Funny you should ask... I was just about to post the latest info...
Sunday I took it to the field for maiden flight #2. On takeoff attempt it made a hard left turn heading toward my fellow flyers who were really too close to the runway. Rather than fight the plane for control I opted to dump it.
I decided the prop was still too small and the landing gear was way too short, preventing a longer prop from being used.
With too many eyes watching on Sunday, I decided to come back at another time when no one would be around and I could be a bit more relaxed. Would also give me time for modifications I needed.
This morning, winds were light and no eyes were watching my every move... Great! Takeoff attempt #2 did exactly same as Sunday. Adjusted the left aileron.
Takeoff attempt #3 was perfect! Up, Up, and Away!
Once sufficiently high, I banked to the right. Wonderfull! Another bank to the right for the downwind leg. Plane is bookin! Wonderful! Another right bank to base leg. Still performing great!
Oh ohh! Sun is coming up from East and my flight path will soon be taking me in direct line with it.
Apply left rudder.... I said "APPLY LEFT RUDDER!, like NOW". Oh no... Apply Left Aileron. I said "APPLY LEFT AILERON!".
A bad situation is rapidly getting worse.
The plane is tooling along at 50 mph and not responding to command. It is in direct line of a beautifull new home across the road for which I should not be in the vicinity.
Frantically I twist every control I have and suddenly it catches one. For a few short moments I thought I had regained control.
The last command received was up elevator for which it accepted and went into a loop up up up and then down down down down into the ground.
When I got to the plane I found it 20 ft from the roadway, 300 ft from a new home with its motor buried 2 inches into the soil.
What more can I say....
I think this one is a goner.
On the plus side, after taking it home and examining the parts left over, I discovered the motor suffered no damage at all which was surprising. The battery did not fair so well. The 3 oz lead weight in the nose put a hugh dent in it and now I am left wondering what to do with the thing.
I know better than to use it, but how do you go about disposing of the thing? Any feedback along this subject would be appreciated.
I don't know if I will rebuild or not. Right now I am pretty bummed out and am thinking of throwing in the towel. But maybe after a few days, this will pass and I may make another stab at building another one. I have learned a great deal from this one. The wing was really too wide and fusealge too short, the whole plane too heavy, etc, etc.
For now, I think I will just lick my wounds and tuck my tail....
The repairs look great on an already great looking plane. Let us know how it works out...