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Lohner L
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Supermarine PB31.......Crashed on take-off. Repairable.....I must remember--don't reduce take-off power until level flight established....Elevator response is poor when propwash is slow.
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Tu95. As designed, the engine nacelles were attached to the wing with a complex arrangement of hidden rubber bands, which required frequent replacement. Bands now replaced with thin soft steel wire: much less trouble. "Knockoffability" proved to be unnecessary.
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EE Lightning. "Lost it" twice on a recent flight, but managed to recover. At a distance, and at some angles, it's just a "blob" with no orientation clues.I am revising my landing drill, so that the final turn is as close as possible.
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Canberra. In flight, the black shows-up well, but the light grey can disappear.
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SIAI Marchetti 74. Three years since its last outing. I thought there was no need to keep notes, since the Tx remembers the trim settings. But I couldn't remember whether to use full rates or half for take-off. Too much is better than too little, so I chose full. Violent overcontrol! Urgent switch to half rates.
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P61. Must re-balance the props!
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Avro Lancastrian. Five years since its last outing.
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Last time I flew the Valiant [6 months ago] I lost control on the landing approach. Now, I am careful to arrange correct positioning of the 2.4GHz receiver antennas.
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Handley Page 0-400. First test after re-motoring with brushless. Just managed to struggle off our grass strip. New tail planned. Increased area to improve control. Ultra-light to reduce nose ballast.
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Skytruck. Based on the RCGroups Cargo Twin plan. Incredibly light and slow, 8 oz/sq ft. Just right for me!
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Ilyushin 28. Balsa wing and tailplane. Remainder Depron.
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F84, pushprop. A nice'n'easy flyer.
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Short Calcutta. Just re-maidened with electric power. First flight with glow power was 1989.
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Push-prop Hunter.
Hair-raising first flight. Due to a combinaion of excessive throws, and my slow reactions. Survived, by good fortune.
Second flight much better. Reduced throws, and expert pilot John Higgins on the sticks. Trimmed out nicely.
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The H6k is 19 years old, still flying well with speed 400s.
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Short L17. I'm still trying to find a safe landing technique. Absolutely essential to keep a bit of power on.
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My B36 has been flying since 1992, with an OS10 in the tail.
Now converted to electric. One 60 gram outrunner, 1500 Kv. A much better flying experience.

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SeaDart. To vleisie's clever design, with a few superficial mods.
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