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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 26, 2018 @ 05:36 PM | 2,672 Views
Too windy to fly today so I put my energy into finishing the Slow Poke's cockpit and windscreen. I always struggle with windscreens and decided to forgo glue or stripes of covering and resorted directly to the use of three small screws. The only change I made to the pattern was the addition of a tab to hold down the center section. The engine run is next and then we see about a maiden flight.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 24, 2018 @ 07:59 AM | 2,675 Views
Everything is installed and connected. The only thing left to do is the cockpit combing and windscreen. The good news is that I am a full pound under weight! The recommended weight is 6-6.5lbs and I'm at 5lbs on the nose. That extra pound must have been in the rear. I'm balanced at the back of the balance range so not tail heavy, but by no means nose heavy. I consider that to be success given the tail heaviness everyone else has reported. I'll put a few sticky weights at the front of the airplane for the first flights.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM | 2,256 Views
It's been rather busy few days, but I managed to fly the Kadet and Brigadier at the MARKS R/C field while visiting my father. He's belonged to the club for years, but it was my first visit to their field. I've also managed a few hours in the workshop to continue covering the Poke.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 06, 2018 @ 02:21 PM | 2,284 Views
The pull-pull rudder should reduce the likelihood of this airplane building tail heavy, which I understand is fairly common. Here it is in action:


The throttle servo is installed and ready to go too. I stopped working there to ready my father's old LT-40 for flying and took both the LT-40 and my Brigadier out for some flights on Sunday afternoon. The LT-40's GMS engine gave me two dead stick landings, but there are far worse things in life than that.