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Old 03-29-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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Bloody April is almost here and we're ready for it! Jon's Albatros D5 flys great with a 25FX at 4lb. 5oz. My Fokker DVII with a 25LA at 3lb. 13oz. is just as smooth. Both planes are steady at slow speed and we aced all the take-offs and most of the landings. Roll rates are weak but the rudders kick a**. The big disappointment was my Fokker DII...what a dog!! The first flight ended in an uncontrollable spin and the last flight ended with a long sideslip into the valley. The wing warping (on the lower wing only) was useless in a steep bank or climb. Too bad, the build on this one is much easier than the D5 or DVII. At least it passed the crash tests!!
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Old 04-01-2005, 07:50 AM   #2
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Great news Bent,

Do you have any differental on the DII's wing warping?
It would help I think.

My SpadVII is looking good. The latex/acrylic 9colour paint job added 1.5 oz... I moved the engine fwd 3/8th in. to loose the heavy hub. It balances nice at 4.5lbs...

I'm taking it to the OMFC meeting Mon 4th. ( I want to ask if I can enter it in Scale Aerobatics ! ! HeHeHe)

I've got some photos from a borrowed camera. If I have the time I'll learn how to post them here.

Looking fwd to getting the 'Rene Fonck Special' back in the air....

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The geometry (and slop) of the aileron linkage definitely gives more up than down. Squeezed in a couple more test flights this evening...before the big storm. Made a few changes to the original design. I reworked the trailing edges of the lower wing to give big full span ailerons. The torque rods run run all the way out to the tips. Lengthened the forward struts and cabanes so the top wing has about 2 degrees of incidence (the bottom wing is at zero). Well at least it flys now, but the pucker factor is still there. What I realized this evening is the airplane behaves at low power but becomes a stubborn mule with power on. It's barely controllable at half throttle. The first flight ended with a smooth glide after a deadstick. Second flight wasn't so pretty. Next step is to add lots of down and right thrust and a smaller diameter prop. I'll tame this beast yet!!
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Old 04-02-2005, 05:37 AM   #4
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tamming the beast

Keep it up Gary I felt the same way withe the DH2. While the first one one flew. Once!!! It was enough to make me want to perfect the BEAST. And with the addition of four carbon fiber tail booms it works. We just wont tell the wife how much the ass end is worth. And hopfuly you guys will take it easy on it too.

Your planes look exquisite as usual Cant wait till next week should make for some pretty Photos though
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Green side is definitely not up
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