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Supermarine PB31.......Crashed on take-off. Repairable.....I must remember--don't reduce take-off power until level flight established....Elevator response is poor when propwash is slow.
Tu95. As designed, the engine nacelles were attached to the wing with a complex arrangement of hidden rubber bands, which required frequent replacement. Bands now replaced with thin soft steel wire: much less trouble. "Knockoffability" proved to be unnecessary.
EE Lightning. "Lost it" twice on a recent flight, but managed to recover. At a distance, and at some angles, it's just a "blob" with no orientation clues.I am revising my landing drill, so that the final turn is as close as possible.
Canberra. In flight, the black shows-up well, but the light grey can disappear.
SIAI Marchetti 74. Three years since its last outing. I thought there was no need to keep notes, since the Tx remembers the trim settings. But I couldn't remember whether to use full rates or half for take-off. Too much is better than too little, so I chose full. Violent overcontrol! Urgent switch to half rates.
P61. Must re-balance the props!
Avro Lancastrian. Five years since its last outing.
Last time I flew the Valiant [6 months ago] I lost control on the landing approach. Now, I am careful to arrange correct positioning of the 2.4GHz receiver antennas.
Handley Page 0-400. First test after re-motoring with brushless. Just managed to struggle off our grass strip. New tail planned. Increased area to improve control. Ultra-light to reduce nose ballast.
Skytruck. Based on the RCGroups Cargo Twin plan. Incredibly light and slow, 8 oz/sq ft. Just right for me!
Ilyushin 28. Balsa wing and tailplane. Remainder Depron.
F84, pushprop. A nice'n'easy flyer.
Short Calcutta. Just re-maidened with electric power. First flight with glow power was 1989.
Hair-raising first flight. Due to a combinaion of excessive throws, and my slow reactions. Survived, by good fortune.
Second flight much better. Reduced throws, and expert pilot John Higgins on the sticks. Trimmed out nicely.
The H6k is 19 years old, still flying well with speed 400s.
Short L17. I'm still trying to find a safe landing technique. Absolutely essential to keep a bit of power on.
My B36 has been flying since 1992, with an OS10 in the tail.
Now converted to electric. One 60 gram outrunner, 1500 Kv. A much better flying experience.
SeaDart. To vleisie's clever design, with a few superficial mods.
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