Posted by RGS2010 |
Dec 22, 2010 @ 10:46 AM | 4,471 Views
Re-Maidened the Panther last week.
Completely stock setup except for the 40 amp ESC and added landing gear.
The takeoff was straight down the runway with the wind coming straight down the runway. It lifted off about halfway down and easily jumped into the air. I had all controls at max so it was a bit jittery but controllable. It aileron rolls very fast (a little too fast for my taste with my inexperience with EDF's). I had it loop slow and it fell off a little on bottom side of loop but it was fair.
It tracks through the sky just where you put it. Looks great on flybys, fast or slow. It can get far enough, fast enough that you need this small plane pretty close to you to keep orientation...at least I did.
I got 4 minutes with about 3/4 throttle most of the way. I needed one setup pass before I landed but it landed right where I wanted it. The 5 mph head wind was a help with the landing but subsequent landings have not been a problem with less wind. I wouldn't want to land it in over 10 mph winds due to how light it is.
This is as small a jet as I would enjoy having...but I'm enjoying this little Korean-era jet. It's tough as nails to boot!
Posted by RGS2010 |
Dec 14, 2010 @ 08:49 AM | 4,589 Views
Rebuilt the new airframe using same tail assembly since undamaged. I found that the control horns on ailerons and elevator are brittle! I put on pushrod connector and tightens nut to control horn and when I moved control surfaces...every one of the control horns broke off at the tip end. I then put z-bend in mid hole (now top hole) of control horn and put connector on servo end of all three control surfaces. The servo control horn is much more pliable and takes the tightening better. I then thread locked all connectors and then put a dot of epoxy on connector nut to secure.
I maidened AGAIN on December 11th @ Tom Bass Park. Using Rhino 3S 2150 30C battery and stock edf's and esc's. Wind was straight down the runway at about 4 mph. I went to full power immediately (short runway) and climbed out just before end of runway. Nice power and got to altitude. Several circuits around field were uneventful (whew!). Aileron rolls were quick and accurate. Loops were no problem with enough speed (this is not meant to be a very aerobatic air frame). I shot several trial landings with some difficulty due to the floating and ballooning nature of the plane. I even bounced one and went to full power and it climbed out well to go around. Then shot several good landings. I put 3 batteries through the plane including my favorite...Turnigy 3S 2650 30C...that flies great at the 4th "column" from the front of the battery compartment.
Now this plane is no speed demon either. I flew one battery that was a Turnigy 3S 2200 20C and there was barely enough power for takeoff. I finally got up to altitude and landed quickly. Only 30C and above for me on this plane.