Posted by DreamArcher |
May 24, 2011 @ 10:25 PM | 3,919 Views
In the air it's a dream.
Taxi and Takeoff:
Taxi is easy and straight. On takeoff it likes to turn left on full power and then straighten up after the vertical stab gets some traction through the air. It's a little tough to deal with because the rudder is mostly ineffective at lower speed. Not too bad because the turn is very predicable always at the same speed and about 10-15 deg. Just hammer full right with the throttle and then let it off after 1-2 seconds to minimize turn.
I've read some people use motors with about double the watts of the stock and 5000mah batteries. I wanted to keep the power stock to dog-fight with my buddy in his stock BF-109 and keep it even. Also didn't want it too heavy so I bought a few 3000 mah batteries. IMO these are too small for the stock setup and here's why. The Thud is no speed demon and requires significant throttle to just fly at a moderate pace so flight times are pretty low. 4-5 minutes flying solo and cursing around. 3-4 minutes if flying aggressively. I already bought 3 batteries so I'll live with it but in hindsight I'd go with 3600 mah for the stock motor.
Power & Speed:
I said it wasn't super fast and no where near my buddies BF-109 but it's no sloth either. At full power it is a lot of fun and might have 1:1 power-to-weight. Not sure because it will go from low level at 2/3 throttle to vertical at WOT as far as I've wanted. Just not sure if it will climb indefinitely.