Since my first endeavor cracked up (literally), I decided that this time, I would spend a little more to potentially save me later. I purchased an ARF (almost ready to fly ) unit. The guy at the hobbyshop cut me a pretty good deal, (more to clear shelf space I think) so making the purchase didnt hurt near as much as I expected.
Get it home (and I had an inkling of what I was getting into by the box this plane came in) and oh jeez! What did I get myself into. This thing has a 5′ wing span, weighs 5.5 lbs assembled and should be able to be seen from 1/2 a mile. LOL but by God, this thing is SOLID!
Spent a few hours putting rhe final assembly together, setting servos and linkage, working on getting the CoG just right, and making a motor mount. (Plane is set up for a nitro engine, not electric. The way I put things together, I can still go that route, later, if I so desire.)
Set her in the drive this morning to test engine thrust and controls, and have to say, very very pleased. Maiden flight will have to wait on weather though. Soon, I hope.
Man, this thing is BIG.