Tuesday, March 18, 2014

R/C P-38 and another crash

I fixed her up and took her for a spin.
It was relatively calm, just a little gusting.

Well, by the time I got started, the wind picked up.  I should have aborted, but I am stubborn.

As soon as I got it in the air, I lost control.

I thought I managed to get it back, and tried to enter a left-hand pattern.

Suddenly, a huge gust kicked up, and she went down. Hard.


Both tail booms took serious damage.

The battery popped out, I had to hunt for it.

Left aileron is almost disconnected

Left and right props are wonky.  I don't know if I can fix them. Or by a new set... Or

Sunday, March 16, 2014

R/C P-38 and hard landings

so a friend is trying desperately to get me into R/C airplanes. So he surprised me with a Flyzone P-38. It is a micro plane, 4oz tops.

Well I am not a particularly good pilot. Two flights, two crashes.

First flight ended in a nose dive. Broke the nose right off. Fortunately, the nose protected the props. The fix was pretty easy. Good as new.

Second flight. Much better. I even controlled it in heavy winds. Unfortunately, I can't tell whether it is coming or going, and I flew it imto an oak tree. I ripped the tail off trying to get it down.

I am gluing it back now. Maybe a 3rd flight this week. 3rd time's the charm, right?