leads in my case) minimal damage. Usually the wheelpants will dent the wing and Iíve had a secondary dent to the rear of the fuse. The second time it happened the bolt holes became too big fort regular taps so I used inserts.
The last time I went to furniture bolts that are screw threaded on one side and bolt threaded on the other so now I have studs sticking out. Hopefully Iíll stop making the occasional hard landing. One things for sure, these planes if properly built, are tough as nails
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