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Old Dec 30, 2007, 10:47 PM
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The weather was finally right for a maiden flight today. All went perfectly, flys very nice. I didn't need a lot of up elevator trim like other guys said they did. With the forward C of G the elevator is trimed up 1/8"

I was going to put my 2.25" Sullivan Skylites on but I didn't have a long enough bolt so I used the e-flite 2.25" for the maiden.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 08:07 AM
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Gerry, with grass that thick you are better off with the thin wheels you used anyway. Good choice.
Old Dec 31, 2007, 08:27 AM
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Gerry, with grass that thick you are better off with the thin wheels you used anyway. Good choice.
"Thin is better". I've heard that all my life! Are thinner tires really better on grass? How big a tire size would be best?

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 08:43 AM
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Less drag with a thinner tire. Foam tires add to the drag also. Firm, slippery rubber or vinyl tires work best but with a slight weight penality over the foam types.
Old Dec 31, 2007, 10:54 AM
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The weather was finally right for a maiden flight today. All went perfectly, flys very nice. I didn't need a lot of up elevator trim like other guys said they did. With the forward C of G the elevator is trimed up 1/8"

I was going to put my 2.25" Sullivan Skylites on but I didn't have a long enough bolt so I used the e-flite 2.25" for the maiden.
Congrats on the successful maiden.

About 1/8" of up huh? That's a lot! Seriously, when I reported on my maiden flight I said a few clicks of up and a few of right and she was flying hands off. Next thing I knew people were going on about warped wings and wrong stab incidence! Oh well, it was something to keep the thread going.

With that deep grass I guess you need the larger wheels alright. I used the stock wheels and the pants. I feel like the pants provide a little flotation in the grass anyway. Not only that but the model looks much better to me with the spats installed!

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Old Dec 31, 2007, 11:14 AM
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Less drag with a thinner tire. Foam tires add to the drag also. Firm, slippery rubber or vinyl tires work best but with a slight weight penality over the foam types.
But don't thinner tires tend to dig into the grass more? That's my observation, so far.

CR
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 11:26 AM
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Yes, they cut through the grass rather than plow through it. Less drag. Just flew mine with the pants removed and the Reals installed and my take off's and landings were without incident. It does look nicer flying with the pants on, but servicibility is more important to me than looks. It was terrible trying to take off and land with them on there. We fly early in the morning and the grass is always wet from overnight dew and that wet grass tends to stick to everyting it touches. Probably would not be an issue later in the day, but we fly Mon, Wed, and Friday mornings. Tom
Old Dec 31, 2007, 11:32 AM
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My elevator trim is up about the same. Otherwise it dives towards the ground if it put even with the fixed stabilizer. I guess it depends on which factory employee put which model together and their skill level...hmm, just like if you built it yourself!!

I tried flying Sunday afternoon off the hard crust left over from the rain/ freeze mix from the day before but the winds were gusty and it was cold. I flew my Mini-Ultra Stick but decided to call it quits after that. I had a Cessna Skyhawk reserved for 2 p.m. and left to do that. It was still blustery when I did my pre-flight but calmed down just before take off and remained that way. Beautiful afternoon for flying full size with high pressure and cold air. The engine performance was astounding and I had a great time. We had another snow storm today and two more coming this week!

Here is a link to some short in-flight clips from a while ago. The little girls expression towards the end of the take off video is great.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...61#post8829076

Back to the cellar for a new build.

Jay
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 04:59 PM
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I have an old MonoKote iron and wanted to know if it could be used on the UltraCote? I have some wrinkles on the underside of the wings and thought I might to smooth out the surface.
Old Dec 31, 2007, 05:10 PM
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Nope, sorry. You have to buy the latest UltraCoat iron.
Hahaha, your Monocoat iron will work just fine!
Old Dec 31, 2007, 05:37 PM
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Be careful as the covering on the the T-Craft will not stand up to as much heat as monokote. Set the iron a bit lower.
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Old Dec 31, 2007, 06:33 PM
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Jay, I always liked flying in the winter. Air is smoother, power is optimal, and there is less trafic. Plus you can see farther because there is no haze. Damm, I miss all of that. Tom
Old Dec 31, 2007, 07:11 PM
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Yeah, I miss it too ! Ain't Florida great?
Old Dec 31, 2007, 07:18 PM
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I am enjoying it.

"Cold" weather coming. The 70's we had today won't last...
Old Dec 31, 2007, 07:21 PM
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My elevator trim is up about the same. Otherwise it dives towards the ground if it put even with the fixed stabilizer. I guess it depends on which factory employee put which model together and their skill level...hmm, just like if you built it yourself!!

I tried flying Sunday afternoon off the hard crust left over from the rain/ freeze mix from the day before but the winds were gusty and it was cold. I flew my Mini-Ultra Stick but decided to call it quits after that. I had a Cessna Skyhawk reserved for 2 p.m. and left to do that. It was still blustery when I did my pre-flight but calmed down just before take off and remained that way. Beautiful afternoon for flying full size with high pressure and cold air. The engine performance was astounding and I had a great time. We had another snow storm today and two more coming this week!

Here is a link to some short in-flight clips from a while ago. The little girls expression towards the end of the take off video is great.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...61#post8829076

Back to the cellar for a new build.

Jay
Jay,

Can you come to NC and take my daughter for a ride on her birthday. It is in February. Nice video.
Thanks Alan


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