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Posted by Braddock, VC | May 31, 2008 @ 10:25 AM | 2,560 Views
I ordered up a set of floats for the cardinal together with a fitting kit so I'll be able to fly off of wet grass, snow and water as well as dry land.
I still haven't fathomed out how to reduce the picture size so I can post pictures, when I do I'll flood the blog with them.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 31, 2008 @ 10:17 AM | 2,515 Views
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It flew, bit of a handful on take off as the engine is really too powerful for it and the reaction to torque and a slight crosswind was very interesting I almost ruined a perfectly good pair of jockeys!!!!!
Rolls were very barrelly, loops oval but the immelmanns were fantastic.
Not enough wind for the cardinal but I got my 1/5th scale piper cub up till the normally reliable saito deadsticked on me.
BTW the D7 took some hits on its last mission so I shall have to put some more workshop time in. I also got throuh about 2 litres of fuel.
See ya soon.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 30, 2008 @ 06:22 PM | 2,704 Views
Batteries charged, glodrivers charged, 2 gallons of fresh fuel boy, am I ready and it's my youngest son's birthday party barbecue this weekend on Sunday and two of the kids are swimming in the Dover v Calais festival of sport Saturday, I give up........
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 29, 2008 @ 01:15 PM | 2,367 Views
Even if I could've gone flying it rained, it's been raining quite hard for most of the time for the last 8 1/2 hours, I hope the floats for the cardinal are in stock I think I'll need them...
Nothing done in the workshop, I have a man cold, which as every decent citizen on earth knows makes it mega times worse than anything a woman can get
I think I'll go and try to work out how to resize my digital photos that I have so I can show them off on here
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 29, 2008 @ 01:33 AM | 2,485 Views
Looks like it's a lovely flying day today, unfortunately the gods are against me, it's halfterm holiday for my kids, the wife has to go for a check up at the quacks so I have to hold the fort as if there's one thing my kids hate it's model flying.
Never mind I'll get on with some make do and mend to wile away the time.
See yuz later.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 27, 2008 @ 03:30 PM | 3,089 Views
Got the engine ( an Irvine 61 Mk 1 )sussed in the cardinal, lovely tickover at 1700 revs/min top end very powerful with a graupner 12.5 x 6 grey on, hope to fly it Thursday.
The D7 is complete, ready to fly, really looking forward to this as it's one of my all time favourites.
As I'd run out of small make do and mends I set about my windy aint it, this needed significant downthrust incorporated which I've now done with some 2.5 mm alloy plate, I'm really looking forward to see how this performs now.
Next up for make do and mend is a great planes slopoke 40 artf, I'd taken the gear out to use in another plane and I'll put it all in as it was a fantastic flier, the spins really had to be seen to be believed.
I've got a yamada 45 2 stroke with a throttle pipe on, this is heavy enough to preclude nose weight, with an 11.5 x 4 W APC it really does the business.
I'll keep up to speed with the blog........
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 25, 2008 @ 02:33 AM | 2,536 Views
Pouring down with rain today, might clear up a bit later on. Sooooo whilst I've got nothing else to do I started to prepare the components to make the second cardinal, I have a new fuselage and need to repair some cracks in the tailplane and fin, normally I'd use zap but I bought a new solvent adhesive called "Plastic Weld", and all I have to do is use a small applicator, I'm using cotton buds, and it wicks into the crack sealing and sticking it in seconds.
It has several great advantages over zap, first up it doesn't give me blinding headaches, second it doesn''t run and streak on the surface, it has an unlimited shelf life ( I bought it over 2 years ago) and finally it's bloody dirt cheap compared to zap. Obviously it won't work on anything other than plastics but it's a great tool in my workshop.
