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Posted by Edge767 | Jul 21, 2016 @ 07:12 AM | 5,163 Views
Due to an amazing sale that I just couldn't pass up yesterday at the local hobby shop, I picked up the new-ish E-Flite 1.2m Corsair. She's beautiful!

The funny things about this Corsair are:
  • I prefer the F4U4 over the others, which this one is.
  • I love the squadron markings for this Marine training squadron and have always wanted to model a Corsair from this squadron.
  • I love the colors. Green and blue? What's not to love!
  • AS3X and 1.2m are a great combination and I want to get more in this size.

I got the plane together quickly and easily; connect servo connectors for the wing, add the horizontal stabilizer, five screws total, and done! The plane feels solid, and has one of the best wing to fuselage welds I've seen in any foamie. The larger fuselage allows for ample room for the battery compartment. I won't have any trouble getting batteries in or out of this plane. The Mustang fuselage is thin and it can be cumbersome to get batteries in and our easily; not the case in the Corsair.

I look forward to maidening this plane this weekend as long as the weather cooperates. I'll probably take this one and the new Mustang out to the field if I can fit them both into the car at the same time. The one downside of these 1.2m planes is that it's more difficult to fit them into the A4. I can typically take 3 1.1m planes, but two 1.2m planes pose difficulties. We'll see and report on this Saturday.
Posted by Edge767 | Jul 18, 2016 @ 03:08 PM | 5,116 Views
This past Saturday morning, I took out my two E-Flite Mustangs: the 1.1m and 1.2m versions.

Both are great flyers but in different ways. While the 1.1m Mustang is a great, solid flyer, it is the faster of the two with its two-blade prop. It does a good job of flying through the wind, but its small size still allows it to buffet noticeably. Landings are nice if you keep the speed up, even with full flaps. I now only aim for two-point landings and this ensures that the plane doesn't bounce. Three-point landings invite bounciness due to the springy landing gear struts.

The 1.2m Mustang is amazing, albeit a little slower. Its scale details are very nice, and the extra 4" of wingspan really do a lot to make this plane a more stable flyer. Landing characteristics are a lot better than the 1.1m version and with fully deployed flaps, acts just like a full-size plane: adjust approach speed with nose attitude (pitch axis) while regulating rate of descent with throttle. I have had some of the most pleasurable landings with this new Mustang.

After some flying, a club member asked me to do some formation flying with him and his P-38. We did some formation flying last week, and it was a lot of fun, so we went out for a sortie together. It ended up being a lot of fun. A few close calls that probably looked a lot closer than they really were, but the passes and circuits with the two warbirds flying together was quite spectacular. We put on our own airshow!

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Posted by Edge767 | Jul 12, 2016 @ 01:10 PM | 5,473 Views
I posted this in the Hurricane thread on the Electric Warbirds forum, but I thought it might make some sense to post it here, as well.

I finally had a chance to take out my Hurricane this past Saturday after repairing the nose. What a fun time!

First flight: takeoff was textbook beautiful with the tail coming up, riding on the mains as speed rose, and then a gentle liftoff. I retracted gear only to find one of them hung halfway. I cycled them three times in an attempt to get them all the way up but failed each time. Decided to keep flying and enjoy the plane and deal with the gear once it was back on the ground. I was able to do lots of beautiful, big maneuvers and enjoy the power of the 25 sized motor. It pulled through the gentle breeze like a champ. Landing was okay, but I was a little rusty and the plane bounced on landing a few times. No worries; we have more batteries. Checked landing gear; the door on the port gear slid up and was binding against the wing. I slid it down a bit in the hopes that this would fix the problem.

Flight two was a little more eventful. Although starting in the same manner as the first flight, this time the gear retracted fully. Yay! More big maneuvers and low passes before the time for landing came up. I flipped the switch and.... one hung gear. Port. This time, it was only about 1/3 out. I had a choice to make: gear up on the grass or gear down and try to finness it down to slow speed while keeping the starboard wing up as long...Continue Reading