Originally Posted by CodeJock
So took my tubby out to the field and two three-bladed props and one cowl later I returned home down-hearted.
I fitted the PZ three-bladed props 'cause I wanted to compare the performance. Well, first launch and dunno what happened (I suspect cosmic rays
) she just nose-dived hard into the ground, cracked the cowl and bust a blade off the prop.
The damage wasn't actually that bad - although one of the wings got unseated in the crash. I re-glued that with my emergency glue and let it cure whilst I flew something more appropriate for my apparent (lack-of) skill today.
All fixed (notwithstanding the cracked cowl), I fitted a replacement prop. and tried again. This time (no cosmic rays) she took off beautifully and soared and swooped as graceful as you like. The cowling was rattling a little - but actually sounded pretty good; like the real thing! Anyhoo at some point something was clearly wrong because for no reason at all that I can fathom (except perhaps excessive vibration due to the cowl) Pilot Pete (aka Lt. O'Hare) "ejected"!
The cockpit flew off the fuselage and floated sedately to the ground whilst I struggled (quite a bit) to keep control of her (the drag effect caused by an open fuselage is phenomenal) and tried to bring her down as effectively as I could (which wasn't easy given she was handling like a brick). Result - another ding as I hit the ground too hard, another broken blade on my prop and a shattered cowl.
So, back to the stock prop and an order placed for a replacement cowl (there was no hope of repairing the original one - it was too far gone).
Originally Posted by bostomper
Found a new way to launch it. Did my usual hand toss but was slow getting to the elevator and it nosed into the ground at 3/4 throttle. Must have hit the elevator just in time to flair it, as it hit the ground and bounced about 2' into the air. Hit throttle and away it went. Would not recommend this technique however(lol). Wind was 12-15mph and it handled pretty well, thrown around a little bit. Did alot of loops and rolls. It is really responsive to control inputs, so even when I screw up it can be corrected quickly. What a great little plane.--Bo
That's pretty much what happened to me, but I think it must've been those Cosmic Rays again (moving West I would imagine).
Mind you, my "landing" was a little less forgiving.