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    Wrong technique? At the bottom of the text box where you type is a "Drag files here..." message. Click on choose files, go to the picture you want on your system and it should appear underneath the text box. Just complete message in the normal way. Do observe the maximum size though - 48MB
  2. I would estimate around 10-15mph but the parameters are way to vague. I teach with a very much lightened electrified "Ripmax Trainer" (Chris Foss UnoWot). I would say that gets down to around 6 or 7 mph in ground effect.
  3. Don't normally do this but I was incredibly lucky to be gifted this glider as a kit. It is an Andreas sold by Hyperflight.co.uk. Still trying to get it tuned in but it is getting better each time.
  4. Not a numpty question at all. At least you found the issue on the floor and not in the air! As you have correctly worked out, stick backwards - elevator upwards. Double check everything after the change to make sure you have knocked something else in the process.
  5. I purchased a Flair Puppeteer from one of our club members. The rear servos were stuck to fuselage side doublers around the spar position on the lower wing. The tail movements I was not happy with so I switched out the 2 servos fitted and moved the replacements to the trailing edge position. Removed both wooden pushrods and replaced the rudder with pull pull cables. The elevator was treated to a CF pushrod. Result was the removal of 100g of nose weight.
  6. Don't modify the nose, not necessary. Don't use the leading edge as your datum, use the CoG. 100g (4oz approx) is not that much on what is a short nosed model. Making some estimates here... If CoG is on the spar, the tail looks to be twice as far from the spar as the motor. So 100g on the nose is approximately balanced out by 50g at the tail. What servos are you fitting? Standard ones are 35g ish, so moving one to the back of the plane will almost counter balance the additional motor nose weight. Try it with your current model. Suspend it somehow on the CoG, add 100g to the nose and then try moving some spare servos and stuff around to get back to level. Maybe both tail servos to a location near to the rear edge of the wing and moving your throttle servo back might sort it, consider altering the position of the receiver battery.
  7. Same place, same issue here Cuban. Had to stop doing oil change on the car so I did not get wet!
  8. Little concerned with your last post Toto. As PDB asked, should the lights not connect into the receiver? Also you seem to be having doubles. AS3X and a gyro is going to be very interesting as they will BOTH be trying to correct the models flying. One or other - not both. If you have one - use a non SAFE receiver with the supplied gyro. Reason for the connection issues TAER is that the instructions are written for non Spektrum transmitters which would most probably use AETR.
  9. Could just be a dirty connection in the Y lead so removing and replugging the servo back in effectively wipes the contact surfaces.
  10. Neddy as you have noticed flying on a simulator is nothing like the real world. Simulators have their place and uses, it helps you work out what the sticks do and it also speeds up the disorientation issue when the plane is flying towards you. It also allows a little practice when the weather is un-flyable. That is about as far as I would use your simulator. At the field is totally different. Don't get disheartened. Your instructor will have your best interests at heart. Take your time and enjoy learning the lessons. Sometimes what you think is a small insignificant step is really a quantum leap. We had a young visitor over the weekend, a 20 something year old who saw what we were doing and thought it was easy. 3 flights later he was mentally worn out from having to concentrate so hard for so long.
  11. GG If you build light, then you do not need to fly so fast so the energy taken into any mishap is very much reduced allowing for a less beefy construction. KE = 1/2 m v2 (2 is squared - I could not find the superscript function) My Mossie which is now 17 years old and still flies regularly. 74" wingspan and weighed around 5lbs including batteries, (2 x 3S 2800mAH). As Richard would say, more "cartoon scale" but great fun and shows no sign of tip stalling.
  12. To try and reduce the slow increase in throttle setting during flight, how about increasing the strength of the ratchet on the throttle? It will not stop it happening but you may at least feel the increase in clicks in you fingers / thumb.
  13. How about the Radiomaster R88 which is a FrSky copy, can be had for less than £20 in the UK, less than £10 from Banggood?
  14. 100% agree with the above. Our club has it's own proficiency test so people can fly solo to practice for the A test. The requirement is to fly safely, within the allowed boundaries, reasonable take offs (no 60 degree climb outs) and safe landings on our rather tight strip. If calls are not made then the candidate fails the test. 3 flights required so a single erroneous flight does not make a fail unless it is dangerous, like wise a single brilliant flight will not cover two poor ones. While you may have made a couple of landings in good weather which is excellent, wait until the gods are not working with you and things do not work out. So practice, more and more. Circuits can be boring but set yourself challenges for each flight to keep the interest. Nail a particular position in the sky with reference to ground features for turns - both entry and exit points. Now do this multiple times keeping your height too - not quite so easy to get it bang on each time. As you have said, this needs to be practised in different directions. With nailed take offs, circuits and landings - this will be your fall back point when you do progress to other manoeuvrers which may not work quite how you expect them to.
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