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Old Sep 07, 2012, 07:39 PM
Chef Pilot: Planes vs Butter
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After a string of near catastrophic flights, I had a GREAT day of flying 4 different planes with my newly aquired DX6i!
Thank God!
For a while there, I was getting really depressed.
But now I'm better, thank you very much...
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Old Sep 07, 2012, 07:45 PM
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I maidened my sky raider for the first time. First warbird/low wing flight. Did pretty good. Didn't break anything so I'm happy.
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Old Sep 07, 2012, 08:59 PM
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bent spit LG forward a bit, zeroed the camber (or almost zero), and moved cog further aft a wee bit.
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Old Sep 08, 2012, 03:56 AM
looking up down under
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wind speeds here at 15knots gusting to 25, and that's about the calmest it's been since early in the week

so i replaced the busted esc on my yet to be maidened durafly slick 360 v2, and gazed at the cuckoo fuselage but haven't progressed since i added the carbon tissue - but really, one more session on it and i can easily add the controls and flying rig
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Old Sep 09, 2012, 05:33 AM
Getting good at foam repair
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I nosed my Cessna into the field.... Almost hit myself too! Assessed dmg and it's a complete write off, maybe be able to keep a couple of servos but that's it

Oh well, at least it wasn't the t-28!
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Old Sep 09, 2012, 07:36 AM
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I stared longingly at my Calypso. I set up my week around taking her to the field on Saturday, but we ended up with 50 mile per hour winds, and I am no where near comfortable flying in that.
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Old Sep 09, 2012, 09:14 PM
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After a string of near catastrophic flights, I had a GREAT day of flying 4 different planes with my newly aquired DX6i!
Thank God!
For a while there, I was getting really depressed.
But now I'm better, thank you very much...
Congrats, I'm waiting for my dx6i to show up tomorrow. Looking forward to being able to fly multiple planes without switching receivers and getting all of my trim settings completely messed up!
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Yesterday I maidenend it and after less than five seconds in the air, cartwheeled it nose-first into the ground and spent the next ten minutes recovering the plethora of parts that were scattered over the field into a plastic carrier bag.

Will be spending the upcoming dark winter nights meticulously gluing all the bits back together!
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 08:06 AM
If it flies.....I can crash it
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Yesterday I maidenend it and after less than five seconds in the air, cartwheeled it nose-first into the ground and spent the next ten minutes recovering the plethora of parts that were scattered over the field into a plastic carrier bag.

Will be spending the upcoming dark winter nights meticulously gluing all the bits back together!
What plane was it fella and what happened??
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 08:50 AM
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What plane was it fella and what happened??
HC Hobby Mosquito. What happened was too much throttle and too much elevator. We have a grass landing strip at our club and I had full elevator to keep the tail wheel in ground contact. As I increased the throttle she unexpectedly rose up. It's quite a heavy model and so I did not expect her to do that so quickly. Consequently she tried to go straight up without enough airspeed or indeed power, cartwheeled to the left and as I tried to counter-steer (ineffective 'cause there was pretty much zero airflow over the control surfaces) she simply ploughed into the ground.

At least next time (after substantial repairs) I will increase the throttle more slowly and counter with decreased elevator 'till her arse lifts off the ground a bit.
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Sorry to hear about the tough luck CodeJock. I have done the same thing but not to the extent that you did.
Today I did some touch and goes with my eflite cessna 150 aerobat.
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 09:49 PM
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Flew my EPP Cheap N Easy after work in the area behind the building. Sunny and blue and had company of a EP foam high wing trainer buddy.

The last time we were out he flew his AXN for the first time and it went out of sight behind the old helicopter hanger. He was in the process of giving up in disgust when it rose from the dead. He grab the sticks and saved it! That was a good day, too.

V929 Beetle quad showed up minus its battery about 10 days ago. Today was also another day that the batteries I ordered did not show up. If I were 16 instead of 60 I'd be outraged. But...oh well.

Brent
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 09:44 AM
Low'n Slow is safest, right?
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HC Hobby Mosquito. What happened was too much throttle and too much elevator. We have a grass landing strip at our club and I had full elevator to keep the tail wheel in ground contact. As I increased the throttle she unexpectedly rose up. It's quite a heavy model and so I did not expect her to do that so quickly. Consequently she tried to go straight up without enough airspeed or indeed power, cartwheeled to the left and as I tried to counter-steer (ineffective 'cause there was pretty much zero airflow over the control surfaces) she simply ploughed into the ground.

At least next time (after substantial repairs) I will increase the throttle more slowly and counter with decreased elevator 'till her arse lifts off the ground a bit.
To bad with the plane Jock, but it seems that you have the post-crash-investigation sorted out Finding the real reason behind a crash is a good way to avoid the next...


For me, one of the most enjoyable parts of a flight is take-offs just like you describe them. Even if the plane have power&lift enough to jump off the ground in inches, I absolutely love to to let a taildragger accellerate slowly rising its tail of the ground and gain speed on two wheels before a nice and shallow climb-out This and a perfect landing...

Had a real laugh the other day though - Was taking off with a S.E.5a, and while gaining speed it hit a bump in the gravel runway, and hey presto, it was 10 inches off the ground flying perfectly level Shortest distance from take off to level flight ever...
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 09:52 AM
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Built a Mini Ultra Stick from start to finish last night including a tail wheel mod and drilling the firewall out to fit the 480 in. That's more than I usually get done in a week
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 09:54 AM
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Been a rought month of flying for me. Brown out with my new Dynam FW190 results in a fatal crash a couple weeks ago. Brown out yesterday in another plane( Wattage Wildcat) fatal as well. Buddy had two brownouts in the same brand new PZ T-28 Trojan. one of those while I was flying it....Our field is brownout central lately....
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