Tallahassee, Florida US
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I got a good buy on a Raptor G4 E720 electric model and decided to test it for F3C. The model is designed by Taya-san, the designer of the original Kyosho Concept 30.
When I was at the World Champs in Italy last summer, Wayne Mann was flying an E720 and was very complementary of it. On his recommendation I did make a couple of changes to the kit before I ever flew it. I ordered the softer dampers from the original Raptor 90 and a rear TR servo mount. Assembly was straightforward. I did have to create a horizontal fin as the one in the kit is definitely a 3D fin. I had a Hirobo fin that was the correct size so I mounted it. I selected the model with flybar as FBL is currently not legal in F3C but the flybar model is easily converted if that changes.
The model came with a very nice pre-painted canopy, but it was RED and at 200yds away it turned black and was really hard to see. I made two trim Monokote neon yellow flashes and put them on the black part of the canopy and that helped visibility a great deal. I since have acquired the TT yellow one and it is MUCH easier to see. Battery tray system is the best way to install batteries that I have seen,
I am using an Xera 4030 470kV motor with the stock 10.09 gear ratio and a Castle Creations 120 ICE2. There are three pinions available, 11, 12, and 13 so there are multiple ratios available. The 10.09 is VERY conservative and draws no more than 80 amps during a whole flight. I also put a ball with a 3mm stud on it in the back of the swashplate to replace the one that comes with it that has a 2mm stud. I had only about 25 flights on the model, when I took it to Tampa FL for the TCRC contest and was able to sneak out with a hard fought victory.
Gary Wright was there also and had the flybarless version of the same model and it flew amazingly well. I got a bunch of info about setting a FBL model with the CGY750 so I am looking forward to building a FBL model. Gary was 3Ding the model at 1600 rpm and it was SO quiet but still had gorilla power and did everything he asked of it, which is a lot and flies for over 10 minutes.
Summary, this is a very nice model and it can be a good 3D model or a very trimmable F3C model. If you get a chance, take a serious look at it.
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