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Posted by Edge767 | Apr 16, 2011 @ 11:54 PM | 3,525 Views
Today, I was able to take out three of my planes and fly them for a total flying time of 3.3 hours!

The wind stopped and the air was dead still this afternoon so I took advantage of it by taking my three functional planes, parked them in the shade in the front yard, and flew them one after the other. I charged batteries while flying, and in the end, I got in 3.3 hours!

There was one stupid mishap that was not flying related: the strap for my transmitter came undone and the radio dropped onto the cowl of my P-47, cracking a small piece of it. I'm OCD enough to want to go to the LHS and pick up a replacement cowl. I will probably do that and replace the one on the plane so that I can try to fix up the old/current one and paint something new onto it. I want to rename the plane the Sherry Elisabeth and also have a checkerboard design on the nose. Maybe this will help me get started on that.

Otherwise, the Super Cub, the UMS Mustang, and the P-47D all flew outstanding! I practiced touch and go's with the Mustang and was doing landings on the sidewalk!

I hope to get more weather like this soon. It was a blast. It also showed me that I need more batteries. I think the LHS will be seeing me soon!
Posted by Edge767 | Apr 14, 2011 @ 01:56 AM | 3,363 Views
I've been reading a lot about both Corsairs, and both have very strong followings and favorable reviews. I'm a big fan of Parkzone, having bought five PZ planes in the past (and one HZ plane), and Art-Tech seems to make some nice stuff as evidenced by my Art-Tech Spitfire (although one of the landing gear broke, it's a nice plane).

I just can't seem to make up my mind. Get the PZ BNF Corsair or an Art-Tech ARF Corsair? The difference between the two is about $100 in favor of the Art-Tech. With that amount of savings, I can get a second plane and get two for the price of the one PZ Corsair from Hobbyking.com!

However, the one thing that keeps bringing me back to PZ's Corsair is their foam. The stuff my P-47D and my Super Cub are made of is amazing! The Art-Tech foam seems stiffer and less resilient to things like road rash or impact. Admittedly, I crash a lot less than I did 20 years ago, but accidents happen. When I do hit something, it'd be nice to know that the plane won't shatter.

I guess we'll see what I finally decide later this week or next week. From the reviews I've read on both, I can't go wrong either way.
Posted by Edge767 | Apr 09, 2011 @ 11:06 PM | 3,764 Views
I finally got the Super Cub repaired today. I took out the stock radio equipment (27 Mhz) and replaced it with a Spektrum receiver, Hobbyking brushed 30A ESC, and two orange Hobbyking servos. After soldering the connections, I put it all in the plane and everything worked GREAT! I wanted to test it, so I took the plane up for about three minutes. It was probably the most harrowing flight of my life.

Wind was steady at 20 mph and gusting to 40 mph. I didn't know it was that high at the time (I checked afterward) but I knew as soon as the plane got into the air that I'd made another big mistake. The plane flew backwards at half throttle, and the gusts would turn the plane sideways forcing me to go WOT and full rudder to level the plane off. A few times, I thought I was going to lose the plane but somehow pulled it out.

I went for a landing as best as I could, and as luck would have it, just as the plane was about to touch down, the wind gusted and then died, dropping the plane from about three feet onto its right wing. A tiny piece chipped off, but otherwise, the plane was perfect. Some foam-safe CA and all is well with the Super Cub. Now, it's ready to fly when the winds die down!

I'm so excited! It's the first time I've changed out electronics in a plane and it's nice to see it all working properly. It's even nicer to fly the plane using my DX6i vs the standard Hobbyzone transmitter.

I'm looking forward to many more flights with the Super Cub now.