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Dec 02, 2012, 05:40 AM
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Skywalker X-8 (slightly modified)

Well, I got the X-8 finished last night and today dawned bright and sunny, so it was maiden day – yikes.


I have been working on this model and some others on and off for six months and having it finally ready to go was something of a relief. Still have to paint it, but that is going to be quite a mission with a 2.55m wing span and a Luft ’46 scheme, so I wanted to make sure it flew OK before investing the time and money in paint and decals. Mine is designed just for park flying and ridge soaring. I used part of the load carrying capacity to strengthen the wings with cf rods, glass and brown paper to finish – tough as. Fuse is glassed and elevons are glassed balsa.

Flying weight at the mo is around 3.3kg which is a reasonable weight to hand launch and having a carbon prop sitting on the sharp end of 700watts is a bit of a worry, as some of you have mentioned. I followed Daemon’s advice with the 2x2x1 fingered grip with sand paper attached to the finger holes and the maiden launch went great. I have done several thousand pusher, EDF and slope launches so kinda getting the hang of it.

Really thrilled with how it flies. I had two flights of about ten minutes each just exploring the handling and getting a feel for her. The landings were all they are cracked up to be. Like trying to land a run away train with a 20:1 glide ratio - on my first attempt I gained 10 feet. Haven't bothered with any spoilers etc as my planned landing grounds are huge.

Here's a short vid of the maiden.

Blohm und Voss 219.01 fighter. (2 min 33 sec)

Looking forward to getting some paint and squadron markings on her.
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May 14, 2017, 01:15 PM
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X8 spin prevention


Saw your winglets on the x8. Interesting what is their angle of incidence? To the main wing? I'm thinking of wing fences just inboard of the ailerons in attempt to deter the x8 spin characteristics . Have you modified or have comment/ experience with spin condition with your winglets?

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