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Martyn's Ballerina @ 115%

It's called Ballerina 115 - sounds more impressive than Ballerina 70

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Bob Cotsford09/02/2016 11:01:14
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Simon, try a coat of satin finish varnish or satin Flair Spectrum/Spectra clear on the pilot, it really does transform an iffy pilot with a gloss paint job as I've proved several times. nowt wrong with Dick's finish that a coat of satin won't sort out.

Martyn K09/02/2016 11:12:14
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They both have character. Personally - I like the bear

Simon Feather09/02/2016 11:26:29
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ooh, good tip Bob, thanks, I'll try that

Martyn K27/02/2016 21:12:19
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I maidened my Ballerina 115 this afternoon. 3 great flights. Still a little nose heavy and the first flight was a little under elevated. What amazed me was how agile this aeroplane is. Clearly not a precision Aerobat but on the first flight I was looping rolling split S reverse Cuban stall turns with no problem at all. The only thing that I couldn't get right was a spin which always ended up as a spiral. Hopefully pushing the CG back will fix that.

I am am using a 13x7 APCon the OS70 - which made the landing speed a bit on the high side but it was very manageable.

The troublesome engine performed faultlessly on Contest 10 which was a bit of a relief

still a bit of trimming to do but it's a lovely fun aeroplane to fly.

Well done Peter

Martyn

john stones 127/02/2016 21:29:10
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Well done Martyn, cowl's holding me up and I might fly it next week without it, I can say I'm doing engine thrust checks wink

John

Chris Barlow27/02/2016 23:00:29
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Congratulations Martyn. Sounds like you really enjoyed it! yes

It looks a dream to fly and from all accounts it is! I put mine off today in favour of running the engine in and pre maiden checks hoping the wind was less tomorrow and at the latest forecast it look like it will be and straight down the strip too!

Martyn K27/02/2016 23:38:05
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Thanks Chris

Here is a short video of the 2nd Flight.

Andy Pace on the iPhone camera - thanks Andy

May take a few minutes to appear
Great Fun!
Martyn
Martyn K27/02/2016 23:41:07
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And the maiden - only a short snip

 
From just after take off, you can see that it was a touch under elevated after the initial climb out
 
Martyn
 

Edited By Martyn K on 27/02/2016 23:42:20

Colin Leighfield28/02/2016 00:16:33
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That looks really good Martin.

Ian Jones28/02/2016 01:12:47
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Wot no landings! wink 2

Good job, well done.

Ian

WolstonFlyer28/02/2016 09:46:43
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Nice job Martyn, great to see your model flying

Edited By WolstonFlyer on 28/02/2016 09:47:03

Martyn K28/02/2016 09:56:08
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Hi Ian

andy was suffering from cold hands so no more videos.

Landings were all ok (if a little fast), quite smooth and where intended but all nosed over due to the rough ground. The strip is unusable as the grass is far too long and the ground too soft to be mowed.

Great fun though.

I am glad I built it slightly larger. My eyesight started playing up during the 3rd flight so it was time to call it a day.

Martyn

AndyD28/02/2016 14:25:46
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nice one Martyn,maidened mine as well to day,as you say great fun,had the same problem with the rough ground and noseing over.

Ian Jones28/02/2016 21:23:18
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Posted by Martyn K on 28/02/2016 09:56:08:

Hi Ian

andy was suffering from cold hands so no more videos.

Landings were all ok (if a little fast), quite smooth and where intended but all nosed over due to the rough ground. The strip is unusable as the grass is far too long and the ground too soft to be mowed.

Great fun though.

I am glad I built it slightly larger. My eyesight started playing up during the 3rd flight so it was time to call it a day.

Martyn

Well, I'm quietly jealous really. No chance of me building one this year.

Chris Barlow28/02/2016 21:30:56
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That makes three Ballerina maidens this weekend! My wheels are raked forwards in line with the leading edge of the wing so I didn't really have too many problems getting away, or down.

AndyD28/02/2016 22:34:03
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my wheels are about the same also,its just the ground in my case,i would like to see a ful size take off in scaled up conditions.

Tomtom3930/03/2016 13:23:23
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Martyn , I have sent you a PM

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