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Jun 16, 2013, 11:49 AM
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Idle thought on FF vs RC? How does the Knight's wing incidence compare with the tailplane? Again, back to that steady state free flying trim thing, FF model's often had greater incidence differences than we'd design into a RC model.

Might be worth a test hop with a little packing -1/16" - under the wing's TE, as Jim suggests above.

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Jun 16, 2013, 07:35 PM
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I just finished dictating a long, detailed reply to everyone's posts, only to have my voice recognition system lose it when I tried to insert it in the message.

Regarding the incidence of the wing.If I reference everything to the upper longeron, the elevator is at zero, the wing is positive three degrees (with about negative three degrees of washout), and about negative five degrees thrust angle.

I don't believe the plane's tail heavy. The power off glide has a definite nose down angle. In fact, I was planning on moving the battery back a little, to see how that affected the behavior.

Also, since I added the washout, the star performance is very very much better. I don't consider the plane to have a stall problem now, at all.

I do plan on making the control throws much less on low range. She handled much better very very slight control inputs to the point that I'm gonna reduce the throw to about 25 percent, and see how she does.
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Jun 16, 2013, 07:38 PM
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Dereck, if you are at Crystal city, you will be about 20 minutes from me-during non-rush-hour traffic-near me also is a very good hobby shop. It is in the town of Chantilly and is called hobby hanger. Also, I have a garage full of ultra micros, and a couple of park flyers and you are welcome to borrow one or two. I also have two DX6i transmitters, one of which is not in use. I'll be happy to let you use that when you're in the apartment.

Either send me a private message on RC groups or use my username here at for email.
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Jun 16, 2013, 10:10 PM
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I agree fully - it appears to be nose heavy, just a tad, but you need quite a bit more down thrust. The nose up pitching when you open the throttle is clear and it is masking and confusing the rearward CG, but you can see that when you cut the power and the nose drops in the glide.

Jul 30, 2014, 09:32 PM
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Hi, I have just bought a Dare Bi17 (e-bay) only to find out the instructions/guide is missing. Does anybody have a spare build guide, or a pdf copy they can send me?

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