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andrewdorset

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andrewdorset

Does anyone know who manufactured the Acacia range of models. Just picked up the Acacia 3 and cant find much on the web about it. I found Ian Masons review and Knewts, but nothing else. Anyone had  one , or give some advice. Will be used for sport flying only. Cheers.

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pete beadle

Hi andrewdorset

It's probably the case that the reason you can't find much info on the Acacia 3 today is because it is now a relatively old design

There should be a lot of posts on the Acacia 2, which, I believe sold in greater numbers, but that appears to be similar in the lack of info available

I have owned one Acacia 2 and two Acacia 3's, (not at the same time though):) and all three were used for sport flying only

IMO the Acacia 2 would have been a better bet when used as a high-end sports 'plane, because it had a more solid (heavier) feel and generally took the rough-and-tumble of sports flying in its stride.....also, as I remember, it had a removable nosecone, which was generally preferred by "beginners in plastic" as I was, at the time

I also remember there were quite a few posts on other forums relating to poor moulding, specifically the wing moulds, and both my Acacia 3's had to have the leading edges of the wings beefed-up because of gaps in the join between the upper and lower leading edges on their wings

I found the Acacia 3 easy to fly, smooth and forgiving, but just not quick, that is to say, ideal for a sport flyer:yes:

I hope you'll enjoy your Acacia 3, I certainly liked the flying qualities of both of mine, good luck with it

(BTW If you search under Acacia 2 you'll see "Slope Junkies" review which which is very informative re the early days of the Acacias)

Regards

Pete

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Maria Freeman

I flew F3F with an Acacia3 for a while.

i really liked it. Flew well in light air. 

 

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andrewdorset

Thanks for the responses . I have just managed a test flight on my local slope , between showers !!, in a strong and gusty wind. Flew ok, wasn,t ballasted so a bit lively but was quick enough and responsive. Needs more setting up in better conditions but all in all not bad. Not as locked in as my Ellipse 2 , but probably due to the heavy gusts  pushing it about  Checked the wing leading edges on reading your post Pete, but all good , no gaps or missing material, sound. Nice model for an older design, 

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satinet

As I recall they were made by a chap called Marian Maslo in the Czech Republic or Slovakia.   I don't know if he is still going or has a web site etc. Don't think so.

The A3 did fly well. Quality could be really bad to be honest. On the A3 the fuselage has a tendency to split at the vtail mounts due to the leverage the tail rods put on it (the rods don't go though to the other side of the fuse).

Think the cg was about 105mm

 

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andrewdorset

Thanks Mark, hadn,t found that post. Interesting stuff seems everyone prefered the Acacia 2. Regarding the fuse , on mine the tail looks like it has been repaired at the tail/fuse junction. Repaired well with carbon and feels really strong, i won,t be worrying about that, but Satinet what do you mean about the rods not going through to the other side of the fuse ?

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satinet

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This is what it should or could be like. Although most models have V shaped joiner glued in to the rear of the fuselage which I think is better.

As I recall the acacia 3 tail joiners just go in to holes in the fuselage and aren't fixed in any proper way. So bending forces on the tail (e.g high speed turn) split the fuselage. It's pretty rubbish tbh. 

If it were me I would tempted to drill the holes right through like the above and put in some longer rods which I would glue in. Acacias are a bit like a box of chocolates.

 

 

 

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andrewdorset

Right,got it. Thats a good idea i,l see if ican adopt that .Its tight in the back end though, don,t know if i can wiggle past the elevator connections. will give it a go. Rest of the model seems good to me, wings especially.

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satinet
1 minute ago, andrewdorset said:

Right,got it. Thats a good idea i,l see if ican adopt that .Its tight in the back end though, don,t know if i can wiggle past the elevator connections. will give it a go. Rest of the model seems good to me, wings especially.

Well I didn't see that you said it had already been reinforced so you might as well see how you go. At least you are aware of it. 

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andrewdorset

The repair is mostly on the bottom of the fuse just in front of the tailplane so i reckon its been off at some point, doesn,t seem to be any more cloth on the top side. Thinking about it a hard positive g turn would put more stress on the top of the tailplane or the bottom ?

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I would love another Acacia 2.. mine was a dog as per slopejunkies, Martins A1 was a work of art in comparison.  Mine was deffo a 'morning after the night' before job!

So any A2's kicking about in the loft?

Rob

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