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Posted by Edge767 | May 26, 2011 @ 09:13 PM | 4,845 Views
Just as the sun was setting, the big winds we've been having for weeks decided to subside and allow me to fly the warbirds for a bit.

First, I took out the Corsair for its first flight since the go-around mishap (I hit a stop sign and ripped the wing off the bottom). It looks as if the repairs are not only solid, but nothing changed in the way of how the plane flies. I kept her up for a full 6+ minutes before coming in for a nice smooth approach and a gentle greaser landing.

Next up was the P-47D. I kept lots of right rudder as I slowly applied throttle and it lifted off the ground lightly and took off in a very scale manner. I flew it around on full throttle for a while enjoying how the weight of the P-47D allows it to rip through the air at an impressive rate. I did lots of rolls, Cuban 8's, Immelmans, and loops before dropping flaps and gear and greasing it in for a great landing even with some crosswind just at touchdown. I'm getting a lot better at using rudder on landings.

I decided to go ahead and take the Spitfire out even though it was beginning to get a little windy. After flying the Jug, the Spitfire feels heavy in the air, barely getting any speed at all and sounding like it was grunting to stay in the air. The difference in speed between half and full throttle is almost imperceptible, so I tended to fly at the lower throttle setting until I needed more throttle in some steep turns, etc. Landing was actually pretty decent, and although it did it's...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | May 24, 2011 @ 03:37 PM | 4,332 Views
Along with flying RC aircraft, my other passion is photography. I recently took some photos of my P-47D for Callie at callie-graphics.com and decided to have a little fun in post-processing with one of the photos. I wanted to make the photo look old, as if it were taken back in WWII. I also wanted to see what my plane, the Sherry Elisabeth, would look like in B&W.

Here is the result:

I tried to get the look and feel of the contrast, scratches on old film, etc. I like it, but it's possible that I am a bit partial to this plane.
Posted by Edge767 | May 14, 2011 @ 12:27 AM | 4,253 Views
Today I had the worst crash I've had in a few years. On an aborted landing go-around, I mis-judged where the plane was and I hit a stop sign. The wing hit right at the fuselage and broke the wing right off the plane. Fortunately, there were only three pieces of foam that were knocked out and some Goo! fixed it all up. She's now all back together in one piece ready to re-maiden. I'm hoping the repairs hold and that all is well when I finally get a chance to put it back into the air. It feels pretty solid after the repairs; I wish I'd remember how it felt before (the wing has a very slight amount of movement I don't know if it was there before or not).

Anyway, it's the first time I really had to repair a PZ plane since the Frankie days and I have to say that this Z-Foam (or whatever it is) is so amazingly easy to fix. I'm not nearly as worried about damage now as I was back in the built-up balsa days. Had I used a hot glue gun, I could have been back to flying within 15 minutes. Amazing! Oh, and you can't even tell it was damaged (without really searching for the damage!)

Posted by Edge767 | May 13, 2011 @ 03:19 AM | 3,997 Views
This afternoon, after the repairs were made on the planes, the weather presented me with an opportunity to fly two of the planes after dinner and before I had to run out with the wife to run errands.

The P-47 flew great although on landing, it seems to want to track to the right. I will check the alignment of the landing gear and adjust. Also, the landing gear appears to be bent a bit forward and there is slight rubbing against the bays on both sides. I will attempt to fix this as well. I think it comes from the plane always being on it's wheels and perhaps from a few landings that were less than light.

The Corsair flew like a champ and landed gently. I think I am going to move to the two-bladed prop as the three-blade seems to be a bit anemic for what I think this plane can do. I may reinforce the wings, first. They flex quite a bit under high speed.
Posted by Edge767 | May 12, 2011 @ 04:21 PM | 3,513 Views
Today during a lull in the wind that lasted for about an hour, I decided to take the three Warbirds up. I ended up with three grounded planes.

The first one up was the Corsair. I love the way it flies. The first flight was uneventful and fun although the landing was a bit longer than I'd like. I brought it back in without incident and removed the battery and went on to the next plane, the P-47.

The Jug took off straight and true with a lot of right rudder to counteract p-force and I flew it around at 1/3 to 1/2 throttle for 7 minutes. Fortunately, on landing, it was very calm. However, on roll-out just as I turned right to make a left turn, a gust of wind came and kept the plane from turning and the plane hit the curb at about 5 mph. This caused the plane to flip onto its back and land in the grass. Upon surveying the damage, I found that the prop (no power was on at the time) was notched on one blade and the tail was bent over.

I set the Jug in line with the Corsair and then I flew the Art-Tech Spitfire. This plane is always a pain to land, so I decided to just fly for 6 or 7 minutes before trying a landing. The flight was nice with really fast rolls and big loops. I did some power dives to hear the plane wind up, and it sounded great. Then came time for the landing. Just as I was about to touch down, another gust of wind made the plane yaw adversely and then dropped it to the ground from about 2 feet up. This broke the starboard wheel mount.

I put the Spitfire...Continue Reading
Posted by Edge767 | May 12, 2011 @ 04:42 AM | 3,641 Views
So, I finally got the PZ Corsair as an anniversary gift from my wife. I've been doing some detail work on it to weather it and personalize it a bit as well as adding some nicer wheels to it. I also painted the wheel hubs on the Corsair to make them look less generic.

As for the Jug, she's coming along nicely. I got some decals made by Callie Graphics and now my P-47D is named after my awesome wife, Sherry.

Allegedly, I'll be getting the UMS Corsair for Father's Day, so I won't be buying it myself anytime soon.

Logged hours on the planes so far:

P-47D 2.81
F4U-1D Corsair 0.87
Spitfire 0.82
UMS Musting 4.82
Super Cub 81.97

As we can see, the Corsair has seen a lot of action in the past few weeks (as it's the newest plane) and we're almost up to 3 hours on the Jug. The Spitfire is lagging behind at under an hour while the UMS Mustang gets flown anytime the wind is still (which hasn't happened in the past few weeks). The Super Cub still gets flown the most only because it's sort of the hog of the hangar and I'm not afraid to fly it in conditions I would not fly any other planes in.