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Posted by Condor84 | Dec 01, 2014 @ 02:04 AM | 1,491 Views
Well, today I finally got out to the fiel, and although the winds were a little gusty, I gave the little Extra a go. I mainly fly scale/sport airplanes (though sometimes not fly them so scale) and come to think of it, have never owned a dedicated scale aerobatic aircraft in the last 20 years, so it was a real change of place.

The takeoff roll was fine, and once airborne required only a few clicks of right aileron and a few of up elevator. It's a pretty twitchy rather short coupled airplane (which isn't this kind of the point for an aerobatic machine?) which makes it quite a different challenge from my usual, but will smooth out if treated like a lady. I like it!
The only adverse flying quality I noticed was that a high speed stall is induced when too much stick is pulled back and it therefore drops a left wing. So, either my CG needs to be moved forward some, or the throws on my elevator toned down a bit, or both. Alternatively, I may need to tweak the elevator a little, as there was initially a very slight twist in it. So, that may need to be further adjusted.

It doesn't have the fastest roll rate, but is still quite lively. The rudder seems to have enough authority that I may just be able to coax a knife edge loop from it, although I haven't tried yet.

Furthermore, when a stall is induced, it doesn't break too cleanly and tends to drop a wing. It may require some more lateral balancing, or perhaps it's just symptomatic of the design, but I...Continue Reading
Posted by Condor84 | Nov 29, 2014 @ 05:37 AM | 1,223 Views
Well, about a month ago, I crashed my Tower Hobbies P-51 while practicing flat spins. It ended up in a nearly 45 foot tall tree, so I taped together several bamboo poles, and got a ladder. I actually enlisted the help of my mom to help me retrieve it since neither my wife, nor father were around and I desperately needed someone to spot me as I tried fishing it out. Thanks mom! Well, as anyone who lives in Florida can attest to, trees aren't merely trees, but really just vessel on which to hold vines. Now, imagine when a plane gets caught up in this vine-y, tree-ee mess. After about an hour, and with my mom's help, we actually got it out, but it was pretty messed up. That'll teach me to practice flat spins over a wooded area.

Anyhow, I sent in some pictures to Hobby King's Crash Cash contest, and actually won! Well, I've never ordered anything except batteries from HK before, so I figured I'd give it a go, and order a plane. I settled on their balsa 944mm Extra 300L ARF. They assemble the full scale ones literally down the highway from where I live as they come off the boat from Germany, so I figured that I should have a miniature of my own. Also ordered a Turnigy Aerodrive 28/30 1000kv motor, two Turnigy micro metal gear servos, two 5 gram micro servos (for another project), 30cm servo extensions, a 3s1000mah Zippy Compact, a 4 pack of 10X4.5 props and a 30 amp blue HK speed control; all for a little over a $100 not including shipping. And since the contest awarded me $100,...Continue Reading
Posted by Condor84 | Sep 30, 2014 @ 06:18 PM | 1,974 Views
Well, I got the sailplane bug after not having flown an R/C or even full scale one for nearly 10 years. Well, I really didn't have the time to build from a kit or scratch, so I put together an Advantage Hobby Mini Sailmaster, which is really just a Guppy sailplane copy (rip-off) with a fiberglass fuse. It was on sale, so I figured, what the hell. It went together alright, and so for my first test flight, I brought it down to St. Augustine Beach because they have some good dunes there, and the condos on the beach front help add to the lift. I parked right on the beach, and gave it a go. Well, compared to the Sophisticated Lady I flew as my first sailplane (and second RC plane), it was a rocket ship. The lift on the beach was good, with 25 knot winds blowing in from the sea. Well, after trimming, it actually flew pretty alright for a 61inch ship. It did, require however, lots of aileron differential, and of course lots of rudder in the turns (the first thing you learn flying full scale ships). After three flights that day, I was happy. Even brought it to the local park and thermaled it a few times, which was nice, but I just wish it's glide ratio was a tad better. It's not bad, just not spectacular. I then brought it to the beach again, and on the second flight, had some motor pulsating problems right after launch, and at 100 feet, it tip stalled and went nose in right into the beach and surf. NO time to recover from that one. My wife was nice enough to retrieve it immediately....Continue Reading