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Old Apr 03, 2009, 11:29 AM
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not a preferred method of landing........
Nor a prefered method of model construction as stock-shoddy is being kind.

Nose overs happen sometimes due mainly to the wheels digging into ruts and tipping as it slows up, it hasn't done any damage since I did the mods.

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The only 'mod' added to mine was thin cf struts for the vert and horiz stabs. Prep from pre-flight to tie-down as you would in R/L = no problems.

I seem to have got away with the tail feathers so far.. Had to rethink the undercarriage fitment, and as stated before a couple of cross braces in the rear fuz.
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Old Apr 03, 2009, 12:10 PM
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Had my first "hard landing" yesterday. It was my 4rd flight with the TC. Figured out my battery and Cg stuff but this little bird isn't so great in gusty winds..
Took off, realized it was a mistake, as the plane was getting tossed around like mad, and came in 3 times before I could go near the runway. I ran out of airspeed and had a hard landing into the wind. Bent the gear, cracked a wheel pant, snapped the prop.
I think the fact I glued the crap out of the gear area, and motor box saved me from any real repairs.
Took 10 minuets to fix when I got home. I will try again when the weather is nicer. I want to love this plane but so far my Trojan flys better......?
Guess I need a 60 low wing nitro if I'm going to fly "whenever" and a better skill set.
Gee.. I don't have this problem with the heli's ??!
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Old Apr 04, 2009, 08:10 PM
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Hi,

I was just wondering what would be the heaviest AUP that the Taylorcraft could handle for basic aerobatic scale flying, as wing loading, etc is really quite beyond me.

I guess what I really want to know is how much modding I can get away with before she becomes uncontrollable .

I`ve now epoxied a couple of balsa squares to the LG mounting as someone did earlier (great idea) and ironed the covering back on the underside of the fuselage, easier than I thought and now looks as good as new.
Well, compared to how my kit was new, even better .

I have also managed to remove most of the excess glue from along the control surfaces and they now move freely.
Took me about 2hr`s as I could not see the hinges and did`nt want to cut them or the covering .

Thanks everyone,

ants.
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Old Apr 04, 2009, 08:35 PM
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My rolling TO weight is 42oz (1190g). I'd be comfortable with 4-5 more ounces (~150g) from a performance view-point for my set-up, but remember that added weight during landing. <G>


> > redrsv - One of my pre-flight checks is ensuring wind is less than 12-15MPH. Simply ain't much "fun" above that.
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Old Apr 04, 2009, 09:03 PM
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Well, I couldn't wait for my motor so I took it out this morning with this little one and I did a ROG grass takeoff and guess what? It flew? NOt a powerhouse by any stretch, but it just floated. A 1200 batt and this little motor and away she went. Did a couple of takeoffs and it trimmed out perfectly. I can't imagine what it will do with that 450!
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 03:54 PM
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Well, I couldn't wait for my motor so I took it out this morning with this little one and I did a ROG grass takeoff and guess what? It flew? NOt a powerhouse by any stretch, but it just floated. A 1200 batt and this little motor and away she went. Did a couple of takeoffs and it trimmed out perfectly. I can't imagine what it will do with that 450!

Don't know for sure, but the 480 is pretty effective. . The TC has a good wing area, and not inconsiderable under fus area, so isn't lacking 'float' ability. But it's been said, quite susceptible to a breeze because it is a barn door!

Having said that, it flies very well, quite sharp turns and loops if needed. And will crawl in to the patch for a slow pass or land--I find it lands easier if it's given (not too much!) throttle and fly it 'into' the flare at a decent speed for touch down rather than slow it up too much to hover it where it can stall and drop. The patch you're using will of course make a difference to how you land it and the considerations you'll need to make.
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Old Apr 06, 2009, 12:12 AM
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Did notice that it floated...my T 28 does the same thing, I have to PULL it down sometimes.
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Old Apr 06, 2009, 10:28 AM
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I like the floating side of this plane ,when the wind is up i like to kill the motor and see how long i can keep it up there ,glider style . play around with the left and right tip stall.
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Old Apr 07, 2009, 07:29 AM
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Nice vid Snoopy but one thing comes to mind at the end, to the tune of ''My eyes have seen the glory'', He was only playing leap frog!!
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Old Apr 07, 2009, 01:26 PM
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Well, I couldn't wait for my motor so I took it out this morning with this little one and I did a ROG grass takeoff and guess what? It flew? NOt a powerhouse by any stretch, but it just floated. A 1200 batt and this little motor and away she went. Did a couple of takeoffs and it trimmed out perfectly. I can't imagine what it will do with that 450!
The motor you've got on there looks like it'd be good for ~70 to 100 watts/lb, so you're probably working with scale-like performance. The Park 450 bumps that up to between 85 to 120 watts/lb (the Park 480 has more power, yes, but the recommended battery is also significantly heavier than the 1200 mAH battery you're using.) The Park 450 is more than enough for aerobatics in the T-Craft.
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Old Apr 07, 2009, 01:36 PM
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Well, I couldn't wait for my motor so I took it out this morning with this little one and I did a ROG grass takeoff and guess what? It flew? NOt a powerhouse by any stretch, but it just floated. A 1200 batt and this little motor and away she went. Did a couple of takeoffs and it trimmed out perfectly. I can't imagine what it will do with that 450!
I fly mine on the Park 450 & 2200 mAH 3s1p. It has plenty of power, jumps off the grass in a short run and flies off water quite well. It's aerobatic w/floats, too.

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Old Apr 08, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Hey guys, glad to finally be a part of this thread. Beautiful plane. I've got one on order, and Ive chosen the eflite 480 BL for it. Im planning on swinging an 11x5 or 11x5.5 prop. At the moment, I have a spare 30A speedy lying around, will this be sufficient or will I need to order a 40A? Anyone running a 480 and 11x5.5 that knows the Amp draw?

Thanks guys
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Old Apr 08, 2009, 04:53 PM
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I can't speak to an 11" prop but my Taylorcraft with a Master Airscrew 10x6 and an E-Flite 480 1020 is consuming 27.74 amps and making 327 watts in flight according to my Eagle Tree. Goes vertical until I get tired of watching it or it goes OOS...
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Old Apr 09, 2009, 02:14 AM
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Got to love unlimited vertical. Great to know you're not limited by gravity! Very useful if you want to do some aerial photography, gets up high nice and quick! Can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy!!!
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