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Posted by str8wing | Jul 18, 2012 @ 08:39 AM | 1,756 Views
I found some interesting plans in the "Scratchbuilt Foamies" area. The FW-190 and Komet come from the SEMFF "combat" fliers thread. These little airplanes fly very well. Wingspans are 28-30", area about 150 sq/in and they weigh about 8 oz. I may build all 30 designs.
Posted by str8wing | Jul 16, 2010 @ 12:33 AM | 2,381 Views
I finally managed to get a really nice day to fall on a day off. My new 3dhs VR1 is a really good flier, especially tumbling, waterfalls and knife edge spins (KES). I was able to take it up high, drop into a KES, slide over to inverted flat spin, and back to KES just by moving the ailerons back and forth. It does require almost wide open throttle though. I couldn't get it to do the really violent, loud blenders like my SR does. The VR1 just kind of gently slid from the rolling dive to inverted spin (IS), and once in IS it almost stopped falling. I let it spin like that to the point one of the guys behind me started making funny noises... (certain it was going to crash), then I gave it opposite rudder and just flew away, inverted. I was quietly chuckling to myself.

My 47" Extra 300 SR was my second 3dhs plane. It started out blue and white. Several weeks ago I mis-judged the bottom of a loop and got caught up in the sage brush. It snapped the fuselage in half, shattered the cowling and plastic canopy/foredeck, but barely scuffed the wings. No more blue fuses to be had, so now it's a "frankenplane"... blue/white wings and bright red fuselage and tail feathers. I think it looks a little strange, but my wife likes it. In any case it flies as well as it ever did... And that's good! This one seems to like big, wide open aerobatics; BIG loops, cuban 8s, fast inverted passes down the runway..., yet I can pull the nose up and harrier too. It does a high energy blender, positively screaming as it goes from dive to spin. 'Never fails to bring comments from the peanut gallery.

Happy landings...
Posted by str8wing | Jun 03, 2010 @ 03:54 AM | 2,483 Views
Hey the wind died down for a few hours (10 mph or so but right down the runway) so out to the local RC field I ran... Almost an anticlimax really, just like all the other 3dhs planes I've put together, it flew like a charm. 'Just a couple clicks of up trim and one click to the left and she was "hands off". I commenced to loop, roll, spin, blender... before I knew it, the timer was beeping down the last 10 seconds. Time to land. For the second flight, instead of my usual 3000 Mah, 20C battery, I wanted to try one of the "new" 2200 Mah, 30C Blue Lipos. I wanted to see if the 30C and lighter weight would give a little more vertical punch (not that it really needed it. The GR-35 and 13x6.5 APC went ballistic...), but I still wanted to see... Into the 10 mph headwind there was NO takeoff roll. It just went straight up. I had taken a WAG and pushed the 2200 a little further up under the cowl and my guess was good. No trim changes required. I spent most of that battery just tooling around inverted, flying high alpha, and trying to hover. I did get it to knife edge spin... So did the lighter pack help with 3d? I guess the jury is still out (in my head). After flight #2 the wind started to gust so I packed it in. The weather dude keeps saying high pressure is going to build in and keep all this cp up north, but then it'll be 105 degrees... Oh well...

As always, Happy landings,

Rodger

I forgot to mention, the "red" VR1 has arrived. It's next up on the workbench.
Posted by str8wing | May 22, 2010 @ 01:10 AM | 2,049 Views
Hi All, Winds 25-35 with gusts to 50... We are on track for the windiest May on record. So, to make "some" use of my time I've been putting my 3dhs 47" Extra SHP together Yeah, I know, I already have a 47" SR and Edge flying. The SHP is supposed to come first. Oh well... The SHP is a nice kit. Though this particular plane came out of the box really wrinkled. I know it's moot as to the flyability of the bird, but I can't stand the way it looks, so out came the sealing iron and now it looks as good as it did when the little Chinese lady first covered it. It should be interesting to compare flying this one to the SR, and the new VR1. (I've read they'll be shipping next week. Can't wait ).
Well, 'think I'll go read through some "threads"...

