Archive for July, 2011
Well I didn't force the issue of buying another plane while I was in Indiana but I'm OK with that. I found some things for the family and I to do during the rest of our stay there. Got back home last weekend and made some time to fly in front of the house with the Flashback before calling it a night. I got sick and was out of work all week but all seems to be OK right now and just ready to go back and start making money again. My brother was in town for the weekend and he and his wife finally got to see me fly some of my planes. We was diagnosed last November with Lou Gehrig's Disease and his health is failing fast. I need to find a JR buddy box or a battery for my JR XP662 so I can use it for one. He has lost most of the mobility in his left arm but he may have enough to operate the rudder so I'll have to see what happens. He has always been interested in model airplanes and did some control line stuff in the '70's when I was little but that's about it. I guess he really never got into the radio control side of it due to being in the Navy and always moving around. I'm going to try to spend as much time with him as possible and see if I can get him some stick time in and at least show him some fun while he still has mobility in his right side.
Well just hanging out in Terre Haute, Indiana and realize I should have tossed my UM P-51 in the van so I would have somthing to do. There are a lot of nice areas I could fly and I thought about it and didn't know if the box would take up too much room but looking back I could have made it fit. Now I don't know what to do. I may run over to Joe's Hobby Barn and pick up a plane to fly while I'm here and then sell it when I get back but I don't know if it will go over too well with the wife. Some of the other planes I have purchased lately were supposed to be sold but some how I have managed to keep all of them and I think she is starting to question my sanity. Oh well I'll just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days..
I took the Lancair out Saturday afternoon after the rain stopped and the wind died down. I lined it up, applied the throttle and up it went. About 3 feet above the ground the canopy blew off. I had forgotten to bring the Scotch tape with me to tape it on. I continued the flight without the canopy as I have done two times before, I just had to trim it up a little to compensate for the additional drag. I guess I'll have to fabricate a mount for the front of the canopy so it can hinge and put some type of lock on the rear of it to keep it down. Anyway it sure looks better with the new paint on it as it's flying by. I think the orientation is a little better with the darker color as well. I may put some decals on it to liven it up a little but I'm not sure.
So my Great Planes Lancair ES ep was one of my favorite planes. After I upgraded the power system it truely became a sweetheart to fly. I had decided a couple of years ago that I would one day like to change the color of the fuselage and wingtips. Well after a screwed up touch and go on Sunday, yesterday was the day. After I got the nose gear straightened out and the horizontal stab fixed I decided it was time to paint it. I had picked up three cans of Colors by Boyd made by Testors at Wal-Mart on clearance. Two cans of black and blue pearl and a can of grape pearl as those were the only ones they had left. I did like the color of the plane as it was but the Monokote on the top of the vertical stab was too dark and it didn't look right. I thought I was going to go completely over the top with the paint job. Turns out I decided that I would keep it simple. I started out with grape pearl on the cowl because I thought it would be close to the purple on the stab but it really wasn't much different than what was already on the plane so I decided on the black and blue pearl. I realy like how it turned out. I taped off the gold stripes on the fuselage and painted below them. Now there is a little more color. The original purple shows through between the gold stripes and the dark color has a nice contrast. If I hadn't have glued the wings on when I built it I probably would have installed the navigation lights I had on my Cessna.
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I got the little Cub repaired during the week and couldn't wait to see how she flew. I charged up a battery last night and loaded up some planes in the truck to go fly this morning. When I got to the place where I fly, the Cub was the first one up. I was curious as to whether or not it would fly as good as it did before and I think it actually flies better. This may be due in part to the change in propeller. I was running an APC slow flyer 8x6 cut down to around 7 1/4 but since it got a little scuffed up I decided to change out the prop. I had a GWS 9060 prop and decided to try it out. After hooking up the watt meter up I was surprised to find out that it was only pulling around 8 1/2 Amps and my watts out were 92W. It looks like the amp draw decreased. Even though I went up quite a bit in diameter the blade width is decreased. This thing flies very nice. It seems like it has a little better pull off of the bottom and it cruises at a little lower throttle setting. Most of all the motor, speed control and battery should run a little cooler. I also flew the Flashback again. I meant to take an E prop with me to replace the slow flyer prop but forgot it on the bench. The last plane I flew this morning was the Lancair. It seemed to be flying fine as usual but the motor was surging so I landed it to check everything out. All seemed o.k. so I took off again and did a few touch and go's when on the last landing and roll it veered off to the right and caught the gutter and the edge of the grass. The right wing tip caught first and it spun the plane 180 degrees. As it spun around the horizontal stab caught the gutter and kinked it and it bent the nose gear. Now I have to repair the stab. While I have it down for repairs I may lay a fresh coat of paint on it. I have been wanting to paint it for a while now but have hesitated as I glued the wings on. I may just do it to make it look different.