|May 28, 2013, 01:09 PM|
Oh,I just realized I never posted a report on the Maiden...Duh!
Well the actual maiden was a bummer,because I broke the wing joiner when I was getting ready to fly it. However,after making a new joiner and doing some triming it was ready to fly. I took it to the field for it's second attempt at getting it in the air and while removing it from the back of my PU,I caught the vetical stabilizer on the tailgate tonneau cover bar and cracked the stabilizer. Fortunately I have 7 other sailplanes to fly. So again I took it home and thought about the bad Ju Ju I was getting from it. It must have been because I totally modified the plane and it didn't like it. So I punished it by making it stay home while I took my other ones out to fly.
Well I took it out for the third try. There was a little more wind than what I wanted for it's maiden,so I began thinking about the bad Ju Ju again. It's like golf. If you have bad thoughts in your head,your going to make a bad shot. So I thought about how pretty it would be gliding in the air. I was pretty sure I had the trimming and CG set right,so I gave it a real hard throw........Wow! I thought I don't need a motor,hi start or winch for this. I can just hand throw it. It went about 200 to 250 feet,straight as an arrow.
So it was time to power up. I faced the wind,powerd up and through it. It didn't go up as fast as a couple of my other planes,but still had enough power against the wind to get to altitude. Oh,is this a fun plane to fly. Like I said it was a little more wind than what I wanted but it handled it ok. I flew it around for about 15 minutes and then landed. I thought this is going to be a great plane for light winds,and it is.
I can't wait to fly it in an ALES contest with light winds. My wind plane is my 132" Oly III. She loves a little wind. Actually she needs a little wind.
It sure is fun to glue a bunch of sticks together and then make them fly.
Here's some pictures of part of my fleet of build up balsa modified planes from 40" to 132".
|May 28, 2013, 11:38 PM|
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