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Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 09, 2013 @ 09:46 PM | 3,295 Views
I've been adding some 'things' to the fuselage (Landing Gear block + wing fairings), giving this bird two-three coats of Eze-Kote mixed with Microballoons and decided to weigh it again....drum roll please total weight 36.2 oz or 1025g.

Hummm, even added 7 blind nuts and a shelf for the tank; and sprayed some primer on the wing tips. Hummm, it has now lost weight! 15 grams or .5 oz -HOW'D THAT HAPPEN?

So I went back and reweighed everything just like the picture below with the wing on/ailerons on and the tail feathers - EVERYTHING and yep, 36.2 oz again Maybe I have been sanding more than I thought but I'm a happy camper. Now to start gluing the tail feathers on and commence painting.

I think it is beginning to look like an airplane <g>.
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 08, 2013 @ 05:52 PM | 2,541 Views
I've installed/removed the tank (lot of room there); installed/removed engine (OS52FS) and installed/removed the landing gear...so the side fairings were added and are being sanded down to blend the fuselage with the wing - I feel the blend should be concave but that make take a bit of time...so I'm just sanding down part 21

About ready to put on the tail feathers for good and give the wing tips a final sanding (after one more coat of primer). Epoxied on the bottom plate that also holds the main landing gear in place. I drilled a 1/2 dozen holes into the fuselage and forced epoxy into those hole so they act like pegs. I'll also add a few toothpicks around the perimeter to make certain the landing gear doesn't break out too easily.
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 01, 2013 @ 10:53 PM | 2,701 Views
I searched all over for my 'box' of HobbyPoxy paint. Found the "Part B" box but not the box with all the colors! Now I'm at a point of frustration - do I switch to another brand of paint (Latex, Automotive, Sig, AeroGloss) and will they be compatible with Eze-Kote and nitro fuel....decisions, decisions, decisions....
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 30, 2013 @ 12:19 AM | 6,443 Views
I guess it is about time I at least spell the name of the product correctly It is Eze-Kote.

Anyway here are the results:

Bare framework or wood:

930g; 32.7 oz.

After one coat of Eze-Kote (brushed on and sanded very lightly):

950g; 33.7 oz.

Glass (Sig .75oz cloth) and attached with one coat of Eze-Kote:

1020g; 35.9 oz.

So you can see the .40 sized Dragon Lady gained 90g or 3.2oz. Now I will have to add one more coat, maybe two before I add some 'primer' (that's so I can see all my bumps and Bo Bo's). I'm thinking now of using some HobbyPoxy paint - I still have a couple of cans left and one gallon of thinner (three other gallons have evaporated in the sealed cans; well they weren't sealed that good I guess). Wife wants a Blue and Green color scheme....something with starbursts on the wing - going to have to do some head scratching for a pattern on the fuse and tail feathers.

Speaking of the tail feathers, they are not attached to the plane yet - I'll prime and sand them first as it is easier to do while flat on the bench as opposed to being sanded while glued in place. I noticed the bottom front hatch that fits ahead of the wing isn't in place yet either; might have to read the 'destructions' as to why that wasn't glued in place already; bet it has something to do with the tank.

I am impressed with the drying time of the Eze-Kote; by the time you finish with one coat on everything, you can lay on another coat (sanding in between). I've used up about 1/2 of the 500ml container. Oh, I spilled some on a towel last night and boy it that spot is very hard today!
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 27, 2013 @ 11:48 PM | 3,155 Views
I put on one coat of EZ - Kote followed by one layer of .75 oz. cloth yesterday and tonight (on the Dragon Lady). I've been keeping a close watch on the weight as I managed to get a real accurate scale.

I really like the EZ - Kote....very little odor (but my wife disagrees), dries quickly (< 15 minutes) and apparently adds little weight (so far).

It has been my experience that the first coat adds the greatest weight (when using Epoxy so I was glad the first coat hardly added anything to the total weight. Before I painted the first coat the entire framework weighed 930g. or 32.7 oz.

After one coat (no glass) the weight was 955g or 33.7 oz. So far so good. Tomorrow I hope to finish the fuselage with cloth and reweigh the framework.

Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 25, 2013 @ 07:02 PM | 2,780 Views
I managed to hit a garage can AFTER I hit the brim (that separates the soccer field from the runway) and killed the engine. So my 'repair' job will be consisting of fixing a broken fuselage and removing a dent from the wing panel.

I was doing a strong cross wind landing and drifted off the runway a bit....I had a case of tunnel vision after I centered the plane on final.....and by the way, that can was hit earlier also but less damage.

My Pulse WILL fly again and maybe while I have the down-time, I can replace the ring on the DLE20 with a Bowman Ring....and see if it has any more power - really has enough right now, but I could use some more vertical.

Flew the Butterfly for a total of three flights (one by me - 37 minutes; one by a student -24 minutes; and one by George who didn't tell me the time). The OS 20 runs out of its 4 oz. of fuel about 10-15 minutes and the rest is just gliding time. I can't believe that engine can idle that long - but it does! When landed, the tank is dry and the fuel line has some bubbles in it.

