Removed the Titan mechanics from the MD530 fuse in favor of my R50 V2 this past week because I liked the way the plain Jane head on the V2 went with the scale fuse versus the blinged QUK head on the Titan. As soon as I neared completion, they called for lousy weather for this weekend. I test flew the V2 mechanics very early in the week to tune the engine, etc, before I put it all in the fuse.
Woke up early this morning and found that it wasn't raining yet, so I peaked the Rx pack in the MD530 with hopes of getting the maiden out of the way before the rain came (this fuse has not been in the air yet, took the Titan mechanics out before I flew it). Did a balance check and it was dead on with an empty tank, so I knew it would be tail heavy fueled up. Ran outside and fired her up. Put her up in a hover and she was a little tail heavy. I figured while I had her up in the air I would run the tank out just to see how she felt otherwise. A couple clicks of right aileron and she was fine other than being a little tail heavy. As soon as the header neared empty, it started to rain.
So, I fueled her up and took her inside to balance it full of fuel. Took a few ounces of lead in the nose to make her balance (this after adding a second NiCd for the nose-mounted spot light and a strong box for the Rx). While it poured I decided to run to Hobby Hut to grab a couple gallons of CP30. The rain let up right at 5pm, so I took that chance to put her up again as the weather report for tomorrow calls for 30mph winds with gusts to 40mph.
This time she held a nice hover with no elevator trim at all. She flew very well and looks great in the air. Again, as soon as the header neared empty, the Biblical plague-like downpour came. Looks like flying will have to wait until next week.
On the plus side, we get another hour of daylight starting next week, so I hope to sneak in a few flights in after work!
Snapped a pic while I had the chance...
-- Runway? We don't need no stinking runway! --