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911hillclimber last won the day on December 14 2021

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  1. Update: 2 deg right now confirmed, and zero degrees up or down, that is the motor shaft axis is parallel to the engine bearers. On this design of frame, the wing is not mounted parallel to the engine bearer 'line', the leading edge is about 3 deg higher, the tail plane is parallel to the engine bearer 'line'. There are no ailerons on this plane, essentially a 3 channel design.
  2. I think I need to find a way to measure reasonably the 2 degree off-sets first to the plane/fuselage? Is a Junior 60 as sensitive?
  3. Just dug-out the plan. It says 2 deg Rt and 2 deg Down but adjust on 'flights' I have (I guess) zero down, and 1 deg right now I have adjusted it! (before thinking the plan might say something. An experienced flyer flew the plane early last year in 4 mph breeze and had difficulty getting it straight, it seemed trick to fly compared to his Junior 60 he flew before hand on the same day. Strikes me up/down thrust is more sensitive to a calm flight than Rt/Lt, but I have ability to trim of course on the Tx which should have enough to get around these angles? My flying skills are still crude, still knocking the UC off my Kingfisher at times, but i do hope to fly this in the middle of the year and need it to be docile.
  4. Thank you both, I know what to 'adjust' to now! Great forum! Graham.
  5. What is the ideal engine (electric) off-set angle please/ The angle on my Ben Buckle Buccaneer is 2 x as much as that on my FMS foam trainer. Thanks, Graham.
  6. Got to the local Club's flying field today, gusts up to 10 mph but generally calm, sunny and dry, so perfect. Buddied up with my tutor (he volunteers to help souls like me) and he took the plane off and around a few laps and handed over to me. I took it round and was surprisingly smooth (ish) but went round for 4 mins and he landed the plane. Second battery and I took off, got up and did a fair few laps, much smoother and even LANDED the plane almost smoothly! After coffee and shortbread all round (5 of us there) went up again, and over-thought everything, got disoriented twice and landed a bit abruptly. Decided my level of concentration was done for (8 minutes...) so after my tutor's 2 planes failed to run, we all seemed to have had enough over the 2 hours there, and left. Great to get back to it, plane worked great, in one piece so all good. Hoping for a good week next week, busy this week!
  7. Thank you both, will look into the details. Graham.
  8. Several years ago i bought off ebay a small spark engine very kit/home made status motor but tight and 'free' bar some gumming-up of old fuel (caster oil maybe) but a nice engine. It came with a wood (old) prop, 11" x something, all good. I fancy having a go at getting this engine to run. The engine is complete almost, it has the contact breakers but no coil etc. Being a period looking engine i want to find parts to get it going, but to look period too. The engine won't end up in a plane, but this is just a 'tinkering' project. Can anyone steer me please to a source for parts?
  9. Ha! As if... Far more likely is I have my last brain cell plugged into the wrong channel. The ignition side of this engine has been a real nightmare, dealing with the Americans involved has 'missed my expectations' by a light year. All the UK people involved have exceeded my expectations, which is the good bit.
  10. Tis I, the missing 911hillclimber! Oddly had the incline to visit this great forum for a 'nose' around. I hope 2022 will be significant for 2 things: 1 I get more help from Martin on perfecting things with my Kingfisher. Take off and flying (round and round) is ok in my head and skill set, and some good approaches and landings at the end of 2021 were good, but need to build on those. Martin is the perfect tutor. Would also like to do less gluing on the Kingfisher..... I feel very positive towards this. 2 To fly on appropriate days my BB Buccaneer. I really want to fly this wafting along at tick over (so to speak) while the Club's wizzz kids race frantically 100 feet above me.I sill have the lovely Stoll which won't take much to get going, some new rubber bands and a Tx program for it. I don't feel inclined to fly it for some reason, but with some nice BIG wheels it should be a nice plane even with the smaller wingspan of the 2 designs. As said, I've had a torrid time rebuilding my hillclimb Porsche engine for the Lola but it all runs now after considerable effort, time and skips of money. Will be tuned on he rolling road soon ready for the first event last week in April. I managed to 'upset' my right shoulder during this engine game (rotated cuff something) and a little lady in Kidderminster is stretching/mauling/eaing me back into shape. Overall, model planes are SO MUCH EASIER! The Lola Porsche engine: [url=https://postimages.org/][img]https://i.postimg.cc/gjMfqh1G/DSC0038-8.jpg[/img][/url]
  11. Might have flown my last day of 2021 today. Just me and my buddy tutor on a boggy car field, but the flight strip was wet but ok. A 1,000,000 curious sheep can to see us. Managed to use 4 batteries down to about 30% with a horizontal sock, about 6 mpg and gusting. Take-off were good, bit steep as the wind lifted the light plane, but flew round and round, figs of 8 and then a landing. It came down a treat, no bangs or bounces, no testing of recent glued repairs, and NO buddy interventions. 2 and 3rd flights the same though the gusts were tricky close to landing, but corrected and survived, plane intact despite a bit of a bounce (or 3). So, the end i think (might try on thursday) to my first year as a rookie. Nearly 60 years between my last flight (control line) in the village park to facing the real challenge of R/C. It has been brilliant, hard at times, but when it all works, what a great way to spend time, so pleased I finally got to get going again. I have learnt a lot and have many to thank including all the help here on this site. I wish you all a Happy Xmas, and a Very Good New Year full of smooth landings no matter what.
  12. Just caught up with this plane. What a real cracker! And it has a pilot, nice change. Makes me look forward to 2022 when I hope to be competent enough to fly my BB Buccaneer. The plane looks really good, an inspiration to a newbie!.
  13. My buddy link is a keen volunteer, and has sorted quite a few over the years. I am 69 and picking all this up for the first time. I jumped in for all the wrong reasons and all the wrong gear too! old dogs and new tricks describes my dilemma. However, I now have the right plane, a field and flyers I'm comfortable with and non of them have taken the Micky over my efforts. I feel I've learnt a lot sometimes the hard way, and my last adventure to the ground was totally my fault based on mis placed confidence. I do though feel sure enough to fly on my own and if I need to I can switch on the stabiliser which I have not used, but watched a similar plane fly with its device on, the stability was very impressive. I have some options! No substitute for stick time.
  14. Ok, must have been coming in too HOT. What a year getting started. Bit irritating to be at my 'stage' and now as good as no flying unless a good day pops up. Back to the simulator.
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