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Posted by bonnie9496 | Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:15 AM | 1,916 Views
27-2-12
Maiden flight this week on my new Hobby King model. The Red Eagle Gee Bee. Some great reviews, great look and cheap price drew me to this fun little parkflyer. Perfect size for smallish area flying on 1000mAH 3s battery and capable of 3D or some sports flying. Maiden went well despite thinking I was a little tail heavy??? The landing gear is extremely flexible so might need to look at some "fix" there. All up very happy
Video of the 3rd flight posted below. This is model is a recommended "BUY"
Hobby King - Red Eagle Gee Bee (1 min 58 sec)

Posted by bonnie9496 | Feb 07, 2012 @ 12:06 AM | 2,301 Views
7-2-12
Ordered an Alula from Dreamflight after following the Alula Teaser thread with interest and maidened it today.
AUW was 6oz and the build straight forward. Added carbon flat rod to the pod/wing area as suggested. Achieved CG with two $2 coins. Thanks for all the information, ideas and mods contributed here by others on RC Groups.

Maiden was at my local park that holds no contures or anything to give meaningful lift, wind was about 10mph.
A few javelin throws to trim things and then into SAL. Was managing to get about 30m or so height from my 15 odd launches. The Alula returned to land reasonably quickly after a short glide. I was hoping for slightly more "air time" than my 10-15 seconds.

Now to find some lift!

11-2-2012 Update
Light Westerly winds 10-12mph. Flew a mild grass bank and did my first slope soaring. Maximum flight times about 1.15min, most flights about 30-40seconds. Wing root developed crack with landings, so added carbon strips.
12-2-2012 Update
Went to Wangara mound and flew for about 1hr or so. 12-15mph winds from S/SW. Great slope soaring with maximum time of 4.10min flight. Need S wind. A few hard landings and tail cracked. Repaired with CA.
14-2-12 Update
Wangara slope. Late afternoon flight in fresh 15-18mph(Gust 22mph) winds from South. Huge improvement in the lift! Maximum flight time was 8.25min
19-2-12 Update
Wangara slope 12-14mph SSW winds. Moved further West along slope. Hot 31degree conditions. Managed maximum flight 10.21min with some great lift at times.
10-10-12 Update
At last found some excellent slope action. Burns Beach with winds from the West at 10-15mph. Flight times are 30 min plus, or really however long you can concentrate. Lift is awesome and the view stunning.
Posted by bonnie9496 | Feb 04, 2012 @ 08:20 PM | 2,360 Views
Continued
Well......since I got in the air again with the Electrafun and Cessna there have been a few planes pass through my hands along with quite a few $$$$. I would now class myself as an intermediate flyer and quite capable. The only crashes now, which are few, are due to pilot error when attemting low altitude stunts or when I've had equipment failure.
I'll make a list of my past/current planes and try to keep this hangar list up to date.
One in RED are crashed/dead. Ones in BLUEsold/traded
July 2010
Electafun XP - Served me well and was sold to another newbee
Cessna 206T - This plane had numerous issues and was way tail heavy out of the box, though was a good stable flyer when sorted out. Crashed repaired, sold
HK Spitfire - Flew once and was totalled in had crash. The foam just exploded.
HK Mini Swift - Great flyer and still fly it today. Had its share of tumbles. Run it with an upgraded motor now.
Dynam Hawksky - Out of the box was underpowered though performed well with motor upgrade. Was really enjoying flying this and learnt a lot. Was fast and unfortunately it was totalled when an elevator sheered off in steep dive and hit the conrete road at 50mph! A wreck
Parkzone Mustang P51D - One of my favourite and most reliable models. Have run it on Power 10 but now back to stock motor with 10x7n prop. 120+ flights. Loves the wind!
HK Extra 300 - Was a handful and tail heavy. Nice looking plane but so so quirrelly! Crashed many times, then once too many!
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