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Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 14, 2015 @ 09:55 PM | 1,424 Views
This is about as close as we could get....
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 09, 2015 @ 02:26 PM | 1,600 Views
As expected, formation flying is difficult and we proved that! Still was a lot of fun. The glow pilot kept flying too fast and at first I could keep up with him, but soon fell behind!

Gotta love this bird - good flying - either glow or E; she's a keeper!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jul 07, 2015 @ 12:03 AM | 2,051 Views
Finished the electric powered Tiger Moth Sunday, was supposed to fly it today but got rained out Maybe tomorrow!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 30, 2015 @ 08:31 PM | 1,691 Views
Been assembling two Phoenix Model's Tiger Moth - we have a very old version flying at our field - same dimensions, but fabric covered so we know that plane isn't a Phoenix Model. It is flying with a 4-stoker (can't remember the size) so Ron decided to order a box damaged Tiger Moth from Tower - and then I thought it would be nice to Review one for RCGroups!

To make a long story short....I build Ron's and am working on mine...his will be powered by OS 55 and mine will be Electric....this is going to be fun!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Jun 14, 2015 @ 04:02 PM | 1,812 Views
Been away for about a week on a cruise to Alaska - a gift from my son! I will not bore you with the hundreds of pictures I took - man that is some beautiful country!!! But I will share some pics I took of aircraft that I saw there...that's sort-of model aviation related right?
Posted by tailskid2 | May 29, 2015 @ 07:31 PM | 2,163 Views
A young man brought a fuse to the field and said it was a Decathlon (which is was) BUT it was painted yellow and had a black stripe along the sides....hummmmm.

Anyway, he wanted to put an Irvine 61 on it and didn't know how, but asked if I would mount it - so I said I would. He also gave me a large piece of aircraft plywood and motor that is what I did ...
Posted by tailskid2 | May 20, 2015 @ 05:51 PM | 2,500 Views
Had a greaaaaat day at the field this morning....used my three 5000mAh 5 cell batteries for three flights. Had a bunch of touch and goes, fly-bys and a few 'normal' aerobatics. The only trouble was in the landing gear department - one wheel would point outward after a landing and if it was a touch and go, no problem, but if the speed slowed enough, that wing would drop and try to do a ground loop!

I even re-adjusted them with toe-in and before I knew it the plane needed full right rudder to taxi straight! Other than that - this one's a keeper!
Posted by tailskid2 | May 16, 2015 @ 06:58 PM | 2,642 Views
Still waiting on the retract idle hands are a scale buff's torture, so I played a bit with a tail hook and a bomb (that came from my Zero)....I know it is a bit too big, but heck at 100' it looks sort-of scale

I think those LG covers have to go - first of all they sit too high off the wing and second, they only go down to the actual wheel on the full size.
Posted by tailskid2 | May 14, 2015 @ 04:49 PM | 10,979 Views
Just had to add some details....but now waiting on retract servo to arrive.
Posted by tailskid2 | May 09, 2015 @ 04:58 PM | 2,215 Views
Working on a Dauntless - gee, this kit seems to have it all together - parts even fit I think I will 'add' some scale details just for the fun of it while I wait on a retract servo. Humm, I wonder if the bomb from the FlyZone Zero will fit along the bottom of this bird? Worth looking into!
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 25, 2015 @ 07:06 PM | 2,802 Views
Fixed the landing gear and was ready to take to the field yesterday...discovered the battery was where to order a 1200* mAh Nicad battery....??????

Notice how after the last landing the LG appears to be attempting to 'retract' Well they are straight now...but I'm going to fly this bird again without the cowl OR the landing gear 'spats' until I'm certain I can handle the bird on the ground .

The thing flies like a trainer - once you get it off the ground - and lands so nice and slow - then bounces a lot on touchdown
Posted by tailskid2 | Apr 13, 2015 @ 05:35 PM | 2,951 Views
Finally a test flight or two today....everything "mostly" went well....first flight, pilot's window came off; Second flight the tailwheel fell off the CF arm; had to retighten the motor mounts from the inside, and the third flight the passenger's door BROKE!

Other than that, the owner is very happy with the way it flew....pulled out of a hover at 1/2 throttle, flaps were very effective and this puppy doesn't like to stall!
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 29, 2015 @ 11:26 PM | 2,919 Views
Well it was out the door today....I hope the owner likes what I did...had to add a few touches here and there....for example, the cowl openings had to be closed and the full scale location of the grill had to be opened. Engine gets a blast right away and the exit air should flow over the muffler....which brings up another problem - you can't take off/put on the cowl with the muffler extensions on!

