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Old 04-19-2009, 10:26 PM
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... And MAN DOES IT FLY!:o

OK so today was the day... I was more nervous headed to the field and getting ready than I have been in a really long time. I was nervous mainly because this was an untested setup. Everything I have flown before was designed and engineered by professionals. I thought I had a pretty good handle on the conversion but I had that nagging doubt that maybe I overlooked something or it the trust angles was off or... well any other measure of thing could have been wrong.

So I get there and through my shaking hands I managed to get the batteries in and the the wing on. She balanced differently at the field for some reason so I moved the batteries forward a bit and re-secured them and she was spot on again. Did a pre flight on all the surfaces and all was well, range check was fine and now the moment of truth comes.

I am doing my best to breathe and it is difficult to do... Man this i slike the old days of when I first started!:o I taxi out and start putting the power to it...

Off she goes! IT FLIES!!! I made a few laps at about 3/4 throttle and she needed about 4 clicks of up elevator, quite a bit I thought, but she seemed to settle down pretty good after that.

Once I had her trimmed in I made a few high speed runs and BOY HOWDY does she move! I hear the term "it flew like it was on rails" a lot and I think that it is way over used but ... She flew like she was on rails!

It flies incredibly well. Made a few more passes, shot some approaches and brought her in. First attempt at landing and greased it in like nobody's business!

After a few high fives and some fist pumping I managed to get my adreniline back in check.

Next flight I moved the batteries forward again just a bit to give her just a bit nose down on cg and then got her re-trimmed back to neutral on the next flight.

Second flight and I did some slow rolls, split s's immelman's and such and she responded very well.

If you can get your hands on one of these I would highly recommend it. It's a shame Great Planes discontinued it. It really is a good flying Aircraft.

Most fun I've had with my clothes on in a long time!








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Old 04-19-2009, 10:28 PM
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Way to go Bill! I've always like the looks of that plane. I may have to build one some day.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:39 PM
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Thanks Tom.

The guy that I got it from used to fly it glow with an OS 60 in it He was impressed and said it seemed to fly faster than when he had it!
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:47 PM
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Congrats Bill on the maiden flight, Glad everything went well, did you get some video of the flight We need Video take care, Chellie
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by CHELLIE View Post
Congrats Bill on the maiden flight, Glad everything went well, did you get some video of the flight We need Video take care, Chellie
ummm, no, I was too busy flying!

We'll get some video soon, if not before SEFF we'll get some there for sure!

Thanks Chellie
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:16 PM
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congrats bill on the conversion looks great and appears to fly that way too.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:23 PM
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Way to go Bill! Sounds like a great airplane.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:15 AM
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Good going Bill.Looking forward to seeing it fly.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:18 AM
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Thanks everybody!:

Oh, and the stylish wheel pants will be on it for SEFF!
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:00 AM
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Bill,

Very awesome indeed! Pics look great! See, you don't need E-Flite to figure EVERYTHING for you.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:09 AM
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Default Shoestring Flies!

Way to go, Bill! Glad to see you got the maiden over sucessfully, that's always a knee-knocker.
Now all you need is for someone to bring out a 1/4 scale Cosmic Wind, Rivets or Bonzo. Goodyear Racing!!!!
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:21 AM
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great pics and congrats on the maiden
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:29 AM
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Looks great Bill...congrats
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:03 AM
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Congrats Bill I remember having the shoestring, but mine was a profile c/l model, boy that was a long time a go.
Ya got to learn to fly and video with your free hand.
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:33 AM
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Great Job, Congrats !!
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:40 AM
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Thanks again everybody! I am still on cloud 9!

I've got to say that patience paid off. I really wanted to do this one up right and waiting, researching, getting help from a fellow club mate on some covering repairs etc. really paid off in the end.
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WOO HOO!!!! Glad it made it! I'm going to have to steal my buddies' Sundowner now to give you some competition!
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:05 AM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
I've got to say that patience paid off. I really wanted to do this one up right and waiting, researching, getting help from a fellow club mate on some covering repairs etc. really paid off in the end.
Your patience really did pay off, FmB! She is a beautiful aircraft for sure!

I didn't realize how big she was until I went and found a stock photo:


What did your AUW end up being?
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:13 AM
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Thanks John, AUW is 8.2 lbs.

Specs
Welgard 4130/08 outrunner
14x10 thin electric prop
8s 4000 (2 4s in series)
1100mah Nimh Flight battery
Castle Creations Phoenix 60 ESC
Spektrum AR7000 Rx
Spektrum DS821 Digital Servos.

1000 watts total power
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Old 04-20-2009, 04:09 AM
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Nice goin !!! That maiden feeling is so unnerving !! I totally understand, but the satisfaction of a success is even better. Congrats.

The power of electric is pretty awesome, don't you think ? Still can't believe those little motors can produce that much punch ! It's the way of the future for sure....

Take care, happy landings

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Old 04-22-2009, 03:04 AM
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She sure is a beauty!!! Congrats
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:43 PM
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Hey Bill,

That looks great! The Shoestring is an amazing little airplane. It flies great like a good pattern ship but slows down well too. Wow! 1000W! I think I'm running about 500W in mine with an E-Flight 46 motor, but it is a bit smaller than yours... Once it gets up, it is a bit hard to get it back down! Mine floats and floats on landing. It took me three passes the first few times to get it on the ground! It has to be one of the coolest looking airplanes from that era.

Congrats! I bet you will end up flying it quite a bit. Hey, have a great time at SEFF!!

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Old 04-24-2009, 02:56 PM
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Thanks Franny!

Yours is a fine looking ship too. Who makes that one?
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Old 04-24-2009, 03:04 PM
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Thanks Bill,

That one is the old Carl Goldberg kit from the 60's. I managed to score one off Ebay a few years ago and converted it to electric. It is designed for .35 size I think. Very nice kit by CG. I wish you could still get them...

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Old 04-24-2009, 03:10 PM
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Goldberg sure made some nice stuff. It's odd how it seems that some of the nicest planes get discontinued and others go on forever and ever...

I wish I had the room, and time, to build a kit like that. One of these days I will, we have three teenagers at home still (13, 15, and 18) and they seem to take up most of our time, energy, and money!
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