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Posted by Justwingit | Jul 14, 2013 @ 11:54 PM | 13,587 Views
Had an extremely enjoyable outing yesterday with "der klein Storch" and I think I finally got her really dialed in...this thing fly's like a dream !

A small adjustment on the c/g netted big dividends on the glide-slope and sink-rate. By moving my 1300 battery back slightly, she now floats down much more predictably and with full control. I normally maiden my models slightly nose heavy, and she still is...just not as much. I thought about it during the week, made the adjustments, and the proof is in the video. The model just fly's utterly fantastic, and I was able to perform scale t/o and tail-high landings all day long...

The wind was really cooperating as it was 5-6mph, steady out of the north-west; and, unlike the previous Saturday, there were no thunderstorms, just innocuous clouds floating high above...

With her new and improved c/g (and steady, predictable wind) I was able to really get her trimmed out and dialed in. Still looking at 2-3 clicks down, but mine seems to like 3-4 clicks right aileron and I even dialed in a click or two of right rudder...sweet!

RCGroups members hillbille and sgtoinkz were back down at the dry lake and Bill snapped dozens of photos and shot plenty of video while Dan did lots of flying. The first video clearly shows how smooth, scale-like takeoffs are easy to do, and on the first t/o, watch how the tail lifts off the ground within a foot and I gently rudder steer the model through to liftoff and casually climbout....this...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Jul 07, 2013 @ 06:55 PM | 19,079 Views
The Background
First and foremost, let me start by saying this is my first foray into balsa PNF models, so I really didn't know what to expect other than it must be a pretty cool model....I mean come on, a balsa PNF Fi-156 Storch?!? What's not to like...

I'll also start out by saying, or admitting , whatever the case may be, that I've always liked Gerhard Fieseler's ungainly creation. Ever since I was a small child, the Storch held a special place in my heart....even over all the Focke-Wulfs and Messerschmitts, which is especially odd given the fact that I actually had relatives fly FW-190's and Me-109's during the war...but none that flew the Fi-156, at least as far as I know...

The Arrival
The package arrived after about 10 days travel time from China (Int'l warehouse)...not bad. It was double-boxed and very neatly packaged inside. Although the model's various parts were so well wrapped (the term I would use is "mummified"), the prop nut had rust on it and noticeable scars from some sort of wrench or pliers....Hmmm....not cool, but oh well. BTW, I'm not the first to make note of this and probably not the last, either. Otherwise, all the somewhat delicate balsa and covering components arrived totally unscathed...good job on the boxing/packaging save for the enigmatic damage to the prop-spinner...

The Build
The assembly went as well as can be expected from a fairly intermediate modeler, but make no mistake, this is NOT a model for beginners. It is...Continue Reading
Posted by Justwingit | Jun 30, 2013 @ 07:51 PM | 10,602 Views
Took both of my T-28's out today for the first time in what seems like forever....

Winds were a steady 8-10 mph and temps were in the low 90's so it was finally good enough to get behind the sticks again...

Put the PZ T-28 up first to help knock the cobwebs off and get the thumbs limber again, and then sent the DF T-28 up for some spirited sport/scale flying...Oh, what fun !

In response to the above posting in the Parkzone T-28 thread (Post 29097), my friend from the U.K. had a question in regards to the flying quality of the Durafly T-28:
Originally Posted by Damnandblastit
Long time no see. Thought you had caught sleeping sickness

How I envy you your dry lakebed. Huge and really smooth.

How does the Durafly compare to the PZ for flight characteristics? Was looking at one a week or so ago, then thought it appropriate to fly a Bomber from my ex bomber airfield and bought the Century B25 Mitchell instead.

Just waiting for a Rx and its ready to break a prop or two.
Out of respect for the Parkzone T-28 thread, and not wishing to get blown-up over daring to mention Durafly in Parkzone land (fan-boys in the extreme), I felt it prudent to post my reply here:

Greetings my friend !

I hope all is well over on your side of the Atlantic....

Have been very busy with work lately (despite sequestration and the general economic meltdown, they always find stuff for us to do...) and after...Continue Reading