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Jun 07, 2012, 01:41 AM
Fixed and rotary wing flyer
Steve, thanks for chiming in and providing a clear picture of what's going on. I'd be willing to try decreasing the incidence of the rear stab, but it's already glued onto the tail. Is there a clean easy way to get it off?

The hor stab slides into a cutout/slot on the tail where it is now glued. If I'm able to remove it, should I just shave out the front part of the cutout/slot opening - basically enlarge the leading edge of the gap to get the hor stab to have zero degrees of incidence relative to the wing? Then just use gorilla glue and let it foam up to fill in the gap?
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Jun 07, 2012, 02:10 AM
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Thanks for your analysis. Your insight is much appreciated.

Jun 07, 2012, 02:15 AM
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Happy to help, guys. fabric8, I'm not familiar with this kit but what you describe certainly sounds like it could work. If anyone tries this mod, I'll be eager to hear how it works out.
Jun 07, 2012, 09:17 AM
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fabric 8.
With the location of the propeller right over CG, giving the down thrust will do nothing except push whole model down. The stabilizer should be between zero to -2 degrees.
Jun 07, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Interesting stuff. I've been flying my stock Seawind RxR off of grass and it's just fine by applying full power and full up to get it sliding then ease off both and manage rudder as it accelerates. A little bump in the turf or back pressure and it's off and flies well.

ROW is another story - skippity-do-dah. I was chalking this up to my own inexperience on water (ne'er mind my avatar).

Stab incidence is preset by that big slot and I'd not thought to try adjusting it although twice the stab was ..er... removed... in rough fashion. Next time that happens I'll adjust it for some negative incidence if the rest of the model survives it .

btw - Steve the wing on this beast is semi symetrical (there's an oxymoron). A very slight overall camber I would say. Also, the model flies well with the stock stab setting and, for my model at least, the elevator is trimed pretty much flat.
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Jun 07, 2012, 06:08 PM
Fixed and rotary wing flyer
Originally Posted by LADDIE
fabric 8.
With the location of the propeller right over CG, giving the down thrust will do nothing except push whole model down. The stabilizer should be between zero to -2 degrees.
When you say it "should be", are you stating the kit should come that way? Or I need to make sure I modify the kit to be that way? Because per Steve and Bob, the Seawind has the stab at about +5 degrees of incidence relative to the wing. I haven't actually checked mine.
Last edited by fabric8; Jun 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM. Reason: I meant +5 - not -5 degrees
Jun 07, 2012, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by fabric8
When you say it "should be", are you stating the kit should come that way? Or I need to make sure I modify the kit to be that way? Because per Steve and Bob, the Seawind has the stab at about -5 degrees of incidence relative to the wing. I haven't actually checked mine.
My 71" Seawind has the stab at +3 deg. relative to the wing. The Polaris, that Steve designed, has the stab at -2 deg. relative to the wing (and flys the way it should). Both Seawinds have the prop behind the CG whereas the Polaris has the prop well behind the CG.

Jun 07, 2012, 06:40 PM
Fixed and rotary wing flyer
I corrected a typo on my previous post. I meant to say "+5 degrees" - not "-5 degrees.
Jun 07, 2012, 11:54 PM
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Oops, I looked back at the note Bob sent me a couple months ago and it said he measured the stab incidence at +3 deg relative to the wing. I then said that because the wing has a semi-symmetrical airfoil, it probably had an angle of zero lift of -2 deg. So the total aerodynamic incidence difference is +5 deg. But if the thrustline is zero, that still means the prop slipstream hits the stab +3 deg angle of attack, which is probably what is causing the strong thrust-induced pitching this model exhibits.
Jun 08, 2012, 01:40 PM
Fixed and rotary wing flyer
So I flew another pack today to confirm the flight characteristics. The slight upthrust angle I've set with the motor doesn't cause the plane to dive or dip when I go from 1/3 to full throttle as its flying level.

I flew by a few times repeating this to make sure.

The plane just flies so nice now But if it will fly nicer with the stab setup with some negative incidence, I'm going to be even happier. I'll probably try messing with the stab after this weekend, as I'm really looking forward to trying it on the lake on Sunday.

