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Old Aug 09, 2011, 09:09 PM
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MM that's where I installed my ESC, it's a better location IMO and its easier to keep the wires either side the same length. I still managed to achieve CG ok having there also

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Old Aug 09, 2011, 10:24 PM
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Succesful MAIDEN...sort of..

Finally did my maiden yesterday and it sort of was a success...let me explain. After 2 weeks my cut up finger is healing to a point where I can atleast use my right hand plus the weather was finally acceptable, so me and some mates went out for a fly.

I was to maiden my HUN and GWS P40 and he was maidening his Lander Hunter. P40 was first and after some probs with the gear I decided to just ditch em and go straight for the hand launch ......bit of a butt clincher but got her up, trimmed and down in one piece so far 1/1

Next Pete put his Hunter up which was very anti climatic, trimmed her out and she flew wonderfully. We were both surprised as that thing seems quite heavy for its size and upon doing a stall test she can really slow down to a crawl....ok 2/2 pretty darn good!

Then it was my turn again this time with the Hun. Off she went and the roll out was slightly longer than expected (about 70-80m) compared to my FlyFly F86 (30-40m) but off she went, got some altitude and began trimming her out. Got that done and then noticed 2 things, the modification I did to the cheater seems to affect the low end thrust but has the reverse effect on the top end. Considering I had all the ordnance on PLUS an extra 2 hard points with 4 sidewinders I was expecting this to be quite slow with all the drag but to my surprise she is actually quite quick once she gets on step I'd estimate 85mph which makes me wonder how much quicker I could get her if I removed the ordnance
I really don't care as she looks quite nasty cruising around with all the gear hanging off underneath They only thing I did notice is she likes to drag her tail a little on the turns unless you keep up the speed.

So 3/3 maidens and everyone's happy yes???...well we should be

Pete took his hunter up again, all good, I took my Hun up again, all good...I then went for flight number 3....

All ready to go, did ground check, took off and away she went. About 100m after she took off I went to turn and...nothing NO AILERON CONTROL!!! quickly moved elevator and she pitched up and down ok so tried roll and still nothing
By this point I'm fast running out of field and heading for a road, luckily there's alot more field over the other side however I couldn't see that far as it's now a good 400-500 meters away. I then decided to kill throttle and point her straight down, I thought I'd rather kiss dirt than potentially a car, so down she went and at the last second I flared and she came down flat 50m short of the road....PHEW!

Upon inspection the only damage were the breaking off of the fins from the tanks..that's it! Looking at the wiring inside and noticed the servo extension lead for the ailerons had come apart how this managed to break connection straight after takeoff is anyones guess (and NO battery didn't/can't move in flight) well I re-connected, put tape around it and all was good

Still had plenty in the battery so went up again and she flew nicely.

I had one battery left and decided to finish off the day with her. Take of was nice, did some great high speed passes and all was going BEAUTIFULLY I then decided to do 1 more pass before circling around for my final and then it happened again.....NO AILERON CONTROL!!! W. T. F.!!!

This was in a different section of airspace, again, a good distance away from me, and again heading towards another road the problem was this time I had less time and space to get her down...I was heading towards the road
At the last moment I decided to throttle up and go over the road and then deal with any consequences that came, I thought I'd rather hit a tree, house etc than a moving car and potentially cause a road accident.

Now for those who might be think 'why would he be flying so close to roads?' well the reality is where I was flying is actually VERY large and open as it's an old horse race course. Probably around 800m wide by over 1km long and I only fly in less than half that space and we take off from near the middle.

Well I started running to where I thought my plane was and walking around jiggling the sticks I heard her, found her and looking up there she was on a roof of a two story apartment with the tail kinda hanging off the edge a bit. It landed on the roof and into some chimney stacks which kinda acted like a net and stopped it from going anywhere. After much stuffing around I got a long enough ladder and salvaged her.

Initial Damage Report: Starboard wing completely broken off at fuse, Port wing cracked with compression where it meets the fuse. All but 2 of the ordnance broken off, canopy damaged, vertical stabiliser cleanly broken off.

Looking at the plane she looks repairable with most of the work needed in re-fixing and reinforcing the wings to the fuse. The most troubling thing is that looking back at the suspect aileron extension wire, it was still connected perfectly which tells me the problem was elsewhere....but where
I'm going to have to go completely through all the wiring again which will be hard now that she's assembled...kinda, but this time I will be installing RUDDER, atleast that way I'll have some kinda of added insurance against anything like this happening again. With over 30 builds this is the first time anything like this as happened which is why it's a bit I'm kinda hoping to take the fuse apart and find a broken connection somewhere but until then it all quite disheartening I know in retrospect in my unluckyness I was kinda lucky as the only damage was to the plane and pride but it's amazing how much one can be scared when you can have a what is practically a flying missile, and suddenly have no control over it. It probably doesn't sound very bad but experiencing it really is one of the worst things and I would not wish it upon anyone.
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Old Aug 09, 2011, 11:00 PM
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I kind of like running twin aileron servos on seperate channels just in case one comes undone. i have twin Elevators on the f86 but i have not even started the f-100 yet so i dont know what im going to do yet. The manual looks to only require 3 servos???
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 11:01 AM
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F100 FLYFLY..... progress

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Some views on the progress of the construction of the F100 ...... Paint - finishing .......

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Old Aug 12, 2011, 05:41 PM
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Well after alot of work fiberglassing and sanding for days here is the final paint. Just stripped the masking tape off a few minutes ago
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 05:48 PM
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Ouh ra!!!!!!!!
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 06:01 PM
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Yippie cayaahy, M............

Don't suppose you'll be putting an efflux rc sticker on that one?

Looks great C.
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 06:11 PM
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Well after alot of work fiberglassing and sanding for days here is the final paint. Just stripped the masking tape off a few minutes ago
Where is the colour? I hate it, looks like a green blob, probably the worse colour scheme for flying especially on gray day, sorry, Joe.
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 07:11 PM
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joFro well you are entitled to your opinion I suppose....
It is painted after a real aircraft though


" probably the worse colour scheme for flying especially on gray day"

Actually i would think a GRAY aircraft would be worse
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 07:25 PM
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Where is the colour? I hate it, looks like a green blob, probably the worse colour scheme for flying especially on gray day, sorry, Joe.
Hey Joe, can you show us a picture of the scheme you painted your F-100?
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 10:30 PM
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That's a great looking Hun Marine!

I've seen some of jofro's jets, obviously the only taste he has is in his mouth.
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 10:32 PM
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I love it!!!
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Old Aug 12, 2011, 11:01 PM
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I don't mind the scheme, I reckon it looks ok. Is underneath the same camo or is it all one colour?
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 12:31 AM
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Jbc
The bottom side is an offwhite
It is painted to mimic the plane "Thor's Hammer"
I put some of the lettering on and the inflight refueling probe also is attached with magnets
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Old Aug 13, 2011, 01:39 AM
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No need to get upset guys, can't you handle bit if honest critique? Be a man. I'm taking it every day with my models at the fields, just brushing it off. Being a pro artist my life is a colour, it brightens my life. That model reminds me the monotonous colour scheme of today new houses being built, gray blobs because it is the cheapest paint to produce, Joe.
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