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Albeo Staggerwing

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About that ground-looping issue: Did you guys lock the tailwheel?

 

 

I don't know about the other person however the ground loop effect is not so much the plane its self as accu-feel from A2A providing a little to much fuselage drag in a crosswind landing.  It makes it easy to over correct the wing tip will hit the ground or you will ground loop.

 

Yes the tailwheel was locked and I did correct for crosswind.  Its similar to landing the default Microsoft J3 cub in a crosswind where it wants to flip at low speed just before stopping.

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Is it just me and/or my setup or does the tail wheel not unlock again once you've locked it? I actually like the squirrely tail wheel ("more challenge!"), but noticed after unlocking the tail wheel after landing that it was like trying to turn the Titanic..... bug or feature or something on my system???

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Tail wheel locked (that helps a lot) Accufeel side forces knocked down to about a quarter(that goes for ALL aircraft) and using the Sammy Davis Jr technique on the pedals! Just about keeps it the right way up. :smile:

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Here's my thoughts:

 

Also the prop seems to be modeled correctly (Bernt Stolle pointed out that the sound seems to be backwards - I concur). In that pulling the big radial prop back allows for increased air speed. (Less drag from big prop). I had her up to 210mph with the prop pulled back to the green arc. Mixture leaned a little at 2500 ft.  This is correct behavior.  Check out the A2A Civilian Mustang.  When you pull the prop back (to a certain degree), you speed up.  That monster prop acts like a brick wall when fully coarse.  The prop isn't as large on the D17S as a Mustang but it's still pretty big.

 

 

 

I'm enjoying it. To me, the FDE feels believable. I get that big heavy sloppy feeling on landing... and when you get nice and slow the rudder authority goes to crap. I have to work the pedals on takeoff (especially if pulling tail off the ground). It seems to handle a slight crosswind ok (using crab then forward slip). Decent roll rate, at least what I'd expect for a lumbering beast (though at 210mph it's not exactly lumbering it's speedy!).

 

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r43/ryanbatc/d17s.jpg~original[\IMG]

 

Looking at your main photo kind of reminds me of the Spartan, minus the upper wing of the Stagger!

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If anyone would prefer this:

 

staggermod.jpg

 

To this:

 

staggerorig.jpg

 

PM me if you like.

 

Personally, it was driving me nuts trying to make the yoke shadow move, I was all over the sky!

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I'm not sure if everyone is aware, or if I'm simply the last to know, but Alabeo have updated the Staggerwing and sorted out the cock-eyed prop! :smile:  Just re download it.

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