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Old 10-24-2014, 06:35 PM   #11
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:39 PM   #12
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Thanks Gordon. I'm very happy with the flying characteristics of the plane....exciting and graceful at the same time. Phil
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:24 AM   #13
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Re: Elevator misalignment problem

Originally Posted by Trumpetman View Post
I'm going to respectfully disagree. IMHO 1/8" will make a lot of difference on a model like this. You will constantly be hunting around for aileron trim. The trim will change with speed changes. I know that you say you are not a competition level pilot but constantly correcting for the roll will become old real fast! I know it is a pain but if you can't bend the connecting link into position you will have to dremel it out of there and carefully reglue...
Hey Gordon:

No worries. I have no problems with the opinions of others; that's what makes these discussions interesting and productive My point was simply to first test the platform before making any radical and perhaps damaging corrections, corrections that might not even be required considering the models design, flight envelope, exact amount of error and the experience and expectations of the pilot. My suggestion was based on personal experience, two cases to be exact (embarrassed to admit in public). I had a similar problem with my E-Flight Beaver (on floats) and, of all planes, my 3DHS Slick . Unfortunately, both models use a hardwood elevator halves joiner, so wire bending was not an option. I remember that I beat myself up for allowing the error to occur (Yes, I consider myself a very good builder) and spent the longest time worrying about this condition and how best to correct it. When it came time to flight test the models, I realised that my worry was for nothing. They flew very well and still do three and four years, respectively, later.

Regardless, Phil, I'm happy that your problem is solved.


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