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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:37 AM
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Yet another good point.

Thanks Silentpilot.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:54 AM
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So after a week of dozens of great Spitfire flights I got to thinking...


How would the 1 S AS3X brick do in my Champ???

I removed the brick from the Spit.
Installed it in my Champ.
Checked the controll surfaces. (had to reverse the rubber)

Everything was set to go...so I thought.

I armed the ESC and checked the function of the AS3X and much to my surprise the gyro was reverse of what it should be.

In the Spit the brick is mounted on it's side, in the Champ I laid it down.

So the question is.

Is the AS3X system programed for how the board will be oriented in the plane???
Time to invest in the USB programmer... Here's the interface, you can flip anything.

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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:22 AM
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I'm a new AS3X Spitty pilot. My first two flights: Wanted to climb and turn left. TX trims couldn't fix that. Next four flights: I centered TX trims, tweaked rudder and elevator pushrods, set 30% expo on TX, and held the airplane on the runway with tail up (fuselage level) before throttling up and initializing AS3X. TA DA! No more abnormal climb, no more left turn, and much smoother control for this ancient pilot's creaky reflexes.

The instructions that come with the airplane could be a little more detailed about AS3X.

I've had trouble trying to get a decent loop out of the Spitty, but I'm not a very good pilot. Maybe today ...

Jim R.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:41 AM
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I'm a new AS3X Spitty pilot. My first two flights: Wanted to climb and turn left. TX trims couldn't fix that. Next four flights: I centered TX trims, tweaked rudder and elevator pushrods, set 30% expo on TX, and held the airplane on the runway with tail up (fuselage level) before throttling up and initializing AS3X. TA DA! No more abnormal climb, no more left turn, and much smoother control for this ancient pilot's creaky reflexes.

The instructions that come with the airplane could be a little more detailed about AS3X.

I've had trouble trying to get a decent loop out of the Spitty, but I'm not a very good pilot. Maybe today ...

Jim R.
I can't get mine to do a good loop either. It will do it, it's just not very pretty or graceful. I've heard that complaint a lot on here though. One guy did say his loops nice,that was a few pages back. Thanks for the tip on the climbing issue. Mine likes to climb also, I've just been dealing with it. I will have to try that trick you did.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:53 AM
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RealGambler,

Thanks for posting that pic.

That is exactly what I need.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Hoping it comes in today, If it does I can get it put in the bird and probably fly tomorrow night.

Any plane with climb going into a headwind, the extra wind speed over the wind generates more lift. This plane is a blast! I flew three batteries last night in some wind above 10mph with gusts above that. I will say to get this bird turned RUDDER is a must in this much wind. Tipping the wings with ailerons will allow the wind to push the bird over.

Easily my favorite 1S plane to date.
Hey Matt,

Just checked your delivery conf#

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Go for some large loops!

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Old Oct 11, 2012, 09:42 AM
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I'm a new AS3X Spitty pilot. My first two flights: Wanted to climb and turn left. TX trims couldn't fix that. Next four flights: I centered TX trims, tweaked rudder and elevator pushrods

Jim R.
What exactly did you 'tweak' in the elevator and runner pushrods???
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 11:17 AM
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i think he meant the Control Centering from the manual where it is stated that you should bend the metal of the linkage with a pair if pliers. i had to do the same but only on the elevator
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:16 PM
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I just got mine. This is really nice for a small plane. Not sure when I'll get a chance to maiden it. I hope it flies as well as it looks.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 07:25 PM
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I got the SX motor installed, whenever I work on these things I think they have to be made by Chinese women as my gorilla hands have trouble with the small stuff. I got her in and ran her and tested everything and it runs and works great. Hoping to get some video of her tomorrow for you guys.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:01 PM
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now this I gotta see

looking forward to the vid...


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I got the SX motor installed, whenever I work on these things I think they have to be made by Chinese women as my gorilla hands have trouble with the small stuff. I got her in and ran her and tested everything and it runs and works great. Hoping to get some video of her tomorrow for you guys.
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:03 PM
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attached the bat hatch with some fishin' line....





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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:04 PM
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I got the SX motor installed, whenever I work on these things I think they have to be made by Chinese women as my gorilla hands have trouble with the small stuff. I got her in and ran her and tested everything and it runs and works great. Hoping to get some video of her tomorrow for you guys.
Have you test flown it?

I had my first "oops" with my Spitfire today- I'm flying in a rather tight space and stalled out and ran into a light pole. The Spitfire dropped from 12 ft up and dented up the front side a little. I tried the boiling water method and sealed it up with a coat of foam-safe CA:

Not too bad, right?
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:13 PM
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that looks grrreat! good job

yep, I've bounced mine off the patio (runway) and the side of the house and it dropped probably 10' nose first and I've slammed into into the bushes a few times myself.. pretty hardy airframe it seems... thought the vert stab shoulda busted a few times at least from what I've put it through but only have a scuffed up spinner and a a very slight dent on the right wing, leading edge close up to the fuse.. that's where I clipped a patio chair doing a low and fairly fast pass and misjudged the distance... depth perception

you can see the oopsie in the pic above...


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Have you test flown it?

I had my first "oops" with my Spitfire today- I'm flying in a rather tight space and stalled out and ran into a light pole. The Spitfire dropped from 12 ft up and dented up the front side a little. I tried the boiling water method and sealed it up with a coat of foam-safe CA:
Not too bad, right?
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Old Oct 11, 2012, 08:49 PM
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Huff, great idea with the fishing line tied like that. I wonder what the difference in weight that is compared to my hot glue idea. I think I might lean more towards your way

Anyway I got a good flight in this evening. 1-3mph breeze, steady. Only a back yard flight, the Husky didn't seem interested as she's too busy eating bugs but there are two pitts on the other side of the 4' chainlink that were none too pleased. I played it safe on that side of the yard. I got 8 minutes off of my MA 190, I didn't fly to pulsing/LVC because of the area. Unfortunately I don't have a multimeter and I don't have 1S plugs for my larger charger so I don't know how much juice was left. I flew at about 50-75% power the majority of time. I still need to work on my rudder control, I do use it with my P51 but usually for slight corrections not nessecity for great flight like this Spit seems to need.

I was going to try an inverted flight, but I didn't feel comfortable considering the dog situation. I did get a few loops in, I like them SOOOOOO much better than the P51 and I was worried they'd feel like forced loops I have to do with my semi-modded Night Vapor, but it wasn't the case. Slight nose down prior to loop and she pulls smooth almost to the top, struggles for a millisecond towards the top and smoothly rolls back to the downside of the loop. It looks so much better IMO.

I don't know if anyone "plays" Rise of Flight, and I know there's a difference between WWI and WWII birds, but this spit feels alot more like a few of my favorite RoF aircraft when it comes to the loops and turns.

I'm also still getting used to the quick stalls, every now and then I was forgetting about the power thing and I'd try to power out of a mistake instead of flying out of it. I was high enough there were no issues or even close calls the entire flight.

2 aborted landings trying to get in on my concrete pad in the corner of the yard, which resulted in three stall landings on short grass followed by RoG from above said pad. I LOVE the take off this plane has, I can see some people hating it since it feels slower but I think it feels "right".

Maybe some day I'll get me a hat cam so everyone can appluad... er criticize my untrained skills

Happy flying
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