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Post  Ken Cook Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:55 pm

Yesterday, a few of us Philly Fliers made the galaxy a safer place. The old Testors Galax plane took to the air. This baby is a real slug. It flew and it brought a lot of laughs and smiles to all who were watching. First flight was on 10% and it didn't do as bad as I thought. Afterall, it flew. Second flight and for all you Space Balls fans, we attempted " Ludicrous " speed as we tipped the vitamin N to 40%. Audibly, the engine made a lot more noise but performance was only slightly better. It left my hand on launch with a lot more promise. The ole pipe bomb was singing away in there. Surprisingly it didn't hand gernade. A lot of laughs and it made me wonder how many actually did fly. Dan was flying on a brand new out of the box Cox Skylon handle a real relic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ3MXtexrJg
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Post  roddie Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:29 pm

I enjoyed that! You guys all laughing and having fun. That's really what it's all about!
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Post  Marleysky Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:10 pm

Too cool! Yeah, it needed a little more anti-gravitational power to fly interstellar!!

But...it flew!
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Post  fredvon4 Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:28 pm

That was fun--- Thanks Ken
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Post  NEW222 Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:41 pm

Great video, and looks like a bunch of fun was had by all!
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Post  batjac Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:54 pm

Man! that flies better than I thought it would. Mine's been sitting in the corner for years as I didn't think it would actually fly. I'll have to repair the elevator on mine and take it out for a flight, too. I don't think I could fly at Ludicrous Speed, I'll have to settle for Worp Speed.

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Post  GallopingGhostler Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:04 pm

I really enjoyed watching it fly, must say though, it looks better than it flies! Laughing

Inasmuch as I enjoy watching these RTF's fly again, the term that Comet kits had, "Balsa flies better!" (or was it SIG or Guillow? Huh... ) brought me to enlightenment with my first Sterling Beginner's Fokker E-III Eindecker with Babe Bee engine. That plane was darn near indestructible when flown over a grassed lawn.
Thanks, Ken for sharing. Beer Cheers drunken sunny Clapping I Love This Forum!
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Post  Oldenginerod Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:21 am

Excellent!! Well done to the Pipe Bomb. Actually, later in the first flight video when it leaned out a little it did some impressive laps and flew nice and level. Better than my Testors P-40 which only ever flew nose-up.

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Post  roddie Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:58 pm

I have to ask; does anyone know of any experimentation done with non-Testors props on the Testors reed-valve or rotary-valve engines? There are a lot of different modern/replacement "quad-copter" propellers on the market in 4" and 5" diameters that might improve performance. The Testors OEM 1/2A propellers weren't exactly what we'd call "cutting-edge" aerodynamically. Most aero-modelers probably wouldn't want to waste their time.. but you never know. There are more propeller choices available now.. than there were ten years ago.. let alone fifty+ years ago.. when these airplanes/engines were being designed.
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Post  roddie Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:48 pm

I picked up these "DAL" Cyclone 5046 3-blade props for my Cox .049/.051 engines.

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Maybe too much prop for that engine.. but there are smaller props in a variety of sizes.

These DAL prop-hubs are beefy.. like the previous DAL 2-blade 5040's that I'd obtained a few years ago. They're sold in packages of x2 R/H and x2 L/H profiles for quad-copters. I like running L/H props on the reed-valve engines for C/L flying. Cox L/H OEM props are getting harder to find.. and I don't know that Testors ever used a L/H prop on any of their RTF "FlyEm" or any other series of 1/2A C/L models.
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Post  getback Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:12 am

That was cool and funny !! Thanks for sharing Very Happy
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Post  TD ABUSER Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:21 pm

Great job...!!
Let's have a moment of silence for all of these planes that were lost on Christmas morning.
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Post  dckrsn Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:50 pm

Thanks, Ken. I needed that.
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Post  dckrsn Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:11 pm

TD ABUSER wrote:Great job...!!
Let's have a moment of silence for all  of these planes that  were lost on Christmas morning.
Can you imagine the carnage? Average time each, less than ten seconds? Sad
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