Launching Update

Update on MiG-15 Launching Technique

Here is a launch tip for anyone who’s struggled to get the Hobby Lobby MiG-15 airborne reliably:

First, recognize that at FULL throttle, there is a small tendency to want to pitch up (probably due to the large mid-T tail configuration more than thrust lines.

Second, recognize that this is not a prop plane so there is no prop wash flowing over the control surfaces. All control surface effectiveness is due purely to forward speed. During a hand launch, forward speed is at it’s slowest and control surface effectiveness is at it’s lowest.

The problem: …
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Hobby-Lobby MiG-15 Electric Ducted Fan Jet

Assembly

My birthday present to myself this year was a MiG-15 electric ducted fan model from hobby-lobby.com.  I bought this at Toledo in April (well paid for it in April … it’s a new item so wasn’t yet in stock.)  It shipped in May and arrived on Tuesday.

http://www.hobby-lobby.com/mig_15_epo_jet_arf_rc_airplanes_528669_prd1.htm

Here is a picture as it looks when you first open the box.  I don’t see too many pieces to glue together.

First thing to put together is the tail.  Here are the pieces dry fitted.  The only challenge to assembling the tail is that you are required to free hand …
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