|11-06-2005, 05:47 AM||#21|
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Excellent - another Loyalist flyer.
My newest Loyalist has a Hacker A20-26 motor, a Hacker 20A ECS and a ThunderPower 1320mAh battery. This is a very powerful (130W) and cost effective (~$150) set-up. BTW, I usually run an 8" folding props on my planes.
As norsehammer recommended I too beefed up the nose a bit. by adding square stock to the corners. Actually I added square stock to a lot of corners to improve the fuselage rigidity. It will add a buck or two to the kit but it will be worth it. I also added 3/16" square stock down the wing spar to make it more of an I-beam, which adds tons of strength but also makes it much easier build a straight wing. I'm still tinkering so Oilman won't have this one in kits for a while yet, but he'll have it when it's ready.
My latest incarnation of the Loyalist has been to modify it to make a flat wing (i.e. no dihedral). Took it for a maiden flight yesterday and it behaves excellently. This change improves inverted flight, which now needs only minimal input from the sticks to keep it level. I've also modified the rudder to reduce the tendency to dive in a turn. With the power configuration noted above, this plane weighs in at about 350g or 12.5oz and can hit level speeds of 30-40mph. It also has near infinite vertical and a much better glide ratio than the current Loyalist (though I'm not entirely sure why).
If you can't make it fly, use a bigger motor!
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