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Offline Ty Marcucci

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First flight on new Imitation
« on: December 30, 2018, 01:36:34 PM »
Went flying today. First time since early October. Two hand surgeries kept me out of the shop and off the field.  Low 60's, high humidity, full over cast, winds light and variable. Also it is my wife's and my 37th wedding anniversary. Great wife or what?  Plus she was still here when I got home. LL~ y1 y1 #^ #^

So, Imitation, OS .46 LA-S, Top Flight 11 x 5 prop, GMA fuel, 62 eye to eye .018 lines. 

Two flips and engine starts, made a half turn on needle, launch was crazy as plane started to come in at me. Found out why later. Into the air, like on rails level flight, inverted was a tad up and down, but that was me.

Bench trim was right on. Did full pattern, first flight. BUT it flew for over 10 minutes.  Lean setting and full fuel tank.  I am using a plastic Sullivan, 6 OZ tank. Why? Hell, I don't know, Next time only 4 ounces of  fuel. OS engines do not use a lot of fuel, unlike my old ST engines.  Still a nice pattern but I need to adjust my handle for this plane and of course many, many more flights.

On landing it make a loud metal scraping noise, did a ground loop and we found the entire tail wheel gone. Well it must have happened right at take off which would explain the odd ball take off.  H^^ LL~ LL~
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Offline Ted Fancher

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Re: First flight on new Imitation
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2019, 04:36:46 PM »
Got it dialed in yet Ty?

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Re: First flight on new Imitation
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2019, 05:38:11 PM »
Hi Ted. Not yet. During it's last flight, it's third, I came out of a vertical a tad too low and when I pulled out, the out board landing gear hit hard, ripped it out of the wing. It now sits,  repaired, and waiting for tomorrow to fly again. I do love how the Imitation flys.  This is my third one. H^^
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Offline Jim Carter

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Re: First flight on new Imitation
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 12:53:25 PM »
Hi Ted. Not yet. During it's last flight, I came out of a vertical a tad too low and when I pulled out, the out board lading gear hit hard, ripped it out of the wing. It now sits,  repaired, and waiting for tomorrow to fly again. I do love how the Imitation flys.  This is my third one. H^^
Hi Ty!  I do hope the repair goes well and the plane brings you the enjoyment your deserve.  However .... you're gonna' wanna' bust my chops for this one but you wrote: I do love how the Imitation flys". This is my third one."!  From the description of what happened it seem like it "imitates flying"!!  %^@ %^@ LL~ LL~   (jus' kiddin, sir .... jus' kiddin!)

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Re: First flight on new Imitation
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2019, 09:26:15 PM »
Well, actually my first one was when I had just got back into CL, 1998, since 1973.  I was at a contest in FLA at a Navy field, and inverted and just flew into the ground. Happened quite quickly. Decided to not repair the mess.  Second one was a year later, flew great. I really loved it.  Then, I read about this hot shot and how he used his ball cap to place his maneuvers. Only trouble was it didn't go into a true explanation and during practice I put into the ground the bottom of the third inside loop.   Hit the ground hard.  I no longer use my ball cap other than to keep the sun out of my eyes. Thus I now have a third one, and did something dumb while practicing. That is where you check things out, like ideas.   Sort of.....NO blame on the model, all idiot things the pilot did/does. LL~ LL~
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