|Polecat X P30|
|NJAPF First P30|
Don DeLoach was running a special if you ordered multiple plans there was a discount so I ordered the Pearl e202 E36 and Polecat X plans with short kits. I flew the Pearl E36 a good deal last year and learned much about e36, this year I wanted to get the Polecat X flying. There was so much different about the constructions of the Polecat X than the NJAPF so I asked a lot of questions online. First I had to order carbon strips that reinforce the wing, ¼ mil Mylar covering, and picked up Balsarite at local hobby shop to stick the Mylar down. Wing and stab construction went well but then I built my first round tube fuselage by wrapping balsa around a pipe, that went alright too. Covering with the Mylar went better than I thought it might, some Design Master spray paint gives it some color.
|Wing Before Carbon Strips|
|Stab With Carbon Strips|
As I completed each major structure I weighed it and then again after covering to compare with the suggested weights on the plan, my weights were close but slightly higher. This is really a detailed plan which I appreciate; no other instructions are really needed. The contest wins for this model are really impressive and it is a plane that has been refined over many years of contest flying. With the rearhook is in the very back of the fuselage and with a light airframe a really long rubber motor can be used to get a slower climbing motor run that lasts a long time. It is my understanding it could be possible to get a 2 minute max with the rubber still turning the propeller.
|DT Only might not be available|
|Gizmo Geezer on Test Stand|
Again I am using the Gizmo Geezer propeller system, I had installed this on my NJAPF p30 the end of last season and it worked well. With the Gizmo Geezer a certain amount of tension is held in the rubber so braiding is not needed and it has a good working freewheeling system. A couple of people had a concern with all the downthrust called for on the plan if the rear of the Gizmo Geezer might touch the top of the fuselage, I still need to test this.
Now if the weather would cooperate, I could try some test flights.
Update 3/29/2017 - I tried test flights on 150 turns, flies well.
Polecat X 150 hand winds
http://www.pearlfreeflight.com/Buy.html Pearl Free Flight website
Gizmo Geezer Propellers
http://www.bsdmicrorc.com/index.php DT Only timer does not appear to be on the website any longer.
http://scienceguyorg.blogspot.com/2016/09/gizmo-geezer-review-part-1.html Gizmo Geezer Review Part #1
http://scienceguyorg.blogspot.com/2016/10/flying-with-gizmo-geezer.html Flying With the Gizmo Geezer