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Old Dec 22, 2007, 09:56 PM
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450 taylorcraft with onboard cam and landing

hi guys i have never posted on this thread i am always in rcuniverse but i notice thereis more talk here about the taylorcraft i wanted to share my video clips of my taylorcraft with an onboard cam and a clip of my landing

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Old Dec 22, 2007, 10:05 PM
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Nice video. You Tcraft float flyers need to look at this.
Taylorcraft take off (0 min 47 sec)

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Old Dec 22, 2007, 10:35 PM
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Crashed my taylorcraft today!

I was showing it to a friend, describing how great it is to fly. I was coming in for a landing, decided I was too high(it floats along at such a low speed!) throttled up for the go around, the P-factor kicked in(I don't think there is any correction in the motor mount like there is for my MUS) I picked the wrong way for rudder correction as it flew towards me. I never said I was an expert! Any how, it flew over my head, hit the wind sock and cartwheeled about 15 feet off the ground. Luckily, I had enough presence of mind to throttle back as the nose pointed towards the ground.

Damage: a cracked Longeron in the wing. Dislodged the motor mount, broke off the enitre empennage, and a couple rips in the monokote on the wing. Everyone came up and said sorry about the loss of your plane. The crash looked bad. But when I showed the damage they were surprised. Its one tough bird!

I will have it flying tomorrow. I've sliced into the wing put a few drops of CA on the longeron while I held it with tweezers. Patched the slice, and the other rips. Re-glued the motor mount and set the empannage back in place. Chastised myself for being a bad pilot, and now I'm ready for tomorrow.

What a great airplane!

Oh yeah, I broke a window I set it back in place, you can't tell but I ordered another one from E-Flite and will replace it when no one is looking...
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Old Dec 22, 2007, 10:56 PM
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sorry to hear about your crash my friend crashed his almost the same way and he was able to fix it/ taylorcraft is a pretty tuff plane.
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Old Dec 23, 2007, 01:13 AM
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I was flying mine today and practicing landing on one wheel After touchdown I am able to hold it on one wheel for the entire length of the runway What a hoot! First the left wheel, then give it a little right ailreron and then the right wheel. All the time the rear wheel is still in the air. What an awesome fun flier
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Old Dec 23, 2007, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by BillL

I wonder what the connection is with E-Flite and the guys that own N4417B.


Too bad about your old plane. I see my old Cherokee is still in one piece, (N1843J).

Thanks for that link. I found the name of the new owner to the Piper I used to take lessons from. The orignal owner/my old instructor past away earlier this year. I've been trying to contact the new owner for nearly a year now. The plane is now stored at a local airport. I've been wanting to take a flight down memory lane so to speak.
Thank you.

Sorry for the hijack, back to Taylor talk.
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Old Dec 23, 2007, 01:19 PM
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Another source for light is Lazertoyz. Granted you would have to strip the covering off to do it. If I knew how to recover my Taylorcraft, I might think about it, but since everything I wrap or cover looks like an outhouse, I think I won't do that. I can't even wrap a Christmas present that doesn't look like the dog dragged it for a quarter of a mile.

I got a set, they will custom make them to the length and what you want. I got the red/green nav lights, two strobes, one for the rudder and fuse, then two landing lights which I can turn off and on with my gear switch. I put mine on my Flutter-By and flew the other night out on the lake which was frozen over, yet today, I won't venture out. So windy and we had 4 days of warm weather and there was water on top of the ice, the ducks were funny landing on it.

They were not expensive and they will make them to length if you send them the measurements.

www.lazertoyz.com or Dan at 440-951-3513

There are other light makers.
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Old Dec 23, 2007, 02:44 PM
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I gotta ask. Do the ducks bounce since it seems they are expecting deeper water. Sorry I am from Texas and don't know what would happen when the lakes freeze over.
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Old Dec 23, 2007, 04:15 PM
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Well the ducks came in with feet down, just like normal. As they flaired to land in the water, there was about one half to one inch of water, their feet hit the water, then the ice. They didn't tumble around like some of the Disney movies I used to see. They landed just like a float plane, but didn't settle into the water, since there was just a little water on the surface of the ice.

What I find quite interesting is watching waterfowl land on the water. They land just like the way full scale and model planes. Well I guess we land just like the waterfowl since they have been at it a lot longer. I am almost sure that the good airplane designers have watched lots of waterfowl land to be able to design an airframe that will behave much like our wild birds do.

All the water has now re-frozen since we got a drop of over 20 degrees in a couple of hours and are getting lots of wind and some snow. Been snowing here since 10 am this morning.

I had hoped to fly since it has warmed up a lot, much of our snow melted and we had rain, but the storm that has wrecked havoc across most of the nation is now upon us.

Were my Taylorcraft assembled, I wouldn't be able to fly at all. We have winds about 20-30 mph and there is no way I want to be outside with negative wind chill factors.

I will start putting servos in the fuse this week, then assemble the wing. I have to work inside since my workshop is in the hut and it is not heated. Having to work inside is always a challenge since I have a cat that wants to be apart of everything I build. Everything has to come out of the box, then go back in to protect it. something about covering she loves to bite into.

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Old Dec 24, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 08:51 PM
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Actually the Taylorcraft in "Add On #4" is pretty close with a "450 powered"
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 11:37 PM
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Went to my parents house for our Christmas eve celebrations and i was simply floored .. My mother and father went and bought me a Taylorcraft ..

This kit is freekin Awesome .. i cant wait to start on her ..
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 02:23 AM
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 08:08 AM
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I got a gift card to the LHS! Now I've got enough for one as soon as they get one in!
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 11:22 AM
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