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David Stokes presents his 1/3.5 scale PW-5 Smyk








































From the kit....
October 2003

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...to super detailed model
Spring 2004

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How does she fly ?

04/13/04
UK
David Stokes flew his PW-5 SMYK for a first time
 

First flight report

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A week later

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June 2004
David's comments after about 3 months of flying SMYK in variety of conditions
   "Had the P W on our club stand at the Sandown show last week and it created quite a lot of interest. I am getting used to it now and have not had to make any adjustments to control throws etc for some time now --  she is still one of the nicest handling models that I have flown – even the tug pilots comment as to how nice and easy she is to tow."

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June 25 2004
Smyk goes inverted
I gave the Smyk a good work out during two flying days last week and yes she does hold inverted very well.
I tried rolling in but that was very untidy, will have to practise more, perhaps I need a bit more speed. I found the best way was to 1/2 loop until going down a about 20 degrees then level out and she would hold inverted with a very shallow rate of descent. Then to recover push the nose up to loose speed and pull thru to level upright flight without overspeeding. great fun. David

August 1 2004
 Crash!
The Smyk is one tough machine!!  Last weekend I was flying in a contest and at about 900 Ft when my T/X failed, The Smyk went ape then I regained control only to loose it again two times. The last time the right wing pulled out slightly and bent the 2mm x 1 1/2 cm  joiner (see photo). In fact the joiner bending saved the plane from a greater disaster as it then went into a spin which slowed the descent considerably. You would not be able to bend the joiner so perfectly in a vice!
She spun down and bounced at least 2 ft in the air before coming to rest. The only damage being one wingtip knocked off  some stress cracks in the fuselage just behind the wing and paint flaked off  and some small splits in the tailplane veneer plus a small split in the canopy.
I thought it was a write off until I got to it. You can imagine how pleased I was to find so little damage, most repaired now apart from repainting.

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September 2004
Smyk flies again.
Check the Middle Wallop 2004  pictures

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