My apologies for posting and bailing. Just as I wanted to get this thing going, I got slammed at work and we've had a couple of club events. I either haven't had time or have been too tired to pop onto RCU.
I'm back in the cockpit now, so let's start by taking care of some housekeeping. We'll assign in order of posts.
Fly24-7 - Bro No 1
jeffsend - #2
thebest_102 - #3
VictoryRoll - #4
Tailskid - #5 (but #2 in our hearts by taking initiative to self-declare)
LSP972 - get that 25e and we'll slot you in.
Ranger61 - #6
8.point.roll - got a pulse? If so, you'll get a number.
netdudeuk - see 8.point.roll
bikerbc - lucky #7 (you can't post half way down page one and take #1
timshales - #8
amc72 - #9
It's cool to hear of the mix of electric versus glow versus gas. I have a feeling that with the new lower displacement gas engines released by Evolution and others, we'll see more of these models set-up with gas engines.
Congrats to thebest_102 for winning a pattern contest with his Pulse. I'd imagine that this plane (in the larger variants) could also do reasonably well in an IMAC basic sequence.
After much experimenting , I found that a 14X7 prop is the winner for my O.S. FS-95V. It's the right combo of engine load (full throttle RPM), thrust, and ground clearance. I have about 16 flights on my new XT 60 and am finally getting it dialed in (radio settings, engine tunning). I now know why I decided to buy another one of these. Once you get it right, it's like a comfortable pair of slippers.
On the stock tank, I get about 30 minutes of flying time with mixed throttle. I typically go two flights per fill-up. Last month, I flew this airplane a bunch at our club airshow along with my 25% RV-4. My only gripe is that the O.S. 95 weeps oil from the front bearing like crazy. After a flying session, I've got the Exxon Valdez dripping out from under the cowl. At some point down the road, I just might move the O.S. along and repace it with the Evolution 15 or 20cc gas engine released this spring. We'll see. My concern with the 20 would be too much prop and too little ground clearance. I'll get some photos at the field this weekend now that she's been broken in. I NEVER take photos before the first 2-3 flights. In my mind, bad karma.