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09-30-18 Maiden HK1520/60inch Balsa Sopwith Camel GSWAM

Started by Paul Lange, October 01, 2018, 01:52:15 pm

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October 01, 2018, 01:52:15 pm Last Edit: October 03, 2018, 10:36:05 pm by Paul Lange
I find it a challenge to fly in the morning sun at our field, even with the Sun Dial Radial Block pole....so hats of to the "Morning Crew" Doug Ordon and David Hill for spotting me during my maiden of this newly aquired HobbyKing Balsa kit 60inch/1520mm Sopwith Camel.  This bird was built by another GSWAM member and set up nicely with a very strong electric power train, 4s LiPo power.

The Biplane flew excellent for me with the onboard stabilizer active......I found it offensively over sensative and pitch happy with the stabilizer dis-engaged.  Possibly one of the few models I have ever handled that exhibited such a wide varience of flight characteristics between active stabilizer and dis-abled.

The winds were pretty much on the nose.....I was most concerned with the landing as these WW1 type airframes are completely rigid landing gear and as we know if you pound these birds in there is nothing to absorb the energy.  I was also really aprehensive about nose over especially on our soft spongy field.  So the head wind was my friend on my maiden.

The video pretty much shows what I remembered about flying in the early hours when the sun is still lower in the Eastern sky.....I need to get myself some sun-flip sun shades for my glasses!!  But I still prefer to fly after the sun is at least mover overhead at or near the 10:00am time slot in CDT.

Here is the maiden video from yesterday....and ya...subsequent flights were most enjoyable....another win for me!!

David Hill also video'd the maiden....his video quality speaks for itself.....WOW!!

Paul H Lange
Best Regards - Paul H Lange