Posted by aftica |
Nov 27, 2013 @ 03:37 PM | 1,068 Views
Got my Solius finished. Another beautiful Multiplex kit. The fit and finish on these kits is the best it gets in the foamie world. Everything goes together perfectly. The foam is really dense and smooth.
As usual, I built mine with an eye to keeping it as light as possible. Using a smaller battery and a Radian motor/esc, it won't launch like a rocket, but it should be enough to get it up there. Holding it vertically, it wants to pull out of my hand starting about 60% throttle. There is plenty of room for a bigger battery, which I may end up using as my CG is just slightly aft with the 3s1300 all the way forward...will see how goes.
I went with heavier servos (HS 85mg) on the ailerons because they just happened to fit the pockets perfectly.
So I'm just waiting on some calm weather to try it out...
Got 4 flights in today (5kph wind, just above freezing, overcast) flys good! I needed quite a bit of down trim (my CG is a little aft due to small battery) and an alarming amount of left aileron trim... you can see a few mm of deflection looking at the wing. Stalls are predictable, slow and mushy, with a slight wing drop. The Radian power set pulls the plane up smartly, I would say it climbs as good or better than my stock Calypso. The motor is barely warm, speed control even less so, but is was pretty cool out. Batteries come down warm, and I put back 800-900 mah for 2:30 sec motor run on each flight. (12-20min flights today)
I'm confident this plane will thermal well, when the gods are smiling. I'm about as clumsy as can be, but I figure I should be able to hand catch this plane after I get more comfortable with it.
Wanted: ''bush'' style beater that flys point and shoot, light and floaty like a 3D plane (that is, without the typical bush plane quirky flight tendencies) BigFoot seems to have delivered. It's got to be the lightest built up balsa bushplane in this size that I know of?
I've got 6 packs through it now and although conditions have not been optimal (breezy), I can say that this plane should do what I want it to. Plane will fly extremely slow (dead stop into the light breeze today) even though I'm not using flaps. I guess this is due to the extra light build on mine and the excellent control authority with the big surfaces and large throws.
Take offs: full throttle and the plane is almost in the air before the stick tops out! Sure, the light breeze helped, but in calm conditions I'd expect no more than 2 lengths for full throttle take off. The massive ailerons are effective at slow speed and never really felt mushy, even when stalling the wing. I could not get a wing to drop, it just goes into a crappy elevator, like a 3D plane that has a bit of wing rock... will need a calm day to test this more, though.