UPDATED 5.1.08 Super Cub Painted and Struts Removed
Well, here's pretty much the "final" Cub all dolled up and ready for her third maiden flight. I know there's only supposed to be one "maiden" but I count flights after structural changes as essentially maidens if there's significant risk involved. Here's how the first flights shake out:
- Original build with ailerons--flew great but was tail heavy. My heart was POUNDING on takeoff!
- Removed wing struts and installed carbon fiber rods on top and bottom of wing--flew REALLY great, but still tail heavy (compensated with three quarters taped in cowl). My kid said, "Dad, it looks like you're tying knots in the sky!"
- Painted, pinstriped, and forward fuse wall battery mount reduced to push battery weight forward. She's STILL tail heavy, so the three quarters are back in the cowl--hope to "maiden" her tomorrow. Stand by for a flight report.
Flew three times today:
- Sunrise: (photo) Gorgeous morning, but Cub was very touchy. Thought I could avoid exponential and dual rates, but I was wrong.
- Lunch: Programmed in dual rates and exponential. Flew on soft setting and had MUCH more discreet control, smoother landings, better low speed stability.
- Evening: Two quick flights (two batteries) with very good control and one picture perfect landing.
Summary: I'M HAPPY! (now time to rig up the camera and floats!)