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Scratch built Pilatus B4 to 1/4 scale.

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Peter Balcombe
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Re: Scratch built Pilatus B4 to 1/4 scale.

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Looks very nice Brian - the model that is :lol: :lol:

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Looks superb Brian, Should fly well. Thanks for a brilliant build thread, very informative and entertaining.

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Antonia
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Looks brilliant Brian, look forward to seeing it in person, got to bring it to Buckminster :)

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Short sleeves and sun in Scotland.. global warming is true....

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B Sharp
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Thanks for the nice comments boys and girl, they are much appreciated. As I said before this is one model which has been dragged, kicking and screaming into the world - it's been a difficult build at times. There is still the buttock clenching maiden flight to deal with.
Hopefully, all being well, the B4 may make it's first public appearance at Buckminster (see you there Antonia, but no cuddles this time!). As to the last photo, that is only a cardboard cut-out - I am much prettier in real life! Honest!
Brian. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Well goodness gracious me, IT FLIES!
This afternoon the weather was perfect for the maiden flights of the Pilatus B4. The wind was a steady 18mph gusting 22mph, directly onto my local west facing slope, and as a bonus the sun was shining.
Despite my worries the first flight was a total non-event; I have seldom had an easier first flight. The elevator required four clicks of down trim (to compensate for the four clicks of up trim I had added “just in case”), the other trims needed no adjustment at all. After ten minutes I landed and increased the aileron differential to 60%, reduced the throw on the elevators as well as the volume of brake/elevator mixing. I also took a 36gm chunk of lead out of the nose.
On the second flight the model was flying as if on rails and responding well to patches of thermal lift. The stall was straight as a die with no tip stall what so ever. Turns could be made wide or pulled as tight as I liked. Landings were easy and I was able to park the model exactly where I wanted.
On the third flight my hooligan instincts took control and I can report that the B4 is very capable of all the usual manoeuvres and I was pleased to see that the model carries loads of momentum.
I am now looking forward to my next visit to the slope with my Pilatus!
Brian. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
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Good job, Brian...! ;)

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Well done Brian.
I’m glad all went well :)

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Top job Brian.

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Antonia
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Wel done Brian, it looks gorgeous :)
It must have been national Pilatus B4 day, Mel's B4 got an outing the same day, first time in three years ;)

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