Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Skyangel T-33 Shooting Star

Skyangel T-33 Shooting Star

My second plane from the Jpowers/Skyangel series of 50mm EDFs. The US Navy Blue Angels colour scheme may look cool but is bad for plane orientation, particularly so with a profile so flat that is easily misjudged.  Nevertheless, I clocked about 15 flights with no mishaps. Aptly named, flying a figure "8" really made the plane look like a shooting comet, its drop tanks trailing - lovely. The stock power system is just enough but surely too slow for some. For the maiden, I downed the throws of the DR/EXP to 60/50 for Ailerons and 75/25 for Elevator. For the 800mah 3S1P, I sit it all the way to the front. Subsequently, I fly the T-33 Shooting Star using 1000mah 4S1P battery packs.

Build Notes:
  • secure control horns - as one of the wing horns was loose upon arrival
  • push rods too short so the flat side of servo hinge ended up facing outwards
  • two self-taping screws to secure wing to fuselage could not tighten properly so the two small grey plastic pieces were not used
  • a strong canopy magnets - good
  • CG: 5cm from leading edge works fine.
  • tip: "run-in" EDF slowly at low-revs then to high-revs with cool-down after landing.

Technical Data
Wingspan: 784mm.
Length: 683mm.
Weight: 360g.
Motor: Brushless Inrunner
EDF: 50mm
Battery: 800 to 1300mah 3S1P 11.1v
ESC: 20A
Servo: 3 x 9g

: 7
Performance: 7
Aerial Ability: 7
Design: 6
Overall: 7

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