RE: Let's see your touch and go's
Bill, I didn't build the plane (nor have I been the owner of it yet), but I sure have a good number of flights on her! The conversion was a little more complicated than you might think. As for building it as a low wing instead of a high wing, it's pretty easy. You just fabricate some balsa wing saddle pieces from 1/4 inch stock. Use a wing rib to trace the top of the airfoil on the balsa wing saddle and glue the wing saddle pieces in on the bottom instead of the normal square longerons. Figure out how to secure the wing on the leading and trailing edges (tried and true method is simply installing one or more wood dowels that mates in an aligning hole in the bulkhead and 2 nylong bolts for the trailing edge).
On this particular model, I think the builder actually lengthened the fuselage just a bit to give it a slightly longer tail moment. Doing this would have been fairly easy and allowed him to get a some very nice looking lines on the model. The fuselage looks almost like a "Cherokee" instead of a Kadet Senior. I'm not positive that he lengthened the fuselage, but I think I recall it being mentioned by it's second owner. The other notable deviation from the stock Kadet Senior is that he moved the entire vertical fin back so that the trailing edge of the fin was in line with the trailing edge of the horizontal stabilizer. He then made a full length rudder that goes from the top of the vertical fin to the bottom of the fuselage. The Kadet Senior's rudder stops at the horizontal stabilizer.
The builder originally left the design as a 3 channel model, but the flight results pointed out that it needed ailerons to make the model enjoyable to fly. The second owner purchased the model and added ailerons. The addition of ailerons made the model a joy to fly. She is very light for her size, and the .52 four stroke is plenty. At full throttle she can do all the basic aerobatics, including inverted flight. She doesn't really like being inverted, but she'll do it if you want to. At slow speed, she really lack rudder authority, and the ailerons (at slow speed) exhibit a slight amount of adverse yaw. In other words, at slow speed, when you apply right aileron, the nose of the aircraft tends to go to the left. For this reason, at her extreme slow end of the flight envelope, she is much happier if the pilot utilizes rudder inputs along with the aileron.
It's quite amusing to see this big ole thing lumbering around at slow speeds. She can fly so slowly that she looks like she ought to be falling out of the sky, but she doesn't. She also handles wind quite nicely. Just a very relaxing model to cruise around with.