This thread is intended for discussions of issues and exchanges of experiences and ideas related to customization and/or development of aircraft in Aerofly RC. I invite all who are interested to comment or share your experiences.
I have been experimenting with customizations of some of the aerobatic aircraft in the RC9 library via the Edit Aircraft tool. For example, I have started to build a customized SBach 342 that performs like my Pilot RC SBach 36% model (107 inch wingspan) that you can see in my avatar. I have also started to work on a customized Extra 330 that is designed and sized for a 120 cc engine.
i have come across some perplexing issues I thought to be worthy of discussion within the Aerofly RC community. Here is an example:
The Extra 330 Standard model in the RC9 library is described as Roland Matt's TOC model. It has some parameters revealed in the Edit Model window that I find somewhat strange. I assume that the "size" of the model is the wingspan, which is 3 meters. The wingspan and the 17.2 kg mass are consistent with the 40+% airplane size category that TOC pilots typically use. Airplanes this big typically use 150 cc and larger gas engines.
The engine power vs RPM curve has a maximum of 7.367 kW, which is 9.88 HP. This is the maximum power that Desert Aircraft quotes for their DA 100L. A DA 120 has a maximum power output of 7.6 kW (see https://hfeinternational.com/w…DA120-Data-Sheet-2021.pdf for details.). Yet the airplane behaves as if powered by a larger engine.
The propellor parameters don’t make sense as given. The radius is 33.717 inches which makes the diameter around 67.4 inches. The pitch is 28.669 inches, which is much larger than the maximum pitch on model aircraft propellors available today. The largest propellor from Mejzlik is a 30x13 3-bladed propellor. Interestingly, if I divide 33.717 x 2 and 28.669 by 2.54 cm/inch, the results are 26.5 diameter and 11.3 pitch. These numbers in inches make somewhat more sense if the propellor is 3-bladed. Are the textbox captions for these parameters in the Edit Aircraft window correct?