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Old 01-03-2009, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Don Sims View Post
LOL... and awayyyyyyy weeee goooooo!
Patience Grasshopper... LOL
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:53 PM
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Well. I had the previously mentioned fashion problem and all brought was my old Rascal 40 along with my Extra 260 and Stryker. I only flew the Rascal.

The old O.S. 52 4 stroke fired up after a little coaxing and ran great. I haven't flown this plane in over a year. It's soooo smooth and surprisingly tail strong. The ailerons are jacked up to the point of binding and it still has a roll rate of about 3 days but, the elevator and especially the rudder are exceptionally strong! This plane has it's roots in 3 channel design and it really shows. Touch and go's and stall turns were the order of the day.

I did OK. I'm still trying to shake off a lot of rust and get back in the swing of things. One step at a time....

Donny was kind enough to grab my camera and take a few shots for me. Thank you Donny!

All of this is truly exceptional considering we were all kind of bummed out over Don's F-22 going in. We were all saddened by it. It was a good plane. It died too young.

Or did it?
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Old 01-03-2009, 05:55 PM
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Fantastic photos as always Dave!!

The F-22 teasers remind me of the old joke about keeping idiots in suspense...
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Well, Don brought out his Stryker, his XPD8, his Wild Hawk and his brand spanking new F-22 Raptor. Don and Nick were prepping the Raptor for a flight when I pulled up. He was flying it with some different batteries this go around. The take off was strong, straight and normal! I could see the difference in power from the previous weekend. Those 4S 2200's are the answer. With the 12800's Don wasn't able to use a lot of power for rear of over discharging but now, This plane looks truly impressive. It flys like an EDF ought to. It goes where you point it and quickly!

Needless to say, things did not go well on this flight. The Raptor had a sudden bout of decelleration trauma that wiped out just about everything in front of the wing. It went in from about 75 feet, at about 10 degrees off of straight down, in a spin and under full power. It speaks highly of the model that it wasn't just turned into foam dust! This is a strong plane.

But alas, it was not meant to be... The Raptor is dead! Or is it?
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:32 PM
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ROFLMAO! Brilliant Dave..well worth the wait. The F-22 flew even with that much damage. The only reason I didn't try to roll it or do aerobatics was because I was afraid the rubber bands and tape wouldn't hold. We didn't have any duct tape out there that day. (Unless Donny was hiding some in his truck.)
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:39 PM
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Besides that, I had to show you guys the performance improvement that the 2200 batteries made in the plane not to mention all the ribbing I took about not being able to fly the thing.

Wonder if Curtis over at www.easytigermodels.com has the front half of an F-22? It was a great looking and flying plane.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:27 AM
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I am actually very impressed with that plane! The flogging it got last weekend plus the devastating hit it took yesterday would've reduced most planes to just a pile of debris. The strength of it is what amazes me!

And it was truly flying like an arrow before the oops. When I first saw the plane, I was pretty indifferent on my opinion of it. With the 1800's and the slow speeds it had to be flown at didn't help. With the higher C battery pack and more left stick, well, all I can say is it impressed me.

The pictures below were taken last weekend and will help illustrate how big of a "boom boom" it will take!

Dave,

Not easy to impress...
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:45 AM
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Traitors....run into my least favorite plane, and then not even the decency to tell me about it....vengence shall be mine!

BTW, you need to delete a couple of those pics of me...they make me look fat.

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Old 01-04-2009, 03:50 AM
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Owww Nick the Wild Hawk just wanted consolation from the hard landing and was getting a hug from your Showtime.

I could have sworn we mentioned it...:o
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Originally Posted by crash_out View Post
you need to delete a couple of those pics of me...they make me look fat.
As long as you and I are in the same shot, you don't have anything to worry about....

Dave,

I have my own zip code!
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Originally Posted by Don Sims View Post
I could have sworn we mentioned it...:o
Not me!


I didn't say a word!


Nope!





Dave,

bean spiller....
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Would never have believed this had I not seen it with my own 2 eyes.
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UH-OH behind the lense
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:54 AM
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We try to do unbelievable things all the time Donny.... some of your scratch builds are something else!!
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Well four of us got together this past Sunday for a few hours of flying. It was cold out for West Tennessee and I never did see Nick fly anything. Even Dave (Uh-OH) threw his Stryker into the air for one go around.

Donny got the usual slimer starting problems worked out on his Enforcer and flew it several times. That plane really moves along and actually screams as it flies by. (He has a whistle attached to the thing.) After we called it a day, I gave Donny what was left of the F-22 so he can hack together some sort of aircraft that is powered by electric. Looking forward to whatever he comes up with.
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Donnie, Dave, and I made it out today. Nick had to work. It was in the mid 40's and spitting snow this morning. Donnie had taken my F-22 parts and made a nice looking little jet with them. He spent over an hour getting it set up to maiden and the take off looked great.
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But the flight didn't go so well. The electronics looked good again and my battery survived. Back to the drawing board Donnie.
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Sorry to hear that, Don.

Did you at least get a decent flight out of her? How did it feel in the air?

Either way, it never feels good to crash.:o

PS: It did look chilly out there!
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:29 AM
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John, Donnie Lyons was the builder and pilot, he did not get a full flight. The take off went well, he got it to altitude and looked like he had too much throw on the controls. The plane started to go up and down violently like he was over controlling then in she went. He's going to build another fuse, repair some wing damage and take it up again. (I thought it seemed tail heavy also.)

I had planned to maiden a F-35 today but chickened out after Donnie and Dave commented about the elevator control rods being too weak for good up elevator. I did try it though and didn't have enough throws to get off the ground as they had both predicted.

New control rods are on the way and I'll try it again another day.
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Well, Donnie was tied up for the day, Nick working, hummm do I have Daves cell number?? What is he up to? Racing his car down in Memphis?? Gave him a call and he was at the field in Dyersburg.
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Even though those guys are a bunch of slimer pilots they are actually a good bunch of folks so I loaded up the trailer and headed up there. Yep, Dave was there true to his word and they allow parkflyer pilots to fly at the field.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:46 AM
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It was a beautiful day too temps in the 70's, winds light, and partly cloudy skies. We had four Strykers in the air at one time with no mid airs. Come to think of it, there were no crashes the entire time I was there. My big battery was down and the club president was kind enough to let me do some charging on his pickup truck battery. I wanted to maiden my F-35 but didn't have enough time so I flew it here at the house after supper.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:51 AM
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Here's a couple of shots of the F-35 I maidened this evening. The first flight was disappointing, it flew ok but not much ummph and the battery was warmer than I like them to be so I opened up a cheater hole on the bottom of the fuselage which made a nice difference.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:52 AM
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Looks like a great time Don.

Unfortunately I couldn't make it out to the field today, great weather too. My club mates just had to call and let me know about it too. Great bunch of guys...
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:55 AM
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The Dyersburg, TN facility is a nice one but they have baseball fields being built by the city getting closer and closer to them. They were talking about a move during their club meeting and frankly, a move isn't a bad idea. The city is putting the fields very close to their flight line.
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