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Jul 05, 2007, 12:06 AM
Cruising at 399ft AGL
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Been away for a while, back with videos...


Just took down my camera plane and made a new mount for the wireless camera, and got back in the air. Man I forgot how much fun I've been missing out on... lol

So first off, for those of you who dont remember my plane (lots of new names around here!), I'm flying a Slow Stick fuse with a clipped Piece O' Cake wing, and removable Piece O' Cake tail. (more on that later) It's got a Cobalt 400 motor and KAN 1400 NiMH pack, spinning a 7x6 APC-E prop direct drive.

Picture attached...

Now the videos...

First off was the first one back in the air. I stuck an old digital camera on it in camera mode for this flight, wasnt expecting much anyway... (camera pictured above) Gusty winds too, yuck!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM7FAna3h30

Then there's the first one with the wireless camera back on, with the new mount. I like this view better, though it was looking down a little too much. I fixed that later though, as you can see in the last video to be posted... Still windy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGCWm2Hwa6g

Last but definitely not lest, is the "Sunrise" video. This one was shot with the same camera as the first video, but with a much better lens. The quality still isn't the greatest, but a lot better. The weather was much better, the winds were not as bad as the other two videos. I really like the way the fog looks from up there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raBorijCVew

So with those out of the way, I thought about ways to address a problem I was having with the plane. It doesnt like to roll very much with the rudder. Rather than cut into the wing to add more dihedral, or ailerons, I decided to try out a V-tail. I've always liked the way they look and fly, so why not? I figured that needing more rudder than elevator, I'd build it at 90 rather than the usual 110-120. Even so, it's still more touchy on the elevator than the rudder, but I turned down the elevator using dual rates and got it flying pretty well now. It still likes to yaw a little to much coming out of a turn, but it'll do for now.

See attached picture...

Here's the second flight with the new tail. I left the camera off for the first flight. This is also with the new mount for the wireless camera looking a little more straight out than downwards like it was. I like this better!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJuhEkYB63k

I've got a new Slow Stick due tomorrow. It's destined to be my nephew's plane to learn on, he's already flying a cheap little 2-channel plane pretty well. Once he moves on to something else, I'll put it on camera duty, I miss my old wing and how slow it would float!
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