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Published on Jun 27, 2015
Here is the maiden flight (and flights 2&3) of my 1:5 scale Hawker Typhoon. The model was scratch built over a two year period from Vailly Aviation plans. Power is a ZDZ-90RV-J. Weight is 48lbs. Finish is fiberglass and paint is Klas Kote epoxy. The model is "Pulverizer II", flown by Harry Hardy of 440sqn RCAF. I was really nervous about the first flight, but it turned out to be a real honey to fly. Very stable and honest. The flaps are very effective and slow the model right down, with no change in trim. The first two flights were cut short because the engine started to sag. It was a hot day, and the engine is new and I probably got airborne a little lean. By flight #3, I had the problem licked. Unfortunately I lost the inner gear door liner on the starboard main gear door, which then let the thin fiberglass door flutter in the breeze. I figured it was best to land it again. So 3 short flights, but I'm super happy with how the model turned out and how it flies. I'm really looking forward to more flying!