The above fix is pretty cool, makes a bunch of changes that eliminate crashes in newer operating systems. It also gives you an editable .ini file, so you can force the game to run at a higher resolution. I'm playing at 1920x1080. When you use the fix and change the resolution, the menus and mission briefing stay small, but the game itself is full screen and looks quite good for what it is.
Even dug my old joystick out of the attic, and it works great.
Ha! I found this and it works great. My Saitek controller doesn't want to play yet, but I should be able to make the game think it is something old soon. I have found that I am terrible with the keyboard.
Plane looks sharp! I am looking forward to seeing how your canards work.
It was a bit windy at the local RC field this morning, but I was tired of waiting. First couple tries resulted in nothing but really fast drives down the runway. It just wouldn't take off. Figured elevator was weak, and solved the takeoff issue by bending the rear landing gear forward so that the nose was raised up higher.
Before the flight I changed out my power pod. Figured it would be best to go lighter after the first couple failures so here's the new specs:
All in all, I'm very happy with how the plane handled. Elevator was weak, soo weak I couldn't do a loop, but that shouldn't be hard to fix. It was very stable, even at the low speeds I was flying. I think the undercamber wing tips and the airfoil on the canard really help out there.
Roll rate, even though I didn't do a bunch of rolls will be very high. Rates need to go down on the ailerons a bit.
I think I am going to cross post this on RCGroups. I need some more input on Canard functions and physics. I want to know if there is anything I can do to get a more responsive elevator without just making things bigger. I worry about having the rear wings stall before the canard, or other bad things could happen if I simply increase size.
Once I do some tweaking and get another couple flights in I'll be posting Beta plans for anyone interested.
Well. The further tests today were both good and bad. Moving the CG back gained me more pitch authority but I ran out of room to move the battery and I think CG sill needs to be further rear.
I can probably put the battery under the wings themselves, or go to something smaller like a 1000-1300mah and see what happens. The plane will probably fly better with a lighter battery, but flight times would only be like 5-6 minutes.
Makes me wonder if I should scale the plane up a bit so that fitting a bigger battery won't be an issue.
Anyway here's the testing results. The end was as expected.
Here's how I found it after the crash.
Nose is a bit smooshed, but otherwise it handled the crash quite well.
So, inverted at the moment is a no go, canard pushes it back over very quickly. This makes me thing the CG needs to move even more. These wings must provide more lift or something than I calculated.
I think I'm going to make the next prototype with a 39.75" wingspan. That will let me keep the fuselage length in check and still able to fit on one sheet. Also, the plane will fit much better with the beef package and be able to carry a bigger battery with better flight times.
Should be very floaty at that size and will be easier to do zeppelin landings with.
I also plan to make the canard with a symmetrical airfoil and larger control surfaces. I think that will do a lot to fix the inverted issue.
Got to make this thing behave like it does in the game.
Thought about it. Dunno that it can be done simply and reliably with foam board. I'm gonna give the larger surfaces a shot. After a bunch of canard researching I discovered that my control surfaces were below average in relative size. I think once they're a bit bigger it'll just work without the full flying canard.
Made me remember another added benefit of the 40" wingspan. Should let me setup the dual rudders without a bunch of effort, and I'll be able to fit all the servos inside the wings. It'l make the build a lot cleaner.
At first I thought 40" would be too big, but it's the same wingspan as the FT Racer and is quite a bit smaller than the Guinea, Storch, Cruiser, and Bushwacker.