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Old Jun 30, 2008, 02:18 PM
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I use 20% on the ailerons and 30% on the elevator. Experiment and see what works.
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Old Jun 30, 2008, 05:47 PM
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I use 20% on the ailerons and 30% on the elevator. Experiment and see what works.
Those are good starting points, though I would increase the ailerons slightly to 25%. Also, I found the rudder to be VERY sensitive on the take-off roll, and extremely powerful in flight, so I put 40% expo on my rudder and it feels great!

For those who never use the rudder in flight, or don't know what it is, you may omit that setting...
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Old Jun 30, 2008, 10:22 PM
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wow - glad I asked! I had everything set between 15 to 20.
Good to go now - winds are out of the south from 2 - 4 tomorrow, should be a nice morning to maiden her.
Will report back.
Thanks again for the help - and this thread.
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Old Jul 01, 2008, 09:50 PM
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Can you remove the wings struts on each trip to the field without waring out the mounting holes?
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Old Jul 01, 2008, 10:11 PM
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Those are good starting points, though I would increase the ailerons slightly to 25%. Also, I found the rudder to be VERY sensitive on the take-off roll, and extremely powerful in flight, so I put 40% expo on my rudder and it feels great!

For those who never use the rudder in flight, or don't know what it is, you may omit that setting...
I use 30% 20% expo on the ailirons and mix the ail to rudder it makes a nice flat scale turn.
and helps kick the tail around without so much loss of altitude
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Old Jul 01, 2008, 10:13 PM
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Can you remove the wings struts on each trip to the field without waring out the mounting holes?
if you hardend them with ca they come in and out easy I just take the one off the fuse one screw each
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Old Jul 01, 2008, 10:18 PM
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Now I just have to find one.
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Old Jul 01, 2008, 10:39 PM
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Sweet!

Well the expo mix ( 25% aileron 30% elevator 35 % rudder ) worked great!
Straight out of the gate she needed just 3 clicks right aileron and that was it! The first flight I took it easy getting to know the aircraft, that flight lasted 6 minutes. The second flight was a little longer and I did rolls, loops, Split Sís and almost pulled a knife edge but that one is going to take more practice and some tweaked settings. Both times, the 2200 batt. was only half used.
I wanted to see how much power it had so I went straight up and nailed the throttle Ė it started going too fast for me so I applied full left aileron to slow her down and she just kept climbing straight up! I finally just cut the motor and for the next few minutes glided back and forth across the field on zero power. From take off to landing I was on low rates the whole time.
I LOVE THIS PLANE! Iím new to this hobby so I donít have much to compare it to and the only thing I noticed is that she does seem to drag her tail around in the turns but, I really enjoy the rudder flying thing so I can either do it manually or mix some rudder in on my radio.
As a ďthanks for this threadĒ, Iím going to post all the parts I used as this is not a standard build out I ( I used different servos and motor then everyone else here so far ) to give everyone some other options when builder theirs.
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Old Jul 02, 2008, 07:32 AM
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Flying Pez,
This is a perfect plane to learn to coordinate rudder with aileron when doing turns. This is standard practice in full-scale aircraft and a skill that can serve you well in RC. I have observed that once in the air many RCers never touch the rudder unless they are 3D flyers. Practice a bit and it will come quite easily. If you are concerned practice about 2 or 3 mistakes high
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Old Jul 02, 2008, 08:35 PM
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I use 30% 20% expo on the ailirons and mix the ail to rudder it makes a nice flat scale turn.
and helps kick the tail around without so much loss of altitude
I don't like to mix aileron and rudder because there are times, such as landing in a crosswind, that I do not want the rudder to track the ailerons. Plus, I tend to fly my T-Craft the same way I did full-scale... initiate the turn with ailerons and rudder, then maintain the turn with rudder while holding a bit of opposite aileron to keep the bank angle from increasing. The T-Craft does absolutely beautiful scale-looking turns this way! If I had aileron to rudder mixing I couldn't do that.
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Old Jul 03, 2008, 04:22 AM
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I don't like to mix aileron and rudder because there are times, such as landing in a crosswind, that I do not want the rudder to track the ailerons. Plus, I tend to fly my T-Craft the same way I did full-scale... initiate the turn with ailerons and rudder, then maintain the turn with rudder while holding a bit of opposite aileron to keep the bank angle from increasing. The T-Craft does absolutely beautiful scale-looking turns this way! If I had aileron to rudder mixing I couldn't do that.

I fly my T-Craft and other planes the same way. They all have working rudders. With my J3 Cub and T-Craft, I forward slip and side slip in cross wind landings. I especially use the forward slip to lose altitude without gaining air speed.
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Old Jul 03, 2008, 06:42 AM
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I don't like to mix aileron and rudder because there are times, such as landing in a crosswind, that I do not want the rudder to track the ailerons. Plus, I tend to fly my T-Craft the same way I did full-scale... initiate the turn with ailerons and rudder, then maintain the turn with rudder while holding a bit of opposite aileron to keep the bank angle from increasing. The T-Craft does absolutely beautiful scale-looking turns this way! If I had aileron to rudder mixing I couldn't do that.
That work but I have the mix on a switch so it can be turned off
and I do the have one mix with opposite ail-rudder and it is nice
its a great plane its so nice and simple to grab when I don't have room for the beaver and just want some quick fun flying
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Old Jul 03, 2008, 08:18 AM
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does this plane need to have the wing struts on if i take them of will it be ok as they seem to twist the wing a bit when they are on
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Old Jul 03, 2008, 08:30 AM
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The wing structure is strong enough without them I think. The struts are for a more scale look, but can cause a twist if the predrilled hole positions are off (they were slightly in mine). You can always redrill the mounting holes so that they fall into a neutral position and don't pull.

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Old Jul 03, 2008, 08:52 AM
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Personally I would redrill the strut holes to make them fit and use the struts. There's something very weird looking about a Tcraft without wing struts! And, if you decide to do some aerobatics, it is more comforting to have the struts in place. While I *think* the wing is strong enough without struts for what I've done with the plane so far, I don't want to find out the hard way when it folds coming down out of a loop! I've folded one wing in my life and DON'T want it to happen to my beautiful little Tcraft!
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