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Old Jan 22, 2012, 02:51 PM
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Funbuild 5 DC-6B (C-118) Pats Custom kit


Here is my entry:

The decals are available on page 52 of "Post Your Own Scale Decals" https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...359029&page=52

Build Thread:
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64969

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I need to get an updated video that is better. These are from some early flights that both included in-flight emergencies so the first landing is pretty awful.

DC6_mpeg2video.mpg (2 min 25 sec)


DC6 (1)_mpeg2video.mpg (0 min 21 sec)
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Old Jan 22, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Your motors are leaking a bit of oil...

Just like every other DC-6 I've seen.

Jeff
Old Jan 22, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Your motors are leaking a bit of oil...

Just like every other DC-6 I've seen.

Jeff
And smoke.....
Old Jan 23, 2012, 05:43 PM
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Great job and thanks for sharing your build ! Best of luck

-John
Old Jan 23, 2012, 09:39 PM
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New video. It is amazing how you can built a hat cam with duct tape at the field.

DC-6B TouchnGoes 1232012.AVI (3 min 6 sec)
Old Jan 24, 2012, 12:09 AM
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Your landings get better and better. Very nice. Did you see You Tube video of the full scale DC-6 landing on a short dirt field ? Wonder why?
Old Jan 24, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Your landings get better and better. Very nice. Did you see You Tube video of the full scale DC-6 landing on a short dirt field ? Wonder why?
My landings have actually been a lot better but a week or more off and I have to recalibrate.

Didn't see the video but it sounds interesting.

Still getting a vibration in no.2 but I can't find the problem so I will order a new motor.

Dave
Old Jan 26, 2012, 05:27 PM
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Flyin in a breeze


I was out today testing the flight characteristics in the wind. Had gusts up to about 10 mph. Got a little wild at certain points but I am amazed how well a parkflyer DC-6 does in such conditions. The plane is only about 28 ounces AU.

DC-6B (C-118) in the wind.mp4 (3 min 48 sec)
Old Jan 26, 2012, 09:23 PM
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OK. That was a pretty good video. Those trees make me very nervous and that tight turn at about 1:25 made me gasp out loud.

I have to get my DC-6 done. I have so much done on it, but its set un-noticed for over a year. I resolve to get going and finish it this year.

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Old Jan 26, 2012, 09:34 PM
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OK. That was a pretty good video. Those trees make me very nervous and that tight turn at about 1:25 made me gasp out loud.

I have to get my DC-6 done. I have so much done on it, but its set un-noticed for over a year. I resolve to get going and finish it this year.

Gerry
The camera was doing some weird zoom glitch. The thing that I have noticed with Tritle designs is whether it is a Cub, a Cessna twin, a 172 or this DC-6, it seems like you can fly em hard into tight turns and do short landings without much trouble and without sudden stalls.

There was one time when I got farther away in the video that I got hit with some kind of wind shear or swirling thing (at about 1:23). You can see the plane trying to quite flying but I really poured on the power and pulled the plane through the turbulence.

The depth perception of the camera is deceiving because I don't think I was really close to the bank of tress. However, on that end of the runway we do have to watch for them. The other problem is I don't have anyone to film so I was wearing the camera on a hat and it doesn't always pick up the plane.

Dave

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Old Jan 27, 2012, 03:21 PM
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Yep, you can get away with a lot on Pat's designs. Actually with just about any design that has wing loading in the 5-8oz.sqft range The stall speed is so slow that you are rarely in danger of a stall, so horsing the plane around is not as 'dangerous' as with something like a .90 size warbird.
Old Jan 27, 2012, 04:10 PM
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Yep, you can get away with a lot on Pat's designs. Actually with just about any design that has wing loading in the 5-8oz.sqft range The stall speed is so slow that you are rarely in danger of a stall, so horsing the plane around is not as 'dangerous' as with something like a .90 size warbird.
Exactly, I think the light wing loading is the key. I have an E-Flite P-51B and it is heavy for a 53" ws plane but the advantage is it cuts right through the wind and flies like it is on a guide wire at speed. The downside is the landings are pretty faaaaast.

Dave
Old Jan 28, 2012, 07:05 AM
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Hello Dave,
How are you friend?!
What a beautiful airship you built!
I was wondering if you have FAA IFR license, because I saw you flying in a low visibility weather. Lol
Congratulations for the plane and the flights.
Raphael
Old Jan 28, 2012, 09:20 AM
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Hello Dave,
How are you friend?!
What a beautiful airship you built!
I was wondering if you have FAA IFR license, because I saw you flying in a low visibility weather. Lol
Congratulations for the plane and the flights.
Raphael
Thanks Raphael,

I work near a club airfield so I go at lunch time every chance I get. If the weather is even close to flyable I go. I live 90 miles from the Pacific ocean so our weather is difficult to predict and always changing. The last week or so the runway has been partially under water.

Years ago when I was a full scale pilot our #1 concern was the weather and how to get back down when the weather changed and there were no openings in the cloud layer (VFR).
Old Jan 28, 2012, 12:47 PM
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Great videos Dave


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