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911hillclimber last won the day on December 14 2021

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  1. Just completed the re-gluing of the plane, a regular ritual. Crashed quite hard trying to land on the first flight, has been doing circuits etc well up to the point of coming down, gave my buddy no chance of a save. Glued the carbon spar back together and some other patches and left in the baking sun to cure. Buddy loaned me a flight of his 50" 4 stoker which was very nice to fly, more responsive, accurate etc, 2 x the weight I suppose. Took my plane back up and went round and round well and my buddy bought it in like a pro. I could clearly see the fence! Seriously thinking of setting the plane to stability 100% and going on from there, but this is bugging me yet again. Always something to fight, and trick to learn a new trick at 70!
  2. I probably kill the throttle (electric) when the plane is at about 10/15 feet, but my difficulty is that the plane is in the wrong place to the center of the strip, I am struggling with the co-ordination of the height and the position. I generally land from right to left, feels better than left to right being left handed etc. As an aside from the realities of this game, went to Weston Park yesterday and bagged a great bruised Junior 60 that had a glow in in once, no crash damage and with a bit of tlc today looks great, esp for the cost of £20. It will be electric. Even more reason to get to a solo position.
  3. I like the idea of repeated passes and will talk this through with my buddy pilot tomorrow where winds are at 3mph to 7 apparently. The few landings I've done are all power off when at about 15 feet up. If looking bad my buddy will take the plane up and away for us to live another moment later, my last crash was bought about by clipping the invisible end of the fence which he missed too! He was convinced all was well and saw me coming in well. The crunch was as much a surprise to him as me. If tomorrow goes badly I'll ask the Club if they will allow a white split tube along the one end of the fencing, it's a good idea. Brown Gorilla glue sure is good....
  4. The field I use has an electric fence around it to keep the sheep off when not in use. It is about 3 feet high around the perimeter and is black so quite invisible at a distance against the green of the surrounding fields of the farm. Thus on approach you have to be sure you are going to miss it. Secondly, my approach is too high and not very level or steady, but not too fast either. I have been snagged by the fence a few times, have poor placement to the center of the field landing area and a nasty habit of parking the plane on the ground rather than gliding down to a natural halt. The strip is plenty long enough. I've landed like a pro a few times as i have fluked it, bit have equally snapped the U/C off on abrupt landing. All in all a bit raggesd and clumbsy....
  5. I find myself 'stuck-in-a-rut' with gaining experience before I can reasonably go flying solo. My so helpful buddy instructor at the local club is a busy man so I have to hope his and mine calanders line-up for me to fly safely, so this restricts the ammount of flying time i can get, thus slowing down the process of 'independence'. I can take off and fly round fine, he even compliments me, but landing is a bit of a lottery. The plane is fitted with a stabilizing module, Beginner, intermediate, switched off. I have never used this (it also gets in the way of the buddy connection), but at my stage my thoughts are to select Intermediate (minimal flight correction) to allow me to build confidence landing the plane, then when feeling good to switch it off and simply get on with it. Any thoughts to this approach please?
  6. Update: 2 deg right now confirmed, and zero degrees up or down, that is the motor shaft axis is parallel to the engine bearers. On this design of frame, the wing is not mounted parallel to the engine bearer 'line', the leading edge is about 3 deg higher, the tail plane is parallel to the engine bearer 'line'. There are no ailerons on this plane, essentially a 3 channel design.
  7. I think I need to find a way to measure reasonably the 2 degree off-sets first to the plane/fuselage? Is a Junior 60 as sensitive?
  8. Just dug-out the plan. It says 2 deg Rt and 2 deg Down but adjust on 'flights' I have (I guess) zero down, and 1 deg right now I have adjusted it! (before thinking the plan might say something. An experienced flyer flew the plane early last year in 4 mph breeze and had difficulty getting it straight, it seemed trick to fly compared to his Junior 60 he flew before hand on the same day. Strikes me up/down thrust is more sensitive to a calm flight than Rt/Lt, but I have ability to trim of course on the Tx which should have enough to get around these angles? My flying skills are still crude, still knocking the UC off my Kingfisher at times, but i do hope to fly this in the middle of the year and need it to be docile.
  9. Thank you both, I know what to 'adjust' to now! Great forum! Graham.
  10. What is the ideal engine (electric) off-set angle please/ The angle on my Ben Buckle Buccaneer is 2 x as much as that on my FMS foam trainer. Thanks, Graham.
  11. Got to the local Club's flying field today, gusts up to 10 mph but generally calm, sunny and dry, so perfect. Buddied up with my tutor (he volunteers to help souls like me) and he took the plane off and around a few laps and handed over to me. I took it round and was surprisingly smooth (ish) but went round for 4 mins and he landed the plane. Second battery and I took off, got up and did a fair few laps, much smoother and even LANDED the plane almost smoothly! After coffee and shortbread all round (5 of us there) went up again, and over-thought everything, got disoriented twice and landed a bit abruptly. Decided my level of concentration was done for (8 minutes...) so after my tutor's 2 planes failed to run, we all seemed to have had enough over the 2 hours there, and left. Great to get back to it, plane worked great, in one piece so all good. Hoping for a good week next week, busy this week!
  12. Thank you both, will look into the details. Graham.
  13. Several years ago i bought off ebay a small spark engine very kit/home made status motor but tight and 'free' bar some gumming-up of old fuel (caster oil maybe) but a nice engine. It came with a wood (old) prop, 11" x something, all good. I fancy having a go at getting this engine to run. The engine is complete almost, it has the contact breakers but no coil etc. Being a period looking engine i want to find parts to get it going, but to look period too. The engine won't end up in a plane, but this is just a 'tinkering' project. Can anyone steer me please to a source for parts?
  14. Ha! As if... Far more likely is I have my last brain cell plugged into the wrong channel. The ignition side of this engine has been a real nightmare, dealing with the Americans involved has 'missed my expectations' by a light year. All the UK people involved have exceeded my expectations, which is the good bit.
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