Posted by StayQuiet |
Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:18 AM | 1,920 Views
I had a lot of fun with my Demi Duster project, but that twin engine dream keeps nagging me.
Our club field isn't exactly perfect yet (it's a work in progress) so there are some issues flying small taildragger electrics from it. Wheels tend to get caught in grass (or dirt) clumps, and the plane noses over on rollout.
I'm thinking tricycle gear. Years ago I flew a Sig MidStar 40 (glow) and enjoyed the plane. Rather than build a kit and convert it to electric, I'm thinking of getting a set of plans from Sig, having them copied at 75% of original size, for a wingspan of a bit under 48.5", closing off the nose, and adding in two motor nacelles on the wing. Draw it all up in CAD and have a short kit laser cut. Think of the offspring from a Hobbico Twinstar and the Sig Midstar 40 at 75% original size - a Twinstar 30?
My wife is going to kill me when she sees me building another one.
It's done! The canopy came out better than expected. CG is perfect, and it's all set for a maiden flight - as soon as I feel as though I can handle it. Maybe a buddy box flight with someone with a lot better flying skills than I currently have wouldn't be a bad idea.