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Posted by deckert | Feb 07, 2009 @ 08:41 PM | 4,198 Views
Ironic how views change over time with respect to something we bought.
I bought this plane, almost a year ago, after looking @ umpteen versions of it. There's some info about it here... http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618702 including my own negative comments about some aspects of the build and validated by all who built this plane.

However, in lieu of what's written by all on this bird, I'm discovering I actually enjoy flying this plane. I really like seeing it taxing down the RW and lifting off. Very easy ground control as long as you don't hammer the throttle. I haven't done the yank-n-bank on it but it's pretty much hands off the rudder for turns. Loops are big and easy. Aileron rolls are 4 or 5 mistakes high tho. My roll rate seems WAY to slow, but upon reflection, maybe it's the character of the bird. 1/2 throttle & it just cruises nicely. I'm running the Hyperion Z2213-20 in it with an EVO 2170/25c behind a 9x6 prop. It's still a little tail heavy tho. Part of that problem is the battery as it's too long and is pushing towards my CG, but, I had the batteries so in they went.

Landings are really sweet as long as you maintain some speed. You really need to fly it down and just reduce throttle on flare and let it set down. Roll outs are a little long but...your landing speed is up there so that's what you get. I've only flown this bird about 6 or 7 times now. But the more I fly it, the more I like it, espcially in a low flyby. Sure is pretty and it sounds nice going by. BTW:I'm flying off asphalt @ our field.

There's a lot of things Hyperion could have done to make this a better plane, and I wish they would have. (or would still do) 98% of which is in the front end design. Irrespective of that, I'll try to keep the wheels down & enjoy it.

Posted by deckert | Feb 01, 2009 @ 09:45 PM | 2,896 Views
Ya gotta have at least one. Just something you can take out to fly no matter the weather or your capabilities. Mine has centered punched the terra firma 3 times now. Unfortunately all 3 times were due to dumb thumbs. But better the junker then the other birds. A $70 balsa plane loss is sure better then a $$$ balsa loss. Ya, I know a foamy would be less! But..I only iterate this because I punched my junker for the 3rd time today. Uh, that's 3 times since I've had it, not 3 times today! In my defense, I was stupid. No wait, that didn't come out right. The wind, that's it, the wind caught it..