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Archive for November, 2008
Posted by deckert | Nov 29, 2008 @ 08:36 PM | 2,931 Views
After the work this morning to get my Cessna into cad for cutting, I decided what to do with my TaylorCraft seats and panel. You know, those little junky looking things that come with the E-Flite Kit. Lord knows I've walked by this plane 10~15 times a day & just haven't made any progress on it in over 3 months. Anyway, here's some pics of where the interior is headed. I glued 2 pcs. 3/8" x 3/4" long balsa under the seats (but stopped it short of going all the way to the back) and a piece across the back. This way I could make a photo print, glue it to some heavy stock and then glue that onto the seat back. Not GREAT but better then it was. IMHO anyway. It's not going to win any contests but... Not done either!

FWIW, I quit buying ARF kits because of the 65% increased costs.(Not all, just the ones I really like ) I'll eventually finish the 2.5 I have stocked away but.. 2 E-Flite TaylorCraft 450's and a Hanger 9 J3 Cub/96" WS. Now if I could get my hands on some of those ARF plans...sigh! Oh well, Pat, Wendall & others are, thankfully, still out there. In fact it's Wendalls Cessna 150F I'm transfering into AutoCad. I may be old & slow but I guarantee you I'll get older & slower. Happy building all.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 27, 2008 @ 08:11 PM | 3,129 Views
Got the new gear made. Same height but narrower by a couple of inches which 'doesn't lend itself well to this plane. But not as bad as I thought it would be. Needs some trimming out but flies as good as it did before the gear failed and ripped the nose apart. Took my two nieces out for the new maiden. One 8 & the other 15. They both got a kick out of it. Oldest one took some pics/video and managed to produce @ least 1 photo of me in a natural state Smart-Alec kids. Also added a pic of the Canadian SnowBirds in formation.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 25, 2008 @ 11:21 PM | 2,725 Views
Well after more then a few days, I finally got the horizontal & vertical stabilizers ribs with the elevator and rudder ribs into Autocad for my Cessna. Next up will be the wings and ailerons. Thank heavens for osnap, ctl-c & ctl-v.

Lordy I'm slow, but college and getting my crashed Cap232 back together..well! Only thing left for the cap is to make some new aluminum LG & I'll have that done tomorrow. Then off to the races again.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 23, 2008 @ 09:35 PM | 2,655 Views
I bought an E-Flite cap 232 just for flyin around short areas. Just trying to stay tuned up and not having to drive to the local field about 8 miles out.

Big wing, slow flyer blah blah. Have about 20 10~15 minute flights on it. But the LG folded up on it yesterday. Had 'some' power on during the landing and the prop hit when the right side LG failed (it snapped of at the fuse-metal fatigue). The motor speed ripped the whole motor spar out of the fuselage. The prop not only split across it but split along the length of it. Time aside, repair is about 5 bucks in parts. I guess new LG is in order. This bird is butt ugly and I swore to high heaven I'd never own one but I'm kinda getting a kick out of it. Go figure!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 21, 2008 @ 11:48 PM | 2,693 Views
3 times to cover a wing on the topside and everytime was a failure Bottom side was glass but the top just killed me. Warped everything and now have to rewater to remove the balsa warp and start again from new. don't even ask or suggest. I'm just really po'd @ this juncture. Sometimes s*** happens and it sure happened tonight.

On the plus side, I 'hit' (again) a light pole tonite with my bird and had no damage to the bird. A big thunk noise but the light pole was still standing so I loaded up and left.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 18, 2008 @ 10:32 PM | 2,483 Views
I'm a dreamer!
It 'looks' as though TP may replace my cable. I't's not the money, it's the product & the willingness of a company to stand behind their product!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 15, 2008 @ 07:02 PM | 3,158 Views
Well, I've just had enough of the ARF prices, so, back to building. It's only 20 or 30 years since I last did this. But now they have laser cutters, computers, easier coverings and better glues! Almost bought a short kit but decided aw what the heck. So here goes my build for a Cessna 150F model on electric.

Moving real slow but...I purchased these plans from a vendor. Fortunately or unfortunately they're a reduced size set from 120" WS to a 40" WS and hard to read. Putting everything into AutoCad so I can send the dwgs. off to get laser cut. Especially the way I shake sometimes, not to mention failing eyesight, hearing, misc. body parts, etc.

Have the elevator & horizontal stabilizer ribs into cad. A lot of measuring 2 or 3 times and then drawing. It looks goofy in the image but is very readable/cutable in AutoCad. Got the skinny on what's needed from the laser cutter so these parts are good to go. Probably move to the vertical stabilizer next. Everything has an airfoil profile. No tabs included on these parts. Had to make changes from the original plans though, and this will probably follow through for the rest of the plane as well. The 1/4" spar (from the plans) that runs the width of the tail is too big by the time you get to the outer ribs. Plus the plans called for the entire plane to be covered in balsa. I don't think that's going to work on this bird because of weight. Ever onward I guess.


Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 05, 2008 @ 02:58 AM | 2,429 Views
An H-9 Power 46+ Cub kit for $225 PLUS 8% TAX ISN'T A BAD DEAL. I can see some detailing ahead