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  1. Final weight is ~56oz. Spoilerons are programmed in using the throttle stick. You can adjust the aileron neutral position from around 5 degrees down to about 40 degrees up but I haven’t used them while flying yet. And I’m not sure what the trim change will be if fully deployed upward. I’ve use this RG-15 airfoil before. It’s a good airfoil for slope gliders. Its on the airfoil tools website. On the 1-34, it’s thickened to slightly more than 11%.
  2. Here’s the video. FullSizeRender.mov
  3. Finally did the maiden flight my version of the Sterling Schweizer 1-34! And it was wild. The CG was set at 61mm back from the LE. For the launch, I dialed in a bit of up trim also...probably a mistake. My flying buddy launched into a 5 to 10 mph breeze on my local slope. The first 3 seconds seemed fine. Then a tip stall followed by 3 or 4 more, major loss of altitude, no control, terminating in a vertical dive into the slope a few hundred feet down from the top!! 15 seconds of panic and thwack! It was so far down the hill I couldn’t actually see the impact and I assumed the worst. But after recovering the model (flying buddy John got it for me) it only had some dents and gouges in the nose area (fixable) and otherwise it seemed OK! I was shocked! My styrofoam, plywood and balsa construction approach is pretty tough! It was still flyable so we decided to add some more nose weight (1.5 oz more) and remove the small amount of up trim and go back to a totally neutral elevator position. Flight 2 produced the video here. Much better! At a 15oz/ft it flies fairly fast as you can see. I actually had to add in a fair amount of down trim (maybe 5 clicks) during the flight. I’ll probably shim the stab mount eventually and swap out some of the nose weight for a fiberglassed nose area. Here’s a photo prior to launch. The blue tape you see on the nose is an attempt to add more protection to the nose area. The slope is pretty rocky and harsh on models. This time of year the best way to land is to plow into the mustard weed as you can see in my landing. Typically I have trouble posting videos so it may take a while to post it.
  4. Well I found this free wind tunnel app (thanks Denis!). It’s got a lot of limitations but I was able to used their canned airfoil and draw in a flat stab that looks to have a slight positive incidence with respect to the airflow on the left of this screen shot of the results. Notice the blue (low pressure) over the wing and UNDER the stab. This means the stab is pushing down and illustrates the down wash effect as discussed by John S above! This little test doesn’t perfectly reflect the Phoenix setup but it’s kinda cool and it’s telling me that down wash effect is probably what’s going on.
  5. I did wonder about the down wash effect. I wasn’t sure how far away from the wing it extends. The Phoenix is a T tail so the stab is maybe 2 ft behind the wing and several inches above it. Assuming it’s in the down wash then it makes sense it’s pushing down. Denis, do you have a link or website for one of these wind tunnel apps?
  6. I think I may do more testing. Maybe I’ll attach a short string above the stab. Maybe an inch above it and away from the fuse. Then do some normal flight speed flybys and observe the angle of the string compared to the stab. Maybe video it.
  7. I’ve been interested in seeing if my Phoenix is flying with the stab producing down force as Im told should be the case for most gliders. So, I indirectly measured it in flight. By installing an AOA sensing vane, calibrated to the flat bottom of the wing and adjusting for the fact that the actual wing incidence is about 2 degrees more that that, I determined that during stable flight, the wing is flying at around 4 to 5 degrees incidence. However measuring on the bench, when the stab is horizontal (using bubble level), the wing is at 3.75 degrees. So supposedly when in flight, if the wing is at 4 to 5 degrees positive, the stab would be at +.25 to +1.25, thus producing a nose down moment instead of a nose up moment as expected. The CG is at a location where the plane flys fine. What’s wrong here? Nothing?
  8. Nope. Not yet. The 1-34 is aging like a fine wine. Waiting for the perfect day to pop the cork! I have noticed that the Ultra coat covering I used needs reshrinking AGAIN and is so thin you can see the balsa grain, etc right through it. ? But, couldn’t find monokote.
  9. Well I’ve decided to just go for broke and slope launch it. I’ll have one of my flying buddy’s launch it so I can be ready for any serious trim problems. Ive done maiden flights like this before and I’ve only had 1 incident and I threw it myself that time! ???
  10. Ok. Finally maiden flight ready! Here’s a photo of the finished aileron servo faring and a shot of the whole airframe. The pup got in the way so he’s a bonus! I added hinge tape to the underside of all hinge lines (except the rudder) to stop air from bleeding through. Final weight is 56 oz. Wing loading is 14.8. That’s higher than I wanted but should be OK for slope flying. The wing is an RG 15, 11% thickness and is set to an incidence of 3.75 degrees when the stab is at 0.0 degrees. Ill try try to get some video of it flying but that may be a while since winds this time of year are typically not good. Here’ hoping for an event free maiden flight!
  11. Fuse painted! Radio installed. Decided to tweak the linkage a bit to better tie down the putter sleeves. Didn’t like the way the elevator “tape” hinge came out so I’m changing it to standard piano hinges installed the same way I did the aileron hinges.
  12. I like the batteries! Modelers don’t throw anything heavy away! Gallon cans of extra paint, chunks of lead, steel, stacks of old magazines...I’ve used them all. ?
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