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Jan 13, 2003, 03:22 PM
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Smart V-tail - elevator or ruddervator

As great as my first flight was on my Smart, I felt like it would have been nice to have rudder control to keep it really straight on the vertical climbs. Would ruddervator be helpful in achieving this with the Smart V-tail. I was told that the torque under full power is really the problem. I've noticed that alot of the F5B planes run T-tails and no rudder, and they put out alot more power than mine does. Aveox 27/39/1 w/10 CP 1700 and 15 x 15 prop. Advice appreciated.
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Jan 13, 2003, 05:03 PM
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Ruddervator does work well on the Smart. Mine uses them to straighten out the climb. I also use them while thermaling.
Jan 19, 2003, 11:38 PM
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Do you have any photos of your setup?
Jan 20, 2003, 12:39 AM
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You can see the webpage I created for it here. Here are a couple of pics from it.

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