Time to see how this baby goes. I used hot glue all around, control horns, motor mount, bottom skin, step…. and everything has held together well. For the maiden flight I used an RCTimer1400kV 2204-14 motor, an EP 7035 propeller, a 2S 800mAH lipo battery. All up weight was 182 grams / 6.4 ounces. Performance was underwhelming. The first few launches were at full throttle hand launch and floated into the ground. A few more gentle shoves got it up in the air and flying. It wouldn’t climb vertically but would gradually gain height after a few laps and gentle turns. Rolls were very fast but I’d lose height quick. Inverted flight required about half down elevator suggesting a CG too far forward. I was worried it was going to be too tail heavy according to the recommended CG and made the effort to move the servos forward. After moving the 2S 800mAH battery a bit further aft I think I found a better balance.
I think I might try a 3S 1000mAh battery and maybe an 8 x 4.8 SF prop. Or maybe build one half the size with the same motor and battery – that should get around ok. Ideally I’d like to comfortably get around on half throttle and have plenty in reserve to recover from tight spots.
I got some footage from the keychain cam and will post that soon.