> The "real" Maiden
Unfortunately I do not have any in-flight video or images of the North American during my flights today so the attached image will have to serve as proof. I ventured out in the 100+ degree weather on a mission, whilst my wife (the photographer) decided it was best to save her sanity and stay cool. Of course, afterward, I realized she was the smart one.
Regardless, I got in a solid 12+ minutes of flight time today. One flight with gear down and the other flight gear up. The baffling worked great and after landing the engine temp was good; even on a scorching hot day. On final approach of flight 2 a strong cross wind knocked me about causing a prop strike but no other damage. As for flight characteristics; with an O.S. .25 you'll get a more scale-like take off since it needs more time to get up its airspeed. You won't be able to do huge loops, sustained inverted flight, or other more extreme maneuvers but, that's not what I wanted anyway.I'll be sure to get some in-flight pix and video when my wife has the opportunity to get out with me. Till then, I'll say it again… This project was a great one.