|The motor mount is installed and glued with 5 minutes epoxy|
|Motor is in place, I needed about 12 mm of space between it and the firewall to allow the shaft to come out of the cowl enough to grab the spinner|
|I put some tape on the sides of the fuselage to locate the center of the tabs for the cowl...|
|...then lift the tape, place the cowl where I want it, put the tape back and you have the location of your screws.|
The landing gear gave me some headache, but nothing some thinking and tinkering could not fix. Basically the aluminium structure is much wider than the cutout section in the fuselage, so I had to file equally on both sides of the fuselage, reglue the fuse in that section to reinforce, and finally place the landing gear.
|The landing gear is too wide for its slot, and the holes for the screws do not align with the blind nuts epoxied in the fuselage.|
|After fiddling a lot here is how I installed the wheels and the pants|
Lastly I connected everything up to the receiver, and I programmed the radio to use flaperons and spoilerons to slow the plane down for landings, which apparently are pretty hard. We'll see.
|Electronics are installed, everything works perfectly! I chose to connect the ailerons servos to two different channels in the receiver, in order to have flaperons and spoilerons.|
|After checking the CG I had to move the battery all the way against the firewall to balance the plane|
|Here we go, ready to rip the sky!|
The quality is otherwise outstanding, and the model looks killer when built. She is of a decent size, even if on the edge of being a tad too small, next time I'll go bigger!
Yesterday I went and flew this baby. AWESOME! I had to push the battery all the way into the cowl, and still I feel she could use some more nose weight.
I set Dual Rates and Expo as follows:
Ail / Ele D/R: 45%; Expo: 50%
Rud D/R: 30%; Expo 50%
Even with those settings the plane was very responsive, I can't wait to get a little braver and try some more manlier settings, the roll rate should be impressive.
The power from the motor is incredible, she took off at half power, and all the flight was done at 1/3 throttle, with some "bursts" at 3/4. And she scares the crap out of me as is :)
Now i can really say that she is currently my favourite plane. She is intimidating, but manageable. I have the impression that as soon as I will be ready to try some aerobatics with her there will not be any problem whatsoever. She flies as she is on rails: I put her in a position and she would continue without hesitations.
Here is the video, not extremely exciting, but my legs were shaking!