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Posted by Edge767 | Mar 27, 2012 @ 04:27 PM | 4,999 Views
Well, after a few days of pondering, I was able to fix the cowl, the motor, and get some retouching done on the paint. Here's the result:

I still have a bit more work to do to refinish the radome on the starboard wing, but otherwise, it's looking a lot better now, and I think she should be ready to fly again as soon as the weather calms down a bit here in Texas.

I have to remember that with the extra weight of the hardware, extra servos, and even the layers of paint that keep going on, the Corsair takes a little more speed to keep in the air, and I have to keep the speed up a bit more than normal if I'm landing flaps-up (like I was trying on Saturday). Flaps down the Corsair lands slow as a snail (a flying snail? lol), but flaps-up, she carries a bit more speed now.

I am looking forward to getting her back in the air again. She's sort of the elder statesman of the hangar and my go-to plane for relaxing and stress-free flying.
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 26, 2012 @ 12:22 PM | 5,250 Views
Someone once asked me if I have ever flown real planes to which I replied that I have (PPL). They asked me if it was easier to fly RC planes than real planes, to which I replied that RC planes were harder to fly. Aside from their smaller size making them more vulnerable to air currents, thermals, turbulence, and wind, being inside a plane allows you to see and importantly to feel changes whereas when flying RC planes, you are relying only on sight. Controlling from inside allows a much better visual vantage point than externally, ironically. One would think seeing the plane from outside makes it easier to land; such is not the case. Of course, as RC pilots, we know this, right?

If you are flying RC planes, at some point, you are crashing RC planes. At some point, the crashing becomes fewer and farther in between, but it still happens if you let your guard down.

My beloved Corsair is the victim of my allowing the plane to get too slow while attempting to land in slightly gusting winds. The plane is a bit heavier now with the flap mod I did and I didn't account for it. She literally fell out of the sky while I was doing a flaps-up touch and go. I didn't get any pictures at the field (others were in the air and I had to clear the carnage ASAP), but here's what she looked like at home.

Damage done: crack in wing at root, broken cowl, separated motor, faux gear door cover broken off. I think I got off light, but the speed was rather low and altitude was only about a foot...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | Mar 15, 2012 @ 04:08 AM | 5,510 Views
I made a few videos over the past few months, and I recently posted them to YouTube. I thought it'd be nice to have them here with my flying blog.

The first video is probably the most boring of the three. Why put it first? Who knows. Anyway, it's video taken on-board my Hobbyzone Super Cub. It's a bit shaky due to the brushed mother and gearbox, but otherwise it's pretty decent video taken by a keychain cam fixed to the bottom of the plane between the wheels. The landing looks much rougher than it was due to the proximity of the ground to the camera. Otherwise, I commend anyone who can make their way to the end of the video.

Hobbyzone Super Cub On-Board Camera (7 min 12 sec)

The next video was taken by my friend Kenny last year around September. It was a relatively nice day with few clouds and light winds. Kenny had a new video camera he was itching to use, and I provided a moving subject for him to film. I edited out the really shaky parts, but what remains is a nice, albeit short video of my Parkzone P-47D with custom graphics.

Parkzone P-47 at SPARKS Field, TX (2 min 29 sec)
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