Sidewayskiwi
F18 flew well needed a bit of dialling in 
F22 powered glide test turned into the maiden as it climbed away cleanly 
Very little trim flew flawlessly 
I was worried out CofG being tail heavy -- it wasn't 
Going to a lighter battery moving the CofG back further only made it fly better 
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Dodgy Crasher
Looks like you got some awesome weather for your 2 maiden tests, I'm glad it went well for you, I have noticed that sometimes home builds just fly perfect first time even though the odds are well against that and sometimes store bought planes require some alterations and much trimming to fly properly, yup and you would think the odds would be against that too.
The weather is not good at the moment where I live in Scotland and I'm now sitting with 3 planes ready to maiden and a freshly crashed and rebuilt J20 to trim out because it now has a different prop, esc , receiver and one servo, Hopefully Wednesday , the weather forecast looks favourable for first flights ðŸ™„
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Sidewayskiwi
Built 4 planes in lockdown 
SU30 
F117V2
F22V2
F18V3
The F117 needs a bit of a rethink tail heavy and underpowered 
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mastermalpass086
Weather's been alright down here in Devon. We've had some very windy days lately, but they've always been punctuated with calmer days. Wind drops to acceptable levels by 8pm here, usually.

Lockdown planes so far:
Half-pipe printed plan test (crashed and redesigned)
'Pipe-Bipe' (One of those spontaneous rushed projects that turns out great).
Su-34 (Repaired)

Planes to come:
MiG-21 (recycling an EDF)
Half-pipe version 2

I've been kinda enjoying this. 🙂
BRB - Building another nosecone.
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Dodgy Crasher
Funny that, the weather always tails right off here too just before dark, so I went out and bought a Zohd orbit neon and I assembled that yesterday, about 2 minutes, fitted a receiver about another 5 minutes, tuned it all in about another 10 minutes, finally glued an old padlock into the nose as it was the ideal weight to balance the model with a 2200 3s lipo, I believe you can drop to about a 1300 3s and if thats the case then it would need half a house brick in the nose ðŸ˜‚
that plane is really tail heavy, although if I'd put my mobius camera in the nose it would have been about right but I went for the seriously bright nose light, no point buying a dusk to dark plane and putting lights off.
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Sidewayskiwi
F22 off the plans CofG is tail heavy used a heavier 60c 3S battery hard forward and still marginal tail heavy 
Running a 2216 1400kv 8x4x3 prop 
Test launched for a powered glide virtually flew out of my hand and started to climb 
Shrugged my shoulders and went flying 
I always confirm cofg static then dynamically in an intentional stall test 3 mistakes high to establish the ideal
Went to a lighter 3S 30C making it even more tail heavy flew straight out of my hand and flew even better and still stall tests nose down and confirmed slightly nose down on landing glide 
Tracks perfectly got a teal presence in the air 
Most prob go 4s and go to a 2 blade 8x4 
Autumn here in NZ really calm 
But having to retrim every plane due to less thermal lift 
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mastermalpass086
I think the wind dies down in the evening 'cause the thermal acticity drops. There's hills casting shade over the field I fly in so my surrounding area is cooled while the planes can fly up into the sunset or I can watch the silhouette against the still-bright sky.

Have considered lights for the bigger planes though, as that woud extend my flying window a bit. 🙂
BRB - Building another nosecone.
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Dodgy Crasher
Buy one of these mastermalpass, it comes with a stabiliser in it , 3 axis for slight flight stabilisation, and 6 axis for launching and highly intrusive stabilisation, I have set that on one of my 3 postion switches on my dx9 so the middle postion is no stabilisation, for when i want to get stupid.
Aparently it's very crash resistant too as the wings just unclip in a crash, oh yeah it's super visible 👍and that is in daylight that photo albeit in a north facing room.
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Sidewayskiwi
Our field has trimmed pine trees forming a hedge to shelter the field against prevailing winds allowing us to fly in a 50-100 ft bubble on most days 
Downside is on far side of field a downdraft exits and go too high with a foamie you get entertained for free as they get tossed around 
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solentlife
I think the wind dies down in the evening 'cause the thermal acticity drops. There's hills casting shade over the field I fly in so my surrounding area is cooled while the planes can fly up into the sunset or I can watch the silhouette against the still-bright sky.

Have considered lights for the bigger planes though, as that woud extend my flying window a bit. 🙂


http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/notes/keynotes-on-5-different-types-of-wind/12625
I'll fly anything if I can launch it ! Youtube : solentlifeuk
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mastermalpass086
Buy one of these mastermalpass, it comes with a stabiliser in it , 3 axis for slight flight stabilisation, and 6 axis for launching and highly intrusive stabilisation, I have set that on one of my 3 postion switches on my dx9 so the middle postion is no stabilisation, for when i want to get stupid.
Aparently it's very crash resistant too as the wings just unclip in a crash, oh yeah it's super visible 👍and that is in daylight that photo albeit in a north facing room.


It certainly sounds like a forgiving plane! I mainly prefer building my own though. I do have a dream of one day building something big with lights, GPS, Ardupilot and all that. Maybe I'll try a flying wing type some time. 🙂
BRB - Building another nosecone.
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Dodgy Crasher
Hi master, well i gave it a maiden today and a first crash in the same flight, good news not even a mark on it bad news it was pretty unflyable, it was doing whatever it felt like, seems there is a twitchy servo and I think that is the problem, it requires more investigation when I'm not so mad at it, I had high hopes for that in the dark but when it can be crashed so easy on a sunny day with no wind ðŸ˜–
I considered building a plane from scratch and overloading it with lights but when I looked at all the lighting costs for what i'd need it didn't make sense to do one myself, if I can't get this thing to fly nice without major surgery changing servos and maybe disconnecting the gyro then I made a big mistake buying.
Being honest it's much better seeing a scratch built fly perfect first launch anyway, and a lot cheaper, and a lot less annoying when it buries into the ground.
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Sidewayskiwi
thats no good mate
i stuffed a couple of servos by over volting them on servo tester 
found a Flitetest vid where they offset the plug to give 4 volts 
mine would twitch after servo tester and centering and iam sure was the cause of my premature failures 
Had a couple of nylon gear servos strip teeth in flight using them in a 4+4 system the cause of the over loading loosing the planes
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Dodgy Crasher
Interesting stuff about the winds solent 😉👍, never did servo testing on the Zohd orbit so no idea whats going on there but I'm gonna look at it tonight sideways , now that I'm not so ðŸ˜¡ and ðŸ˜® but a bit more ðŸ˜Ž
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Sidewayskiwi
we all crash
Rookies crash more
Old hands crash more spectacularily 
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