Construction / tuning:
Opening the box revealed a really nicely and securely packed plane. All
parts individually wrapped in plastic and secured by tape.
After unwrapping, all parts were checked and not a single damage was
Perfect wings - perfect finishing, complete accessories and a good
manual to start the assembly which will follow soon!
First I started with the wings:
Cutting out the foil to insert the servo. Nicely
prepared was a string to pull through the servo
cables. As servo I used a Hitec 65 MG. The cables
extension with a ready made 40 cm extension
cables (soldering I just do if it is really necessary,
but in this case the cable canal was big enough.
Next came the connection of the wings:
And finally the finishing of the fuselage completed the building:
Early June 2012 - a nice day - sunny and a light breeze invited me and
my Cougar for the first flight.
A bit shaky my knees were although this was my 60th maiden flight of a
rc plane! Even more launching a hotliner for the
first time is still adrenalin! But I was sure that the
assembey was right, the CG correct and all rudder
directions were checked - minimum twice.
So I put the throttle to 2/3 and launched the plane - like
the Cougar has done it always it steadily drove up to
the sky like on rails. Not a single click on the remote was
necessary to keep the plane straight!
Within seconds the plane was a dot and I had to turn
around - the CG test was satisfactory and now I tried
the reactions when stalling the plane. Surprisingly it
reacted softly and took up speed again by lowering
its nose. The minimum speed is actually lower then
with other Hotliners (such as the Blizzard by Multiplex).
So I predicted that the landing will not be a problem.
Turns, loops, inverted fligth, roles - all the Cougar
made with pleasure!
Best is to dive down from high altitude to the ground and
rush over the field with high speed. The slight whistle the
Cougar makes is music in my ears.
Colleagues of mine who witnessed the first flight
congratulated me afterwards to this plane and one decided
immediately to buy one too at Staufenbiel.
Well, I can recommend this plane which is now a
constant feature in my car for after work flying!
... still to come!
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