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Posted by deckert | Dec 22, 2009 @ 01:38 AM | 4,500 Views
Jeez, you'd think I'd be smart enough to not create problems on an ARF build but..noo! The wife said I had to build one of the closet queens before I bought another bird or a divorce was pending so what to do. I looked up some lawyers in the phone book but then had second thoughts. So I decided on the H9 Power 46 Cub. I had all the gear but had stripped/sold the Power 46 out because I'm not a big fan of these E-Flite motors because of their tolerances and soft motor shafts. I replaced it with a GR-45 from http://www.reaperbrushless.com/ for some more umph.

1st thing being, the 46 mounts don't work on any aspect. 2nd thing being, the stand-offs are to short. Grrr! Aw well, I need to move on. This bird needs a pull-pull rudder, yep, more problems. Well, as long as I'm doing that, why not dump that darn single stick for the elevators and split rods? I just have to make more problems. OK, going for dual elevator servos and a pull-pull rudder. BUT, and a lot of BUT, I have to cut out the film for access to do what I need. Well, as long as I cut out the openings in the film, just make some screw-in covers for future access as well.

I just never learn. It's no wonder a stupid ARF kit goes into a 40 or 50 hour job for me. But it's going to be very sweet when I'm done. Either that or
a pile of stuff for a Glad Bag.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 15, 2009 @ 10:08 PM | 4,258 Views
Jeez, you'd think enough is enough but.. The Webmaster for our club wanted pics of the Chipmunk I completed for our club raffle. No problem, just bolt the wings on and snap some pics', but Nooo! it wasn't going to be that simple. Installing the 2nd wing bolt twisted the blind nut out of the framing. Great! A 30 mile round trip to buy a real set set of wing bolts. I replaced the 4mm steel bolts with some standard 1/4 x 20 nylons. Better deal anyway but it's just another darn pain in the rear for this bird in the build and another day the darn thing is in the house. Sure glad I never kept a running total $ of the misc. items, or I'd probably be real irritated. Nonetheless, the bird is now out of here & hanging in the LHS as of today! I may have to re-think about buying any tickets for this stinker given the little things that bit me in the rear-end for this build. Irrespective of the pains and $ incurred, it turned out great. The pics' kinda stink because I was gettin short on temperament and patience. None-the-less, it's going to be a beauty in someones stable. Now if I could figure out a way to provide raffle tickets here at RCG..with shipping $ on the winner...

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 14, 2009 @ 04:12 AM | 4,424 Views
Well I finally got the Chipmunk done today except for 1 item, the darn throttle linkage. Nuthin the LHS can't help with supplying tho. Supplied linkage was just 1" to short, DANG!
I had to take the frame and cowl up to an old timers house and get some advice on how in the h^&* am I going to get this motor into this cowl. A 30 second explanation from him just laid it out. Ya gotta love experience. His way worked out perfect. I couldn't see the forest for the trees.

The raffle is now on, YAHOO! Now onto building the Extra 300 from a pile of sticks. I only have 25 days to get it done before college restarts.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 13, 2009 @ 01:52 AM | 4,122 Views
For an ARF kit, this thing has been a pain. It's an out of production Chipmunk from World Models with mechanical retracts. One of the guys at the club donated it and I, stupidly enough, offered to build it. I figured what the heck, I've never built a gasser before, how hard can it be? As I do all electric, I found out getting the motor in and making the cowl cutouts is taking me as much time as it does to throw an electric ARF kit together, and I'm still not done. Thank God for the old timers in the club to give me advice on some steps needed to get this done and supply some materials here and there. I spent 4 hours on the cowl today just getting the layout, unfortunately, it won't slide on because of the head height and the prop shaft length. I guess another trip is order for more advice. As Rosanna Rosanna Rodana from the old SNL used to say, "If it ain't this, it's that, if it's not one thing it's another." Truer words were never spoken, at least concerning this build.

On the plus side, I'm just building it to raffle off to raise funds for the club. My LHS offered to let me hang it up in the store so we can sell tickets for it. It's a beauty. It's got a 64" WS and will weigh in around 7~7.5 lbs powered with a 65 Magnum, Futaba 3004 servos thru-out and a JR88 retract servo. It'll just be an add your battery and rcvr. trim it with your tx and go fly. Maybe I'll finally win a gasser from the club, I've lost out on the last 4. You know I'm going to buy some tickets, again.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 09, 2009 @ 02:05 AM | 4,850 Views
Sometimes ya just have to bail into the old "what if" department. I decided to do so on my Hyperion 10 Cessna. I stalled her out a couple of months ago due to stupidity. So after extensive repairs, and I do mean extensive, I decided more power was needed just for the heck of it. I'm going for the, "fly it like I don't own it" aspect. I cut the nose off and installed a firewall/motormount. I decided on a MotrolFly DM 2210/2200kva motor pulling a 7 x 5 APC prop. In all fairness, Ken (http://www.subsonicplanes.com/) told me not to use this motor, however, stupidity reared its' ugly head and said 'aw what the heck, go for it.' Holy criminy, the run up was over 30 amps and I was so scared I forgot to check the watts but I do remember it was over 250. Well, all the sanding and repairs left her pretty ugly but so what. It's as is until I know what's going to happen in the air, or ground as may be. With all due respect to Hyperion, the knotheads 'should' have built this bird (IMHO) along this method albeit maybe not with this set-up. Hopefully this Sat. I can get her into the air. It's colder then a well diggers belt buckle here. 0 degrees in the morning warming up to 14 degrees at noon. My old age doesn't work like that. A warm bed, wife, breaksfast and hot coffee hold me back.

Dan

There's been a real vicious upswing into the foamy building in the past year. I know it's cheaper and faster but please people, don't forget, there's still as much fun as taking a box of sticks and getting it to fly as there is in foam. There's also a LOT more satisfaction!
Posted by deckert | Dec 06, 2009 @ 10:42 PM | 3,834 Views
I found out last week my 25e Hyperion Cap 232 is an excellent choice for finding trees. Unfortunately, I also discovered (newly for me) trees are an excellent choice for eating planes. I have an addiction to light poles! Having read about such experiences, as others have so eloquently expounded on, I never feared because just how darn hard is it to miss a tree for heavens sake? C'mon, they're really really big and green for heavens sake. Well apparently, not that hard when old age and depth perception come into play. All in all tho, a 30 minute fix and didn't even hurt the covering. How the damage came out minimal and the bird fell 30' through I don't know how many branches is totally beyond me. I'm gonna write this one off to great piloting skills.

On the other side of things, I pretty much hammered my Hyperion 10e Cessna awhile back. That was due to poor piloting skills. But, I've cut the nose off, built a firewall into it and bought a new motor with more power for it. The vendor told me I was nuts to put this motor into it, (Motrolfly DM2210/2200kv) but I figured what the heck. I've had more then my share of making poor decisions over the years. It's almost done and really really ugly with all the sanding. It's either going to be a real honker or a real spectacular crash. Either way, I'm gonna slice some air. Sometimes ya just gotta play stupid & dumb. You know, the old, "here hold my beer and watch THIS." scenario!

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Posted by deckert | Dec 02, 2009 @ 09:30 PM | 3,446 Views
No you tube videos under windows vista 64 bit os. Adobe flash player (64 bit) install failed 5 times. IE8 (32 bit) locks up continually and refuses to terminate. IE8 (64 bit) locks up but will terminate for the most part. Firefox refuses to terminate when closed. Sure glad I went to a 64 bit os...

Dan