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  1. I'd try with a simpler wing layout to reduce the possible amount of faults. A simple straight wing, with optional Ailerons. One set of horizontal fins at the back for elevator control Keep the vertical fins as is. Keep the CoL close behind CoM as you have it now. If you can get that to work, you can add more and modify layout until you find out what made it go wrong.
  2. Very likely. As the CoL doesn't take into account lift and drag from parts with no Lift rating. Which also means my statement is only accurate for crafts with very few non-Lift rating parts. Torque from off center engine thrust can also be a factor.
  3. No. If you place CoL behind CoM, then the craft will have a natural tendency to dive towards the ground unless some up elevator is applied.
  4. Yes. It is probably not the only problem you are having, but I think it's a contributing factor. I first recorded it as a video clip, then made it to a .gif with
  5. It can't be based on CoL, because moving the control surfaces moves CoL. That is actually the whole purpose of control surfaces. Moving the CoL around to make the craft change attitude. No. The pivot is CoM.
  6. I think another issue could be the control surface that you've added to the swept wings. It appears that the axis of rotation for the control surfaces crosses the centerline in front of CoM, which used to cause them to work opposite direction of what you want.
  7. Moved some post regarding the Wiki to its own thread.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    I moved some off topic posts from Thursday.
  9. If you Report the PM with your question, a moderator can look at it and maybe get an explanation.
  10. Val

    [close please]

    And now people will forever wonder what problem it was you solved and why you didn't want to share the solution with them
  11. When you've had 5 posts approved (not counting posts in The Lounge).
  12. Val

    Funniest/Coolest Kerbal Names

    Merged similar threads.
  13. Val

    What I think

    Posts in the Lounge don't count towards post count.
  14. I've rephrased the offensive term in the OP, edited some quotes and removed a few replies that, while justified, were derailing the topic. Please use the Report button instead of derailing a topic. Report this post if you have any questions or concerns regarding this decision.