Hey guys, wanted to let you all know, we will have about 50 Bagram RC Club T shirts, and hopefully some vinyl decals at SEFF! All the proceeds from the shirts and decals go to the Fisher house to help families of wounded soldiers. It all about donations guys. First come first serve!
I finished up the Slow Poke today. Got all the electronics in, hinged everything, balanced it, charged up the 6S 5000mah lipos, stuck on a 13x6.5 APC-E prop and took it out for a flight! I was surprised to know that balanced out perfectly with that big motor and big batteries! No shifting anything around, just slap the lipos in and fly. The box says it should weigh about 6.5lbs, mine, without batteries is 5lbs 8oz. I intentionally built it strong as heck (read: slightly heavy). The batteries are 1lbs 12oz so thats 6lbs 4oz RTF. Not too bad IMO.
I ran it on the wattmeter and came out with 1250 watts! That should do it just fine... pretty close to 200 watts per pound, might be over-kill, might be just right!
First thing I noticed is it wants to nose over when I ground taxin in thick bumpy grass... but what plane wont. Not ideal taxi conditions for sure, but it took off from my front lawn (which needs cut) just fine. After about 4 beeps of up trim it flew along really nice, even in a stiff breeze. Its a bit faster than I thought it would be. Of course, I have a ton of power in there. It rolls really nice, inverted is really smooth, loops are nice and big. I didnt try a knife edge or anything else just flew it around. I think I'll like it the way I built it without the dihedral in the wing.
I landed a little fast by mistake, and bounced it a bit. It took it like a champ and I taxiied in to put it away just in time before a rain storm came in.
All in all, Im happy with it! Now I have to cover the bottom of the front cowl (I havent sheeted it yet so I have access to the electronics). I might try to get some cool graphics made for it too. I have an idea, just have to have time to get it done. Oh, and I need a pilot in there. So, tomorrow it will be put up in the trailer for the trip to SEFF next week and I'll get back to work on my Pitts M-12.
Finally I covered the fuselage. I have been working on this one for a loooong time. I think its looking pretty decent. If all is good after a couple flights I'll try to get some lettering made for it. I just want it DONE!!
So, here is one of the many projects Im working on right now. Im tryin to get this Cox Models 72" span Pitts M12 biplane done before SEFF. I have an AXI 5345 motor, CC HV 110, 8 HS-645MG servos, a CC BEC and a bunch of Dubro hardware. It will run on 12S Flight Power lipos (If I can swing the $$ before SEFF). Either way, it will be there at least to look at.
My newest idea. A 32" span tapered wing "race" plane. It has a semi-symetrical wing, airfoiled horizontal stab and a solid fuse. With a Dons RC Wicked 3000kv outrunner on the nose and a 3S 1320 lipo it should scoot right along. I named it the CR-1. With any luck, it will fly great tomorrow morning and I wont have to come up with the CR-2!
So far, with the long nose, getting it to balance will be a breeze. No nose weight needed thats for sure. And with the short coupled tail, large elevator and full span ailerons it should be pretty responsive. I decided not to put a rudder on for now, just a simple verticle stab.
Im putting HS50s on the ailerons and a HS55 on the elevator. That should be enough to move the surfaces and keep the wieght down.