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Posted by deckert | Mar 12, 2008 @ 03:35 AM | 3,960 Views
Wow! If you EVER thought you've seen some 3D, you should have have seen this show. I would have been rated next to God or been declared an utter idiot. Ten or 15 seconds of holy 'clean my pants out flight.' I guarantee no 3d flyer could have put on a show like this. I thought about having the wife down to log this maiden but why risk injuring the chief cook/dishwasher in case anything went wrong were my thoughts.
10' out & airborn. Yea!
Unfortunately, it was holy terror and suck the leather off the seats with your behind after that. Stupidity & fear were now in control. Unwittingly & unwillingly, I had ventured into 3d flight. I can only relate this to turning the steering wheel left & I was looking @ my own rear end in point 1 seconds. Power up & the stinker was going for the sky, (I'm blaming Motrolfly for the power) power down and a rock was going down. Lord help me when I applied elevator in a vain attempt for level flight much less any aileron. My own pre-flight mindset was some level flight & trim & then worry about any tricks, (way later) as it were. To little to late, & this was not to be! Aside from the holy terror of 10~15 seconds of flight, and discounting the 100~150 feet of flight, it was a truly horrendous event that was indeed well worth logging for preservation. But nooooo! I had no one to log this fantastic, horrific and mind boggling event.

To make a long story short, I "managed" to (liar-liar pants on...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Mar 06, 2008 @ 04:23 PM | 3,426 Views
Beautiful Day out. 60 degrees & a slight breeze right down the runway (street in this case). Trimmed the TC out finally. Flys scale like a, well, I don't know what but it handles aileron rolls, stalls, hammerheads, split S & large loops with grace with a little speed. However, I'm apparently lacking some depth perception. The pictures tell the rest of the story... WAHHHHHHH!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Mar 05, 2008 @ 05:12 PM | 5,417 Views
Battery is full charge EVO 2170mAh 3s /11.1v & I changed batteries once to get/keep some balance to the test. Loads were viewed from a WattMeter. The calculated loads are different then those read from the meter due to voltage drops when loading the battery. Of course this test is hardly scientific but I'd have thought it would have been closer then the readout. Looks like I need to order up the bigger batteries.

Amps -- Watts -- P=I*E (calculated watts)

12x6e
WOT ------- 34 --- 333 -- 377
1/2throttle - 11.1 -- 133

12x6 Wood--Battery got warm pretty quick
WOT ------- 40 --- 400 -- 444
1/2throttle - 10.7 -- 121

11x7e
WOT ------- 32 -- 320 -- 355
1/2throttle - 10.5 -- 118

11x7 Wood
WOT ------- 31 -- 318 -- 344
1/2throttle - 11 -- 118

10x6 Wood--Not very workable
WOT ------- 24 -- 260 -- 266
1/2throttle - 9 -- 103
Posted by deckert | Mar 04, 2008 @ 01:13 AM | 3,683 Views
Well the Cap232 is together, my what a beauty. IMHO! Didn't install a bec but do have a couple of Spektrum rcvr. batteries for it. Which might be for the better anyway. Setting the rcvr. battery just behind the battery tray and velcroed to the wing, I hit CG dead on. I stuck a 10x5e on it, it was all I had here @ the house, & run it up. Pulled 23A/250w WOT. Pulled 9.5A/108w @ 1/2 throttle. Had to turn the Rudder down to 90% & the elevators down-throw to 55% because they were contacting each other. I tried to lock them together & managed to do so @ the rudder horn. Didn't seem like a good idea. Unk if this changed in the 2008 model. Funny thing is I never read about this anyplace. Rudder horn is located per mfg cutouts. Still have to install the cf tail feather rods.

Motrolfly reccomends going to a 13x8 so I guess I'll head to the LHS tommorrow. I'll probably wind up stuffing their bec into it just to eliminate the weight but I figure I'll 'test drive' her first. Course I still need to get some bigger batteries so it looks as though Maxamps will be getting a call in the upcoming week.

I trayed the cockpit & put the AR7000 inside. Run up testing and the motor is still attached. so maybe my fab/mod motor mount will hold up. Course maybe the 13x8 will take it off, ugh! At any rate, I'm going to find out!

Now if we can just get a break from the wind. Doin 25mph plus all day. I still have 2 birds to maiden, the 232 & my beloved 25 Cub from E-...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Mar 01, 2008 @ 01:57 AM | 4,563 Views
Before I delve into the Cap, a little side note on my TaylorCraft 450. Lost the HS-55 rudder servo on the landing. Stripped gears. No binding, no crash, just stripped out. Crashed into my own truck on the back right tire but was on the ground. Bent the living out of the LG & broke the motor mount loose. Lordy lordy. Repairs are done but the blankety blank blank winds are up again.

Onto the Cap. Mounting the new Motrolfly http://www.motrolflyusa.com/ motor to the firewall. The motor came with the shaft extending on the wrong end. NP! Just pushed it thru to the other side, sorta. The shaft fit is very tight due to some ridgid mfg. specs & you will need a vice of sorts to press it thru. Way tighter then my E-Flite 450 shaft. Unfortunately the lock collar was missing. Quick call To Motrolfly & a new one is on the way, they need an 800 number. Any way the package gets here in about 7 days via 1st class USPS, unfortunately, the 1st 3 days must of been via Pony Express. The delay wasn't Motrolfly as they shipped the same day I called. Maybe the USPS horse had gout, hell I don't know!

Lock collar install went south. All material was there but one of the set screws was to long, as in twice as long as it should have been. I set it in to 'see' if it would clear but alas, no go. One set screw was rubbing on the motor mount and locked up the motor from rotating. (freehand test/no power) Luck is, I stole a set screw from my heli and a perfect fit. I sent the pics to...Continue Reading