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Old 08-16-2006, 07:45 PM   #1
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The Christen Eagle Flies!

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ARF is a bit of a misnomer for the Great Planes Christen Eagle. I'm a pasty white colour and 10 lbs heavier from sitting in my cellar for three weeks straight. Many many hours required to put it together, but the quality is A1, the construction is logical and the hardware package is excellent.

So, after 10 minutes in the air tonight for the first time, here is what I know:

1. The DA-50 has a rediculous amount of power for its weight... simply rediculous!

2. Anybody who tells you that you need a big rudder to do a nice knife edge is wrong. The DA-50 will knife edge a shopping cart full of watermelons.

3. 1/4 scale planes don't necessarily use more field for take off and landing. This one takes off in 40 feet and will land in 25.

4. It is hard to get a good center of gravity check on a plane with a very high wing. Five ounces on the tail only changes the pitch by a degree or two... That's important! (See point #5 below.)

5. A tail-heavy plane is a bit of a monster to fly when your thumbs are knocking together.

6. Burnt gasser fuel is nice and clean.

7. Unburnt gasser fuel is not nice at all... Got to get a better fill system!

8. Electronic ignition is wonderful. I wish my push mower and weedeater had it.

9. The stock DA-50 muffler is a useful duct to get exhaust out of the cowling. Unfortunately it is offensive to everything living and I expect that our field will close if I continue to use it!

10. A Great Planes Christen Eagle will in fact fit into a Honda Accord without irreversible modifications to the plane or car. Passengers have to use the roof rack.

Do any of you have one of these things?
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