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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mike57, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. Mike57

    Mike57 New to GSN!

    Hi fellow builders and fliers.
    I just purchased a Wendel Hostetler plan to build a Howard DGA-6 "Mr. Mulligan". Any feedback to help would be much appreciated. Best hobby shops for parts and accessories? Electronics, anyone have experience with FR Sky radios and receivers? How about smart-fly? It looks like cool stuff, is it necessary? I have a ton of questions. Anyone that I can communicate with particularly in regards to the WH plan and building experience, I would be appreciative. Thanks.
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  2. dhal22

    dhal22 GSN Sponsor Tier 1

    Start a build thread and lets get this figured out.

    FR Sky radios, Smart Fly are both well regarded names but I would estimate you are least 5-6 days away from your maiden so plenty of time to chose a radio.

    Fiberglass parts from Fibertech...........

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  3. dhal22

    dhal22 GSN Sponsor Tier 1

    5-6 days away from your maiden

  4. Welcome to GSN. :welcome:
  5. Mike57

    Mike57 New to GSN!

    5-6 Months maybe..This is a monster build job. Short on some details.
  6. I fly a Futaba transmitter and use FrSky receivers. I'm satisfied.

    With respect to servos, while my $40 DS180DLHV is enough servo, if it were me I'd probably use the $50 DS360DLHV on all flight controls. https://www.promodeler.com/D360DLHV and don't forget this stuff;

    Battery - http://www.promodeler.com/LiFePO4-2S2500-20C
    Switch - http://www.promodeler.com/DSSW20A (you want two)
    Extensions - http://www.promodeler.com/servo-extension.aspx
    Servo arms - http://www.promodeler.com/arms.aspx (I recommend PDRS101 and 102)
  7. Mike57

    Mike57 New to GSN!

    Thanks jbeech. I appreciate the info and recommendations!
  8. I have been using a Frsky x10S for the past 2 seasons and I am very happy with it. I am using the RX8R Pro receivers in all of my planes including a 35% Hostetler RV-4. Takes a little getting used to in terms of programming and I have only scratched the surface of it's capabilities. I have also built a 35% Hostetler Pitts S-1-11B.
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  9. Mike57

    Mike57 New to GSN!

    Thanks for the reply. Wondering how the WH plan went together for you? I am waiting for National Balsa to send the wood. Seems a little short on details. I like the FRSky Price for what seems to be great transmitter. What battery voltage are you using for the 35% Pitts? Is one better than the other for large scale? Are you using ProModeler servos also. Any help is appreciated.
  10. Both Hostetler projects went together fine but they are certainly not for a new or novice builder. One of the most challenging aspects of building from plans with little or no instructions is the building sequence. I can tell you that several times during the course of both builds I had to "undo" something due to this issue.

    I am using 2-25000 mAh Life batteries, a Smart Fly power expander and Hitec 7955 servos all around. The RV-4 has a DLE 60 Twin and the Pitts has a DLE 111.
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