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Posted by deckert | Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:54 PM | 4,621 Views
After a long time of an 80" H9 Power 46 Cub sitting around, I finally put her into the air last weekend. I dumped the 46 motor & went with a Reaper GR45 on 4s/14.8v swinging a 14x7 APC prop. I modded it so the lower strut bolts are now pins. (from the H9 Pawnee kit) Much thanks to my friend Steve1814 for his advice on getting Graupner wing plugs into the bird. No more plugging in servo wires. All in all, all mods were simple enough to do but lordy were they a pain in the backside. It took forever to find a new motor mount to fit the GR45 and get it installed. It finally came in the way of a GP medium size mount and even it had to be modified.

No way the wings will ever fit a wing bag.

I ordered/have some scale gear from Robart but it's yet to be painted & installed. I just had to take it out and fly it. I only had a single 4s/14.8v Max Amps pack to run it with. 1st flight was virtually perfect, I bounced the 1st landing 3". I recharged the pack, or rather thought I did, (New charger and I went stupid) & went up again. Powered up again and went flying for more trimming. Almost a BIG mistake. I didn't get the pack recharged because I failed to understand the charger. That being said, the pack went into LVC and I lost power way high and off the end of the runway. Rearmed the bird and brought it back in for 150' two wheel touchdown and settled right at my feet. Perfect! I got so lucky! I guess luck is better than skill sometimes. This bird is definitley a take to the field flier. I can't believe just how gentle it is to fly when the controls are set up right. I just run on about 25~30 % throttle but have 1300w behind it to do some special stuff. Sure glad I have another 1 in the closet! The members @ the field couldn't believe it was electric.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Oct 05, 2010 @ 12:50 AM | 4,657 Views
Well, we had a real great turnout for the Regional IMAC (Sept. 24,25,26) this year. We had 24 pilots registered and flying for the NW Regional Championship. These pilots put on one heck of a show. Beginners to Expert class was truly an event. Even though I've been to 3 IMAC events, (I only took pictures) I had no real idea what transpired to compete. I asked for, and got, an earful of what transpires to compete in an event like this. These pilots have to fly a 'set' pattern and be judged on how well/precise they fly the sequence. It's not like me where I go out & turn & burn and let the wings go where they may. This is precision flying with restrictive limits. I learned a lot and enjoyed the heck out of it. I can definitely see where I need to practice to be able to actually be in precise control of my birds. As in not just flopping them around through the air.

The above being said, we had our Indian Summer Fun Fly (Oct. 1,2,3) this past weekend. It's a 'fly what you bring' and 'fly it how you want event'. We had everything from foamies to 30% birds and helis and had 30 registered pilots. Gas/electric/fuel, you name it, we had it. The pilots with the big bids put on one heck of show time & again with their expertise doing 3D work. $6K birds dancing <6" off the pavement is a site to behold.

We fed over 50 people for IMAC and over 45 for Indian Summer. Weather for both events was 72~80 degrees and virtually dead calm for winds. Kids & adults galore. Two weekends of pure enjoyment! I don't know how it gets any better then that! Except!!! Not a SINGLE CRASH! We did have a single plane loss because our club president lost his bird in the puckerbrush somewhere due to unk circumstances. on the last day of Indian Summer. Pics are at http://www.higginsfield.com/ under the Media/photos link.

Dan