The last bits of getting a model ready always take longer than planned, but my JS3 is ready for its maiden flight! I’m pretty excited about the final weight, around 6.6kgs with the long wings, so it should thermal very well. I still want to add some stripes to the underside of the wings and do some more work on the cockpit interior, but will wait with doing that until after the maiden flight.
We started the project in June 2017 (beginning of this blog) when we first laid out the enlarged plans on the floor of Georg’s workshop, fell in love with the plane and decided to build it, sharing out the work according to availability and skills in our team of four (Georg, Richie, Andi and myself). Georg, our lead designer, maidened his JS3 in spring 2018 (I think it was the first JS3 scale model to fly). Andi’s JS3 was finished a few weeks ago, and Richie is about to finish his. I’m so looking forward to the maiden flight of my JS3, and seeing all four of them in the air together.
This is only my second fully scratch-built plane (not counting the AvantiHawk), and the first one where I’ve been involved in every step of the process. But it was by far the most difficult build so far. The complexity of the wings, two sets of winglets and the exchangeable outer wings were a lot of extra work. My JS3 is far from perfect, there are many mistakes in it that I wouldn’t make again, but I’m still very happy with the final result. Having seen how Georg’s JS3 flies, I know all the work will be worth it.