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Posted by javalin | Aug 30, 2007 @ 10:46 AM | 2,534 Views
Oops. Ahh.

Beginners mistake? Didn't check left and right were the correct way arround. Yet to power it up again to see if that's what it was......

Still, looks like an easy glueing job.

J

AcroMasterMaidenCrash (0 min 28 sec)
Posted by javalin | Aug 28, 2007 @ 07:01 AM | 2,419 Views
Well - its been an interesting summer - lots of personal things going on which have caused the flying to halt. Still now the weathers improved - thought i'd finish the MPX AcroMaster and try a maiden flight.

Here's pictures of the completed build & James' personal design of the decals - not perfect but enough to see where it's going.

I've not flown an electric really, bar having a quick play with a friend's electric glider. Should be interesting to see - video and post maiden pictures on next post....

Other news update - the trainer is in storage with the rest of my stuff - we're in the process of moving house so...... Decided to keep it I think with as the only engine'd plane, maybe investigate a ~.52 4-stoke (~100) option and get the girlfriend flying.....

TTFN
Posted by javalin | May 03, 2007 @ 05:35 AM | 3,157 Views
So the MPX AcroMaster showed up. Started the build and all seems well. Waiting now on some connectors for the hugely powerful (and slightly scary) flightpower lipo. The 4mm gold connectors are too small as the wire is 4mm - so have ordered some polorised deans connectors to try..... Dont really want to thin the wire out as its sized like that for a reason!!

Rediculously easy to stick yourself to yourself and to other stuff with foam CA!

Pictures attached of current state of build - no decals on yet.
No power train / rx fitted yet.
Posted by javalin | Apr 20, 2007 @ 05:02 AM | 2,662 Views
Thought about it quite a lot and talked to people. Really want to have a plane that can 3D and be flown acrobatically too.

Going to spring for a MPX AcroMaster foamy electric job. Selling un-used Acro-Wot and Laser engine for raise funds.

Makes a lot of sense really - i dont spend my weekends near the flying field - and its quite restrictive in that the allowed hours are upto 7pm only. I can fly an electric at a local field, and its smaller and easier with transport.

I am told that the foamy will go back together after the enevitable crashes.

Sort of still keen to fly despite recent crashes - even though the pilot (or Mr Beck) was not at fault! Destinct lack of confidence currently when flying real planes - but encoraged that on the sim I can do lots of (messy) acrobatics.

We shall see - but there will be a camera on hand!

http://www.multiplexusa.com/ (click on AcroMaster) - for those who haven't seen them!
Posted by javalin | Apr 16, 2007 @ 03:31 AM | 3,212 Views
Had a bit of an accident with super-air-two at the weekend!

Not my fault I have to say - the elevator control rod snapped and the plane nose-dived into the ground at full throttle. There wasn't much left - servos' snapped, etc. Recovered the engine after digging it (3"!) out of the ground.

Moral of the story - always take a camera when you fly!

Post-crash-pic's attached.
Posted by javalin | Mar 26, 2007 @ 04:58 AM | 2,973 Views
Well, interestingly got a post in our club forums today from one of the club-instructors. Seems somebody else nearly had a mishap in a Super Air at the weekend - they heard fluttering and were able to rapidly land in one piece.

Seems the elevator connection nearly ripped out - so we think thats what happend to mine. It was definatly ripped out on post crash inspection - but diffcult to tell whether it was before or during the crash.

It'd make sense as prior to my crash I was looping and rolling, then the fluttering and then the crash!

I'd be interested to hear if anybody else has had similar issues?

Gonna tripple check mine now before next flight!!
Posted by javalin | Mar 13, 2007 @ 07:01 AM | 2,858 Views
Got the Super Air (two) up for two flights yesterday just before the sun went down.....

Bit hairy with a new (untrimmed) model and the centre of gravity had changed a little with the RX mounted slightly further back.

Glad to say model returned in one piece - despite the silencer nearly falling off.

Crystal didn't need replacing. Only replacements were; plug, prop and 1 servo.

No pictures this time!
Posted by javalin | Mar 12, 2007 @ 10:56 AM | 2,809 Views
Weather was not co-operative on Sunday, so a test of the new plane with post-crash bits was done.

Range check was ok - might replace the RX crystal just in case. Engine seems fine - so waiting for better weather!
Posted by javalin | Mar 09, 2007 @ 03:22 AM | 2,918 Views
Happy James ;-)
Posted by javalin | Mar 08, 2007 @ 03:24 AM | 3,122 Views
Well, ok yesterday.

Plane!

New Plane!

Smile.

Picture of build (its 75% complete now) attached.
Posted by javalin | Mar 05, 2007 @ 05:06 AM | 3,685 Views
Nope - not a golf thread for those who remember that golf game, perhaps more accurately should be titled - "Lost control then hit the tree - jim"

As you can guess then, from the above, the Super Air got less super on Saturday when I lost control of it and it hit the tree! Of course, as crashes go it was a good one, took ages to find and then when we did find it (there were 3 of us looking....) it was 20 meters up a large tree.... The tree surgeon was duly called - we have a friendly one - and the model was retrieved.

No real idea what caused the crash, battery and electrics seem OK. Might be a range thing? The only suspect thing on the post-crash-inspection was a damaged servo.

My only other thought was the mod's I made in the nose area for fuel value and on/off switch. One of the instructors thought he heard flapping when it went past the last time - so I wonder whether I'd weakend the nose area....?

Shame really - super (groan) day - was flying really well. Got the balance a little further back and turned the flaperon mixing off. I think the flaperon mixing was causing some of the previous bad flying experiences - I think I kept knocking the settings.....

Pictures attached for your enjoyment......

Ordered another one - its a good plane....
Posted by javalin | Feb 28, 2007 @ 03:29 AM | 3,117 Views
Looking back over the month, we've had two snow falls - not ideal weather. Pic's attached. Looking forward to the warm summer and good flying weather.....
Posted by javalin | Feb 23, 2007 @ 11:46 AM | 3,236 Views
The speed air continues to go well. Setting the D/R switch to give 100% rates with 35% expo, and 50% rates with 25% expo worked really well. The plane is much more flyable.

Few lessons learn't:
- Put the wheels on the other way - so they stick out as far forwards as possible - this helps the balance on take-off and landing.
- A push start stops the plane nosing over on take-off and you dont have to hold up elevator at take off. Humm.
- dont use a cheap remote fuel valve - they leak and when the tank is presurised they leak more. (currently using a "Air power quick fueling valve" which seems ok - not flown it yet. I've blocked up the third line one the tank and used the valve as described.
- if you cannot see the tank, do a fueling and un-fuelling test before flying. Reallized due to my setup I could only 3/4 fill the tank!

Feeling like I am neglecting my Arising star trainer now. Should really take it for a burn soon.

Thinking about next project, and i've been reading the UAV threads. Humm.
Posted by javalin | Feb 12, 2007 @ 08:46 AM | 3,557 Views
Right. Well. New (as several people seem to be) to this blogging stuff - so bear with me if its boring.

Two pictures hopefully in this first blog - my new Black Horse Speed Air and my slightly battered Arising Star trainer.

I've just maidened my Speed Air - as my first low wing model. It was rather windy for a go - but hay its February so the weather doesn't co-operate when you want it to - bring on summer. Anyway, the flight went ok - despite running out of fuel on landing (well timed) - and no damage. Next steps.... i've setup 100% and 50% D/R modes with 35% EXPO and 25% expo respectively.

James

PS -couldn't figure out the pictures. oh, well when I have time.