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Old Jul 16, 2012, 09:52 PM
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Landing a tail dragger?

Hey guys. Im getting VERY close to the point where i am ready for my parkzone P47, but the problem i see is its a taildragger and i have no clue how to land a "large" taildragger. Ive landed micro tail draggers, but not "large" ones. So how do i land a taildragger on a grass runway?
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 11:29 PM
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Hopefully this will be helpful. Link
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 11:43 PM
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Thanks. One question...what is a stick/yoke in RC terms? Im assuming that is a full scale term?
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 12:24 AM
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Thanks. One question...what is a stick/yoke in RC terms? Im assuming that is a full scale term?
Yup, the stick/yoke is what controls the elevator in a full scale plane. So think of it as pulling back on the stick of your transmitter in the r/c world.

I'm obsessed with taildraggers, but they can be a tricky beast. It seems like one day I will go out and grease all of my landings, and then the next trip I'm happy if it doesn't nose over. Some of this has to do with weather and landing strip conditions, but a good majority is definitely on me
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 02:02 AM
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landing is the easy part it lands like a trike you just hold the flare all the way to the ground
take off is the tricky part you have ease on the throttle to keep from ground looping

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just keep the nose level or slightly down till you get to the runway and then ease off the power and slowly pull back to keep the nose up
the plane will settle down on its own
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 09:57 AM
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Yup, the stick/yoke is what controls the elevator in a full scale plane. So think of it as pulling back on the stick of your transmitter in the r/c world.
They also control the ailerons; left and right on the stick controls ailerons, forward and back controls the elevator... so it's essentially the same as the right stick on a mode 2 transmitter. A yolk is basically a steering wheel and a stick is just a stick, like you'd mostly find on early planes and military aircraft. The yolk is being phased out (and mostly appears in small general aviation planes) as more and more planes come with "fly by wire" side sticks which can be programmed to feel however you want them to while flying with moderate to almost no physical pressure needed to control the plane as servos and other hydraulic systems actuate the surfaces.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Okay thanks guys! By the way, what is ground looping?
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 11:10 AM
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Ailerons lose effectiveness during slow part of landing, use rudder to level wings. Slow to 1/2 throttle, trim for level fliight, reduce throttle and let model settle to runway.Do not try to flare a warbird until you really know it's stalling tendencies. Real fighters normally land with some speed, on the main wheels, reduce throttle until tail wheel touches down, then raise elevator to keep tail on the ground/prevent nose overs, as you slow to a stop. Don't force model down to runway with down elevator, it'll bounce one or twice and fall out of the air.

You didn't ask, but for takeoffs, hold up elevator to keep tail down until speed increases , then release elevator to let tail rise, control yaw to the left with well timed gentle nudges of right rudder, as speed increases. Let model lift off at 3/4 throttle with little or no up elevator, keep climb gradual to avoid stalling, trim for level flight at comfortable cruising speed, retrim for full throttle, retrim to return to cruise speed or to prepare to land.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Thanks for the info E-Challenged!
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Okay thanks guys! By the way, what is ground looping?
spinning in a circle. In car terms you spun out or did a donut...
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Oh okay thanks.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 02:13 PM
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I find taking off to be more of a challenge than landing. That said some tail draggers are easier than others on the take off roll.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 02:27 PM
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Hey guys. Im getting VERY close to the point where i am ready for my parkzone P47, but the problem i see is its a taildragger and i have no clue how to land a "large" taildragger. Ive landed micro tail draggers, but not "large" ones. So how do i land a taildragger on a grass runway?
I thought warbirds 'sickened' you?

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post22001037

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I just absolutely hate warbirds whether it be they killed the nazis or whoever...just sickens me. Theres something about those over powered propeller death machines that i hate....absolutely hate. I only have 2 warbirds and won't be buying any more.
So you bought a 3rd warbird then?
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 03:36 PM
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I thought warbirds 'sickened' you?

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post22001037



So you bought a 3rd warbird then?
Nope. The two warbirds i have are the parkzone P47 and Micro T-28....as you can clearly see from the link below. And yeah they sicken me, but since i have it i might as well fly it.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1693312
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Nope. The two warbirds i have are the parkzone P47 and Micro T-28....as you can clearly see from the link below. And yeah they sicken me, but since i have it i might as well fly it.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1693312
But you said
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.i guess its just that military aircraft (except the P51 and EDF really don't interest me at all...theres just something about them that sickens me.
So, whatever.
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