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Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Apr 04, 2016 @ 08:57 PM | 1,646 Views
For those who frequent my blog,

Things have been going slow in my modeling world as of late (too much work being done on our new master suite).

Some of you may have caught on that I have been spending some time posting scale information on this thread:

I have put forth a little time on several of my AutoCAD files of scale designs, but not much worthy of mention.

This past weekend was rather beautiful for Oregon, and I decided to take my bug out for a couple of flights, only to find that my old nicd battery pack which I have been nursing along has finally bit the dust. It will no longer take a charge. So I guess it's time to find an alternative battery setup for my bug. Problem is however, I need the ballast weight up front because that's the way I set it up. I will probably try a single cell lipo and then just put more lead in the nose.


Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Feb 06, 2016 @ 06:37 PM | 2,172 Views
Good day all...

Just took time to go through approximately 21 gigabits (almost 46,000 files of scale documentation) to determine how many AutoCAD drawings of scale aircraft I have started and at what percent of completion they are at.

I came up with 23 different aircraft anywhere from just starting (5%) to 3 or 4 that were near complete (85-90%).

I have started construction on 3 of the plans.

1) The Fokker F.VIIa which was part of Scale Build Off 3. Unfortunately I have all but given up on it. The fuselage sits upon my storage shelves giving me that glare of impatience. I have pondered what I need to do to it from time to time.

2) I have been working on a Thulin "K" and have been tinkering with it as of late. Wings are framed up, stab and rudder done, main landing gear completed, basic fuselage is done, and I am detailing it slowly. I have decided to build the cowl together with a battery/motor controller tray so that everything just simply pulls out the front when maintenance is needed.

3) I have started to build a mock up of the front end to an Avro Commodore. As I fit up parts to form the cowling and top of fuselage back into the cabin, I try to imagine how Peter Rake or Pat Tritle would design it, it really makes me envy these two guys and their superb designing talents.

I have come to the conclusion that I need to build me some home made tools if I want to continue building scale models. I need a vacuformer of some sort,...Continue Reading
Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Jan 30, 2016 @ 12:21 PM | 4,184 Views
Hello Everyone...

Here we are, the beginning of 2016.

I have been chopping balsa for... you guessed it, another new build. For now it's going to remain a secret project.

I have finished up the 44" wing for my "Bug" and have made a few successful test flights. Being winter here the flights were short, but very promising. By my calc's the wing loading with the new wing was reduced by almost 1/3. It is a bit awkward to handle compared to the 30" wing, and with a peg instead of grabbing the tip between my fingers.

I have had time to work on several AutoCAD files for various designs including a couple of free flight models. My time was spent on the following: Curtiss Fledgling, 1913 Dyott, Pietenpol Sky Scout, "Leepin Lizzard" (E-36), and the "Half Wild Goose" (1/2A Nostalgia).

Best wishes to All of you out there in RCGroup Land...

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Nov 28, 2015 @ 06:28 PM | 3,038 Views
Good Day Everyone...

I have been working lately on a new wing for my "Bug". It is 44" span (original was 30") There has been a little tinkering around the building board and so there has been a tid-bit of progress on the Thulin "K".

I have put some time in at the ole computer working on several new aircraft plans. I have been concentrating on a 1/10th scale Curtiss N2C fledgling and have worked on several other such as an Avro 621 Tutor, Bristol Taxiplane, 1913 Dyott monoplane, Yakovlev AIR-4, and the Douglas DC-5. Others I have not put time to as of late are the Avro 641 Commodore (which is awaiting a mock up of the cowling and nose section), Bede BD-4, Cato Butterfly, Sikorsky S-16 and the Waco XJW. Others that have been started and set aside are the Neiuport N-17c triplane, Vickers Viking airliner, Piper PA-15 Vagabond, Kinner Airster (Amilia Earhart's little biplane), and a Fleet N2Y-1 biplane.

Lots of other things in life going on as well. My new daytime job seems to be going well, I guess I'll know for sure after my review is completed.


Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Sep 07, 2015 @ 10:53 PM | 3,518 Views
On Sunday the 6th of September my wife of 35 years (our anniversary being the that day) and I took a tour of the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River Oregon.

