New plane- Mini-One XL
I bought another new plane; when will it end?
Thanks to Larry out in MO; he mailed the kit on a Saturday, and I had it on Tuesday. THAT'S FAST!!
Anyway, it was just a $50.00 kit, quite the bargain. It's K&A's Mini One, a very small, low wing, aileron/elevator sloper. It has forward swept wings, with high taper, and should be a "blur" on the rolls.
I find it amusing that I've bought other planes, costing over 10 times as much, that I still haven't made my maiden with! I've already started construction:
Fuse is built, and 3oz glass twill went on last night. The wings were sheeted night before last with West Systems, and now have a pine LE and the balsa tip blocks, and balsa sub TE drying with PU glue. I love that stuff, so sandable!
Will post pics later.
Pics as promised. Almost done!
All up weight is 12.5oz, with the following:
4 cell AAA NiMH pack,
Hitec's new 05S single conversion Rx,
hs85mg for ailerons,
hs55 for elevator.
NO NOSE WEIGHT!
Well, the maiden was HAIRY ! ! ! ! ! !
Apparently, the instructions, and the plans had the OLD CG on them, when the model had a straight TE, with a swept LE...NOT a straight LE, and swept forward TE!
What does that matter, you ask? HoHo!
I had to add 1-7/8oz of lead to the nose, and on a 10 oz plane, that's a lot!
The maiden at Fermin whent likke this:
Bill L launches, plane balloons up and behind us. Add down elevator....
Plane is now in a vertical dive above us. I'm not enjoying myself right now. I manage to get out in front of the slope, and add some down trim. Plane either tucks completely, or balloons and stalls....
Ten minutes transpire with everyone laughing hysterically.
I end up landing the plane safely in the landing zone across the street at Fermin. Whew, that was HAIRY!
I decided to take the plane, and some lead to 3T to remaiden. I started with 1oz of laed, and keep adding to it, til I have 1-7/8oz on there. The CG has moved forward nearly and inch...
Flies MUCH better, but I can tell that this plane likes more lift than this place has to offer.
Upcoming projects include:
Installing a 4-pin deans connector to the wing-mounted aileron and elevator servos,
Installing a "switchjack" (gasp!) into the fuse, since the plane doesn't use a hatch.
More CG tweeking at Fermin.
Jury's still out on this one.
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