We had our best flight of the season!
1'47" to the left:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFSmUwS ... e=youtu.be
1'43" to the right:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqX2U7w ... e=youtu.be
Average is 1'45" which is where I had set my goal originally, so now I need to work more on consistency.
The climbs are still steep but we're launching at about 4500 turns/0.45 in.oz now, whereas we were launching at 4000/0.3 in.oz before today. As mentionned, it appears we need the steep climbs to get height quickly before the launch torque spins off. Also as predicted, we had to re-trim the planes from scratch.
The one I built is with the movable wings is consistently 10 seconds better so we will need to incorporate that onto Luke's plane as soon as he can manage the additional complexity. He's getting over 1'30" with some regularity, not too bad.
I won't rule out a rubber stripper (or 5/99 rubber, lol) but IMO we're not good enough yet to take full advantage or justify the investment.