I have uploaded a few pictures in the "general aircraft / Scale drawings and three views" threads titled Piper J-5, HE-1 (later AE-1), (later PA-12 "Super Cruiser") and Waco UBF. The museum is a great place and I would encourage everyone if the opportunity is right to go there and look at all of the outstanding planes and cars there. Only one airplane in the Museum is not airworthy, meaning all of the rest are flown from time to time. While there, the staff was bringing the Rearwin Speedster back into the hanger after being defueled. Seems they do want fuel in the hanger with all of those beautiful planes and cars. while the hanger was open, I was allowed to go behind the ropes up close to the Waco UBF and take the up close pictures. Boy was that a treat.

I have been busy with new employment and rearranging the boxes and other junk in the hobby room, I hope to get back to the building soon.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Jun 12, 2015 @ 09:00 PM | 3,700 Views
Well everyone,

I just about have this little side project finished up see photos...

I have done a little bit of work on the Thulin "K" landing gear and a lot of pondering about what needs to be done on all of the partial builds I have going...

No real plan of attack at this point. But I'll try to keep the Thulin going.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:20 AM | 4,598 Views
Good Day All...

Well, the slow boat arrived the other day. I now have lots of covering material and several servo's to play with.

I tried out the doculam on a vertical fin (can't seem to think from which build thuough) So far I like the doculam. One does need to be accurate with the initial application of doculam on the subject due to not having a lot of shrinkage. So you must be fairly tight right from the start. I will do a test cover on a test frame so I can try painting on it now, before I get too far with covering something that needs to be painted.

I have continued some work on the Thulin "K" mainly for attachment of the landing gear and tail skid. I'd like to have the basics of the landing gear done to support the fuselage while I work on the radio and servo installations.

More again soon, hopefully with pictures this time around...

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Apr 08, 2015 @ 12:56 PM | 5,220 Views
Just a quick update.

I am still waiting for that slow boat (ship) from china to arrive with my new servo's. I don't want to remove the ones in my telemaster just to have to re-install them to fly it. I have several projects that I need to configure the servo's and linkages.

I should also be receiving a roll of doculam to do covering with soon too.

I suppose this means I need to finish some of the projects I've got going... Just for fun, here's the list...

Thulin "K" at approximately 1/9th scale
Auster MkIII at 1/9th Scale
Fokker F-VIIa at 1/16th Scale
Avro Anson at 1/12th Scale
Curtiss Osprey at 1/9th Scale

and for the smaller stuff...

Bowers Flybaby Biplane at 1/12th Scale
Stinson L-5 at 1/16th Scale

and a couple of outdoor free flight models.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Mar 08, 2015 @ 05:44 PM | 5,205 Views
Well everyone, back to the Thulin for a bit of work on the landing gear. In the photo's below I have completed the landing gear by adding the wire holder in the center position and drilled the appropriate holes on each side. I will use small rubber bands as the shock cords similar to the full sized Thulin. I have new servo's on the way so that I can begin setting the controls. next up for the Thulin will be the tail skid assemably and the beginning of the cowling.

Now where did I hide the wing rib templates for the Flybaby Biplane

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Feb 22, 2015 @ 06:50 PM | 6,134 Views

It's been a short while. Not to much going on, I've included a piture of the fuselage which is read for the turtle deck stringers. I need to begin cutting wing ribs, 53 of them to be more accurate... I will be using scale rib locations and I plan to install working (moveable) ailerons.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Feb 02, 2015 @ 11:39 AM | 5,207 Views
Had a busy weekend, worked on the Fly baby Biplane, finished the sheeting on the top and cut out the cockpit area. Spent some time on the Thulin K, and was the CD at our local indoor free flight contest too.

On the Thulin, I finished the sanding for the main landing gear struts and began to modify the cowling area and first fuselage former. I plan to make the cowling and battery/speed controller into an inserted style system so that access to the battery and speed controller will be much more functional.

I purchased some light ply to make the insert piece out of and will begin the conversion soon.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Jan 25, 2015 @ 09:08 PM | 5,519 Views
Well now, let's see...

