Finally got some clear weather to fly againn tonight. First flight with the tail wheel, struts, and all the extra colors. As I was affraid,the castering tail wheel made ground handling nearly impossible. I am now goint to redo it with a steerable wheel. Ishould have done that in the first place but I was working with what I had at hand. I also lost one of the struts. I guess the magnets weren't strong enough. I really didn't think they would last. I'll make up some more an come up with a better way of attaching them. The interesting thing is that, on my first flight of the night, I had a serious problem triming it again. I had full aileron and about half rudder trim. When I brought it down low was when I noticed that I had lost the strut. My brother pointed out that I had it trimmed to direction that was mising the strut and that maybe it was drag. I couldn't believe that the strut could possibly be causing that much drag but I landed it anyway to check it out and make sure I didn't have a stuck aileron or something. Everything looked okay so I pulled the strut off and gave it another toss. Flew great then! I guess the strut was the cause.
I also found one more thing that needs addressed during construction. While I thought the landing gear were plenty tight enough and didn't need the shim that was missing in my kit, my last landing of the night proved me wrong. I was landing in tall grass and came in a little too hot. The plane came to a pretty violent stop. The landing gear popped right out and will not stay anymore. Some epoxy in the gear slot will fix it right up. Unfortunately, I also broke the motor shaft so I am going to have to wate for a replacement shaft from Mile High.
Got a few photos and a very short video of a hand launch. They are not great because it was getting pretty late but the lights look perfect. I think I will now be adding flaps to help it slow down during landings. Mine is a little too heavy and I think the flaps will help it. I also can't stress enough how much it needs coorordinated rudder input during turns. I think this is my favorite thing about this plane. It will make me a better pilot.
Still happy though because it looks great in the air.
The video can be found here