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My first SPAD, will it fly??? Flight report and a problem

Old 05-15-2004, 07:15 PM
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Default My first SPAD, will it fly??? Flight report and a problem

Hey everyone,
Finally I decided being such a girl and I built a spad.
Never though could build one myself, but this rain ruined a day at the flying field.
I stole a beer sign from my friend who had stolen it from Wilson Farms, haha and its exaclty 32" wide.
Anyway, here it is. Radio gear, engine, fuel tank and weels not installed yet, but I keep questioning myself if it will be flyable at all?
What do you guys think, do you see anything wrong so far?

Thank you for your advices.
Tomorrow is the day!!!
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Old 05-15-2004, 07:16 PM
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One more...
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Old 05-15-2004, 08:03 PM
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Default RE: My first SPAD, will it fly???

Nope, if you get the CG right it should fly fine
Old 05-16-2004, 12:23 AM
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Default RE: My first SPAD, will it fly???

OK, she is done.

I have CG set 4' , should I move a little bit back?
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Old 05-16-2004, 02:07 AM
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Default RE: My first SPAD, will it fly???

What's the wing cord?? i'd start at about 28% cord and go from there
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Default RE: My first SPAD, will it fly???

The only problem I see is that the aluminum gear looks like it might bend on a hard landing. I've discovered that the aluminum flat bar you buy at the hardware store is too soft and bends too easy. the way to fix this is to double it up and pop rivet them together.
Old 05-16-2004, 10:05 AM
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Default RE: My first SPAD, will it fly???

Great job! It should fly just fine. Dont forget the flight report Are you really a girl? We need more female spadders...

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Old 05-16-2004, 03:34 PM
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Ok, just got back from the field.
No, I am not a girl, i was trying to be funny, but, as usual, it was not funny.
Anyway, I put couple stripes on the wings so I can see it better.
I have about 15 years old Enya 45 on her and it turned out to be just enough power.

The first flight was pretty good and I realized that CG is way too far to the leading edge. I moved the battery as far as I could back, but it was not enough because I need to have it on the left side of the aluminum U channel. That way it takes car of wing balance.
I had to add a little weight on the tail. My landing gear is 1' wide instead of 3/4 and that probably makes that difference.
Now if flew much much better.

Then I ren into another problem. I could not trim it right. The trimming was different at various speeds. I could not understand what was going on. Good that my friend started looking for the cause. I donno if its common or not, but the back side of my left wing is is bent down, which makes my plane turn right all the time. I also had trouble turning left. I needed to get the wing back up and we could not figure out how. What we did is tied it to the almunimu channel with a string. That keeps it perfect and after these modifications plane roared to life. It flew great, I could not believ it. It does not like high speed manuvers and performs better at lower speeds. Low speed flying is great. With low rates on, it could be a nice trainer plale with 36' wingspan. I have it 32'
I do not know how to hower, but I had enough confidence to try. I tried it on RealFligh simulator, but could not hower for longer than a second. My spad was howering great, I still have a long way to go, but at the end I was getting about 5 seconds!!! I was so excited. I love my new Spad. Oh yeah, its called RENT, because the fuselage was made out of a sign that said for rent.

Anyway, is there a better way to fix the crucked wing??? Would heating it up and bending would help?
Sorry about my english, its not my native language.
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Old 05-16-2004, 06:03 PM
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I heated the wing a little and bent it back in place. Seems to be sitting where it is suppose to, but I am not sure if it will stay there. I guess, I will see tomorrow morning,

Put some stripes on it as well.

I am looking at other spad plans already, and IT SCARES ME!!!! This is fun...
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Old 05-16-2004, 06:23 PM
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Default RE: My first SPAD, will it fly??? Flight report and a problem

Get some 5/32" music wire from the hobby store, and run inside the length of the wing, in a flute directly in front of the aileron hinge. This will straighten and strengthen the wing, as well as give you better aileron response, and move the CG back a little due to it's weight. Great looking plane[8D]
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Not meant to be critical or anything but I don't understand why guys build 3D planes and then try to make them go fast. 3D Planes are not designed to go fast, they are designed to do 3D stunts at very low speeds. If you guys want to go fast build a Demon or a Weevil. I have both and they are like little rockets. One has a GMS 47 and the other had an MDS 48. Both really light up the sky.
My Weevil will roll so fast you can't count them and it clocks right below 100 mph.
I'm too old and slow in reaction time to do 3D so I stick with fast. Tried to do a harrier with my Pizazz today. HA HA HA . First time it did real good and landed like it's supposed to. Alrighty, here comes the smart ***** in me. Just had to try it again and broke the whole belly out of it. Oh well, lots of time to fix it. I'm gonna leave all that stuff to you young guys with good eyes and reflexes.

Good Luck and Good Flying

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JimRoss, I did not build this plane to fly fast, but to learn howering. I did not know the way this plane handles and noticed that it does not like high speeds. If I did enough research then would probably found some info that they do not fly well fast. It was new to me, so I just wrote my observations about the flight characteristics.

PS. I will start building Spad3d tonight, will see how these two planes will differ.
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My apologies, I did not mean to come off sounding sarcastic.
Guess I just wrote that all wrong.
Sorry about that.

JimRoss

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