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Old 07-08-2009, 04:55 PM   #11
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I should have posted this earlier, but didn't, got busy at home and now I'm in Spain.....don't ask. Anyway, the Banshee II was test flown by my buddy, Ted at the Wingham Jets event, and it was a pleasure to see it fly the way it did. Ted reported that it was stable and manouverable, no noticeable bad habits. The canards seem to do the job they were intended as he advised pitch control was positive during the landing approaches. Unfortunately, the first landing was a bit hard, the plane ballooned slightly, then stalled when it was about 2 to 3 feet up and the gear got bent a little bit, which was easily fixed. The second flight was better, now that he had some experience. But the gear still bent slightly, I'll re-drill the retracts to accept 5/32" wire instead of 1/8". Looking back on this I should have done this before testing due to the added weight with the batteries. Also, he reported that although the plane flew with no problems, more power would make it perform better. Well, it would have, except I accidentally fried my 6 cell pack the day before we left home for the event so I had to used a 5 cell. The watts dropped from over 1450 to 1200 as a result. I figured the original flew pretty good on 740 watts, 1200 should have been ok, but then, the original did not have retracts and canards, more wieght. So, now that that huttle is over, I'm considering taking the model to the next step which is making the wings composite, but presently, well, after August 1st, I'll be producing the Banshee II as it is presently. Thanks for the comments and the few e-mails, your inputs are really appreciated. Also, I want to thank Ted Antonopolus for doing the test flights, at least my stress level was ok that day....
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