Rubber Powered P30 – Trim Flights at the Soccer Field

Rubber Powered P30 – Trim Flights at the Soccer Field

14 Replies to “Rubber Powered P30 – Trim Flights at the Soccer Field”

  1. That was a very serene video. Great job! Also great job on building that flying machine. The gentle landing in the deep grass reminded me of when I first started flying RC. Me and my buddy Ben did our landing in a deep clover field for easy soft landings. We flew without landing gear so there were no snag points. Stall the plane in so you are at minimum speed. Clover landing is like landing on a pillow.

    I flew my first .60 sized trainer there also. Six foot wing with 14" chord, and fairly lightweight. I left two huge slugs of steel I used for building the fuselage inside without realizing it. The plane hand launches beautifully and when I level off I hear a loud clunk! The steel inside was sliding back and forth changing my CG at random. That plane still flew exceptionally well even with the extra 1.5 Lbs sliding around inside, and having a newbie at the controls. That is a good design! Got it back down safe and sound, took the steel out and that thing was amazing after that.
    Ben had a few good wrecks out there. Clover doesn't offer soft landings for out of control speed dives!
    He bought a .15 powered pylon racer that he flew so far off into the distance that it was literally a speck in the sky. And way out over some tangled swamps, So he hands me the transmitter. 🙂 That plane had about a two foot wingspan and was easily a mile away and only flew one speed, wide open and fast!
    I got it back, sort of, to over the far end of the adjacent corn field where it crashed. We found the plane in a few pieces after an hour long search. Luckily the servos in the fuselage still worked, and we could hear them whizzing when we moved controls on the radio.

  2. Continuous improvement, I remember that as a phrase often used at work, but it was clearly working here 😍👍

  3. Beautiful! I always tried to trim mine to circle left under power and circle right when gliding. Trim it to gently glide to the right. Usually, zero right thrust would allow the torque and P-factor to turn the plane to the left. By the way, that Gymnopedie really fits the mood of the video – finally trimmed and the rain starts, but still quite beautiful.

  4. This might seem a little odd to such a young person, but for an older dude like me, the fact that these flights, no matter who successful, are "doomed" to return to Earth makes each one more poignant and beautiful than if it was somehow possible for the plane to glide in perfect circles forever. And throwing Erik Satie into the mix underscores the beauty and impermanence of life even more. This all might seem melancholy, and I guess it is, but I agree with Victor Hugo's definition of melancholy: the pleasure of feeling sad. Well done.

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