IT IS NECESSARY TO USE RUDDER IN CONJUNCTION WITH AILERONS IN THE TURNS TO PREVENT THE ALBATROS FROM DRAGGING ITS TAIL. THIS IS A COMMON TRAIT FOR MOST WW I PLANES WITH RELATIVELY SMALL VERTICAL FINS.
;e Albatros taxies easily, but I added
additional rubber bands to the shock-
absorbing gear to soak up the small
bumps at my flying field. ;e tailskid is not steerable so turning the
Albatros requires bursts of power in conjunction with large amounts of
rudder to turn on the grass. Tighter turns are possible by adding some
down-elevator to reduce pressure on the tailskid.
Takeo;s with the Power 32 motor at full power
aren’t exactly scale, but it is fun to blast o; the
runway with power to spare. Some right rudder
is needed once the tailskid comes o; the ground.
Climbs can be near vertical at high power settings,
but at lower power settings, the Albatros has a
realistic look and feel.
IN THE AIR
GEAR USED: Radio: JR 12 transmitter ( jrradios.com), Spektrum AR6210 6-channel DSMX receiver ( spektrumrc.com), two JR A5030 servos for udder and elevator, two JR A4010 servos for ailerons Motor: E-flite Power 32 brushless (e-fliterc. com) Battery: E-flite 4S 14.8V 3200mAh LiPo ( e-fliterc.com) ESC: E-flite Pro 60-amp electronic speed control with BEC ( e-fliterc.com) Propeller: APC 13x5.5 ( apcprop.com)
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: Be sure to get the balance point correct.
On the first flight, the model was a bit pitch
sensitive, and I moved the battery pack all the
way forward and added some exponential to the
elevator to tame the model down. A little stick-on
nose weight added under the motor made all
future flights perfect.
Tracking: It is necessary to use rudder in conjunction with ailerons
(coordinated) in the turns to prevent the Albatros from dragging its tail.
;is is a common trait for most W W I planes with relatively small vertical
fins. Adding a bit of aileron di;erential will also help make the plane track
better in the turns.
Aerobatics: Gentle aerobatics like loops and rolls are easily executed with
the surplus of power. Lazy barrel rolls look great and flipping the plane on
its back for a split-S descent looks amazing. With the Power 32 motor,
the Albatros probably has more tricks up its sleeve, but I found shooting
touch-n-gos and low flybys to be more gratifying.
Glide and stall performance: ;e Albatros is a biplane with an abundance
of lift and drag from the second set of wings and
the numerous flying wires and details. Glides
are smooth and predictable, and speed bleeds
o; quickly when leveling o; with elevator.
Attempting to stretch a glide without keeping
the nose down and adding a little bit of power is
not advised. Stalls are recoverable but also mean
the rapid loss of precious altitude. When landing
the Albatros, keep a little power on during the
approach to maintain a shallow descent angle.
I had the best results flying the Albatros all the
way down for a main gear landing, adding some
up-elevator after landing puts the brakes on and
reduces the rollout distance.
;e Albatros is a nimble performer that is a delight
to fly. ;e Power 32 is more power than the Albatros needs, but as we all
know, there is no substitute for horsepower. ;e Albatros has a moderate
wing loading and it penetrates well and is comfortable to fly even in
moderate winds. For best results, the Albatros loves to be flown around at
two thirds or lower power settings.