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Flight video of Curtiss HS2L sub hunter in Feb 2020 RCM&E

....and tip stall

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Jon Harper23/01/2020 01:49:53
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I thought some might be interested in the attached flight video by my friend Chuck which was the second flight of my 1/12 scale Curtiss HS2L.

You will see that it flies very well off land. Later flights from water were very pleasing as well.

Watch the video to the end and you will notice a change in the motor sound when two things happened. 1- a battery cel voltage sagged. 2- the motor mounting table shifted. Both of these occurrences caused a significant loss of thrust, resulting in a tip-stall as I tried to turn away from the forest.

Lesson learned: Glue the struts supporting the motor table, ensure all batteries are fully charged and balanced, always keep some throttle on, even on landing.

Happily there was little damage, and since then, the plane has flown very well from water too.

Yours, Jon Harper

Video link below


David Ashby - Moderator23/01/2020 09:24:11
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Hi Jon, I've embedded it below. Lovely model wink

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 23/01/2020 09:24:58

Jon Harper23/01/2020 11:25:05
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Thanks David. It was really interesting to design, build, and fly. It is odd how noisy the pusher prop is because it has to cut through the air turbulence coming over the wing. There is tremendous drag and lift so the difference in air speed between 3/4 throttle and 1/4 throttle is not a lot. No loops or rolls for this plane

Jon Harper23/01/2020 20:05:11
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This image by Chuck, gives an idea of the amount of rigging, flying and control wires that create super drag fighting the lift. This is why there is little speed difference with throttle settings.


Edited By Jon Harper on 23/01/2020 20:12:04

Jon Harper25/01/2020 14:50:57
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Flying from water, I learned not to decelerate too quickly for fear of being swamped for the rear.

Also notice the stick that could have holed the hull!  Another photo by Chuck.



Edited By Jon Harper on 25/01/2020 14:52:07

Jon Harper26/01/2020 16:27:52
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dbadeaaf-e7af-48b1-bb27-3028b5de12e5.jpegA big bounce, and lift off. Lesson learned: rough water and high winds are a challenge. Wait for calm weather.....db684359-4769-450a-af02-3746c02ce930.jpeg

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