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Jul 17, 2012, 10:57 PM
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Nick she flies so effortlessly! Stable no wing rock I saw. I may have asked before, about where is the cg? I still think my fav is the polar stuntcat though!
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Jul 26, 2012, 08:52 AM
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Powering up

Long time no news from our system. Here's a little video of the power test of our EDF. Should be enough power...

Ca va chier dans le ventilo! (0 min 38 sec)
Aug 04, 2012, 08:17 AM
Spreckels Lake, GGP, SF, CA
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Interesting read... an article I ran across from the Russian edition of Popular Mechanics, April 2008
Latest blog entry: Ah, To be young again...
Aug 05, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Hey Nick, flew my best model so far, no tip stall. Was filming with my blackberry in my right hand so I was hands off one foot off the ground right across the field quite a few times. Zoom refused to work, too small to see much. Can't upload on my iPad, I'll try uploading later on my laptop.

Basically same concept but with 41" wingspan 30 degree delta out side of twin pontoons with center wing section and big (24" span) 74 degree swept strakes at lower incidence than delta wing. Creates camber where it joins the wing. Set up so strakes make very little lift untill pitch or AOA is increased.

Seamless IGE OGE transition, stayed IGE for most runs, climbed out a couple of times.

I'll continue flying it to see if she is consistent.


Aug 06, 2012, 03:13 AM
What could possibly go wrong?
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Armour, what you need is one of these cameras and some velcro on your hat. Perhaps you've already seen Tom Frank's excellent thread about these cameras. This is the thread for the #11 camera, the latest one is #16 and I think he has another thread for that - couldn't find it this morning.

The cameras take a long time to arrive in the UK but they're worth the wait. Anyway, post a picture of your plane.

Congrats on your success.

Aug 06, 2012, 06:04 PM
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Well the fiddler that I am I messed with the tail and now it touches ground every now and then, a bit of phugoid. I also noticed that my hinges are moving an throwing off the trim so i am putting in hinges instead of using just tape.
It flies nice OGE.
It's ugly and patched up soo many times I can't wait to build a proper one.
Thanks I'll look into that camera.
Aug 17, 2012, 09:51 PM
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Nick today I chopped off my tail and mounted canards and she flew beautifully. The same pseudo bixel but with a 33 degree delta(chopped off the strakes too-all in the name of science) but on take off for my IGE run the motor broke off. At 530 tomorrow morning I hope to try again.

I like how she flies, nose doesn't drop in turns, that's a first for me, and the glide was pretty good for a low AR wing.

Question, must I have 'hands off' stability IGE, or easy control with smooth IGE/OGE transition enough of a design goal?

Cheers my friend and to everyone else.
Aug 18, 2012, 03:29 AM
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For me
easy control with smooth IGE/OGE transition enough of a design goal.
every time. But I'm not a WIG purist by any means.

Good luck at 5.30am! I hope the eyeballs are working at that time.

Aug 18, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Tried IGE but got a wicked phugoid, I'm trying larger canards with more incidence before I put back on the tail.

Another experiment will be the windward bevel but with a tail this time. All my tailess so far did the phugoid. Flying along nicely a foot off the ground and just does a hop or 3 with a hard touchdown thrown in.
Aug 19, 2012, 12:09 PM
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Hey larger canards with more incidence worked! It was windy and difficult my mom and brother first time filming so as usual I missed the few good IGE runs. When trimmed for a slight descent IGE and I got her settled with 5 feet off the ground, hands off she descended and pitched up hands off to maintain a bit less than half span IGE. I need more testing to be conclusive, but the close coupled canard worked better than the tail. Glide OGE was much better than with the tail. CG had to be 1" farther forward.
Aug 26, 2012, 09:59 AM
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Had a good run today. No canard no H tail, much too nose heavy and she still worked. OGE with full up trim I was running out of up trim. Then I tried IGE and she flew OGE. I reduced to roughly halfway between full up and neutral trim and wow, she stayed IGE right across the field! I think I have met my goal of a design that pitches up IGE and pitches down OGE.

Next test will be with a proper cg and then payload to test flight characterestics at high wing loading. Hopefully I'll get some video as well.

Cheers to all

Aug 26, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Aug 26, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Nice, what's this?
Aug 27, 2012, 01:39 PM
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sorry about the poor quality, my mom's first try with the ipad.

the first part is hands off but she is flying in a torque left bank then i pulled her up to check the stall. only after i cut the power did she drop her nose. looks like she ran out of elevator before she stalled.

i moved the cg back and realised that although still to nose heavy for OGE she was a bit too tail heavy for IGE
Aug 27, 2012, 04:36 PM
short question in between: did the a90 orlyonok have wheels for movement on concrete? I guess so!? Does anyone have a pic or something?

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