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Thread: "DOWNWIND" - Windrider Scout Bee : 60 Inch

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    OK, maiden completed. It didn't go as well as I hoped. The COG was too far forward I believe which made launching a real challenge. The first two launches failed and both resulted in the plane nosing in to the ground with enough energy to dig up the hard soil. Luckily the skids took the brunt of the impact, with no damage to the plane itself.

    Third launch was a charm but only just. I think there was 2 inches between the plane and the ground before I managed to scoop it into the air. Once in the air it was still a hand full and needed a tonne of up elevator to fly level. It was pretty quick though, unlimited vertical and cut through the substantial wind rather well. Top speed was just over a gps indicated 90 mph without diving although it was wind assisted. I'm going to have to tweak the COG and try again next weekend.

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    Where do you have the GG now (how many inches from the nose)?

    As far as drag on "Downwind", I never covered the battery tray - I just uses straps so I'm sure there was an airbrake effect and lots of dirty air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SENTRY View Post
    Where do you have the GG now (how many inches from the nose)?

    As far as drag on "Downwind", I never covered the battery tray - I just uses straps so I'm sure there was an airbrake effect and lots of dirty air.
    I built a little rig last night to measure COG properly and it was close to 9 inches from the nose ie. too far forward. I've taken out a battery and now the COG is a little less than 10 inches and the plane is naturally a lot lighter. Will fix broken skid and try again in the weekend.

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    What kind of speeds were people able to obtain with mods of this wing? Searching for a new medium range, fast wing with a HD cam as payload in the front somewhere...This wing keeps interesting me since it looks relatively thin and the build methods look light.

    Right off the batt, id guess chopping this wing down to the mid to low 40's would bring drag down and possibly add more sweep would help yaw and pitch stability.

    what kind of airfoil does it have?

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    My Latest Scout Bee chasing a Skyhunter down the runway at FPVFest a couple days ago. Still love this plane.
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    I actually have a new one on the bench. They are so underrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SENTRY View Post
    I actually have a new one on the bench. They are so underrated.
    This one (my third) floats throttle off like a glider. I built a top raised bay for the battery and electronics. Running Vector with MFD telefly pro and using Fly Together we are doing some great long range tandems. Here is a shot of a Zephyr ZXL tandem from Friday.
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    No-one here in PR to fly long range with but me. There's a guy here who I think can do it but it's cost-prohibitive to him.
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    Very versatile airframe, tough as nails too.
    Some fly for attitude, others for altitude

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    ^^ FACTS

    Bender - your area looks great from the air. I always told people that the best parts of NY is def not NYC.
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