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FTFC'18 WWII Curtiss-Wright XP-55 Ascender

HilldaFlyer

Well-known member
I have some good news and bad news. First, the bad news. A few weeks after the maiden I tried another flight. The outcome was less than optimal, rolled almost inverted out of the hand without enough height to recover. Nosed in and broke the fuselage in half right at the wing canopy section. Spent a week and built a new fuselage, then hung it up for the winter. That's why I didn't get paint on it before the contest ended.

But what and awesome day last Saturday... Good news... Here is the maiden of the rebuild...

 
I am glad you got this bird back in the air. This was a very cool build. It looked like once you got it dialed in it handled quite well.

I can't wait to see it with a coat of paint.(y)
 

HilldaFlyer

Well-known member
Thanks guys! I'm too am really glad it got up. On this flight I did notice that when going around corners (or going up) the weight in the tail seems to carry, so any abrupt change in flight direction seems to send the tail forward. Nose up, tail down = stall. The trick to flying this one is keep the speed up and minimize any abrupt elevator activity.
 
I hope to see more of this project in the near future. It is a favorite subject of mine, but clearly a challenge since it was done at the height of aircraft development in transition to jets.
 

DamoRC

Elite member
Mentor
Looks great. Particularly like the cockpit windows. Did you print them like that (with the frame) or use white paper and a sharpie?
 

HilldaFlyer

Well-known member
Looks great. Particularly like the cockpit windows. Did you print them like that (with the frame) or use white paper and a sharpie?
I painted the green frame and I was going to paint the windows black, however, to get sharp lines I outlined with a Sharpie. It looked so good with white (Ross-Wlamart foam board) that I left it that way.
 

LitterBug

Troll Spammer
I painted the green frame and I was going to paint the windows black, however, to get sharp lines I outlined with a Sharpie. It looked so good with white (Ross-Wlamart foam board) that I left it that way.
Absolutely AWESOME build! Will you be at FFE next week?

Cheers!
LitterBug