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Aug 17, 2016, 08:21 PM
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Update:

The Heli was named USAAS H1 and was getting some airtime.

First in flight shots.
CCC
Nice CCC!!!!
Wish I was as talented as you. Flying helicopters isn't easy.
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Aug 18, 2016, 01:18 AM
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Nice CCC!!!!
Wish I was as talented as you. Flying helicopters isn't easy.
Thank you.

If curiosity, daring and luck equals talent, then yes I have at least a bit of it.

If overcoming bad pilot skills by practicing and lot's of repairs equals talent, then yes I have tons of it.
Sep 17, 2016, 01:39 PM
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update on the SE ... and the missing link


Hi, here is a delayed update on the now finished and happily flying SE5A.
My friend posted this a while ago in the parkzone SE thread.
One of the picks shows both of his SE5a's.

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Please do not have the forum police remove me from RC groups for this post. It is a video of the maiden flight of the Electrifly balsa & mono S.E.5a slow flier. I've built and paper wrapped many smaller models years ago but I've never flown one with a motor! This is the kit that CCC received from an RC acquaintance along his journey when he met him to purchase a used model from him. His name is Courtney and the rumor mill has it that he's one heck of a good dude. With that being said, when I get my decal printer operational again I will print out the planes name " da yooper" for the nose, and the the pilot "Cpt. Courtney" for just under the cockpit. It only makes sense to me.
The video doesn't show the initial pucker factor I was under. Nor does it show it melting away when I realized how well this plane flies! I'm more of a low and slow kinda flier so I absolutely love this bird!
Thanks to all who played a part in it landing here in Michigan. It is quickly rising to the top of my favorite fliers list!

Unsafeatanyspeed.
Maiden of the balsa S.E.5a (2 min 55 sec)


Good job Doug!

Now, I still have to get to the grand cruiser in order to finish my story.
I have so far reinforced old glue points and gave all parts a basic clear coat that'll serve as a primer.
Bought an airbrush kit as well and want to make this my first airbrush project. Therefore it'll be a while.
Soo many ideas and soo little time, but I'll get there.

Happy landings
CCC
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Sep 17, 2016, 10:57 PM
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Hi, here is a delayed update on the now finished and happily flying SE5A.
My friend posted this a while ago in the parkzone SE thread.
One of the picks shows both of his SE5a's.



https://youtu.be/c2rHNrfWL0k

Good job Doug!

Now, I still have to get to the grand cruiser in order to finish my story.
I have so far reinforced old glue points and gave all parts a basic clear coat that'll serve as a primer.
Bought an airbrush kit as well and want to make this my first airbrush project. Therefore it'll be a while.
Soo many ideas and soo little time, but I'll get there.

Happy landings
CCC
Nice Job!!!!!
Jun 06, 2020, 07:56 AM
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Time fly's, eh :)


Wow, it's been almost four years now.

It's safe to say I've taken my time to finish the Grand Cruiser project.
Almost there though.

I decided to use spray paint cans from Rustoleum, the 2X series, which is primer and paint in one.
Airbrush experiments will have to wait.
I was bound home since January due to Illness and slowly started the painting process.
Right now I'm still home, yet recovering from a needed surgery.
The paintjob is finally done, very much to my liking.
I had to compromise a lot because the masking tape caused to many redos when it was removed.
I tried low tac tape plus the "lind treatment". Finished the Black and Yellow part but decided to do the Red mostly with a paintbrush.
I think it turned out nice.

Now I still have to install the Flaps and Retracts.
I really wanted to see first what my design Idea from 4 years ago would look like.
If there are some touch up's necessary after the mods to come it won't be a problem.

Right now I don't have a good flying spot with a hard surface for a maiden available.
So, I wonder if I should leave the fixed LG on it, because my grass field might be good enough for take off/landing with it.
Just don't want to screw this one up.
The Dynam Grand Cruiser usually gets a lot of good reviews in terms of flight characteristics.

Decision, decisions?

I hope to finish and maiden her within the next two weeks, in whatever configuration.

I'll attach the process pictures, starting with the 4 year old scribble for the paint job.

Hang in there
CCC
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Jun 06, 2020, 08:07 AM
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Here is the paint job process

CCC
(Hoping for a maiden within the next few weeks)
Jun 07, 2020, 06:52 PM
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Ooops,
I just made it into the featured Blog section for a moment.

Please read the introduction of my Blog, its quite a story, The Grand Cruiser is a part of it.

Happy RC-ing to all!
CCC
Jun 09, 2020, 09:49 AM
Back to the drawing board!
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Looks sweet! I recommend a name change to: "Grandiose Cruiser"
Jun 09, 2020, 11:40 AM
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Looks sweet! I recommend a name change to: "Grandiose Cruiser"
Well thanks,
nice Idea although I rather wait until after the Maiden.

Hope she doesn't need to be named Ground Cruiser.

