Archive for April, 2012
Well I maidened the Norseman today and good news is it flew, but was nose heavy. It took a lot of up elevator trim to correct from wanting to dive. I am using a 2200mah pack pushed all the way to the back of the battery tray and that is not enough. I guess I will have to start moving stuff inside to make it less nose heavy. With 2200 it is a little heavy. My friend Chris suggested that I use a 1300mah to dial the CG in and then mount the 2200 later. Not a bad idea.
After doing some research for a book for a friend of mine I came across this hidden gem of a plane. The Noorduyn Norseman. Made in Canada during the mid thirties it looked surprisingly like the Stinson SR 10 that was sitting on my bench. After crashing the Stinson on maiden I had to buy a new wing. After flying the Stinson I realized it had the glide ratio of a check mark and wasn't to fond of flying it. So I dropped my Super Cub experimental Fowler wing on top of the Stinson fuse and it was a near perfect match. I just cut out the aft section of the wing to accommodate the bevel in the Stinson fuselage and then salvaged all the wing mounting hardware out of my old crashed wing. Less then two hours later I had a new plane. I will maiden it this weekend and report back the results, but it should fly like a Cub, but be classic in its own unique way. There is a fantastic website for the Norseman athttp://www.norsemanhistory.ca The color schemes will blow you mind and this plane was used for both civilian and military. The U.S Army/Air Force bought many of these and called them U-64 as utility/transports. All that is left to make the conversion complete on the Norseman is to take off the wheel fairing, get a new cowl and change the horizontal stab to look more scale. Oh, and paint it. That will be really tough with all the choices.
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Finished the L-5 leading edge slat. Now just need the weather to cooperate for a test flight. This plane currently has no flaps installed, but will flair out on landing like it does even without the slats. This could be very fun.