|Apr 18, 2012, 07:44 PM|
And then there were two...
The refitted P-51 went up yesterday and for all intents and purposes, the flight was a success.
I was afraid that it would be underpowered, but hoo boy, was I wrong.
She lifted the tail and was off like a rocket. The ailerons were a bit twitchy, but not bad.
It ripped through the sky at 3/4 throttle; full throttle blasts made it nearly ballistic.
Nothing but fun.
I bounced it a bit on the rather springy mains when I touched down and I knew I could do better.
Since the flight was only about two minutes long, up it went once more for a quick trip around the pattern. I was absolutely ecstatic at the results.
Turning from base to final would be the last time that poor little bird would fly.
I suspect the old Zippy battery I used for the test may have given up the ghost with the combination of the 1400Kv motor and 9" prop because it, well, simply kept turning left, augering itself into the clubs helicopter/control line pad. No evidence of any failed servos or control linkages at all.
I had far more time than money into the project, but it was a shame to see what was a castoff return to the air in such a spectacular manner only to fail just as spectacularly.
That leaves the World Models P-51 EP and the brushless Sky Fly 2, both of which are just fine.
I'm going to be phasing out all of my remaining 2200mAh off-brand packs for some 2100mAh Venom packs. Great reviews, multiple plug choices through supplied adapters...and only $20 a pop.
On to the Great Planes Ultimate bipe...
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