Flying around....

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thunker54
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March 19th, 2018, 1:34 am #441

I finally got a chance to get out and fly my WWII P-47 Thunderbolt warbird.  I'd done some work on it and it had been waiting for a test...

-  I re-worked the landing gear - and added some shims on the back of the landing gear mounting bracket - to angle/"rake" the landing gear more forward.  Trying to help the "nose-over" tendency of this plane when taxiing.
-  I added a landing gear deploy/retract sequencer - so that one gear goes down/up before the other - solely for looks and more scale operation
-  I added a 4-second rate reducer on the flaps servos - so the flaps deploy/retract gradually.  Again - solely for scale looks.''
-  I finally got an airbrush and tried to do a little weathering here and there.

All worked great - piloting was mediocre at best.  ;-)  But I brought it home in one piece!

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March 19th, 2018, 10:17 pm #442

I stuck a flight stabilizing gyro in this plane - this was a little flight to test it out and adjust the gyro gains.

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March 22nd, 2018, 9:28 pm #443

Finally took my new Focke-Wulf 190 WWII German fighter out to test it.  Flew GREAT - like it was on rails.  All I did was circle the field a few times and bring it down.  I did do one aileron roll and boy does it roll fast - like a spinning bullet!
I didn't use any flaps taking off but I dropped them about 3:40 when coming around to land.  I put a servo "rate reducer" on the flaps to make them deploy/retract slowly.  They worked flawlessly and slowed the plane down nicely to land.

This is the first 4-cell (14.8 volt) plane I've flown.  I sure do like that extra power - but it comes at the expense of weight.  This plane weighs about 3.5 pounds flight ready.  I had power to spare - I never went more than about 1/3 throttle.  This thing would scream if you poured the gas to it.

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March 25th, 2018, 12:49 am #444

A little fun with my Stevens Shaft 400.....

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April 22nd, 2018, 8:31 pm #445

Check out this guy in England's build of a B-17 RC plane.  He did the maiden flight with FPV - viewing an on-board camera through goggles.
The detail he put in to the model is amazing....  4 on-board cameras with head tracking and all....
I don't think I'd have had the nerve to even try to fly it after all that work.

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