FWIW, I get about 5:30 minutes of flight time, with my 1400kv motor with an APC 8x4e prop, and 2200mah 3S lipo. My cells are about 3.86v each when I land. I fly around varying throttle from 1/2 to full, and play around doing occasional loops, rolls, flybys and casual cruising. I can get 30min with my Bixler, but that's with soaring it high, cutting power, gliding, climbing back up again, catching thermals or wind, etc. Is 5:30 a decent amount of flight time for this sport plane? Should I try an 8x6e prop? I don't want more speed, just more flight time would be nice.
Jun 08, 2012, 06:52 PM
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Unless you have a wattmeter, you might want to approach the 8x6 gradually. Start by going to an 8x5 (EMP makes one) fly a few minutes, then check the motor temp. If its too hot to touch, then its too hot. If its cool, try the 8x6 with the same tests. If you don't spend too much time at full throttle you can probably use the 8x6 without frying your motor.

You're also being fairly conservative on your battery use. You can probably run them down to 3.7 volts/cell without worrying about damaging them. Below 3 volts is where they face death. I'd try adding about 30 sec./flight until you run them down to 3.7 volts (effectively storage charge).

Jun 08, 2012, 11:08 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions, Bob. You were right about the voltage. By the time I got home and re-checked, they were reading over 3.9v each.
Jun 08, 2012, 11:11 PM
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Sounds like you should be good for 8-10 minutes. I once got close to 15 on mine with a 2100 mah battery but it ran out of juice over the lake and I had to swim for it. I charged the battery as soon as I got home and its been no worse for the wear.
Jun 11, 2012, 01:00 PM
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Servo failure in flight

My Seawind has been my cottage plane for over 3 years now. Early on there were some nasty failures as the stock ESC burned up causing a crash, the stock motor was always quite feeble, not like the videos show. The stock servos gave up quite soon as well. That was year one. Since then it has been very reliable and I even did some FPV flights with it.

Yesterday I discovered that the shed I keep it in had leaked water in my plane, the electronics were in water for ~ 2 weeks. I drained and dried it and the plane seemed fine except the elevator servo made a weird rhythmic clicking unless it was active. I almost flew it as is. I decided to swap the rudder and elevator servos (my spare parts were all at home). I flew 6 batteries through it with not issue. On the last flight just before the last turn to land, the plane swung full left rudder and stayed there. It was harder to fly but I landed and had to use ailerons to steer and get it to shore. The servo could be forced straight and it would just snap left after a brief delay. I got lucky.

I noticed that the Seawind has almost no rudder to roll coupling. Most planes would be a real fight to keep it level but the Seawind was quite easy to control even with the jammed rudder.

It looks pretty rough after all the abuse but still flies nicely, I have always enjoyed this plane.
Jun 11, 2012, 09:17 PM
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How big a motor is too big?

On my Seawind EP RxR the stab incidence is -3 degrees. I have found pitch stability to be influenced more by CofG location than up- or down-thrust angles on the motor. This is probably because I am flying the model heavy, at 32oz. When the CofG is moved further aft than 28mm is where I really start noticing pitchyness with throttle changes.

My motor mount front plate seperated on my last flight in October of 2011. It was still glued in one corner, but for the most part it was wedged in place by the cowling and kept on providing thrust. Although the prop had some serious down angle there was no prop strike. (The scars on the turtle deck are older war wounds.) Other than the strange sound, handling was nominal.

This plane has taken a lot of abuse as a test platform and it keeps on flying. During my first season with it I've reinforced every known structural weak point, including the motor pod. In April I flew it with a custom mount and AEO Tech CR28M contra-rotating motors. Climbed like a bat out of hell with no torque roll or P-factor. For 2 flights. The front bell spit 5 magets on the second flight. AEO Tech has a reputation for dubious quality control. I won't be using their products again.

Next up I'll be trying Himax 2816 contra-rotating motors and a custom 60 inch wing. The increased surface area will keep the wing loading at around 20oz/sq.ft. but my biggest concern is that this setup may be too top heavy. I'm considering increasing dihedral on the wing, as well as using 2 batteries to bring the centre of mass down.

FWIW I've had some fun testing this in RealFlight with a custom profile integrating a 60 inch wing and a 0.30 gas motor weighing twice as much as the Himax. Makes for some very amusing slow flight.

So, what's the biggest motor tested on the Seawind EP?

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