28 May, 2006

Breaking in the OS engines

Well, I've had about 20 flights on the U Can Do by now, and the .46 is really starting to hit its stride. It performs excellently, allowing nice harriers and hovers. In no wind, there is only a limit of patience as to how long you can hover. I have switched to an APC 13x4W prop. It is turning about 2500 RPM less than the 12x5, but it gives almost a pound more thrust. I weighed the plane today, and it rang in at 5#10, and the engine is currently turning out 5#6 running blubbery.

I also flew the little racer today, and it was screaming after a few tanks. With the 8x7 on and no wind, the thing flew like a mini-pattern plane. What a blast it was to bore around the sky at 80 MPH.

Just take your time with an OS engine and it will pay off, make sure that you don't push them too hard at first, let them work into their groove.

07 May, 2006

More Power!

Been a while since I posted, but it has been a hectic couple of months. I spent way too much time putting in all of these azaleas...

I finally rebuilt the Tern, using the existing fuse and some assorted parts to rebuild the tail. I used the boom itself as a bolt block for the rear wing bolt, the fuse under the wing is fairly weak, but it should be ok once the wing completes the box.

I have been goofing around with power again, far too much.

I have done quite a few lomcevaks with my little racer, I will try to see if my dear wife managed to get one on film and post it.

I also just completed this little beauty. The kit quality on these Great Planes ARFs is unbelievable. Hopefully it flies as well as it builds.

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