Harrisburg, PA - USA
Joined May 2001
Wattage WindCruiser Mods-Now it flies!
I bought the Wattage WindCruiser realizing that it would probably fly much the same as the Firebird XL (both 2 channel), but because it wasn't a pusher, I would probably break more props. I was right on one count and wrong on the other.
It doesn't fly anywhere near as well as the XL setup stock. It won't climb worth a damn, which I attributed to the "cheapo" prop, and it has an annoying tendancy to porpoise (a problem with no elevator). I was, however, right about the prop. I tried two landings and broke two props. Without an elevator to flair the plane, the props are going to suffer.
So - I went to work. I removed the receiver and the servo and installed a Hitec feather receiver, and 2 Hitec HS 55 servos. Both were an easy fit since the WindCruiser is ready to accept two servos and a feather receiver. My Hitec focus III TX has a mixer - so - after hooking up the two V-tail flaps I was almost ready. I used the Firebird XL battery pack - 6 cell, 900 mah NiMh. I installed a Graupner 6x3 folder on the nose, a 3/16th" shim under the trailing wing edge to eliminate the porpoising - and now I was ready.
My first flight was more than I had hoped for! Wind was about 5 mph. The plane climbed steadily with authority to several hundred feet. I throttled back and flew mostly at 3/4 to 1/2 throttle for 18 minutes. The landing was perfect - the flair was what I needed to save the prop.
It ain't a Tipsy, but it really did fly almost as well - a bit faster than the Tipsy, but stable and responsive. With the nylon fuselage and tough, skin covered foam wings and tail, it will take more abuse than the Tipsy. I expect to fly this plane a good bit.
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