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09-10-2006 04:05 PM  14 years ago
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bobbyhill4x4

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Staysee Fuselage?
I'm looking at installing my EX/WC in a Staysee Fuselage is there any lessons learned that anyone could provide. Also should I have the fuse clear coated before installing.

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Robert
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09-11-2006 01:37 PM  14 years ago
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Robert, Yes there is much to learn about them. Wayne Mann is the expert, and if he chimes in listen to his every word very carefully. First drill your mounting holes extremely carefully. Check, double check,recheck, and check again. They are very important. Second, for the 12 small connecting screws - make sure the nuts are extremely secure and never force one of these screws. If a nut breaks loose from its glued position on disassembly, its spinning w / the screw and theres no way to hold it or get at it! Third, much much more airflow through there is required than stock airholes provide. You have to get the heat off the muffler and vented overboard. You may need to wrap the muffler in header wrap like asbestos to help heat. The eng and avionics don't like too much heat. But be aware, the wrap may melt all silicon seals. Funtech mufflers are designed to fit underneath fuse. I'm currently using a SB-16 FH in the Staysee II. The first Staysee has less muffler room. Wayne strongly suggested to me and I have since learned - a mixture servo is necessary. I put it on high speed needle and control it from a Tx slider on the side. F3C maneuvers, OMI big bore C Spec w / Viper head. First 2 maneuvers too rich, 1 just right, last too lean. Now I go upstairs full lean control, and richen as I go - if necessary. I also have alot of swiss cheese airholes that helps. It's very important to get this right from the beginning. I've split my fuse maybe 30 times and its a big job. You don't want to set the helo down on the table w / the front half off. The aft lower fuse cannot support the weight and will bend and crack. Try bubble wrap or suspending the model while you work. Or put the landing gear immediately back on. Oh, by the way, you can hardly use the stock gear. I don't. I also had the aft aluminum gear brace welded and strengthened. Stock will bend and settle tail into ground. Overall, a fuse is considered about a 50/50 compromise. It makes it difficult to hover piroettes w / wind bec. broadside is a bigger correction than straight on. Upstairs, of course its faster, but most importantly it ACCELERATES faster. So going into the second half of a maneuver you can get your speed back faster, - an I usually need that after being rough w / first half! Lastly, don't forget stiffer dampers. You don't want a boomstrike auto your new baby. Good luck. Doug Trent
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09-12-2006 02:19 AM  14 years ago
bobbyhill4x4

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Thanks Doug, I have learned alot
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