Pilot 26% 78" Edge 540 V3 Hamilton

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  1. Jul 3, 2019 #21

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    Not sure on the Pilot tank, but I switched last year to the B&B tanks and love them. Probably a little heavy, but super easy to work on and mount.
     
  2. Jul 3, 2019 #22

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    I use them all the time. No leaks. I use tech aero ibec with 2550 Lopo and get 6-8 flight with still plenty left.
     
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    Lipo battery
     
  4. Jul 4, 2019 #24

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    So it’s a keeper. I replumbed the fuel tank vent line and got rid of the dollar store quality Velcro that came with it. The new Velcro will also allow me to wrap some flight batteries if I need to CG wise. There is very little room for two batteries.
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    The kit came with a really nice fuel dot and a funky vent dot. IMG_0080.JPG IMG_0079.JPG

    IBEC installed in behind the iggy on the same side of the fuselage. IMG_0081.JPG
     
  5. Jul 9, 2019 #25

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    CG has been tough to get on this. Like it was designed with a canister in mind. Batteries are tucked into the motor box and still had to add 2.5 oz lead weight to get within 3/8” tail heavy. There was already an issue with the early production CG location. I’ve got a correctly marked model. 58433599590__6AD5CA60-8ABD-46B9-B430-F1B07454E17F.JPG

    Opened up 6 of 8 fuse vents as I really don’t want to hack up the cowl. IMG_0084.JPG
     
  6. Jul 10, 2019 #26

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    Looks great. I love the funky vent dot. How does it work? Some sort of one way valve? Also, the Pilot kits I have experience with, you just use the CG as a starting point and adjust as needed so it flies right. The plans are rarely correct.
     
  7. Jul 10, 2019 #27

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    Thanks k-w. The vent is just a o-ringed pressure fit plug in a flange mount sleeve.

    I’ve liked my other Pilot planes a bit tail heavy, just not too impressed I had to add dead weight to get it to somewhat balance.
     
  8. Jul 10, 2019 #28

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    I hear ya. I hate adding weight, especially nose weight. Curious that that is just a flange, better than just a length of fuel tube I suppose.
     
  9. Jul 20, 2019 at 7:45 PM #29

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    Affectionately now known as the Lead Sled. 9.5 oz of lead in the nose makes it balance! Maybe a canister would have been the better choice.

    Oh well, with a stretch of good weather coming, I can fire it up finally.
     
  10. Jul 21, 2019 at 12:22 AM #30

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    Doesn’t make sense. I’ve built 3 of these and haven’t had to add any weight. Mounted battery and electronics behind wing tube and they balanced perfectly.
     
  11. Jul 21, 2019 at 2:57 AM #31

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    Well, it’s what I had to do to get it to the 108mm from LE mark or 1.1” from in front of the wing tube. Post some pics of yours please!
     
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    Sorry that I don’t have any pictures. I destroyed my last plane a few weeks back. I balanced mine right at the front of the wing tube.
     
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