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Old 09-14-2016, 01:01 PM
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I think some of these teams pull off some amazing work. I imagine the fails can be spectacular.
Old 09-14-2016, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Crazy4Flight View Post
Dennis,

Looks like your team used a JETT Engineering motor... .60, 75 or .90 ??

We had a team from U of Michigan do their test flying at the Flying Pilgrims club a few years ago. I was not there at the time so I cannot report on the results.

Bob
Custom built .65 from Dubb Jett. This plane flew in the advanced class and were restricted to a .65 displacement.

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Old 09-14-2016, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BelAirBob View Post
Midwest P51 40 size. Sure looked nice but snap rolled. After second crash, I figured it was not worth repairing
ME-109, Extra's, Giles, P-51, and the like, tapered wings with large elevator throws seems to do that with all of those. A deadstick landing was a pucker up moment, learned to just sail it in the direction it's going in, and let it come in with very little flaring if at all to keep it from rolling.
Old 09-14-2016, 07:16 PM
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For me the worst is the stupid little 10 inch drone quad copter my son gave me for Christmas. I got a few flights in back yard and then in a tree. Retrieved it. Then went to front yard and flew maybe 4 times. Finally, it flew away. Neighbors found it 1500 ft away 4 days later. Now battery won't do anything but turn lights on. Bought 2 new batteries as determine to have some fun. Same issue, won't charge up enough to fly. Siting on work bench cause hate to throw it out as my Son(25yrs) thought of me.

wow long winded response just to say that drone thing sucked.

p.s. Firebee. Old term. I flew real drones and BQM targets for the USN in OEF.

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Old 09-15-2016, 05:06 AM
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For me the worst flying model was a Lyon Models Christian Eagle sold by Indy Hobbies in the mid 80s and 90s. I had a .90 Super Tyger k on it. It had a Nast snap habit on takeoff.
Old 09-15-2016, 08:21 AM
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2 planes tied for worst in my list, both warbirds:
- CmPro Zero 50 (0.5 c.i.) beautiful looking plane and very accurate scale with a fiberglass fuselage and flat olive drab paint. Everything was detailed and pretty, but you could tell the developers never flew it. It was so tail-heavy that even after adding 1.5 pounds to the nose, it was still tail heavy. I could never land it right, I would power it to landing and then when I cut power a foot off the ground, it would drop straight down. I gave it away.
- World Models Hawker Tempest- nice looking plane. The spinner would not stay on when using a starter. I had to modify the spinner to use a bigger center bolt and use a Tru-Turn adapter nut. The retracts were terrible and the plane also could not taxi without nosing over. I had to tilt the retracts forward severely. Finally after all the tweaks, our club expert was maidening it and suddenly it augered into the ground and disintegrated. We never could figure out what caused the crash, just a bad design. That was an expensive ARF too.
Old 09-15-2016, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by wildchild45177 View Post
Most deffinatly a Nexstar. That thing was junk from day one.

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Back when I taught primary, I always hated to see a new student show up with one!!!
Old 09-15-2016, 08:45 AM
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Besides the Nexstar, my next most difficult plane to fly was a model of the Space Shuttle that a student of mine built from plans. I think RCM or AMA. It got a LOT of attention at the field. Truly thought it was going into the lake at the end of the runway on the maiden.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:31 AM
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Nitroplanes Zlin .40 size. Has a sorta "tee" tail elevator setup on it. Get too aggressive in a bank and yank turn and it'd suddenly just skid out out of it (like the fuse covered up the elevator) Only plane I ever deliberately thudded into the ground just to get rid of it!
Old 09-15-2016, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by nitro junky View Post
We all like to brag about how grate our planes are.
All my planes are grate.
Old 09-15-2016, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by oliveDrab View Post
All my planes are grate.
This is a grate!!!
Old 09-15-2016, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by hsukaria View Post
This is a grate!!!
Yep. I had a plane that looked just like that. It made a weird whistling sound as it flew through the air.
Old 09-15-2016, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by oliveDrab View Post
Yep. I had a plane that looked just like that. It made a weird whistling sound as it flew through the air.
Now that you mention it, this would provide good cooling for the engine or motor. It would make for a good cowl.
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Originally Posted by hsukaria View Post
Now that you mention it, this would provide good cooling for the engine or motor. It would make for a good cowl.
I might actually try that ..... it will be gr8!
Old 09-15-2016, 12:39 PM
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Oh boy!! This thread has been running for 9 years and we managed to derail it within a few hours.
Old 09-15-2016, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by hsukaria View Post
Oh boy!! This thread has been running for 9 years and we managed to derail it within a few hours.
If it were on RCGroups, it would have been derailed in about 45 seconds.