So poor Luis will have to mount the cowl and then secure the muffler extensions. Hope he doesn't have to remove the cowl too many times.

The owner wanted to use Xion Wing Lock System for the wing attachment method and that went on without any bumps in the road ( The kit has a working door on the right side and the pilot's window on the left opens so access to the wing attachment should not be a problem.

I would advise the next person to assemble this plane to install the functioning door LAST as you will be working in that area a lot installing the radio.

I forgot to weigh the plane! DAAAAAAAAAAA....oh well here are the final pics:
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 24, 2015 @ 07:35 PM | 3,125 Views
Got around to test fitting the wing panels on.....nice fit! They even trim a bit off the root rib to make some room for the windshield. Then back to the tail and the first complaint about the clevis' supplied....they 'snap' into position but are still open pretty wide and I don't like that at all, so I'll be replacing all the tail wires AGAIN
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 23, 2015 @ 09:50 PM | 3,167 Views
After putting in some servos (ailerons need an extension!) I had a difficult finding all the 'holes' for the machine screws (for struts) in the wing (and believe me that was time consuming), the landing gear was mounted and the axles installed - no wheels at this time and that was good because it surely roll off the table if they were on! I tested the wheels and they needed some reaming out as the axles were slightly out of round.

Then came the tail wheel. and that was easily mounted. The whole assembly is carbon fiber and I liked the manner in which the actual wheel was secured.

Next was the horizontal stabilizer - used 30-minute epoxy after cutting off the covering. Still feel like a little triangle stock on the underside wouldn't hurt, so some was added.

Control horns for each half of the elevator assembled easily as was the rudder. The pin hinges were epoxied into the stab and the next day the elevators were glued. By using a lot of Vaseline on the joint, no binding accrued.
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 22, 2015 @ 08:35 PM | 2,630 Views
Well, I took all the major parts out of their respective plastic bags and gee, they sure do look wrinkles, parts fit, rudder/elevator hinged but not glued, flaps and ailerons already hinged.

Fuselage has door that can be (and should be) opened, and on the other side, a window that opens! Cool huh?

First step to cut away all the covering for the servos, strut hard points, etc. Big problem with the instructions - they don't give you any! BUT their manual is available for downloading and/or printing (they are in color and there are 69 pages so be warned). I downloaded them and the individual who's plane this really is had the manual printed at work. I like a paper manual because then I can write on them and keep tract of my errors (OPPS, did I do THAT????)

Anyway the location of the hard points for the wing struts is difficult to find and the instructions deal with the Decathlon and has blue stripes on the bottom and does not have flaps....the 25% has wider RED stripes and has flaps; so the pictures were useless.

But with time, a heat gun and a "T" pin, I eventually found all the holes...they are 6-32 blind nuts under that OraCovering
Posted by tailskid2 | Mar 21, 2015 @ 06:59 PM | 2,926 Views
This kit is way too 'spendy' for me, but a friend wanted to know if I would assemble one if he bought it - so naturally I said 'Of Course!' I have given myself about a week and a half to bring this bird to flying status - providing all the other parts were here in time....and most were, so here we go....
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 12, 2014 @ 06:02 PM | 4,484 Views
Talk about being busy....this fall I finished up a 30cc Sbach; Electric pattern bird Apollo; a ST Acrobat 3D (electric); Vista BL powered glider and a FliteWorks PT-17 Stearman "Red Bull".....guess that makes me 'busy' a bit eh?
Posted by tailskid2 | Dec 04, 2014 @ 05:51 PM | 3,447 Views
This time of the year things can get quite interesting what with all the Christmas holidays and such...and I'm glad to report I'm not doing much EXCEPT building, fixing and flying airplanes. Now that is the best Christmas Present I could give myself - and the wife agrees with me.

So step back from your 'busy, busy, busy' lifestyle and enjoy your hobby!!!!
Posted by tailskid2 | Oct 27, 2014 @ 04:03 PM | 4,130 Views
Tried some more flights with that new prop today (18 - 6/10). Man that thing can really move out! Tried some rolls at low rates - well let's just say they were fast - and did not require any elevator/rudder movement to keep a straight line....then switched to 3D (or high) rates - can't believe how fast that plane rolled!!!! Then quickly switched back to low rates - at high speeds that high rate can get you into trouble faster than it rolls.

Moved the flight battery (6.0V Nicad) backward to just before the wing rod. CG did shift a bit and made the plane fly so much easier for those 3D maneuvers. Still need to reach the maximum throw for the elevators - so a friend loaned me some longer HiTec servo indicates 45 degree up/down on high rates; right now about 30-35 on high rates. So some fiddling around tonight......