|Aug 19, 2009, 08:32 PM|
Flight report from Holland PA 8/19
Back in 2000 I bought a kit (Electra) Basically a E powered version of a gentle lady.
Well I built the first half about 6 years ago. I finished it up this spring and it has been waiting to see the sky for several months. Now I should add I really did not do a great job building it although I did ok on the Monocoat.
Well I ditched the Brushed 600 that came with the kit (It had a on/off switch for the motor LOL)
I put in a cheap Chinese outrunner KA 36-16M and a 10" folding prop, that along with a 2500MAH 10C lipo is the power train. With all of that it came out much lighter then the stock motor/battery. I think it's CG is about 1" back of where it should be. But being that it is a clunker so to speak I said oh well and went for a flight anyways.
It was about 90 degrees and sunny/humid today.
With almost no wind I push the throttle to about 25% and gave her a toss. Got my hands on the sticks and as she was just kind waffling around. Push the throttle forward to about 75% and wow, She picked up speed in a hurry and started to nose up. I had to feed in quite a bit of down elevator to keep the climb path proper. Turned out about 10 seconds of run time with a 70 degree climb angle had her to height.
Now I start trimmer her out. Oh wait she really did not need any, she just glided nice and level. First turn I learned that the I had to much rudder, So I let her glide for a few minutes and had a nice smooth landing.
Setup some DR on the Rudder, I put it on a 3 position switch. 100%,75%,50%. Turns out that 50% works real nice for soaring. but 75% is a little better for landing. My field is not all that big.
A few more flights later I have mixed in some throttle/ Down elevator. Turned out 25% was about right and now she only noses up a little at partial throttle and not at all at full throttle.
Did a loop and then landed for a fresh battey pack. (There was no thermals and the ESC that I put in does not have LVC for Lipo.)
Next pack I made several 10 second climbs. Flew for about 25 Min, before I was just to hot to continue. Packed everything up and came home. Put the pack on the charger to see how much I had used.
800MAH for the 25 min flight. I did not find any thermals. There was some spotty lift, but I probably found as much spotty sink.
All in all, for a plane that I just slapped togeather I was quite happy. It flies slow, Will go almost vertical on 3/4 throttle. On a day without any wind I should be about to get about 1 hr flights before I should to swap packs.
I might set this one up as a trainer as it flies very slow and smooth.
I wish that the designers on these E-gliders would put a longer nose on the plane. I could do with 1/2 the motor and 1/2 the battery that I have in this plane. That would really help it float a little lighter.
|Aug 20, 2009, 06:39 AM|
You forgot to post a picture. Nice report.
The short nose is due to the fact that when this kit was designed, you needed about a pound of NiCd in the nose to have enough power to fly. Now we can put in the same amount of power in a 2oz LiPo, and can use a much smaller motor, the models end up being tail heavy..
|Aug 20, 2009, 05:23 PM|
WOW what a great report. Andy's right, how about a nice photo of you and the plane. First flights are always fun, and nerve racking. Glad your's went so well. Congratulations.
Bob in Seattle
|Aug 20, 2009, 09:14 PM|
Well I was alone, But I felt bad about the no pic, so I flew it again tonight. The camera was acting up, Had a hard time getting it out of movie mode. the switch is going bad. If the pic is worth anything at all I will post it. I was flying with one hand trying to snap a pic with the other :/
|Aug 20, 2009, 10:31 PM|
Don't worry Highflyer... just tell us that it was awesome, and, well, like all good fish stories, we'll make up the visual details!!
I bet it was fun!!
The pics will be well worth the wait, I'm sure.
|Aug 22, 2009, 04:20 PM|
LOL the pics are not that great
The one in the air is the electra. Looked much closer in lower in real life. I was focusing on flying not on the camera as you will see,
The other 2 are of my next day of flying, you will see a variety of planes
1 72" electric Telemaster (This will be my tug plane)
2) 72" Spectra converted to brushless and rebuilt from a tree attack
3) Little Cchristian Eagle. This is my small plane that handles a breeze quite well. MY other small stuff has to wait for calmer air. I am always supprised how this plane does in wind.
4) Combat wing. 20+ kills and still flying well, It will fly when weather has grounded everything else.
|Aug 25, 2009, 11:04 AM|
Here is a link to another flight report that has a picture of the electra and me.
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