Landing without gear could be described as a controlled crash, everybody needs to be better at crashing right? practice makes you good and a good crash means less damage. A long winded way of saying you don't need the training wheels.
The maiden went absolutely great. I put 3, 2200's through it. It flies like a dream - very, very stable (30% expo) and maneuverable. I mixed in 25% rudder with the ailerons . I think I got around 10 mins per pack and that left the packs at 35%
Learned a few things:
1) I need more elevator authority - I'll adjust the servo.
2) It wants to pull left - I didn't use any thrust angle at all as it is a swappable. This is easily countered.
3) I NEED landing gear - throwing it for launch was scary - a club-member launched for me twice and that went great but my launch was almost a crash. Maybe some sort of catapult....
4) very glad I made the bottom fairing to cover the battery. It looks great in flight.
No maiden video, sorry! Was too shaky/nervous to think to make one.
That's a sweet looking color scheme man. I wish I was patient enough to make mine look that nice! For landing gear on my next one I plan to install them the same way as the FT Mustang. I built one of those for a buddy and we fly if off of a VERY rough runway with no problems. Tough little setup that looks good and easy to do as long as you do it before you close the wing up. Just my .02.
Sadly the wing broke off taking the fuselage with it, Tho it's fixable it'll never be strong again. The other issue is that the reason it crashed was that I had put a gyro on it since I was a bit of a newb and my gains were backward, needless to say it got unstable fast and that was the end of it. I also had a hot setup that I probably wasn't ready for, Tho I may revisit it.
I glued the plane back together but took out all the electronics and it's been hung on the wall ever since. That was a year ago tho.
I've had many success and some more failure since.
I modeled (in Sketchup) and 3D-printed the Landing gear stays based on the ones built by Flying Penguin. Bending the wire was the hardest part - Piano wire doesn't like to be bent in tight angles but it's strong.
Installed in Wing
Ready for testing
If anyone wants, I'll provide the stl files or upload them to Thingiverse.