Thankfully I'm self employed so some days I can procrastinate and not get in trouble!
I ordered a Pitts from HK, it's the art tech plane. Ordered from the US warehouse and it still took some 10 calendar days to get here. (Ordered a T28 from nitro planes yesterday and it should be here friday and (6 days) and shipping cost $10 less, for comparison).
Unlike the hong kong boxes this one arrived perfect inside and out. Not a thing out of place, not a thing broken or dented. Wonderful! I did notice a scree missing from one of the aileron control mounts and the tail wheel isn't aligned with the rudder so all those QC stickers are not perhaps 100% true. Hopefully later this week I'll have time to go over it carefully and do the assembly and such. I'm not keen on the loose ESC and open top batter box - go inverted and the batt will be potentially bouncing about in the fuse!
The weather has been terrible for weeks and the forecast isn't much better - but this afternoon the rain stopped, the clouds parted it was warm and not a breath of air! So what can I fly
?? Well, my galaxy needs setup on the radio and balanced - what, 30 minutes? It's 4pm so it may be dark by then.
The champ can go. The pitts isn't remotely ready of course. My blubaby (aka pink pig) hasn't got it's new wing with ailerons so ...wait, I can throw the old wing on and fly! Great!
OK, I need a watt meter. The Pig flew pretty good and now it's better balanced and flys worse...no f'n power and way out of trim... Now I did try it last time (it's maiden) with 2s and 3s and two different props. I think I have the wrong prop on it for the 2s battery...It would fly, slowly, hard to get in the air, touchy on the elevator yet slow to respond to it. I did try a couple of landings and did fairly well (better than on the champ) but it wanted to nose in even though it's not nose heavy...I need a watt meter to verify what's going on (no pun intended) as it's definitely underpowered. But it did fly and I didn't crash (well, is a hand launch to a prop in the dirt a crash? OK, then maybe I did crash - but as the plane had yet to achieve flight I"ll perhaps claim I didn't crash!)
But I got about 35 minutes of flying in and did some touch and goes and landings and didn't break anything, not even a prop. My son even got 10 minutes on the champ and did well. I guess his next trip out we'll try some takeoffs and landings.
I want to get the aileron wing on there and test that. Assuming I can get through a few batts successfully I guess I"ll have to give the T28 a go....I could throw a bottom wing on the pig first I guess...an hour of time and $0 to verify I can fly a low wing plane is probably a good idea, huh?