Just wanted to drop you a line about your Terminator, which I just
built and flew for the first time today.
I followed your directions on control surface travel and CG
precisely. At the flying field, the first few takeoff attempts
resulted in "flights" of no longer then 1 - 3 seconds. (I've
"rekitted" many a plane by this time.) Finally, with a combination of
slightly more then 1/2 throttle and very slight attitude above
horizontal the plane took to the air!! Once airborne a slight decrease
in throttle and Hang On! Its manuverability and speed were for me a
revelation! What a kick to fly! More amazing is that I was able to go
for the ride without planting the airplane.
My flying skills are those of an "eternal beginner". I believe the
reason so many of my planes have gotten away from me was because of
confusion as to orientation and direction... I have a couple of
things learned from this plane which you may find worthy of passing on
to other customers:
- I found an article called "Don't Color Me Gone" by Dr. R. Suding
(you can look it up on Google) to be an ENORMOUS help... Dark color on
bottom with contrasting light geometric shape (eg. dark blue bottom
with 3 orange circles). Light color on top with Starburst pattern (eg.
white background with red then blue burst pattern. Now one can tell
direction (starburst forms an arrow), and orientation (blue w/ circles
- 50% control throw is probably enough for the first few flights;
otherwise the Terminator is hypersensitive for my skill level.
You have a Great Product, now I have a chance at enjoying it!