Labor Day 2014!
What a great weekend! I hope you got in as much flying fun as I did this weekend. I headed back to my old stomping ground where I learned to fly. The Leigh Township Athletic Association’s Community Center on Delps road. QSOPC and I spent 1/2 of Friday and most of Saturday flying.
We hadn’t flown together in a while and we had a lot to catch up on. So with a car load of planes we got started. First up on Friday was the first flight test of QSOPC’s 3d printed FPV setup for the F22-28 inch.
The first flights were simply to see how the new hardware would affect flight performance and center of gravity.
900 Mhz FPV from HK
We also wanted to see how the cheap 900 Mhz FPV setup from HK worked. I’m hoping to convince QSOPC to do his own full write up of the project so for now I’ll just say it’s a work in progress but looks promising!
After a few attempts we ditched the F22’s FPV gear and simply focused on getting some air-to-air footage with Twinstar 2 FPV chasing the smaller nimble F22 28 inch. You have heard me say it 100 times before but the 28 inch F22 is such a fun plane to fly. It has a ton of power for verticals, does loops and rolls with ease, and on a 3500-4000 mah 4 cell gets nearly 20 minutes of flight time!
Next up was the madden flight of F-22 40 inch with the new Tacon 46 sized motor from HobbyPartz.com. QSOPC runs this motor on his Nexstar with great results. Running an 11×6 prop he gets 18-25 minutes of flight time and easily a top speed over 50 mph all on a 6 cell battery!
In the past the 40 inch F22 had been flown on a Tacon 32 sized motor and a 4 cell battery. The plane just seemed too sluggish and just wallowed through the air. This is a great motor but just under powered for the giant wing surface. The hope was that the extra voltage of the 6 cell paired with the larger motor would result in the same performance that we have gotten to know and love on the smaller 28 inch F22.
But in the end the first flight didn’t end so well….. You can just catch it crashing deep in the corn at the end of the above clip.
Found the corn!
Looking at the footage the tail just looks too heavy. Maybe on the battery shifted on the launch. QSOPC did a good job of saving it but in the first bank it just fell out of the sky. The damage is all in the nose and repairable but it was the end of it’s test flights for the weekend.
Repairable nose damage on the F22 40 inch
After the death and destruction of the F22 40 inch we decided to take it easy and video the Nexstar with some streamers on the wingtips. I’d be chasing with the trusty Twinstar 2 FPV. This is the first time we’ve tried this and it was a blast!
Overall Friday was a blast but it was only a teaser for the main event: Saturday!!