One of my all time favorite twin engine warbirds the DH Mosquito, just loved watching the Mosi resto to flying on the forum. So keen on the Mosy am I that I asked the finance minister if I could get my own Mosi in the air, she said yes isn't she a honey, that's the wife not the aeroplane!
Parkzone's 52cm span DH Mosquito, charge battery bind to your radio and fly!
Planned to maiden this little baby a while ago, same old, same old, work getting in the way of fun! Poor pic's sorry, stills off video.
Just as a side note, RAAF Mosquitos and Beaufighters used to do nav training missions to Lord Howe Island during WW II, they even had some lines marked out on the island during the war, the Beau's and Mosi's used them for dummy strafing runs!
Last Edit: May 2, 2013 6:24:22 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Don't know about in NZ but in Oz most hobby shops who sell rc have Parkzone aeroplanes, got my Mosi for $145.00aud. They do use 2.4 Ghz radios only which are bind and fly, you can't fit a fm receiver to these planes!
Here is a link to Parkzones rc micro planes, they do a nice Mk IV Spit and just recently a P40 Kittyhawk which I will be getting for sure. www.parkzone.com/UltraMicro/
There is lots of U tube footage of Parkzones plane around, here is a page link at at around 3.20min they have three flying together in a loose formation. Also some other parkzone planes.
Yes electric powered, the Mosi uses a two cell Lipo battery, depending on throttle management you should get at least 5 mins if you fly slow and accurate, if you give her the herbs probably 3 mins. I haven't really tested this as yet as the pic's I put up were her maiden flight.
They are light and great to fly in light winds and I mean light winds, no more that around 5 knots. Due to their small size very maneuverable, I am far from a master rc pilot and have my rates down around 50% for my ability the thing would be scary at 100% rates!
Yeah wind is like flak, it will shoot you down if you go near it! It is very windy where I live too, I therefore only fly early or late in the day and in spots that are protected. I can go for days or even weeks when I am grounded!
Not knowing much about R/C aircraft. perhaps someone can enlighten me:
In this instance (the 'Mos'), what is the function of the undercarriage? The video shows the 'demo' aircraft doing 'touch and go's', with wheels fitted, as do the pics at the top of the thread. However, the 'inflight' 'still' images show the aircraft in flight without its undercarriage. Are the wheels removed pre-flight; does the operator detach them once the machine is airborne, or is the wheel-less aircraft 'chuck'-launched as one would with a glider?
If the undercarriage is removed pre-flight, obviously returning to terra firma will be somewhat-fraught. What effect does a 'wheel-less' landing have on the propellers; are they flexible and bend on impact then spring-back into shape, or are they frequently replaced?
Finally, what material is the model made from? Polystyrene? Styrene or...?
Possibly a series of daft questions, but if I don't ask, I won't know...
I don't have one of these specific models, but some generic info- Expanded Polystyrene, while used in the past more, has generally fallen out of favour for almost-ready-to-fly and ready-to-fly models, as it is relatively heavy, prone to hangar rash, more delicate and harder to repair. Taken its place is expanded polypropelene and expanded polyolefin, which obviously have advantages in these areas.
Undercarriages on small models are pain and a liability, many people including myself leave them off. Easily explained when you realise that we don't fly from 1/12 scale grass or similar. Therefore usually a hand launch is required, followed by gentle belly landing onto grass. Props can break, but usually don't unless you break the plane too.
At a guess planecrazy leaves them off altogether for flying after the obligatory photoshoot.
Post by planecrazy on Mar 27, 2014 15:38:55 GMT 12
You are correct on all accounts, the main wheels are wire that is force fitted into a slot, the rear wheel is attached to the rudder so they actually have tail wheel steering, I fly mine with no gear and have actually cut the tail wheel off all together as I prefer her to look scale in the air. I just belly land her and yes the props are quite flexible, the best thing about these planes they are very light so you are not carrying much in the way of momentum, I just come in real slow then just before she stalls up elevator and she pretty much flops on.
One thing I am not sure on is the type of foam, it is very fine next to no bubbles as you can see the finish is very good. Not a learners plane but great first aileron plane and has a real presence in the air, flies very scale like! I fly it a lot must have nearly fifty flights on her. Only drawback not in winds over around 5 knots, maybe up to 10 knots if it is not gusty, wind is flak it shots you down!
Post by planecrazy on Oct 29, 2014 18:26:26 GMT 12
Decided to convert my UM Mosquito to an Aussie Mosi with some nice decals, a bit of cockpit detail and weathering. First job cut the canopy off with a sharp exacto, carefully now, then cut out the existing seats.
While this model measures out at around 1/32nd scale I found 1/35th scale figures are closer , used some Tamiya Russian tank figures cut to the right height and sanded the helmets to suit.
Found a nice Mosquito decal in my spares box.
Now of course all the miniature detail will be hidden away under the canopy
Yep added a bit of weight but a least over the C of G.
Some subtle weathering using using artists chalks.
Before and after shots.
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2014 18:31:20 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Nov 18, 2014 20:10:38 GMT 12
The Mosi flies great not a plane for strong winds under 10 knots, the closer to dead calm even better! This plane has a reputation of being tail heavy so any weight added to the front is good, a lot of people fly with heavier than stock batteries therefore getting the c of g further forward. As with real flying weight is not good, with electric planes more weight means more volts
My little DR1, see the link below, is by the same company but as you will see I gutted her and added completely different electronics, wanted her to be comparable to my radio. From all reports the Flyzone Tiger Moth flies nice however like my DR1 she is a dead calm flyer, I have flown the Dr1 in light winds but she can be a handful and not much fun. I must admit to being a conservative rc flyer hate crashing and spending money on the damage from crashes. In saying that if you have flown rc you will know that crashing is part of the game you play!
Adding all the scale details to these light weight models is weight you have to carry into the air and this effects the way they fly and how long they fly for, personally I don't mind this as I prefer closer to scale with my rc planes. It is a personal thing the other side of this, people spend years making magnificent scale models and have lost them on their first flight, search u tube there is plenty of this to look at, heart breaking stuff really!