I have been rather busy with that darn day to day stuff, work and all that. I have been taking a few minutes here and there and have the Fly Baby Biplane's fuselage framed up (see Pic). I have taken a few more minutes here and there to look for pictures of full sized color schemes (have not decided on one yet).

After finding the full sized Fly Baby web-site and the available biplane information, I have redrawn the wings to be more accurate. More on that after the fuselage and all of the wing ribs are prepared.

I have thought about my other builds a bit too. What stage they are at and where to continue with each one. I have also looked over my outdoor free flight fleet to determine what needs to be adjusted/fixed for the up-coming flying season...

More again soon,

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Jan 10, 2015 @ 06:50 PM | 5,401 Views
Good Day Everyone,

I have the rough sanding done on the landing gear struts for the Thunlin K. I tested some old Floquil wood stains to see if they would work for the bare wood on the Thulin, not sure yet if I will use them or not.

Stab and rudder completed for the Flybaby Biplane, and I have formed the bottom longeron for the fuselage work (See Picture).

I need to begin cutting wing ribs for the Auster. I have decided not to make operating flaps due to thickness of wing ribs being rather thin at trailing edge.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Dec 28, 2014 @ 11:00 PM | 5,372 Views
Mades some progress on the Fly Baby Biplane. Soaked and bend balsa for the ruddr, tail and wing tips. Note that on the wing tips the strips were curved to create the proper shape .

I have based this build on the plans by TJ Blackman shown here:

I rescaled the plans to achive a 22" span, or 1/12 scale model. I have also located information on the biplane wing construction for here:

Attached are pictures of the laminating process.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Dec 19, 2014 @ 09:17 PM | 5,170 Views
I have been shaping the landing gear struts. I need to add the bongie cord pegs then I will stain them and add a protective coating. Then I will need to solder on the axle wire. The 1/16" axle wire combine with elastic thread (bongies) should make the landing gear just about right for the projects weight of the finished plane.

I will be taking a little side trip soon and begin some work on a 22" biplane. I have not determined if it will be a "Little Toot" by George Meyer or a Bi-Baby by Pete Bowers.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Dec 08, 2014 @ 10:39 AM | 5,300 Views
Good day everyone...

Made some progress on the Thulin over the weekend. I was able to complete the wood work attachment for the landing gear. It is now ready for craving and finishing. Pics below.

I have been rather busy with daily life and little modeling has been done.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Nov 28, 2014 @ 10:14 PM | 5,533 Views
I hope everyone State-Side had a good Thanks Giving Day.

Had time to work on the landing gear for the Thulin. Pictures attached. I will add balsa to front and rear of the wire, then sandwich balsa on both sides and carve/sand to oval shape.

In third picture the inner "V" wire is too long and will need to be re-made.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Nov 17, 2014 @ 05:10 PM | 5,708 Views
Good Day Everyone...

I have attached some photo's of the elevator/rudder coupling for the Thulin KA. This would be my best guess how to make it work and resemble the look of the original aircraft not having any better photos or detailed sketches. I have yet to put control horn attaching points on yet.

I have created the "true" length of the landing gear struts, but have yet do design the final attachment to the fuselage and the axle hubs. I should have it shortly as well as the landing gear for the Auster.

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Nov 02, 2014 @ 08:30 PM | 6,694 Views
I've been able to get back to the building board. I have put some work into the Thulin, See pics below.

I stopped by the LHS to pick up some spring steel wire for the landing gear on the Auster.

That about sums it up for the time being...

Posted by GeorgeG97322 | Oct 25, 2014 @ 11:01 PM | 5,688 Views
Good Day Everyone,

I took some time to clean up the hobby room (well move stuff around). Then I printed the side templates for the Thulin and cut them out. This plane's fuselage will be built in the Peter Rake style... See Picture below...

I also took some time to contemplate how to set up a jig to allow me to solder brass tubes for the landing gear of the Auster. I came to the conclusion that I will need to have a good idea of how the wheel hub will be done too. So, back to the drawing board so to speak.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend...