Beriev. After the model was covered, he
used masking tape to temporarily fasten
the tail surfaces for flight testing. It took
four separate trips to a field roughly
20 minutes away to work out the bugs.
The grass and weeds were knee high! I
cannot stress enough the importance of
high grass for testing if you can find it.
Each time Pat went out, a problem
occurred. First it was loose propeller
blades. When a blade popped loose, the
vibration created mayhem! Despite the
tall grass, there was still some damage to
the front of the fuselage.
After other issues (such as flying
surface alignment and operator error)
were ironed out, the model began to
show great promise—at least good
enough to warrant completion.
With a little help from a fellow club
member, Pat painted the model in one
afternoon then spent the next several
days completing the detailing. That
effort took place only six days before
the FAC Outdoor Championships in
Muncie, Indiana, in September 2013.
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