CCC
Jun 09, 2020, 12:11 PM
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Haha, no Ground Cruisers allowed.
Jun 10, 2020, 02:33 PM
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Here is the paint job process

CCC
(Hoping for a maiden within the next few weeks)
CCC it's looking great.
Jeff in LA USA...
Jun 10, 2020, 08:06 PM
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Thanks Jeff,

busy right now to reread the GC thread for there where some Quality issues that could be preventative addressed.
It's a version one and therefore about 9 years old by now.
A little extra TLC should be in order.

CCC
Jun 21, 2020, 07:55 PM
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a few mods and a pothole incident


So, after a few more procrastinations I tackled a few mods.

(Pics in same order below)

Reinforced the wings with a CF rod since the original spars end within the wings close to the roots.
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The Flap installation.
I had to solve a binding problem but at the end it worked out fine.
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After that I turned to the LG installation.
The time line grew thin on me as I wanted to maiden her on a Fathers Day fun fly event.

So I thought I just go with the fixed LG for now.
Did that and took her out in the yard for some first "real pictures".
Looking good with some more work to do for the interior.
I wanted tainted glass windows but they have been discontinued for some time now.
The next option is a suggested paint of the visible white foam parts.
Maybe greyish or beige? (Later)
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The pothole incident.
Took her out on the road in front of our house and let her taxi to see how she's lined up.
I was very pleased with the behaviour and turn radius, so lets go faster and further, right.
- BANG - she found a pothole and ran in it with the nose wheel.
Didn't get stuck but somehow the brakes where on afterwards.
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Took her back in the house and "manhandled" the upper rudder, oh noh, stupid eh.
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Fixed nose gear is toast now, bend and wobbly.
Tried to fix the bend and made another road test on a safer surface.
She runs straight but jerks to one side as soon as the rudder stick is moved.
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Next plan.
So I opted for a night shift and thought I try to fit the retracts, which I successfully tested for functionality about4 years ago.
Of course they would now show the ugly side of dynam retracts as has been posted many times by others.
I did read about the (10 sec issue) back in the days and recall that when I first tested them they would need exactly that time after flipping the switch to align themselves.
That shows like only 1 or 2 of them lowering while the3rd isn't moving, at first.

10 seconds can be sooo long, so I believe a few guys may have given up on them to early?

Well aware of that, I wasn't going to give up when they acted up this time.
First 1 main and the Nose would work, the second main went only partially after a while.
Tried and tried and so on....

Ended up with two mains working but the Nose stuck for good.

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That canceled my Fathers Day maiden plans,
but I keep at it now since the Itch to fly her is getting worse.

I wait with the necessary paint touch ups of the underside until all mods are properly done.

CCC
Jun 26, 2020, 10:00 PM
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Quick update


I decided to dissect the failing nose retract gear.
Found a broken end switch, removed it completely, lined up the gear in the end position and ... taadaa it works.
How's about that, eh.

Reconnected all the retracts again for more testing.
Now one of the mains wouldn't work correct, it moved only partially at times.
Encouraged by my success with the nose gear, I then took this one apart also.
Unfortunately the issue was caused by something else.
The mechanics seem to slip at times, during further investigation one motor wire ripped out the pcb board.
Now I really gave up on the retracts. (For now)

Pics showing some details of the retracts.

CCC
Jun 26, 2020, 11:05 PM
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Wonderful Maiden flight :))))


Yessss,
it finally happened yesterday afternoon June 26th 2020!

Unfortunately I no longer have a decent hard surface runway at home, just a vey beautiful grass flying site.

Yesterday I had a chance to test a tarp on my grass runway flying spot.
I'm very fortunate to have ran into such a great landowner.
Took my beloved and trusty Flyzone Zero A6M2 with me to test the waters first.
I had a 20x28 ft tarp pegged down to the grass.
The Zero had no trouble to take off from it, landings ended up overshooting in the grass though.

So now I had to make the decision if I take the risk with the reinstalled fixed LG for a Maiden flight.
The Nose gear is very wobbly after a pothole visit, as mentioned in an earlier post.
Triple checked everything and set her down on the "tarpmac".
Let go of my nerves, since they were all over the place anyway, engaged take off flaps and hit the throttle.
She was of the ground in no time, less space then the Zero, first wow.
A second after she was airborne wow #2 happened immediately followed by countless other wow's with every move I wanted her to make. She flies like a pussycat, totally locked in, superb handling.
No Gyro installed, flying with a 3S 2200 GensAce 25C battery.
Needed just a few clicks aileron trim and a bit down elevator that was it.
Flap settings are 0,30,75 for now with 3 seconds deploy time. Works very nice.
CG is at 60mm from leading edge.
Wobbly Nose gear is a none issue at take off or landing.
Managed to touch down on all flights, 6 total, at the center of my "tarpway" which let her overshoot into the grass but with no harm so far.
Just need to practise my landing approaches now in terms of touchdown location.
I think the big grass area has spoiled me a bit when landing all my other planes.

Since I was on my own, there are no inflight pictures or videos to show.
But it is on my todo list now.

The best part at the end:
She looks as fantastic in the air as she flies beautifully!
I am a very happy person right now!

(Thank you Courtney, RCG member KIOWA GUY)

CCC
I will fix the retract issues and plan to install some lights in the future, but for now I just enjoy her as she is.
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