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First Spad

Old 10-24-2005, 02:33 AM
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Hi,

Just finished a SPA3D, powered with a older OS 70 4C.

But the muffler snapped off[:@] and the engine must have muffler pressure to operate. $50 for a new muffler[X(][X(]

So still haven't flown[:'(]

Looks like it'll be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John
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Old 10-24-2005, 11:41 AM
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You'll have a good time with it, but wow you really have to stay on top of that plane it can be a handful.

Mine would do a loop in less than its own length! While you wait for the new muffler why dont you put the profile fuselage on it? I did that on mine and it seemed like it was easier to see. It will probably help with knifeedge as well. Although mine never flew knife edge all that great. I think its a little short for a clean KE.
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Just finishing painting it, then I put in on
Old 10-29-2005, 07:48 AM
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Had the first flight today in about 3-5 knots.

Yikes, a bit (aka A LOT) tail heavy, with a Saito 56 up front. Take off roll of about 1.5 meters (2-3ft) and straight up[X(]. Seems like the prop will cut off the tail it loops so tight, inside and outside. Inverted climbing flat spins, I had trouble with a decsending one, but now I'm bl00dly climbing[8D]

Landing was scary, deadstick, and travelling downwind. Touched the mains, and yawed to the right. Main caught and skidded to a stop, looked great but not suppose to happen.

I've moved the tank, and I'll move the battery forward. I put the profile on and that added to the tail weight unfortunaty.

Convinced the local SPAD man to build one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 10-29-2005, 08:38 AM
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I was having some engine problems with mine and I know how tough those deadstick landings are with that plane. I had a bunch of pretty hard landings with it. Fortunately with a SPAD the worst I had to do was change the landing gear.

Have you had any problems with the wing flexing with full aleiron deflection? With mine I could see the wing flex.
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I was to busy trying to get it under control!!!

I'll have a look today
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I understand that.

Mine was fun to fly but its definetly a hands on airplane... you have to stay on top of it at all times.

How does it knife edge?
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Don't know!!

Had a combat today, but the engine mount failed and the engine flew off[X(], cut my own streamer avioding the oppenet(sp?).

Harrier landing on the first flight, refuelled and took off again and back into it. 5 min in the engine flew off.
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No flutter on the wing during full aileron, but a full throttle dive had some fluttler Surprised the wing is still together

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Old 10-30-2005, 05:16 PM
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No flutter on the wing during full aileron, but a full throttle dive had some fluttler Surprised the wing is still together
LOL!
You know the SPA3D was designed to fly at 1/2 throttle or less in level flight.
That being said there are mods like filling the LE area with foam, making the center 5/32 rod go through the fuse and a full length 5/32 CF rod in the last flute before the aileron hing. These mods all help stop flutter at higher speeds.
Thats the greatest thing about Spads , so easy to experiment with, that's half the fun for Me.
I have a Jett 46 on My first one and built a BigMcDDD with a Irvine 61, there both a blast to fly.
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