Forgot to mention, it was blowing force 10 on the beaufort scale yesterday so no flying, and this is our summer
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 23, 2008 @ 12:57 PM | 2,524 Views
The d7 is ready all I have to do is check the top wing incidence and she's ready to go; it would have been done today but last night I went to the field to fly the cardinal but - don't ask me how I did it - I forgot to fit a receiver. Anyway the field needed mowing so that's what I did today mowed the strip after fixing the battery and several other bits, we really need a new mower or put the mowing out to contract.
Looks like tomorrow I'll get to fly the cardinal, with the D7 sometime next week.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 20, 2008 @ 01:57 PM | 2,173 Views
Finished all the constructional stuff with the D7, have to install the laser 80 back in the engine room then solartex the patches on the wings and fus, fuelproof them and then it's ready to fly, hopefully this coming weekend.
I've spent a bit of time on the cessna, the two fuselages are now one, engine and gear installed, just have to link up the rudder and engine and she's ready to rock & roll.
I'll post a new entry to let you know how she flies.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 20, 2008 @ 01:48 PM | 2,057 Views
The main problem with the flight of the plane was that I have rudder mixed with the aileron stick so I can input rudder on take off and landing and fly with the aileron stick in normal flight. (forgot to say it's rudder/elevator only)
Trouble was I only had 25% rudder mixed into the aileron stick.
It's back up to 100% and there are no problems, apart from having to put some down thrust in.
I started the final bit of construction of the Super Scorpion today, sanded all the wood before construction starts as it makes life a little easier than when it's all built, just the leading edge and trailing edge to finish at that time.
Really looking forward to getting this one together, reckon it'll look lovely floating around in the sunshine.
Forgot to apologise, I've been over to Calais, France; my kids were swimming in a Gala there, one other UK team, 2 french teams, two belgian and a dutch team too, great week had some really nice french beer and a few good meals plus the opportunity to socialise with some of the other parents.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 11, 2008 @ 02:52 AM | 2,374 Views
Finally got airborne yesterday, the os 26 fs is too powerful as it climbs to the point of embarrassment on full power even though 3 degrees of down thrust are built in. I'll add another 5 which should make it more manageable.
Rudder control is marginal on less than full power, so it obviously needs a bigger rudder.
I managed several loops couldn't barrel roll it and chickened out of trying a snap roll.
She looked lovely in the sunshine and each landing was back on the strip.
One extremely happy bunny overnight and today
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 09, 2008 @ 05:27 PM | 2,426 Views
This plane is a semi-scale model of the cessna, the wings are foam inserted into a blow moulded wing half, the fus is blow molded plastic with bulkheads that you have to either epoxy or ca in. The tail feathers are hollow blow moulded plastic and the u/c is nylon reinforced with glass.
It's 65" span and I have two.
ARC was an Italian company who have sold their business to Thunder Tiger so I guess you guys over in the US will be seeing them in about 4 months' time.
I have two of these cardinals and in my hands they lead a very hard life being ideal rough weather fliers, having a fairly high wing loading.
The first one (cardinal 1)was powered by a Thunder Tiger 61 GP, one day during a session the engine dead sticked and regrettably hit a fence post right on the point of the spinner punching the middle out of the firewall. I immediately bought another (cardinal 2) sold the TT 61 GP and powered the replacement with a saito 82 which was a match made in heaven. I managed to drop this one as I came out of the garage and whilst it was repairable I decided to buy a replacement fus. This will give me the opportunity to use some of the bits of the two duff fuselages to make one good one together with the one with the new fuse I'll power the latter with the saito and the former with an Irvine 61 2 stroke that I picked up for 10 ( about 19$).
The reason for the long preamble is that the fus of the one with the smashed firewall is the better of the two and I thought I'd try...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 09, 2008 @ 07:16 AM | 2,300 Views
Still haven't flown the windy ain't it, too windy again. Spent some time in my garage preparing to build my next model a 11/2 x "the Answer" the original, I believe, was designed by an American Gordon Scott Murray who flew in the RAF during WW2, dying over Malta in 1942 though I understand he won the victoria cross for his valour.
