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Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 10, 2014 @ 06:59 PM | 1,023 Views
Took a bit over a week off to go and visit my son in Mobile, AL....and on Sunday we got to fly with a great group of guys from their local club.

I even got to fly my son's 40% Carden Extra!

But back to my Stik.....covered the bottom of the stab and glued in the vertical Stab.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 26, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 1,828 Views
Slow progress......don't know why, it is only 106 F outside and I'm inside, but I did make some progress.

Built a pushrod for the elevator (1/4 Sq. Hard balsa), mounted the servos and glued in the landing gear block.

I've covered the Vertical/Rudder with white Oracover as well as three bays of the wing (for contrast).

Also included some pics of the 'instructions'.....notice the pictures, or lack there of!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 24, 2014 @ 05:52 PM | 2,097 Views
Did something 'new' to the fuselage....that being made of Popular Plywood (I think) needs something 'extra' to keep the covering tight on the wood.....so I sheeted the sides of the fuse with 1/32" sheeting I had from Sig. I think that will help adhere the covering.

Got another problem to solve....do I follow the instructions and glue the top hatch on the fuse, or do I make it removable? Pro's and Con's to both.....if I don't make it a removable hatch, I'll have tank problems - Murphy'l Law right?

The wing is finished, just needing covering and installations of ailerons. I'd like to 'pin' the aileron's pushrod bearing into the wing, but I'll have to do that after covering.....oh well one 'spot' won't hurt the 'SCALE' appearance of this bird

I've decided to use 1/4" hardwood pushrods instead of Nyrods (which I have a million of!) because out here the heat will surely expand those Nyrods when the plane moves from the A/C house to the 105+ temperatures at the flying field.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 21, 2014 @ 08:34 PM | 1,057 Views
The wing center section came out nicely if I do say so myself

With these 'old' kits, a LOT is not told to you and there are no pictures, only a drawing or two - like it used to be "back in the day"......nowhere does it tell you to make your ailerons 'fit' the wing, nor to install the pushrod 'horns' into the wing.

Yep, those were the good old days and I miss them a lot...heck, I almost forgot how to read those plans
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 21, 2014 @ 06:08 PM | 1,115 Views
The wing has been joined together with 30-Minute Epoxy mixed with shreaded fiberglass - THAT WING isn't going to be coming apart

BUT, just to be sure, some heavy glass cloth (6 oz?) was wrapped around the center section.

The tail feathers are sanded, hinged and ready for covering.

The fuse is now (almost) one piece, used Epoxy on the firewall, Titebond on the formers.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 16, 2014 @ 03:32 PM | 1,172 Views
Joined both wing halves, and I believe there isn't any warps At least not yet anyway. Sanded the tail feathers, might just have to cover them before gluing them on the fuse.
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 10, 2014 @ 05:10 PM | 1,109 Views
Man, I almost forgot how nice those Midwest kits are....the die CUTTING was just that - cut, not crushed! And only two pages of actual 'instructions' (w/o pictures). AHHHHH, the smell of balsa wood when you open a KIT

Decided to take out 1/2 of the dihedral - they suggest either No Dihedral or 5/8". I decided not to make it a flat wing because they (flat wings) appear to have anhedrial.

Now about the LG....decided to go with a taildragger....moving the main gear up under the leading edge, but haven't decided how to do the tail wheel arrangement - maybe just a skid? It is difficult to control the tail wheel from the rudder as the elevator is in the way.....hummmmmmmmmmmmmm, decisions, decisions.
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 09, 2013 @ 09:46 PM | 3,768 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 | 2,963 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 | 3,127 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 | 6,875 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 | 3,609 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 | 3,207 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 | 3,905 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 | 4,200 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 | 3,652 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 | 4,229 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 | 4,034 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 | 3,883 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.