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Old Aug 10, 2011, 11:14 PM
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Thanks for posting those photos, Ron. A very productive maiden flight this morning. The big Sukhoi required very little trimming and was a real floater with the 70g 2830T/1095 Torque motor with an 11X5.5 prop and a 3S Gens Ace 1550 pack. There was no problem balancing the plane, and I had a wide range of possible CG choices to fool around with. I was very conservative with my flying because the battery was just velcro'd onto the side of the fuse and I didn't want to anything too violent. When I settle on the CG, I will cut a slot in the foam so the battery is well-secured. But it flew like the smaller RC Factory planes, only in slow motion -- a lot of time to think about what you were doing. I want to experiment some more before I settle on this power system. I think a slightly bigger motor (2818T/900 Torque, for example) might be a better fit. That would be 104g as opposed to 70g, but it seemed from today's flying that the airframe could handle a bit more weight.

Chris, can you tell me more specifically what power system you felt was too heavy and what you AUW was? Thanks.

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