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ST Model Blaze

ST Model Blaze

first look - 12/8/10

Allan Bowker29/08/2010 23:11:30
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I never paid a penny for learning to fly and I have never charged anybody myself.
Is there nobody in a local club that can help you into our hobby?
James M10/09/2010 21:48:18
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Hi All
Just a thought on the ESC - mine was very hot after a flight and I had a spare 30 amp ESC with Ubec from an old Helicopter (crashed and burned ) and  decided to fit it to improve cooling.
Two things of note - servos are slightly faster and the elevator certainly has more pull from a dive.  Second there seems to be a bit more oomph from the motor - same battery - but that could be me, must get out watty (the watt meter) and find out.
But has got me wondering if some ESCs will give you more power than others or is it just the fact that the ESC isn't heating up as much and can get on with the main job ??

Is that a question for Timbo ?? 
00111/09/2010 10:09:31
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Barry, if you cannot get any free help, I would suggest that you buy an Easy Glider, which is on offer at some outlets, follow the instructions, do some research, get insured and teach yourself to fly.
The main reason for saying this is that an EG will fly slowly and give you time to work out the control inputs.
Leave the Blizzard/Blaze until later. IF you are being charged £40 an hour for instruction, it could save you £100's even if you write off a couple of Easy Gliders.
Barry Blunden11/09/2010 16:55:38
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Thanks Richard

I have found someone willing to teach locally for free.

I am stuck on one last item before launch, and that is I can’t get the motor to run

I have a Futaba 6ex, all batteries fully charged, rx outlander 2200

All servos working, but when you push the throttle forward nothing happens.

Motor connected to ch 3
ken anderson.11/09/2010 17:22:11
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barry you will find that your controller will need setting for your set up...check your instructions......
Bill_B11/09/2010 20:59:02
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With Futaba, don't you have to reverse the throttle channel as well? I'm sure someone in our club had to do that once to get his ESC to work.
Barry Blunden12/09/2010 17:34:42
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Flew for the first time today, on buddy system, Cracking glider good flights, just need a few more batteries so you can have a good flying sesion. Looking forward to going solo.
Thanks everyone for your replys
David Ashby - Moderator12/10/2010 19:51:09
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Got down the patch after work and had 3 great flight with the Blaze, seems the more you fly it so the better it gets, coped well hanging off 15mph+ blow - fine aeroplane.
Bill_B03/01/2011 20:35:10
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Posted by David Ashby - RCME Administrator on 12/10/2010 19:51:09:
Got down the patch after work and had 3 great flight with the Blaze, seems the more you fly it so the better it gets, coped well hanging off 15mph+ blow - fine aeroplane.
 I totally agree David, and after suffering a catastrophic mid-air recently I've got another one on it's way as a replacement. This time I've gone for the glider only version as the original motor, prop, spinner and ESC survived OK. The thing is that even though the Blaze is neither a true Hotliner or a pure thermal soarer, it's just one of those planes I'll always have in my hangar as it's a good all rounder. I'll trim the wing and tail tips back again (as on my original) to avoid the inevitable hangar rash because IMHO  they are a bit too fragile as supplied.
Delta Whiskey24/03/2011 21:59:58
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You may have seen my other thread on th Blaze, but as this one is Blaze or Blizzard, I thought I'd share my findings today from the strip. I've just got my stock Blaze and flown it several days running using 4 packs each day and today I flew with alongside a Blizzard and although the Blizzard was faster in a dive (it weighed heavier so it would) in a straight line and hooting about suprisingly for a stock setup there was not much difference and we had great fun in following each other.
A bit early for me to say in my 4 day ownership of a Blaze but compared to the prices of each so far it wins easily ! I am liking it !
Paul Delaney03/09/2017 16:42:13
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I used to have a Blizzard ages ago to fly on the slopes. I was inexperience and kept stalling it in slow speed turns. I fly both powered and slope now. I'm thinking of getting another Blizzard. I have the tuning set motor in a box and controller in another model. I'm unsure about getting another Blizzard kit (£90) or a Blaze or the modern new Max Thrust Lightning ? The new plane would fly at the powered club and do some slope soaring as well . Any thoughts ?

YakMad04/09/2017 09:57:58
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Max Thrust Lightning gets my vote, no vices, much better then the Blizzard and there is a 4S motor available from RC Castle for it although it's fairly quick on 3S which I fly it on, had mine for over a year no issues.

Delta Whiskey04/09/2017 11:21:43
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Still got my blaze flying on a regular basis and still enjoying it as a first choice grab and go model.

My question remains as for the blizzard for a slight dive performance gain and £100 plus or more,  is it worth it over the £100 rtf blaze? Dont know much about the lightning I may have been tempted to get one as my blaze is looking a bit worn now but from a quick google, again is it worth it for an extra £50, might as well get another blaze once this one dies after 7 yrs use and abuse!

A quick calculation on my use and abuse of my Blaze, on average it's flown twice a month 3 times each session = 6 flights a month x 6.5 yrs = 468 flights give or take, some which last 30 mins if I take my chair along else it's bombing around for 10 mins!

Edited By Delta Whiskey on 04/09/2017 11:43:40

Richard Ashworth04/09/2017 12:38:39
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I got a Lightning earlier this year as a practice machine prior to moving up from Wot4 foamie level to heavier planes.

Now first plane in the car whatever the weather. Flown by a number of club mates who like standard tail over Blaze V.

2 club mates bought after flying. Fast flying aeros and soaring possible off flat field site. Minimum 15 minute flights on Overlander 3S 2200. Fits easily into fuz, just don't go for high rates on first flight unless experienced.

Not sure where you are getting prices, two of three places quickly checked Lightning £120, Blaze £115-130!

Will buy another if and when!

Delta Whiskey04/09/2017 14:30:19
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Thanks Richard, Slough Models did the Blaze for £99 if the Lightning is around £120 then I might try it!

Paul Delaney04/09/2017 19:56:13
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thanks for the input guys , I'm leaning towards the Lightning

Dave Bran04/09/2017 20:00:08
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Think that is a good call.

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