ORIGINAL: Pelle Gris
I just maidened my Hots this evening.
I put in 6 flights and it seems to fly very nicely although its a bit touchy on both elevator and ailerons. This could be caused by a slight tailheavyness, but it´s quite managable.
Final weight with 12oz of lead in the nose is 13,8lb, and with the 35cc Bully it still has unlimited vertical. I plan on changing to a prop with more pitch, possibly an APC 18x12 or a 16x12 3-blade, to lower the rpm and thereby cutting down on the noise. It´s not bad with the rather large Zimmermann DA-50 canister, but the engine takes an APC 18x10 up to about 7900rpm on the ground, so it gets a bit noisy going full steam.
The model seems to track very well at speed. If you put it into a 20° dive, it stays in a 20° dive. Same thing happes going upwards.
I have programmed an "Aerobatic" flight phase giving me full span ailerons by having the flaps travel with the ailerons. With about 25-30° throw rolls are VERY fast. Maybe 2 rolls per second, so I have programmed 30% expo, but I think I will try a bit more.
This setting also slaves the ailerons and flaps to elevator input. So when putting in up elevator both flaps and ailerons travel down 10° or so. The opposite happens with down elevator.
During the "Landing" phase the flaps goes down about 40° and the ailerons about 30° I guess. This provides some braking and there is still plenty of aileron control.
I will try to snap a few pictures the next time I´m at the field.