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Old Jan 02, 2014, 11:05 AM
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A flight is just a big hop!
Takeoffs ARE easy, you just need to trust your equipment and your experience (I'm talking about your experience HJ, not mine!!). Landings are much easier than LOS too, just pick a close and a far landmark and land between them. The trickiest part is that sometimes it's hard to tell how high you are, especially on the flat featureless beach. I'm not sure an OSD would help much there, I'm sure you would rely on your instincts much more than instruments at the final stage of landings, don't forget that these are not expensive well calibrated instruments either, just cheap Chinese electronics.
I'm more and more off the idea of an OSD, except for interest value or low visibility flight. Your in the air, above the ground, approx alt by visual, you can tell power by the pitch of the engine and if your controls get mushy then you might be close to stalling and should increase airspeed. You should know your position by landmarks and wind speed and direction by visual cues (unless there are clouds and then you need instruments).
I loved your FPV video HJ because it showed exactly what a high wind looks like from the plane! Every time you banked you could see exactly the wind speed and direction, I don't think crosswind landings are hard either (though I'm not any kid of experienced flier), just point your nose where it needs to be to keep that far landmark coming at you straight!
It's bizarre that flying with all these electronics is like pioneer flight but in flying by video you really 'feel' the aircraft, not through the feel of the stick but the difference in feedback between your sticks and the video feed.
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Old Jan 02, 2014, 06:24 PM
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Tks Matty.... some very good input there for me......and with those flying tips.

I am also impressed by your observations of wind sense from my vid angles while flying...... I did not think about that in the "feel of things" up there in the assessment.

Looks good outside now...... 0830 ..... am tempted to fly....
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Old Jan 10, 2014, 05:03 PM
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Can someone tell me if a 5000mah 4S battery will fit easily in this plane?
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Old Jan 16, 2014, 08:29 AM
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Can someone tell me if a 5000mah 4S battery will fit easily in this plane?
I am using 4S 3300mah now ...Turnigy NanoTech type...... that give me easily 20 minutes flight time with a safe reserve to return for landing, with conservative power settings of 50 to 70% ...average at 65% most of the time.

Not sure about your 5000mAh...my measurements for the 3300 packs were near the limit of the length available inside the fuselage to accommodate and keep the CG where you want it to be.
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 04:02 AM
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I recognise a few names here. :-)

I've been looking at this one for a little while and one came up secondhand locally and I jumped at it. Picked it up tonight. The owner was an old guard scratch builder. He has some magnificent box plane models. Well he'd modified the Fly Baby fixing it up which I'm quite pleased about and look forward to flying it. I see the CoG is 60-65m which he confirmed to with the various mods.
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 05:40 AM
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What props are people using with the stock motor? I have a 11x5.5 on at the moment but it isn't the original I don't think.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 07:52 AM
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No one? What a same I really like the golden era planes. I'm thinking of using a 12x7 prop with 2800mAH 4S 30C as I have a wooden one. The model seems pretty heavy and I've been told the wing loading it high so to keep the speed up.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 08:18 PM
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Sorry, I can't really help you, the website doesn't even say what the stock prop is, you could check eCalc?
I don't fly one but I've flown patterns with one: there's some air to air footage at about 2 minutes.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 08:55 PM
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Thanks Matty. Hard to know what the flight performance was or what setup they had.
Stock prop is a 11x6x2. Reading though the thread it's good for scale flight but little extra overhead grunt. Previous owner said much the same thing.

I happen to have a wooden 12x7 in my box'o'props so I might try that until I get a selection on others. I've ready changed the ESC out for the larger one I had spare which had the right connections for me.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 09:38 PM
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Do you know the stats of the stock motor? The bigger prop doesn't sound much bigger but it is a heavy plane and will never be a high performance airframe no matter the motor prop combo. I'm pretty sure the only way you'll find out is to fly it and see, at least you know it won't scream off into the distance and that it will have enough power to climb to a comfortable altitude.
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Old Mar 13, 2014, 10:01 PM
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Stock motor is 600kv. Others have reported long flight times with similar 2800mAH 4S batteries I'll be using flying scale so I'm not too worried about that. No if I need high performance I'll use one of my warbirds or my sbach.
This is for cruising.
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 11:40 PM
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Several flights now. Currently using a Zippy compact 4000mAh 25C 4S battery and a 13x7 speed wooden prop. Much happier with it now. Has some air authority while still a cruising model. Just put in new 60A ESC to cover the now 40A draw at WOT on takeoff. Not that you need WOT.
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Old Oct 06, 2014, 07:39 AM
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Fly Baby Maiden with 3300Mah 4 Cell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcNjN...7EQud9IcuvTaow
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Old Oct 07, 2014, 01:20 PM
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I need this! Maybe somebody will do a scratch build???
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Old Oct 07, 2014, 04:04 PM
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Plans for it around. If u want a balsa version get the one which HK sell
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