I thought I would add my experiences with the PZ micro F4U as a relative newbie!
Bought it RTF from LHS in Encinitas Ca because I figured it'd be one way to re-familiarise myself with flying after a 25 year 'rest'.. OK I know.. there are better trainers - lol..
I figured the super light weight would mean minimum damage practising over grass, I had limited success with an 800mm warbird mainly as every hard 'landing' broke either a wing or the prop..
Enough preamble: I have flown the micro Corsair maybe 15 or 20 flights now & found it hard to kill.
Ten out of ten for design because it exhibits excellent flying manners if flown with respect. It is also very tough - cracked the wings at the roots a couple times - continued to fly though (fixed later back home) and every flight with this bird has been a useful learning experience.. I even launched it with about 5 degrees of twist in one wing after a prang as I missed that the crack was dislocated! She flew around in left hand circles unless I hauled on opposite aileron & I still managed to land her softly - hey not that I'm any great shakes as a pilot yet.. I quickly relearnt to fly figure 8 patterns and found landing was as easy as throttle back to about 1/4 - roughly get some down elevator on and steer her in, releasing the down input to flair. I have all the settings stock on a 150 lipo - tried extra nose weight once but that killed the climb rate. She climbs on approx 60% throttle from a light toss. Trimming was interesting when you are as rusty as f#*k
- mainly it was adjusting the CG + a touch of right ail and a dab of right rudder.
She flies like she's a bit tail heavy but you get used to that feeling because the responsive-ness gets you out of trouble - I still use low rates on the stock ''toy'' tx.
One flight I got downwind a bit far (we're talking 3 mph winds here) - on a low throttle for some reason: maybe I was flying an approach (??) - she stalled - hit the right stick - she stalled a second time - remembered to add throttle - caught her this time and brought her in for a soft landing.. No hint of a tip stall at all, which left me in wonderment long after my lipos were spent.
On another occasion I landed into a random rock and the prop (stock 3 blader) was bent back into the cowling.. I expected to need a new one but I tried rebending it (both in pitch & angle) - it took the readjustment and has worked great since the 'repair' wow!
Excuse me if this isn't interesting - hey just wanted to add a slightly different perspective on a familiar model.. Would not hesitate to try another PZ design - oh & btw I don't work for them!! Unless they needed a real ham-fist to crash test their stuff! :-)
Anyone else found micros good for training on..?