In the UK this model is called the "Super Scorpion" and mine needs the wing building and the gear fixing in it to make it airworthy, plus of course everything needs covering.
I have one roll of white micafilm left which will cover wings and tailplane and violet lightex for the fus.
I'll then spray the scalloping on the wings in the same shade of purple.
First I have to make a coupla decisions, I have several engines that'll do but am selecting from a short list of 2, a bnib os 26 fs or a slightly used os 40 fs, which was new in 1984.
After that I have to decide if I want the engine upright or inverted and finally do I want to build it with ailerons or not.
So I'll mull this over in the course of two or three days and start making the last few bits on monday.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 07, 2008 @ 08:33 AM | 2,322 Views
The D7 needs a bit more work than I thought, some of the longerons in the fus are damaged so I've been cutting them out and splicing new wood in.
All the broken bits are now made good and its replace the snake inners, fasten the engine in and then cover the umm bullet holes , One of the cabane struts looked a bit wafty so I'm making up a new one.
Once that's done she'll be ready to rock and roll.
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 07, 2008 @ 01:16 AM | 2,449 Views
Sounds like the lyrics of a Wilbury's song but it blew a gale in Dover last night and my intention to fly my ancient "windy ain't it" was aborted.
I had been looking forward to it as I'd made some mods since it last flew in 2004, bigger elevator changed from a 20 2 stroke to a 26 4 stroke.
So it's postponed til thursday.
So I started fettling my Flair Fokker D7, just a bit of crash damage, needs the cabane and interplane strut fixing points redoing, the job has been simplified by the fact that I have a spare kit upstairs in my loft and I could easily trace out new rib sections to replace the splintered bits - I also fished out some antique red solartex to do war repairs to the covering .
I recently acquired a wingless flair SE5a so while I was up there I bandsawed out 4 rib blanks and sanded them, they'll perform 2 functions one as a blank for the 40 ribs I'll have to make and once that's done they will fit in the wing structure as the hard points for the interplane strut fixing, a lesson learned from the D7 model, and a mod I'll incorporate in the other kit to be built next winter, they'll replace lite ply - BTW did I say I made them from 1/8" birch ply.
I also fetched out a pile of balsa and bass spars for the SE5a.
I should have the repairs to the D7 complete by the weekend and hope that she'll fly on Sunday. I powered her with a Laser 80 which, to be honest, is over the top as it'll knife edge up and down the strip a manoeuvre that I reckon Herman...Continue Reading
Posted by Braddock, VC | May 03, 2008 @ 02:35 AM | 3,062 Views
Hi out there, a little bit about myself so you know me, I'm 64 in august, and have had a varied career, initially as a ship's engineer becoming chief engineer and realising my life's ambition; thing is I was 27 at the time and decided to move on so I moved on and became an engineer superintendent then into property management decided commuting into london wasn't for me so I moved on to Dover in 1982 in 2002 I was diagnosed with cancer and, after major surgery, radiography etc. I'm still here!!!!!!! I got redundancy and retired in 2003 and have been happy ever since. In 2006 I used my savings and bought a Children's Nursery that my wife and I run as a hobby farm, great thing is that it has a huge loft where I can build and repair my models.

I think I've always been a vintage fan, my modelling ambition was to emulate the chairman of my first modelling club and build a keil kraft Falcon. His was powered by a frog 500 (really) and it needed a fair headwind and a long run to get airborne, I was the fetchermite for this model which absolutely dwarfed me. I can't remember what happened to the model but he sold me the Frog 500 for ten bob (50p or about 1 US $) and it still runs as noisily as ever.
I built my falcon in 2003 and powered it with a laser 70, it's still going strong, other vintage models I have include a Southerner Major, 84" span with a saito 62, Windy ain't it with an OS 26 SF, Black Magic with an OS 26 SF, KK Junior 60, another 26, the latest one is a super...Continue Reading