The sun was out, weather only 3-4 degrees below freezing, a little gusty but OK, so I dragged my son out and made him film me fly this thing a couple of times. Two flights, this is number one, complete with a botched catch at the end.
Very noticeable in the cold weather, is the need to let the engine heat soak after start before getting too excited and pulling plug heat for launch. I'm using 25% nitro, I'll go back to 35% next time.
Check out the new compact starter box - Tupperware + 4s 4000 LiPO + starter panel. Works like a charm, and the battery spins the snot out of a Sullivan starter compared to a gel cell. Holds a plug wrench and a few spares. I like it better than dealing with the flight box.
The aircraft is a Sparrow Hawk foamie sold up here by Great Hobbies. I suspect it is an HK or similar offering branded by the store but I dunno. Comes as a FF chuck glider with tow hook (for a change, one that glides great) with the fuse halves already glued together (you can split them) or as an electric with a small outrunner, three servos, and ESC which is what I used. I was going to slap it together as a knock around lekkie then realized "fool, what are you doing, put a proper engine on the nose."
I think it would be a hoot on a TD .020.
BTW I have had some level of success glassing EPO with .75 oz cloth and Derakane vinyl ester resin, seems to bond well enough to classify as "it seems to work". I figure I'll convert a Multiplex Funfighter or the like to .15-.25 power and see how it goes.