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Old 02-04-2012, 06:15 AM
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Any news on this plane cp?
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:44 PM
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If it weighs more than 8 oz I would use stranded steel .008, but that's just me. It'll be interesting to see how the model scales up, especially with the stab lower than the wing. Neat looking model, great finish.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:38 PM
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I flew it in the back yard on 52 feet of .009" Spiderline and it flies great. It only glides for 3/4 of a lap so I have to plan ahead to avoid landing in the mucky grain field.
At 52 feet, it just seems like it's right in my face so I tried to fly it on 60 foot lines.
I also took it down to the airport for more space to fly.
Something went wrong right at launch. I'm not sure if one of the lines was snagged in the grass, or if there wasn't enough wing tip weight, or if I didn't have it oriented correctly with a slight breeze. It took off the ramp headed right towards me and as soon as it flew to the end of the leash the fuselage wanted to keep going and it tried to rip itself free of the wing. The actual crash with the ground was at 0 mph.
So, it was an easy repair even though the wing fillets were obliterated.
I'm going to wait for a nice day and have my wife launch it so that I'll be sure the lines aren't snagged and I have a quarter taped to the wingtip as a precaution.
The plane in the photo is after the repair job.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:00 PM
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I have to say that I really like the "look" of your airplane. Bears a strong resemblance to 70's era FAI T/R airplanes. Nice job !
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:06 PM
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I have had a few come in on me and it sameed they wanted a big chunck of me. Had to dodge a .35 comabat ship once that was already at speed. Man that was scary.
Glad to see success though.

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Old 02-14-2012, 05:52 PM
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I've lost a few over the years due to the lines snagging on a weed I didn't spot.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:32 PM
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Thanks guys. I'll try to post some video of it soon.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:11 PM
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Don't mean to change the subject CP, but what do you think of the Spectra "Spider Wire" lines now? They seem to have withstood a pretty hard jolt at the end of your lines, evidently hard enough to nearly rip the wings out of the fuselage!

I admit to winding them rapidly around the Sig or Blackhawk handls, and rubber banding them to the wings between trips to the field. We could never get away with that on steel lines.

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