Well, I finally got my county flying permit and took my brand new Lazy
Ace to the field this evening. (Remember the photos I showed you guys a
Range check and control functions were good so I took off, but about the
time I got the plane trimmed for level flight I lost control. I looked
down at my transmitter and the battery was dead. The plane was at full
throttle in a slight bank which turned into a spin by the time it hit.
The front end of the fuselage is shattered, but the tail is perfect.
The plane flew like a dream for about three minutes. I'm glad I got to
enjoy it for a little while. Stupid battery. I should have cycled it a
couple of times to make sure it was still good.
I'll probably just strip it and give it to a friend who is famous for
rebuilding other people's wrecks. I like building but I hate
rebuilding. Not only that, but as soon as the house sells we're moving,
and I just can't justify hauling a 6 foot biplane with the rest of our
household, especially a broken one. I'm glad I took a picture of it
before it crashed.
Thanks for the compliment. That was one of the prettier planes I've
built over the past 15 years. I could just imagine the beauty of it
landing on a still evening at about 10 mph, which was what I was just
about to do with it when the disaster struck....
Well, sometimes that's the way the cookie crumbles. The good news is
that the Royal Coachman is just about done. All it needs is pushrods.
I told my kids we'd take another whack at flying tomorrow evening. The
Coachman has turned out to be a really nice looking little plane. I
built it with a tailwheel, four control functions, and an OS 15 FP. I
covered it with three colors of monokote that I had little scraps of,
which was just barely enough to get the job done, and it looks great.
I'll post photos of it tomorrow in case anybody is interested in seeing
this little gem. I'd really like to see anybody else's plans-built
projects, if any of you guys have photos.
I'm sure I'll build another Lazy Ace or Big John when the family gets
settled, after we move down to the Ozarks. That little taste this
evening was just enough to give me Big Biplane Disease again. I built
this one to teach the kids to fly, but I guess we'll have to go back to
the little stuff for now.
I live in Kansas City. The county owns a couple of large parks, which
is where most of the RC flying has been done since RC flying started
decades ago. These have evolved into excellent RC sites with improved
runways, shelters, starting stands, etc. All you need is a county
permit for $15 per calendar year, which is available to anybody with
liability insurance. Better yet, a friend of mine even got the
bureaucrats to understand that our primary coverage has always been the
standard $300,000 homeowners insurance liability clause, so we are now
able to get our permits without an AMA card.
On Wed, 16 May 2007 23:15:31 -0600, Robert Reynolds wrote in
CONDOLENCES and deepest sympathy.
I've crashed a lot in my life, and I've had to cope
with the grief as best I can. Still, I built my
planes to fly, not crash, and flying successfully
is a LOT more fun that picking up pieces and
This is a couple of years and a couple of crashes
out of date, but it shows that I know how you