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Old Jan 12, 2013, 05:33 PM
The "pro" in procrastination
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Congratulations on a great maiden, Dave! She certainly isn't under-powered. And if you were able to maintain control and bring her in for a landing after the motor and battery pulled out like in you photo, you're a helluva pilot!

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Old Jan 12, 2013, 08:12 PM
UMs & parkflyers... for now.
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Here's the video of the second flight and mechanical failure.
I kept my cool!
Blackburn Skua from Earl Stahl plans (second flight) (1 min 8 sec)
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 09:25 AM
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Nice job David! Your Skua is a great flyer!
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Very nice and congratulations! I think you will have a lot of fun with it once you get the mount and rates dialed in to your liking.

Best,

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 03:57 AM
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great job David, congrats!

Very noble of you to remain so composed like that. I take my hat off to you sir.


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Old Jan 15, 2013, 08:23 AM
Hatters gonna hat.
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Good lookin bird David. Be sure to take some eye candy shots of it once you get the canopy finalized.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 10:04 PM
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I removed the internal structure trashed when the motor separated from the mounting and attempted to leave.

I cut away the forward fuselage and may convert it into a removable piece... or, at least, semi-removable.

I got my injured Rufe repaired last night. Tonight, in addition to beginning the rhinoplasty on the Skua, I did a motor transplant on my UM T-28.

Busy!
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:20 PM
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Firewall and motor mount installed. I changed the prop to a 9047 and hooked up the wattmeter... 120 Watts and still under 12 amps! Sold!

I should be able to spend most of the time at 50% or below... and I may explorer a 2S solution.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 12:01 AM
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I worked on and have her ready to fly... it is supposed to be clear tomorrow but, a little windy.

Having added the 1/16 inch plywood firewall I weighed her when I was done.

Fight-ready AUW, including battery, is 374.7 g; an increase of about 5 g.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 09:59 PM
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I flew her twice today. It was cold, clear and moderately windy. I had the camera set up and I aimed it more at the sky but, the first three minutes of video were marred by the camera autofocus alternating between infinity and my head.

I'm loading the video into the editor now and will try to harvest a little proof that she flew and flew well.

I am very pleased with the overall performance, especially with the new prop. She had just over 1:1 thrust at WOT. At 50%, she was really pretty.

I'll load the video when it's presentable.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:08 AM
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Video of the 3rd flight...

Blackburn Skua from Earl Stahl plans - 3rd Flight (3 min 35 sec)


That was fun!

Now, to build a box to keep her safe.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:16 AM
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She takes her place on the "Alert 5" rotation...
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:41 AM
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She takes her place on the "Alert 5" rotation...
Alert 5! I like that. I stand ready @ alert 1.5- with 4 on either standby or resto! Nice job!

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Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:05 PM
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The Hangar Deck is on the other side of the Garage.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 09:15 PM
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Here's a JPG of my box building worksheet and the box I built for my Cartoon C-119.
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