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« on: May 14, 2018, 11:34:33 AM »

I have had way more trouble getting my Flying Aces Moth to fly in a consistent manner but think finally I am on the right track. It was a real learning experience and I want to build another one.


https://scienceguyorg.blogspot.com/2018/05/flying-aces-moth.html  blog story on Moth

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2018, 05:46:17 PM »

Nice story Bill.

Thanks for sharing.

You were smart to go with the balsa prop otherwise you might have needed to add weight to the tail.  The Flying Aces Moth was designed long before plastic props were available.

Yes, everyone should move the motor peg one bay forward. This is allowed under FAC rules.

The three Moths that I have built have all used removable landing gear.  I hold the landing gear on with rubber bands and they yield or come out if there is a rough landing.

Make sure that the CG of your Moth is located where recommended on the Volare Products plan.

Too much right thrust can lead to serious problems. Ditto for too much right rudder.

Here is a picture of my Moth III built using the short kit from Volare Products.  It uses a GG button to make thrust line adjustments easier.






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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 09:13:23 AM »

Very nice, I like the removeable landing gear idea and the thrust button.

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 09:22:36 PM »

Bill,
I’ve only built one Moth so far. I used Jim O’Reily’s plan and Bob Holman’s short kit. I got lucky and it balanced perfectly with the Gizmo nose button and Volare balsa prop. I put 3/32 washout in both wingtips. It flew great! Went out of sight despite a viscous timer DT.
Will definitely build another one.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 10:22:29 PM »

No wonder it flew out of sight.  Look how it sticks to the ceiling!!!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2018, 05:26:08 AM »

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Looks alright to me Mike Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2018, 03:51:31 PM »

Abracadabra (Waves hands mysteriously.)
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2018, 05:06:55 PM »

Your Flying aces Moth looks VERY nice Bargle !!    Shocked Shocked   It has FLYING written all over it !!

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 10:23:32 AM »

I wonder if popping the wing up instead of the stab would save it from a stronger thermal. Think I will try washout in the next one.

Thank you for all the feedback on this.

Bill Kuhl

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2018, 01:27:45 PM »

I have a pop up wing on mine and it works quite well.  About 45 deg LE up.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2018, 06:57:55 PM »

Mike that is a very nice covering effort on your moth. What did you use on the fuselage? It looks almost transparent.

Pity that flew out of sight.

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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2018, 08:35:22 PM »

OZPAF,
fuselage was white Esaki tissue with Krylon Crystal Clear finish. Does nearly make it transparent.
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