Had a great day flying yesterday and posted in the good
thread - https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?threads/what-did-you-fly-today.57878/page-537#post-738128
I've worked up to a 50% success rate from ZERO. The other 50% goes in this bad
The F-22 is too much of a leap for me no matter how slow it supposedly can fly based on the F-22 build/fly tread.
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The first flight with the F-22 went so-so for about thirty seconds when it went into a dive and couldn't recover. It came down pretty softly and didn't have any damage at all. The nose had come off and the battery had come loose and was lying several feet away. To get the CG right the 1500 mAhr battery is actually fully in the main body and the nose/canopy is totally empty. I suspect the battery had come loose in flight and fallen forward into the nose driving the CG further forward than the elevators could compensate. The mushing, nose-down landing seems to indicate this.
The second flite was more just plain pilot error. The only difference between the top and bottom is the canopy painting. It wasn't enough and got disoriented and did a good ole face-plant. I wish I had gotten a photo of the sod still stuck to the nose. Surprisingly, the nose is completely unharmed, but the second station took the brunt of the impact probably because of the battery being driving back and up. Also, the foamboard wing took some serious creases.
Actually, I think this could be salvaged, the plastic could be fused back together and the foamboard bends straitened out. But... I think I'll just make another. One sheet of foamboard and 60¢ worth of plastic isn't too much to spend on a new plane. I'd also like to try ironing down the foam-board edges someone on the forum mentioned. I tried it on some scarp and I can get a near airfoil leading edge while hardening it up. Win-win.