Pilot 26% 78" Edge 540 V3 Hamilton

kwilson

Gold Member
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.
 

shoe581

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Does anybody use a Pilot gas tank? Just scrutiny is all. Looks similar to the Fiji bottle setup I had before but worried that these “factory” tanks might leak.

One change I’m making is that I’m going to use an IBEC and swapping out the 2100 mAh (can’t find another) to have a second 1450. The dual 1450’s should be enough, fingers crossed.
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.
 

Revy

K, letsgo!!
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.JPGIMG_0079.JPG

IBEC installed in behind the iggy on the same side of the fuselage.IMG_0081.JPG
 

Revy

K, letsgo!!
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
 

kwilson

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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.
 

Revy

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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.
 

kwilson

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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.
 

Revy

K, letsgo!!
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.
 

shoe581

Member
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.
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.
 

Revy

K, letsgo!!
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!
 

shoe581

Member
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.
 

Revy

K, letsgo!!
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Revy

K, letsgo!!
Now the sh*tty part. It’s for sale. Due to a work injury a couple years ago, it has proven to challenge my physical abilities. It is permanent, called inguinodynia. It is like getting kicked in the nuts everyday. Illionguinal nerve is damaged from hernia mesh repair. It simply hurts to set up yet alone pick it up and move around. I can’t imagine if it were in the air and the nerves that are buggered up fired up all pissed off, I’d double over. Safer to to let it go to a pilot who’ll enjoy it.

Now to figure out a price that’s not going to hurt too much as well.
 

kwilson

Gold Member
Sad to hear man. That turned out really nice. I am sure you will easily find a buyer, hopefully on your side of the border, eh?
 
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