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Old Sep 06, 2010, 11:26 AM
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40 weeks!

I'm pushing 75 months on my T-28; no crashes! I would be devastated to lose that bird.

Tim
Somebody told me one day: "Fly them like you don't like them".... He was right... It does make things way more interesting!

Also I may fly a bit more than the usual RC pilots... What I fly in two months may be what the average RC pilot fly in 1 years!!!

Here's my log for the last 2 months only (and I don't always log all my flights!):

UM 4-Site: 20 flights
Older UM Mustang: 95 flights
Newer UM Mustang: 79 flights
UM Sukhoi: 7 flights
Blade mSr: 1 flight (that was a just a demo... Winter only )
Spitfire (UM, not parkzone): 7 flights
Stryker: 26 flights (those are all averaging 20 minutes in flight!)
F-35 EDF jet: 8 flights

Have to admit that I was on vacation in July, so many flights there... (but that doesn't include July 1st to July 6th, because I took only the last 60 days) I also fly in winter when most people don't...

My older UM Mustang as over 400 flights and I'm still flying original foam! My second UM Mustang as exactly 211 flights so far, also all original foam.

I don't expect to still be able to fly them in 40 years though!

Edit: Shoot, that's only 4 flights per days on average... Not that great I guess. Though, like most people I've been grounded by the wind many days (except for the Stryker which can take pretty much anything).
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Old Sep 06, 2010, 11:31 PM
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I have an Ace Bingo that I've been flying for nearly 20 years without crashing. I taught myself how to do tailslides, torque-rolls and hover with that plane. The airframe has lasted through two overhauls of its Saito .91. I have no clue as to the flight-hours, as I flew it for a number of years on a FP-T7FG/K before upgrading to an 8UAF. Still a far cry from 40 years, though.

Back on-topic....

I'm thinking about laying down something in my backyard to use as a UM runway. With the UM Sukhoi/XP, flying sans gear is fine; however belly-landings just don't seem to be right with the Beast.

Joel
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 09:43 AM
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Not with the way they have those micro servos mounted on the wings.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 09:58 AM
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I think you guys that are worried about the servos are nuts... There's no way they'd get damaged on a typical grass landing... Plane is too light, and the servos are low-profile. In my opinion, the K.I.S.S. method has been successfully implemented here and the servos & linkage will be much more reliable because of it.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 11:55 AM
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I have an Ace Bingo that I've been flying for nearly 20 years without crashing. I taught myself how to do tailslides, torque-rolls and hover with that plane. The airframe has lasted through two overhauls of its Saito .91. I have no clue as to the flight-hours, as I flew it for a number of years on a FP-T7FG/K before upgrading to an 8UAF. Still a far cry from 40 years, though.

Back on-topic....

I'm thinking about laying down something in my backyard to use as a UM runway. With the UM Sukhoi/XP, flying sans gear is fine; however belly-landings just don't seem to be right with the Beast.

Joel
Joel- Let us know what you come up with for a runway. I've been thinking about keeping something in the trunk for that purpose.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 11:56 AM
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Maybe they will and maybe they won't in a belly landing, but the gears are exposed so keeping dirt and crap out of them would be a challenge.......I, for one am going to keep the wheels on this one.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 12:01 PM
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How about those roll up camping/sleeping mats?
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 12:07 PM
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The video speaks well for the UMX's ability to touch down with little speed.. add wind and you could land backwards.. hardly a concern for those servos..
they are mounted for BALANCE to correct coupling.
I doubt I will ever have to land in grass, but if i did, it would plop at my feet like a cotton ball just like the other micros.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 01:37 PM
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How about those roll up camping/sleeping mats?
That might be okay for a slower UM with a headwind, but I'm thinking about something I could roll out to 20 feet (@6.5 meter). That way it would work for small parkfliers, also. As for the Beast, if it hovers well enough, you can always hand catch it!
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 01:58 PM
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The video speaks well for the UMX's ability to touch down with little speed.. add wind and you could land backwards.. hardly a concern for those servos..
they are mounted for BALANCE to correct coupling.
I doubt I will ever have to land in grass, but if i did, it would plop at my feet like a cotton ball just like the other micros.
I flew my Sukhoi in the local aftermath of the hurricane. I could hover flying into the wind, but at ground level there was almost no wind. Could not even come close to hovering in to a landing. The lower you get the less wind there seems to be. Ten feet up it's full blast, at ground level, at least over grass there seems to be very little wind.

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Old Sep 07, 2010, 02:05 PM
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Some kind of semi rigid plastic rolled up is what I was thinking, but haven't started looking for anything. The big question is how many feet does it really need. You could maybe find scraps of floor covering that would work but not sure how long you could get.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 02:47 PM
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Go for true carrier landings and add a landing hook / line.
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 03:39 PM
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have you seen the battery cover they made for the um p-51 why not use a paper plate and make a cover for each servo simple fix....
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 03:41 PM
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Go for true carrier landings and add a landing hook / line.
Hey, not such a bad idea! I have a short runway, so maybe I'll set-up something, even for my other micros! Though, there's nothing like a smooth landing...
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Old Sep 07, 2010, 04:07 PM
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The big question is how many feet does it really need.
The wing load is approximate the same of the P51 and only little bit higher as the Sukhoi and should not need significant more as these planes.
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