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VonHelton Flugzeugwerke

Ok, I got butterflies again. Strapping down the battery is the only thing left that I can think of. If the sun pops out today (and the ground is dry) I will attempt a Kitty Hawk.
 

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Baron VonHelton

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"The fishing line was a great idea & really helped keep the aircraft together!" Josh Bixler

Yer welcome. I'm totally convinced it kept my wings on despite the many times it crashed & intense moisture in the air. The only reason they drooped was because my pilon was made of foam & collapsed. Oh, and to correct my videos, the battery DID NOT snap my fishing line at all. The knots had worked loose! So the fishing line still worked.

(y)
 

Baron VonHelton

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Scotto

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I may try to get a Kitty Hawk out of this plane. Maybe 2 wings are better than one?
Hey I like the looks of this one(y) and more generally I like the historical liverly that you are doing here. Thats the thing about those early birds. It seems they had a lot more artistic liberties with their flying machine guns back then. Some planes had their active duty when orders were to keep the paint job confined to being very uniform and in hindsight kind of boring but with good intentions. Easy for us to say "more flashy!", but when the game was whoever gets seen first gets shot at first, I would want to be as invisible as possible too.:eek:

Im no expert here but I will give you my unsolicited 2 cents to hopefully get you closer to flying successully. When you are ready to go; take the prop back off and just give her a few gentle tosses from knee high. That has told me alot about where I should put the battery. If she stalls its way too far back and if she tries to end over just when hitting the ground its too far forward. You can notice it trying to yaw or roll in just 6 or 10 feet too. Once you get glideing half decent then you can try it and if shes more wonky in one direction with more throttle then your motor is pointing too much that way. Also just a little bit of crooked landing gear can throw you on the takeoff. Ive had planes fly perfectly straight but very hard to manage on the ground. And thats probly normal for taildraggers. They say just a little tow in is helpful. Good luck!

You might considr building a simple beater ft se5 or dr1 to get more flying time so youre more confidant to fly your own designs.
 

Baron VonHelton

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Hey I like the looks of this one(y) and more generally I like the historical livery that you are doing here. That's the thing about those early birds. It seems they had a lot more artistic liberties with their flying machine guns back then. Some planes had their active duty when orders were to keep the paint job confined to being very uniform and in hindsight kind of boring but with good intentions. Easy for us to say "more flashy!", but when the game was whoever gets seen first gets shot at first, I would want to be as invisible as possible too.:eek:

I'm no expert here but I will give you my unsolicited 2 cents to hopefully get you closer to flying successfully. When you are ready to go; take the prop back off and just give her a few gentle tosses from knee high. That has told me a lot about where I should put the battery. If she stalls its way too far back and if she tries to end over just when hitting the ground its too far forward. You can notice it trying to yaw or roll in just 6 or 10 feet too. Once you get gliding half decent then you can try it and if she's more wonky in one direction with more throttle then your motor is pointing too much that way. Also just a little bit of crooked landing gear can throw you on the takeoff. I've had planes fly perfectly straight but very hard to manage on the ground. And that's probably normal for taildraggers. They say just a little tow in is helpful. Good luck!

You might consider building a simple beater ft se5 or dr1 to get more flying time so youre more confidant to fly your own designs.
Very fair assessment. Thank you!

(y)
 

Baron VonHelton

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Jasta 18, the "Raven".

I was visited by ravens this morning. A good sign? As you can see, I'm making the rudder next.

(y)

EDIT: Ok, for some reason, they look yellowish from the kitchen. Oh well, the outside pics show white.
 

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