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WillRockwell
01-23-2007, 04:14 PM
From humble BluCor, a Spad emerges. This is a scale project, wingspan 40". It was done quickly over 3 weekends and is almost ready to fly. Propulsion will be the Eflite B12/18 with a 12X6 prop. All the hardware including servos are in the nose to compensate for the wing being mounted so far forward. Here's a couple of pictures during construction, with the current status shown last. Next step is to install the motor mount and aileron servos.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/willy111/1.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/willy111/3.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/willy111/01-21-07_1426.jpghttp://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/willy111/01-21-07_1427.jpg

Taylorman
01-24-2007, 12:50 AM
Looks fantastic! Nice job!

OzSloper
01-31-2007, 11:25 AM
Anymore progress since last week Will? Looks great. Hope it flies well. I've always been keen on the SPAD and the Foker D VIII.:)
cheers,
Oz

WillRockwell
01-31-2007, 12:58 PM
Sorry for neglecting the thread. The plane was finished this weekend and FLEW ON SUNDAY. First flight was cut short by a low battery and the discovery that the elevator control rod was pushing against the stab to climb when it should be pulling. I'll be repairing that this coming weekend. Here are some pics of the final assembly and comparisons with photos of real spads, followed by a video of the maiden flight.
http://publish.hometown.aol.com/williamrdavis/myhomepage/montage2.jpg
And here's the first flight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx_2K_dD0EA)

OzSloper
01-31-2007, 01:26 PM
Awesome Will. I love that first bit how your cameraman sounds surprised that it actually flew and I especially love the "screeching brake" sound effect at the end.:D

Well done. Hope you get many more hours flying out of her. It looks every bit the part in the air and on the ground.

cheers,
Oz

WillRockwell
01-31-2007, 02:47 PM
Awesome Will. I love that first bit how your cameraman sounds surprised that it actually flew and I especially love the "screeching brake" sound effect at the end.:D

Well done. Hope you get many more hours flying out of her. It looks every bit the part in the air and on the ground.

cheers,
Oz

LOL, that was me being surprised that it flew. Between the weird Spad CG (the wings are so far forward) and the weight from paint and other decorative details, I was afraid the beast would struggle to get airborne. Instead it just leaped into the air like a homesick eagle.

I would never trust myself to do the first flight on an experimental design. Our club (RAMAC) is privileged to have a pilot who is good enough to fly and safely land anything, no matter how badly constructed or out of trim. It was he, Vinnie Gargiulo, who piloted the Spad.

Because of the reversed direction on the elevator control rod, Vinnie couldn't get the plane to climb. After it is corrected Vinnie will take the next flight to trim the plane, then hand it off to me. I will post more video when we get the plane flying properly.

Rugar
01-31-2007, 07:06 PM
She came out very nice Will!

OzSloper
02-08-2007, 11:14 AM
Looking forward to the next video installment Will. Hopefully it will have the sound effects too!;):D
cheers,
Oz

WillRockwell
02-08-2007, 02:54 PM
I moved the elevator control rod so it pulls to raise the elevator, also widened the wheelbase. Just waiting on the weather now for a good flying day.