I don't have any planes currently that I hate, although flying my ultra micro T-28 is almost impossible if there's even a trace of any wind. My old Norvel Neofun 1/2a trainer flew like a tail heavy brick with an AP .061 in it. Hoping an FP .10 will fly it better and with a little luck a better job balancing it too.
Old 09-15-2016, 06:03 PM
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I am just now getting into the smaller planes, size 15. I plan to make all my small planes hand launched and belly landed for weight and because I fly in a grass field. If your plane is heavy, remove the landing gear and see what happens. Less weight, less drag, and no snagging on rough ground. JMHO.
Old 09-15-2016, 07:04 PM
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Stretching the fuel miles on the small stuff? Me too, no more .60, few in the .40, and more searching for the .25 size. I have a .15 in a SIG Doubler. A GP combat .25 ARF flew great without landing gear and a .25 FX.
Old 09-16-2016, 02:42 AM
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I just finished building a HOB AT6 with an old OS20. I plan on building a Screamin Demon with a Norvel 15, a PICA ME109 with an AP 15, and a SIG Kobra with an OS 25FX, all without landing gear. I am also talking to a guy at the club to sell me his Shrike 10 that has a 15 engine. Hopefully none of these will fall in the category of planes this thread is about.
Old 09-16-2016, 04:03 AM
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I'll probably fly more smaller stuff myself when I get into it more fully next season. I have a bunch of old Enya .15IVs, an AME .049, and the little OS .10. If I can find a diesel head for the little FP10, I'll probably be the only guy at my field with a 1/2a trainer running with a diesel. I'm relegated to finding someone to machine a diesel head for me, but so far nobody has taken the bait.

I have an old Goldberg MIG-27 foam target drone I'm gonna paint up and fly also. That's my biggest plane with the second one being a kit built Mojo .25. The powerplant for the Mojo is undecided as of now.
Old 09-16-2016, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by 1QwkSport2.5r View Post
I'll probably fly more smaller stuff myself when I get into it more fully next season. I have a bunch of old Enya .15IVs, an AME .049, and the little OS .10. If I can find a diesel head for the little FP10, I'll probably be the only guy at my field with a 1/2a trainer running with a diesel. I'm relegated to finding someone to machine a diesel head for me, but so far nobody has taken the bait.

I have an old Goldberg MIG-27 foam target drone I'm gonna paint up and fly also. That's my biggest plane with the second one being a kit built Mojo .25. The powerplant for the Mojo is undecided as of now.
The Mojo 25 seems like a good candidate for a Fox small case 40. NV Engines sells diesel heads for their small engines.
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Originally Posted by hsukaria View Post
The Mojo 25 seems like a good candidate for a Fox small case 40. NV Engines sells diesel heads for their small engines.
I thought about that, but I don't know if a small cased .40 is gonna have the grunt to turn a big diameter low pitch prop. I'd have to get a few props and see what how it runs with it. I think I'd be more comfortable with using my Jett BSE .35 on it. There again, I need to get some props and try them out. The Jett likes to turn up, so it may or may not be a good candidate.
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Originally Posted by 1QwkSport2.5r View Post
I thought about that, but I don't know if a small cased .40 is gonna have the grunt to turn a big diameter low pitch prop. I'd have to get a few props and see what how it runs with it. I think I'd be more comfortable with using my Jett BSE .35 on it. There again, I need to get some props and try them out. The Jett likes to turn up, so it may or may not be a good candidate.
The Fox 40 ran a 10x6 APC nicely. I never tested it with a 11x4, that might be good for the Mojo.
Old 09-16-2016, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by hsukaria View Post
The Fox 40 ran a 10x6 APC nicely. I never tested it with a 11x4, that might be good for the Mojo.
If I remember right, my ABC .40 did close to 13k on a 10x6 APC. The Jett .35 will do better than 16k on the 10x6, so I lean towards the Jett. The only problem with the Jett is it sucks fuel like crazy... I should weigh the .40 and .35. Weight is always a concern on planes, so I have to take that into consideration since I'd need a decent size fuel tank (a bubble free one to boot).
Old 09-17-2016, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by RCFlyerDan View Post
Back when I taught primary, I always hated to see a new student show up with one!!!
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought it was a POS. Having flown since 1974 (not necessarily well, but that's when it started), I tend to think that if I find it a pain in the butt to fly then a student is liable to have some issues.

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