Issue#52708: Radio Control - First time flying a warbird

  • Wow. I can say I have come pretty far. I flew my first warbird today after just starting to fly RC airplanes in January. Full disclosure: I flew RC heli's for about 5 months before realizing my true calling.

    I found a local guy selling a Durafly P-40N on craigslist about a week and a half back. Te guy was asking $100 for a PNP bird. I went over and looked at it and dropped him a C-note. It seemed like a good deal. The bird wasn't without problems. Welcome to the world of buying used planes. The rudder servo needs to be replaced but its working. I had to change the push rods for the empennage as well as the clevis'. The servo box needed some work because the hole for the rudder was busted. I made a little 1/2x1/2 tab and Ca'ed them onto the existing servo box. This caused the rudder servo to sit up about 1/8th of an inch and caused some major binding when running from the servo to the tail wheel then onto the rudder. I had an EZ-Link on the servo and on the tailwheel assembly. I ended up taking the EZ-link off of the tailwheel and just running a Z-bend. It works perfect other than I didn't get it lined up perfect. There is a slight cant in the wheel that causes the plane to track right. Thats ok to me, it helps with the torque.

    Once I got all of this straitened out I wanted to add a gyro. I opted for the Hobby Eagle A3 Super II. Its cheap... Let me rephrase that, its inexpensive! And works freaking awesome. I plan on getting more. The programming took maybe 5 mins and I was ready to go. I had to do some digging around to figure out how to get power from another channel OTHER than the aux1 and finally figured out how to do that. Now I can set up the flaps and have the gyro on "Normal" mode all the time. For about $25 its a steal and you should get one.

    My maiden was pretty awesome. I love this thing! Winds were about 3-5MPH sustained with the occasional gust. My tail wheel set up work flawlessly. It is canted ever so slightly to the right but that really helped with the torque. My first attempt at a take off ended with me nosing over off the runway... Whoops, not authoritative enough on the rudder. No damage but the spinner rubs a little now. I wiped off the prop and my friend (expert flier) asked if he could take it off for me. I said sure. He got it in the air and after a few clicks of trim handed it over to me. I didn't do anything fancy, just high and low pattern work with the gear down the whole time. My timer went off at 5 minutes and I decided to bring it in. I am running 3S 2200's BTW. I lined it up and gently kissed the concrete. Perfect landing! And the battery was at over 50%! I reset the timer to 6 minutes.

    My second flight I was determined to get the take off right. I took 10 or so minutes to clear my thoughts and was ready. I slowly advanced the throttle, it started tracking right (because of the slight cant in the tailwheel). Adjust rudder, increase throttle, now its starting to track left, readjust rudder, more throttle and wow! She is airborne! Bring in more throttle and get her to traffic pattern high and bring up the gear! Flawless. I did a couple of high speed passes and some slow speed passes. I don't have the flaps set up because I just figured out how to get power from the Rx to my Hobby Eagle A3 Super II from some place other than the AUX1 channel. So all of my take off and landings were without flaps.

    This plane flies great! The Hobby Eagle makes it fly real nice in the slight wind conditions that I had. I never tried the Auto Level mode but I am sure it works great. I was more focused on seeing how it flies. It will carve out some turns if you want it to and it will be a gentle lady if you respect the tip stall. I am pleased with my first large scale warbird! (only other warbird I have is a UMX P-47 which is a LOT of fun). After my second flight of with no aerobatics the battery registered 45%. I figure I can safely get 7 minutes out of the bird with some WOT and some scale maneuvers. I was really surprised how fast it was on 3S because everyone seems to run 4S.

    In conclusion as a n00b if you some how don't end up with an Eflite bird this wouldn't be a bad option on 3S and with a few taildragger takeoff and landings under your belt. I don't know that trike experience would help you much here. Once its in the air it flies real nice.

    Can't wait to fly again!
    -Pilot MM

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  • Issue#280752: Radio Control - P-51 Ole 8 mustang arf's Great flying Warbird!

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  • Issue#12198: Radio Control - B-17 Flying Fortress-Maiden Flight-Australia Day 2016-Tapanappa Ridge

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  • Issue#14199: Radio Control - VERY IMPORTANT - State Senate Bill to Ban ALL RC Flying above 100' in New Hampshire

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