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Jan 10, 2004, 07:58 PM
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A few test shots from my GWS350-D / ugly test

I got a brand new GWS350C/D motor with some of my xmas moolah. I wanted to test the setup that can lift my 25+ oz slowstick on my sub-18 oz ugly5.

Conditions were fair, -5 F and 5 mph winds but clear and sunny.

This was a test of height acheivement--full throttle till I decide to stop. I stopped when the plane started to get hard to see. The test went great but I had some trouble later in the day. At this point I'm not sure if the first flights were lucky, something has become faulty or it just got too cold for my lipolys. When we are back in the + double digits I'll do some more testing.

First shot is the self portrait. I'm in front of the car at the bottom. My daughter's school in the background.

Check the length of those shadows!
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Jan 10, 2004, 08:01 PM
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Looking northwest.

Those clouds on the upper left look kind of close to me.
Jan 10, 2004, 08:03 PM
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Just about north.
Jan 10, 2004, 08:04 PM
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North east
Jan 10, 2004, 08:05 PM
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Mostly east. Maybe a bit to the south.
Jan 10, 2004, 08:10 PM
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When I was done I decided to give the new wing a little test too. This is from the ugly on the dive from altitude. The guide wires held the wing on beautifully. The prop spins up as if the plane is at full throttle when I do this though. Will that hurt anything?
Jan 10, 2004, 08:23 PM
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That cloud *is* lower than me. It is obscuring objects on the ground. I think I need higher visability wings now so I can go higher!
Jan 10, 2004, 09:03 PM
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Originally posted by fdisk
That cloud *is* lower than me.
I saw that in your second image and thought it was a smoke (vapor) plume in the cold air. Is there anything like a power plant or mill in that direction?

Have you posted pics of your plane anywhere? I know you call it ugly but don't be bashful. Anything that delivers great functionality is beautiful by design, even if it doesn't go with the wife's drapes...
Jan 11, 2004, 01:12 AM
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Yea, now that you point that out it could be a mill or something but I can't guess what it is. I'll have to drive that direction and look for steam. I think it is 6-8 miles away.

I've been working on documentation of the ugly5. It only just occurred to me that I didn't have any pics so I started a workup. I started gathering material for the ugly6 so I guess that is what really kicked it off. I warn you, make sure the children and people with weak constitutions are out of the room. This thing is ugly enough to offend people with even modest taste in planes. People usually show up while it is in the air doing a darn good job even for a decent plane and when I bring it in and they get a good look they just can't accept what they just saw with their own eyes.


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Jan 11, 2004, 09:38 AM
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Looks like altitude achievement turned into an overachiever!... Great shots... The pic link didn't work when I tried it for a look at the "ugly"... Could it be so "ugly" that it broke its own link?...

Jan 11, 2004, 12:52 PM
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ugly is

OMG, Did you HAVE to post that here?????????????????
People in this forum have some decent moral values and you corrupt them. Please have some consideration :

BTW, was that Camel's bump I saw or Mt. Mans?
Jan 11, 2004, 01:12 PM
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I warned you. Every part of the ugly5 is either for survivability or effectiveness. The flags were added for luck and reflectivity rather than look.

I don't see camels hump any where. MM could be it. I failed geography at all levels though.
Jan 11, 2004, 01:14 PM
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Fuse looks like it was modeled after the profile of a Dutch wooden shoe.
Jan 11, 2004, 01:25 PM
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That is very true. Each version has become more and more like the shoe. The ugly6 prototype fuse I am playing with looks even more like one.

I want to build the next one slightly bigger, but end up either lighter or the same weight including a brushless motor. It will be taller to accept a larger prop and allow larger cameras to be embedded in the middle.
Jan 11, 2004, 07:35 PM
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The - Uh, ! Plain ?


I am glad you have begun to let us see what you have been flying to get those super pictures with. I'm also glad you are beginning to keep some pics of it. I like to keep a full documentation of all of my builds.

I am surprised that that wing has been carrying your camera so high. You are knocking hard on the large # of squares to get a camera in the air. (You know what happens when you go against convention!)

Is this function over form or form over function??

BTW, what is just in front of the wing? That black round thing?


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