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This is the much travelled Extreme. Originally owned by Mark Abbot then variously by pretty much everybody who is anybody in F3f north of the wall, it came to me via Pete B a few years ago. The current situation has afforded time to work on it encouraged by finding the wing joiner that went missing during the house move almost 3 years ago. The model has done a fair bit of racing and looked well used with evidence of repairs to the wing. Having brought her home I later discovered that at one point in life she had a three piece wing setup! Lots of detailing work required. Nothing structural. 

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The Extreme has now returned to the environment it was assigned for. The English Open at Whitesheet provided the crossed and challenging conditions. Pictured here with a later RTG offering. 

The Extreme is now test flown and is good. Cg  a little forward but not to far out. Set up seemed good. Aileron differential is good. Front loaded snap flap has it turning nicely. Flew straight as a d

The Extreme is now ready to go. I managed to shoehorn the mag switch in, just. A bit of programming and set all the throws and we are good to go. So the question is, will I get a chance to fly it befo

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Impressively repaired!

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Hi wookman

Great to see the old girl again, the love of my life for quite a while(!) :thumbsup:

Never raced or rallied (by me) but used as often as I could, usually dependant on the weather

IMHO the Extreme is THE all-rounder sport(s) flyer, never disappointed me......unfortunately, at the time I sold her, I rationalised that I had too many  high-value moulded "high-end" sports 'planes that, basically, had similar performance and, as a consequence,  I under-used. If you remember, the  models I sold that year were vying for my flying of them, but causing conflict when I picked one in preference to another

Luckily I am now concentrating on nostalgic (to me) models with good performance, but lower individual prices - and that's working well. I may be having another "slim-down" of model numbers later this year  though, because one of the "must do when I get time" jobs I did during this lockdown was to make a comprehensive list of all the "duplicates" and projects on the job list, which had a side-effect of showing me that I now have 53 models, most in RTF condition, all the receivers and servos fitted, and that's TOO MANY.

So, hence the impending mega-sale! Just thought I'd warn you all:)

Regards

Pete

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That’s a lot of servos Pete!

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Starting at the back, I have araldited all the tail incidence pegs back in and smallened (if that’s not a word it should be) the tail joiner holes with superglue to tighten up the mountings. Being careful to allow the superglue to go off properly before trying the fit!

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That’s another one you’ll enjoy. I haven’t been able to fly my Extreme much since I finished repairing and repainting it just before the lockdown, but the two sessions I’ve had with it (Whitesheet and Musbury) were very rewarding. I agree with Pete: it probably isn’t able to compete with Pitbulls and Freestylers, but it’s a joy to fly.

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Looks like she's had more crashes than a zx spektrum but if it flies straight they are as sweet a flying model as you could hope for.

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She has completed several seasons of F3f north of the wall including some “oh dear I can’t get enough ballast in” conditions, so I have every confidence in the major wing repair. 

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5 hours ago, pete beadle said:

Hi wookman

Great to see the old girl again, the love of my life for quite a while(!) :thumbsup:

Never raced or rallied (by me) but used as often as I could, usually dependant on the weather

IMHO the Extreme is THE all-rounder sport(s) flyer, never disappointed me......unfortunately, at the time I sold her, I rationalised that I had too many  high-value moulded "high-end" sports 'planes that, basically, had similar performance and, as a consequence,  I under-used. If you remember, the  models I sold that year were vying for my flying of them, but causing conflict when I picked one in preference to another

Luckily I am now concentrating on nostalgic (to me) models with good performance, but lower individual prices - and that's working well. I may be having another "slim-down" of model numbers later this year  though, because one of the "must do when I get time" jobs I did during this lockdown was to make a comprehensive list of all the "duplicates" and projects on the job list, which had a side-effect of showing me that I now have 53 models, most in RTF condition, all the receivers and servos fitted, and that's TOO MANY.

So, hence the impending mega-sale! Just thought I'd warn you all:)

Regards

Pete

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Interested in what goodies might be put in your mega sale...watching...waiting 🙂

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That’s brilliant, George!

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pete beadle

Hi wookman and OPF

Just to keep the record straight, I bought the Extreme soon(ish) after George's ministrations, as above, and can vouch for George's skill, evidenced in the repair, that allowed me to find out what the words "honing about" really mean when you get hold of a really good Extreme!

I hope wookman enjoys it every bit as much as I did:thumbsup::)

Regards

Pete

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PS - Hi Feefo,  All things being equal, the Megasale will probably be in August-September and will feature A LOT of very reasonably priced 'planes.....I haven't decided which ones are definitely going to feature, as there are SO MANY to choose from:) 

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19 minutes ago, pete beadle said:

I hope wookman enjoys it every bit as much as I did:thumbsup::)

Be in no doubt that I will Pete! There is a fair old chunk of jobs I need/want to do so it will not be ready any time soon. A lot of it is detailing work but I just like to have things spot on. It installs confidence and I have found creates a very reliable aeroplane. I like that. More major work includes a set of KSTs in the wing to replace the HS85s and 3150s. Nothing wrong with them but a couple of the frames safe coming adrift from the skins and some of of the push rods don't look very nice to me. I am a fussy git, but unless it's right then it's wrong and by definition no good. If you work out the genetic energy stored in a 4 kg glider doing 100 knots it is scary. The old servos will get recycled in something and I want to run it on 6 volts. 

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Hi wookman

I know just what you mean! I just HAVE to have all my servos mechanically centred, and everything checked and re-checked if ANYTHING looks loose or not right, no launch! .... 

The real reason I have so many 'planes is, I know EXACTLY why I bought every one, but just don't like to throw away all the memories that came with them by selling them. Every one of them has at least one fault but, usually, I can remember one comp or one day on the hill where each of them proved its worth and that is priceless!

One quick story.... I well remember taking my dear old Hi-Phase to a comp in Essex in conditions that were perfect for it - just in case.  In slot one  I was SO confident that the Hi-Phase was THE model for the day, that I hooked it on, asked my tower to try to pull the wings off on launch, and flew it out of it's skin to a slot win....1000 on the board!!! I'll draw a veil over all the other slots because they were all a disappointment compared to slot one, but the memory of that first, perfect slot is still with me and I'm still boring people today by telling people just how good a well-trimmed Hi-Phase can make you look:)

Hey ho....what price fond memories?

Regards

Pete

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Next job is a bit of pushroddery (and if that isn’t a word it definitely should be). There is about 4” of unsupported snake inner at the tail where the outers stop forward of the tail leading edge. Thinking of  reterminating them with short metal rods rather than clevis adaptors. The other issue is that a hole has been drilled in the fuselage for an aerial, I’m guessing. Problem is it has nicked the snake both outer and inner.  Now I have some carbon tows somewhere but I can’t find them at the moment. Hi 

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Here is what I am thinking of for the rear end of the fuselage pushrods, compared to the current set up. 

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Push rod soldering. I used a set of croc clip “hands” for t first time. Don’t know how I ever managed with out them. Inclined the job sightly to help the solder flow into the brass tube. Drilled out the excess solder  in the tube giving 10mm overlap for the soldered steel rod and leaving 15mm to araldite the carbon push into. 

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Done a bit of measuring and it looks like I have just enough pushrod work that my steel extensions at the rear to determinate the front end and so loose the nick in the rod. It does involve preserving as much length as possible so the old adaptor has not been cut off but the body of it filed away back to the rod. That 10mm is going to make a difference. 

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