Well it is time to start putting the first coat on the Dragon Lady - going to use Exe-Kote for the first time...
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 19, 2013 @ 07:22 PM | 3,455 Views
I picked up an ARC here on RCGroups of a Dragon Lady 40- small one; this one is for a .50 2-cycle but I plan on doing the 'assembly' a bit different.

1) I'm going to glass the entire plane (why????? so I can paint it) with light cloth and try a new product (to me) "Deluxe Materals" Eze-Kote. I picked up one bottle from a local hobby shop ($20) and it comes in one size - 500ml; so I don't know how far it will go on this model. I have some Z-Poxy Finishing Resin, but I am always willing to try something new.

Here are some pics of the kit.......now I have to clean off the bench
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 06, 2013 @ 04:56 PM | 3,762 Views
After tinkering with the battery (moved forward), the 25+ years since "I was started" the little OS 20 started and we (the Butterfly) and a couple of instructors, flew for about a 1/2 hour today....and here's the proof! I think three or four 'newbies' had their hands on the stick (put the rudder on the right stick); flew best at 1/2 throttle and gave the students plenty of time to think, and then react.
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 02, 2013 @ 08:15 PM | 3,235 Views
Had a major setback last week while training a newbie - my Satio 100 powered 'Sport Wing 90' got rekitted so I can't help anyone learn to fly - so I dug out a 20 year old 'Butterfly' (I think it was a Craft Air kit back then, or was it DynaFlite?).

The tail feathers needed some work and I ended up building a whole new vertical stab/rudder. Now I'm working on installing a radio. I have a 4 ch. JR on channel 45 so I think I will use that.

Our club prez gave me an old OS 25 to put on it, throttle is stuck but that is a lot better than the OS 20 I had on it as it is frozen solid! Guess some heating in a crock pot might be needed.

The wings are in fairly good shape being that they have been moved from Minnesota to Alabama and now to Arizona - but the monokote is brittle. Sure don't want to stip and recover them but just might have to.

Tomorrow I will install the rest of the radio and work on that engine....
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 22, 2013 @ 05:14 PM | 3,804 Views
Just tried out a new product (to me anyway): Airopult's Airogrip...it holds the plane in place in order to start it. Now I can start my plane by myself w/o any helper as this gizmo holds the plane from going backward AND prevents it from going forward when the engine is started! I like it a lot. Took it to the field and it worked on every plane we had at the time.....
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 09, 2013 @ 04:19 PM | 3,611 Views
It's a cold windy day in Phoenix, so I decided to work on a Champion 45S that a club member would like me to assemble - so I started today instead of working on removing that blasted 'C' ring on my T-28 nose gear (I'll do that 'tomorrow'). I also finished up cleaning up the garage and only have 3 planes stored on the floor as opposed to the half-dozen 'hanging' (now what to do with my H9 P-51 - 150 which is in the workshop - spare bedroom I call "My" room).

Anyway I found a manual for the 45S from Thunder Tiger and glued the wing halves together and quickly found out I'm missing the aileron servo tray - so I'm adding a couple of hardwood mounting rails for the single servo - I think this plane is about 10 years old). I really don't like the covering as it is brittle and cracks easily - and is wrinkled...this is the material they print on and glue to the airframe so I'll have to be careful to gently shrink the covering on the wing (at least it is the bottom of the wing that is wrinkled).....some 5 Minute Epoxy should be dry, so back to mounting the second aileron servo rail............
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 08, 2013 @ 12:17 AM | 3,447 Views
Only have two batteries, so only two flights - both without incident and with a 90 degree cross wind, had to 'drop' the last landing from about 5-6 inches, darn. Was going to add some power just before touchdown to lessen the sink rate, but was too slow

Tomorrow I'll fly the 90 sized Sport Wings....might even suggest to a 'newbie' that he ought to fly it instead of those electric J3 foamies.
Posted by tailskid2 | Feb 07, 2013 @ 01:28 AM | 3,895 Views
Flew the DLE powered Pulse 125 a couple of times again today - boy that is one nice running engine. I think the plane flies better (smoother) on low rates, but I sure do like to 'Rock and Roll' on high rates

Tomorrow I'll fly the P-47 again - boy does that plane slow down for landings . I'll use all my batteries, some of which are lighter than others so that makes take-offs 'interesting' to say the least.

Now if I could get the nose gear fixed for my T-28 (Air Fair), I would love to fly that one again.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jan 23, 2013 @ 05:15 PM | 4,145 Views
Boy the weather was EXCELLENT today - almost no wind, warm temps in the AM (got up to near 80 in the PM). Flew the P-47 four flights and boy does it fly MUCH better with the CG at 95 mm. Flew mostly 4-5 minute flights w/ 4s batteries. Best was the 4s 5000 .

Landings are a piece of cake - once you can get the nose pointed down<g>. The right LG seems weak and wants to bend inward - might have to remove it and straighten it out.

Enjoyed the day to say the least!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:59 PM | 4,148 Views
After Saturday's test flight (a bit nerve racking) I discovered I need to move the CG forward a bunch....I hope tomorrow's flights are less exciting - and Oh, I fixed the tailwheel with a pull-pull system that is solid!