Rebuilding after the 2nd Test Flight
After the 2nd test flight with the heavy battery the plane was left with a nasty break in the wing and needing a rebuild of the nose. To attempt to fix the wing I had to cut open the skin which was well and truly bonded on.
Once the wing was opened up it was fairly easy to make the repair, especially now I have the new 3Doodler nozzle set. The second larges nozzle is perfect for this scale of build and it lets the spooled filament run through the 3Doodler much easier. I was all out of the specialist wing covering so I turned to that staple of any makers tool box .. duct tape!
Whilst I had the duct tape out I thought I would extend the ailerons with a bit of card. Its not Ideal but I am trying to get the mods done quickly to make this last attempt at flight before the bad weather sets in.
Fixing The Nose
I used a couple of skewers to hold the nose straight whilst I re-built the nose.
Crank up the volume and enjoy the last flight of the 3Doodler Plane
It Could Have Gone Better
There were a few things wrong, aside from me being at the controls. The plane was tail heavy, in the last flight the heavier battery made the plane too heavy but it did at least fly level. This time the lighter battery meant the plane was light enough to fly but the centre of gravity was too far back. The fix and hasty patching to the previously damaged wing made it uneven and resulted in another turn. Perhaps if I was a bit more experienced behind the controls I might not have been able to handle the defects better, perhaps if it was a little less windy it would have flown a little longer. I think though the real issue is the plane I have built does not have the accuracy, control surfaces or weight distribution required for fully controlled powered flight.
I think a little break from the 3Doodler Plane for a while, I have a few other projects I want to work on but I am determined to build a flight worthy plane. I have my eye on a simpler design and feel that I could do a much better job second time round with all that I have learnt from this build.
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