May 15, 2008 No Comments
Bob Hanson of Olathe, KS, writes:
The attached photo is of a trainer design named the Tutor. I found it on the training aircraft page of your current website, and there is no plan number. Just the name. However, it has been probably 15 years since I built that machine, and I took thes photos yesterday. It is a pretty big airplane with a 72 or 74 inch span, and powered by an OS .61FS. Note that my Tutor has flaps (which had little effect) and regular ailerons, rather than strip ailerons. If I did it again, I would do the strip. The regular ailerons require rudder coordination for turns. Just like a real airplane! How about that!/DIV>
The Tutor is a slow positive flyer, with no bad characteristics, except it doesn’t want to land. On the maiden flight, it took at least six tries, and I kept putting the base leg out further and coming in lower, until I just managed to fly it into the runway, (always in idle) and the grass offered enough drag to stop it at the far end!
I also built a set of very large floats for it, but have never fitted them to try it, but it should be a winner! I must do that. Check out the scale tail wheel assembly! Best feature on the airplane.
I have built a number of MAN models, and still enjoy the magazine very much! Keep up the great work!