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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 26, 2014 @ 08:02 PM | 693 Views
This modified Guillow's Strato Streak delivers flights that last between 30 and 40 seconds...more than enough time to delight the family.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 23, 2014 @ 09:36 PM | 913 Views
My children are discovering the thrill of balsa gliders and simple rubber powered flight. I'm rediscovering it.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 12, 2014 @ 09:54 PM | 1,566 Views
The fuselage is complete.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 01, 2014 @ 09:56 PM | 1,604 Views
Much progress this weekend...covered the left side, attached the tail feathers, and applied a cote of dope. My only regret is that the dope...or the sunlight...introduced some wrinkles into my covering. So it goes. I'll tackle the landing gear next, install the engine, and then begin building the wing.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 29, 2014 @ 09:57 PM | 1,810 Views
Enough for tonight...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 29, 2014 @ 10:35 AM | 3,208 Views
My throttle servo began to act up and so I had to replace it. Still covering...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 23, 2014 @ 07:46 AM | 1,870 Views
After much procrastinating, I have started to cover the fuselage. I’m using coverlite applied with the purple glue stick. The compound curves above and before the cabin gave me reason to pause, but I’m happy with results.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 15, 2014 @ 09:02 PM | 1,907 Views
After installing the radio and pushrods, I applied a coat of dope to the inside of the fuselage.

Then I took yet another detour to build a mobile for my son, which my daughter promptly took possession of. Looks like I'll have to make another one quickly.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 28, 2014 @ 09:13 PM | 2,087 Views
I was so busy at work that most of February and March slipped by without much progress on the Brigidier. I salvaged a few days between snow storms to test a couple of engines in the backyard, including the throttled 049 with the fuel tank pictured here, but my building came to a complete halt. I'm starting to remedy that with the radio installation; three servos, and some pushrods. It's modest, but its moving in the right direction.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 09, 2014 @ 02:33 PM | 2,294 Views
I was a member of the Westminster Aero Modelers along with my father back in the 1980's and we still try to attend their flea market each year. This year's loot includes two 1/3 oz. (?) Perfect brand fuel tanks, two 7" Rev Up props and a 5" thimbledrome prop.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 07, 2014 @ 07:49 AM | 2,050 Views
Last night I covered the vertical stabilizer and rudder and hinged the two. I'm pleased with the fit of the parts...nice and straight...so far.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 03, 2014 @ 01:35 PM | 2,481 Views
Chinese New Year gobbled up much of my weekend, but I did make time to hinge the elevator.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 31, 2014 @ 09:37 AM | 2,071 Views
I'm covering the Brigidier with orange Cover Lite and will seal it with dope after assembly. The hinges will be sewn as soon as I find that spool of orange thread...

I've also finished up the firewall to make my earlier work less noticeable.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 29, 2014 @ 09:15 AM | 2,009 Views
The placement of the engine screws in the firewall on the plan tell me that this airplane was intended for an 049 with a fuel tank on it, rather than the throttled 049 with a fuel tank behind the firewall as I intend to use. Such an arrangement places the thrust line about 1/4" below the location I had it so I've removed the blind nuts in the firewall, plugged the holes, and continued the cutout for the throttle down the face of the firewall 1/4". I replaced the sheeting between the cabin and the firewall too, seeing it needed a different cutout due to the new location of the throttle arm. One step forward...two steps back...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:04 AM | 2,018 Views
Finishing the cabin section of the Brigidier.

Next, I'll sort out the fuel tank and radio placement, making sure I have ample access to both before attaching the landing gear.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 22, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | 2,047 Views
More building on the 1/2 A Brigidier. I modified the top sheet behind the firewall to accommodate a throttled 0.49.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 14, 2014 @ 02:35 PM | 2,301 Views
I've started work on a 1/2A Brigidier as drawn by Jim Reynolds. The tail went together quickly and I've just about completed the left and right sides of the fuselage, shown here with the right side pinned the building board and the left side resting on top of it.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:38 AM | 3,126 Views
This weekend yielded a new Flat Cat boost glider and two ready-to-test 049s equipped with throttles from Cox International. The original Flat Cat was carried off by a thermal. Saving the plans and the balsa sheets that the parts were punched from gave me what I needed to build another one.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 25, 2013 @ 09:19 PM | 3,212 Views
My father started building this model decades ago, but it was overcome by other projects. It remained unfinished in my parent's garage until I pulled it out to complete as a display model. Now it hangs uncovered in my workshop.