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59 year old newbie - adding more planes

when I checked where the balance was it was about 3/8 to 1/2 an inch behind the holes.
This plane is proving a challenge, to be sure. I've noticed with the couple FT speed build kits I've had, that the CG seems to change after the first hard crash or two. Either from my repairs or something else, I don't know. That's when I started learning to recognize if my plane was tail or nose heavy, and I change the nose weight in the field until I think I've got it right. Before the final demise of my TT, I was actually taping coins to the tail to get it to fly!

If you've got it so it will glide well with the battery and everything installed, then it sounds like you're on the right track. That's an obvious indicator that you've got it balanced out.

As frustrating as this plane has been, you've already learned far more about pushers than I have. First time I build one, I'll be coming to YOU for advice!

Good luck on the next flight! :)
 

Jimun

Well-known member
Here I go again with the Explorer:D. It flew better but seemed under powered still with the sport wing.

I actually did not video the first flights of the Explorer and Tiny Trainer.


Switched to the glider wing and did better. It has a good glide to it. I cut the power a couple of times and it did real well. Still seemed under powered. The motor doesn't sound right to me. How can you check a motor?


Also flew the Tiny Trainer with a new fuse and nose. I change the shape on the nose to give my 3s battery a little more protection and it seemed to work. A couple of soft crashes and the battery stayed in place:D.



Last flight of the day. It was a good and beautiful day. I must have went through about 6 or more batteries. I had my charger going after draining the 1st battery. Felt real good today.


Planes are still in one piece and ready to fly again:LOL:.
 
Here I go again with the Explorer:D. It flew better but seemed under powered still with the sport wing.

I actually did not video the first flights of the Explorer and Tiny Trainer.


Switched to the glider wing and did better. It has a good glide to it. I cut the power a couple of times and it did real well. Still seemed under powered. The motor doesn't sound right to me. How can you check a motor?


Also flew the Tiny Trainer with a new fuse and nose. I change the shape on the nose to give my 3s battery a little more protection and it seemed to work. A couple of soft crashes and the battery stayed in place:D.



Last flight of the day. It was a good and beautiful day. I must have went through about 6 or more batteries. I had my charger going after draining the 1st battery. Felt real good today.


Planes are still in one piece and ready to fly again:LOL:.
You had a busy day :) . It's so nice when they all come home in one piece.
 
With the Explorer I think you almost flew smoother the first time but way to close to the ground. Both flights you were porpoising quite a bit. You could be a tad tail heavy but I would try lowering your rates for elevator by 10% to start with and raise the expo 10 or 15%, this will help calm you thumb down by over correcting the plane. Roll looked nice and smooth, don't touch it.
 

mayan

Well-known member
@Jimun your flying is great man. You seem to be controlling the plane and getting it to do what you want it to do. From your second explorer video I don’t think you are under powered. The best feeling in the world is coming home with the planes intact like when they got to the field :). You should really be proud of yourself.
 
Wow, are you stepping up your game, or what?! First, gliding the Explorer (nice landing btw) and then some craziness with the TT! Then some nice smooth circuits and even some close flybys. In the last video, your confidence level was so obvious. It's such a great feeling when you can throw it into the air and then just have fun with it. It's even better when you bring it in for a great landing.

For me, the days like you just had easily make any frustration well worth the journey. Congratulations on some great flying, @Jimun!