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Old Nov 23, 2014, 09:52 PM
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I saw that you used it on page 5, post 69 but it was listed as Epoxie-mite 101 and I had a heckuva a time finding it. That's why I made the post with the link. The older I get the more I seem to gravitate toward civilian aircraft that fly like their real prototypes. Even if it's a CAP 231 or Edge 540 I prefer to see them flown like the full scale version. I once worked on some IAC competition planes that went to the Worlds Aerobatic Competition.

Have you done anything else on the aircraft? Although it's been a while since the thread was active, I just ran across it today. I've read the entire thread while taking breaks from work around the house. As consistent as the rolls are on takeoff, I would look really hard first at the flaps for asymmetrical deployment causing asymmetrical lift and then, as you have said and cheat the balance forward a hair. I think the takeoff speed is low in the videos. Does the wing, with the plane sitting on a level surface, have a positive angle of attack? That could cause early liftoff that I wouldn't really consider to be rotation. I've seen trainers do that when new builders had the nose gear too long. If I build a tricycle gear plane I like for the wing to have just the slightest negative AOA so it doesn't float or bounce so badly on an otherwise good landing. I also think the suggestion to go to 2 blade props until you get this sorted out has merit.

APC lists 10x8 (glow) pushers and 11x8, 12x8 and 13x8 electric pushers so you could have counter-rotating props for testing purposes, just to eliminate prop torque from the equation.

Your airplanes are beautiful and I wish you the best in having successful flights.

David
David your kind words are VERY appreciated Sir! I think I simple rotated WAAAY to soon on takeoff causing a stall, Miss Sabena is fully repaired and should be out there again soon!
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Old Jun 18, 2015, 04:41 AM
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Here are the smaller 56" WS wings of my Belgian airforce Merlin 3 Next To My Sabena Metroliner's 72" wings. . . . These are some short wings but the Merlin's fuse is so short it's almost nose & tail only lol.
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My metroliner is now fully repaired and will be back at the flight field soon . . . I'll get SA-227 flying right like I do with all my RC aircraft. . . . This is what I do for a living. . . Not just a hobby.
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Here are the smaller 56" WS wings of my Belgian airforce Merlin 3 Next To My Sabena Metroliner's 72" wings. . . . These are some short wings but the Merlin's fuse is so short it's almost nose & tail only lol.
Waw, I didn't think you would build the stubby Merlin before your Metroliners flew correctly. Are those repaired and successfully flown in the meantime?

Regarding your Merlin pictures in BAF colors, these are in the early (more pretty) scheme. CF01 to CF04 were regular versions, CF05 and 06 were specialized airframes with a large flat sliding panel under the center of the wing/fuselage, over which a prehistoric huge heavy mapping camera was sometimes mounted in the cabin. Over and under the rest of the aircraft numerous aerials and additional antennas were mounted because we sometimes flew with a half-cabin long electronic cabinet to perform Tacan calibration flights. If you really want to paint your Merlins that way I can send you some more pictures.

I'm looking forward to see the progress on your (Belgian) Swearingen fleet, both in the hangar and in the air.

Keep up the good work, Baffy
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Belgian foam waffle. . . .

Here is the freshly hot-wired fuse of the Belgian Merlin. . . She's gonna be only 47" inches long nose to tail.
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Looking good I just put together my 1/11 Merlin fuse and its roughly the same length as yours at 45'' (46'' long including the tail).
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Waw, I didn't think you would build the stubby Merlin before your Metroliners flew correctly. Are those repaired and successfully flown in the meantime?

Regarding your Merlin pictures in BAF colors, these are in the early (more pretty) scheme. CF01 to CF04 were regular versions, CF05 and 06 were specialized airframes with a large flat sliding panel under the center of the wing/fuselage, over which a prehistoric huge heavy mapping camera was sometimes mounted in the cabin. Over and under the rest of the aircraft numerous aerials and additional antennas were mounted because we sometimes flew with a half-cabin long electronic cabinet to perform Tacan calibration flights. If you really want to paint your Merlins that way I can send you some more pictures.

I'm looking forward to see the progress on your (Belgian) Swearingen fleet, both in the hangar and in the air.

Keep up the good work, Baffy
Baff . . Listen . . I humbly apologize for snapping at you on Ethan's Metro-thread last week. . . . . I was way out a line and just let my temper get the best of me.. . . . . Sorry.
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Looking good I just put together my 1/11 Merlin fuse and its roughly the same length as yours at 45'' (46'' long including the tail).
45" yup seems about right for your size Merlin. . . . Jesus these Merlins have a tiny fuse don't they.
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Baff . . Listen . . I humbly apologize for snapping at you on Ethan's Metro-thread last week. . . . . I was way out a line and just let my temper get the best of me.. . . . . Sorry.
Hi DD, I really see no reason at all why you want to apologize for, I felt the suggestion of building one myself as a positive one. I like to watch how you guys are doing it because both use a completely different approach as to how to build that model from scratch. Rest assured that I register a lot of what I see and read and maybe one day I might combine inputs of you and E and have a go at a Merlin myself.

Happy landings, Baffy
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