It is a bigger Formosa 1 with huge surfaces. I actually did learn some 3D on the original STOCK version!, rolling harriers and hovering, but this thing has a lot more control authority as they say.
Formosa 2 Flight Report
Ok, I got in two 6-7 minute flights today. One was using a new APEX 2200 pack and the other a new TP 2100 prolite pack
CG was set pretty much right on the spar. I worried about the floppy landing gear but since this plane takes off in 10 feet and we currently have short grass there were no problems... it kinda looked like a low rider with the hydraulic hopping dealies on landing though!
So, I did NO real trimming of any kind, I just wanted to get it in the air. The wind was 4-5 mph or so which is more than I hoped for today.
Rolling Harriers were GREAT, the big ailerons really can make the plane roll at very slow speeds and the roll rate was very high at faster speeds. It reminds me of my Funtana 40 with digital servos in the ailerons. I could adjust the angle of the rolls from 40ish degrees to 60ish degrees using the big rudder and elevator. In those 5 mph or less winds I could get it to do a rolling harrier right over one spot in the field with no forward ground speed.. looked cool.
Hovering is pretty easy and it torque rolls nicely, not too much input required. It just blew down the field in a torque roll and looked nice.
Elevators are almost as good as the Ultrafly Ultimate. You can do this big barrel roll snap thing (using full throw) starting at a decent speed and settle right into an elevator and come almost straight down. Does inverted well too.
Does a great looking knife edge spin, although I couldn't get upright or inverted flat spins to really flatten out.
Couldnt get it into a good water fall.
KNIFE EDGE... ok this wasnt so good. It kept wanting to flop out although I think it was gusty up at 40 feet or so over the trees surrounding our field. So I'm not sure on this one but knife edge either way pulled.. forgot which way but it really had to be driven while in knife edge.
Harriers wing rocked a fair amount until you got the right angle locked in. Then it seemed pretty stable. I could drive it in harrier around the field and then harrier land it pretty easily... the bouncing didn't warp the landing gear.. I mean it has the same prop clearance that it started with.
I will say that it seemed twitchy almost like I was flying a Formosa 1 in windy conditions although maybe its the CG so far back?? I dunno, too little time to really judge it but I liked what I saw so far. Maybe it is too heavy??
The biggest bummer was my new APEX 2200 pack couldn't really keep up with the motor and 11x5.5E prop... I had terrible power for uplines after only a couple minutes. The prolite was better but I'll be sad if I have to blow another 160 bucks for a couple more of those to fly this thing more than once or twice a day! Dang. I'm sure my old 2100s wont do too well either.
Well, its been a long time coming and I've blown a wad of dough on this 50 dollar foam plane but I think it'll be a winner. I can't say anything really about its use as a pattern plane though, my CG was too far back I think and not propped right for that.