Happy landings,

Rodger
Posted by str8wing | Apr 19, 2010 @ 11:12 PM | 2,733 Views
Well, the wind was howling... 20+. At least it was out of the south and warm. I set the plane down, nose into the wind and pushed the throttle stick to the stop. Awesome. There was NO visible takeoff roll. Up and away! I figured, what the heck, I let it climb 400 feet or so, rolled it inverted and pulled, straight down and rolling left, a hundred feet or so, then full right rudder and down elevator. Wham, what a cool blender. It stopped falling almost instantly (and stayed together!). I watched it float downwind, spinning, for several seconds, then released the controls. It stopped rotating pointed more or less my direction, inverted, so I just let it fly back that way... Six more minutes more or less of everything I could throw at it, then a couple touch and gos... Not much of a touch , and finally the full stop. I had to keep almost quarter throttle to keep the wind from flipping it backward. I walked out and picked her up. Couldn't stop smiling. Cool... The Edge is back...

Happy landings,

Rodger

5/14: I added a pic of the Edge, all spiffed up with a new cowl. Looks as good as new.
Posted by str8wing | Apr 19, 2010 @ 02:06 AM | 2,570 Views
Well, the 47" Edge is ready to go again... Re-Maiden as soon as the wind cooperates. I bought a pack of "popsicle epoxy stirring sticks" and went to work on the motorbox. I think I added about four ounces to the front of the plane, but it's as strong or stronger than new. Funny, the popsicle sticks are made of clear Sitka Spruce, the same stuff they used to build full sized planes with (well back in WWI ). I CA'd the cracks in the cowl (the new one is backordered). It looks like ST, but it covers the motor.

Happy landings,

Rodger
Posted by str8wing | Apr 15, 2010 @ 05:07 AM | 2,444 Views
Dang it! I did some damage to my 47" Edge yesterday. It was one of the most irritating kind of "crashes"... My fault.
Apparently I took off with a battery that wasn't fully charged and hit the LVC "slowdown" at a most inconvenient time. It dropped nose down into (perhaps onto is a better word) a tree from 25' or so. It kind of slid down the outside branches and landed nose down on concrete. The spinner took most of the hit, though it did damage to the firewall and back through the motor box. Oh, and it destroyed the (out of stock) cowling. Overall I was lucky actually. No damage at all to the wings or tail, and it's eminently repairable. It WILL fly again. Such is life.

Happy landings,

Rodger
Posted by str8wing | Apr 04, 2010 @ 01:27 AM | 2,491 Views
Wow, my very own blog...

Well, I guess I'll start by introducing myself and provide a bit of a biography. That way if you read one of my comments in a thread and then find your way here, you'll have some idea where I'm coming from.

My name is Rodger and I've reached the ripe old age of 53 this year. I've been flying RC planes more or less steadily since 1977. I also picked up a private pilot's license in April of 1980. I got bit by the RC helicopter bug in the late 80's. So, I guess you could say I've "been around" awhile.

I fix traffic signals for the city of Las Vegas, Nevada for a living. I tell people I play in the street and get paid for it. Truth be known though, I really don't spend much time in the street. I'm a glorified electronics technician. My work is in the cabinets you see on the corner of every intersection with a signal. It's a reasonably good way to make a buck or two and have enough left over to buy a new plane every now and then.

I've happily become one of 3DHS's "addicts" of late. Right now I have (and fly regularly) a 47" Edge, a 47" Extra SR, a 42" Slick, and a 40" Edge. Waiting in the "wings" are a 47" SHP, another SR and baby Edge. I'm also going to get a 57" Sukhoi soon, and a VR-1 as soon as it's available.
And who knows what the future holds???

I also like the look of the Katana airframe. I presently have an Eflite "FuntanaX" and a PA mini Katana. After working out the bugs, both are good fliers.

Well, that's enough typing for one sitting... Happy landings

Rodger