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Posted by deckert | Aug 15, 2010 @ 04:34 AM | 4,393 Views
Here's some shots of the birds that flew and some that just attended. I didn't state in my last post just how well Russian Thunder looked in the air. It's a really big bird compared to the rest of the fleet, the Stearman being the exception. I posted a couple of vids of the RT bird in the video section while it's on the ground. I dont have vids in the air because I lack a vid camera.

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Posted by deckert | Aug 15, 2010 @ 03:33 AM | 5,467 Views
Well today was a real kick! Jim Bourke brought the Russian Thunder Yak 54 to Pendleton, Ore. for the Beaver State Regional Championship (Northwest) IAC (International Aerobatic Club) meet. Since Pendleton is just a tad over an hour away, I had to make the trip & check this baby out, plus I was also hoping to meet the owner of this unusual bird. I got more then I was hoping for. I expected the meet to be crowded, limited access to the planes & pilots, money to get in etc. etc. just like some airshow events are. Wrong! Me & the wife strolled into the hanger and all the pilots were just putzin around. No gate, no money, nuthing. Just walk in, bs with the pilots and hit the flightline for some pictures. Sit in the shade, watch the pilots gear up and 50' from from the flightline.

I wasn't sure what to expect since I'd never attended one of these events. What I discovered were a bunch of pilots that are passionate about flying and are absolute down-to-earth people. I listened as different pilots gave advice to other pilots on the ins & outs of what needs to happen in performing different manuvers. Hey, just like like at our RC Flying clubs, people helping people. I had a few questions and different IAC pilots filled me in on the why's and what-for's.

But since I went down there to see the Yak and meet Jim, I was treated to some extra special time from him. For that, I want to give a big, "Thank you Jim!" He took me out to the bird and then asked...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Aug 08, 2010 @ 11:52 PM | 3,990 Views
Well, after more then a few 'mistakes', I had to retire my E-Flite Extra 260 today. I've piled this poor bird in way to many times and the front end was just a bunch of cobbled up sticks & pieces. I did recover the entire bird (the image here) after the 1st incident and have really enjoyed flying it over the past year. I drove the LG, cowl and motor mount back into the fuse about an inch and 1/2 on a pancake impact.

The bird was about 20% overpowered and I loved putting it up high and switch to 100% throws and just slam the sticks in every direction to watch it go nuts. I have no idea just why it never had a structural failure... It sure should of! I stripped it down and let a couple of the old timers at the club get some foot stomping in. It was sort of sad to see it go. I hot rodded it into the ground because I missed switching to get to low rates. BUT, I have a NIB E-Flite 260 in the closet and I see a future for all the components. I kept the wings and CF wing tube because they have nary a scratch. Probably just going to be more junk to store. I have way to many different wings coming out the door...Maybe I need to have a sale..

Dan
Posted by deckert | Aug 01, 2010 @ 01:48 AM | 4,192 Views
Another gift from the middle east. cyjon sent us a USPS box that the wife was sure contained, "more airplane parts". You've all seen that disgusted look from the wife. Low & behold it was a jewelery box with inlaid material in it that she, nor I, had no idea was coming. A gift from the heart of a soldier that will be foreever cherished. How can you beat that?

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 28, 2010 @ 11:37 PM | 4,039 Views
If I never build another plane from a die cut kit and build it using wood glue, I'll probably be pretty happy!

One of the older flyers @ the club gave me a NIB 10 year old GP Extra 300 kit to build for him. The only thing he wanted was that I build it with wood glue instead of CA. 5 things have now come back to mind since I started this build;
#1. I still hate die cut kits.
#2. I still hate building with wood glue.
#3. I still hate lousy plans.
#4. I still hate all the sanding.
#5. I still hate using a toothpick to apply the glue. (HINT)

For those of you that have never built a kit from plans or a die cut kit, (much less building with wood glue) you should build at least one in your lifetime just for the experience. Laser cut and CA has made me SO appreciative of todays kits, I'm almost ashamed and embarressed to admit I want everything done and I want it NOW!

I've totally forgotten just what it was like to wait for the darn glue to dry so I could move on to the next part. I've totally forgotten just how many times I had to turn the kit to get all the joints glued. I've totally forgotten just how much sanding I've had to to do to smooth everything out. These new ARF kits have just spoiled me to no ends, not to mention the new laser cutting and the use of of CA & 5 minute epoxy.

I remember just doing some small amounts of building and reviewing the plans/parts/pieces and looking forward to assembling the next few pieces. (Usually darn few) I actually looked forward to getting everything smoothed out and getting the pieces to fit live a glove. Ahh, the days of seeking perfection! Wood glue, sandpaper, a sharp knife, time and sore fingers.

I know those days are pretty much gone, and upon reflection, I can honestly say I don't really miss them. But this build for a friend and old time builder/flyer has sure brought back some memories that I'll cherish forever. I'd write a little more but I think I see some wood glue drying....

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 09, 2010 @ 10:11 PM | 3,656 Views
I just received a package today from Afghanistan. The package came from an RCG member who's stationed there. Got some Freedom Watch magazines that show/describe the good our troops are doing over there. The stuff we never hear about because the frigging US news? just reports the negative. I was amazed to say the least. The magazine photos/stories are a mix of heartfelt goodness and the conditions our troops are working in. The stories are from the troops in the field describing actual conditions, both good and bad. However, the focus is on the good that's taking place over there and where we're headed to be able to allow Afghanistan to self control thereby allowing our troops to come home. Also, over 300 images of goings on and reconstruction. I also got a couple of goodies that will be forever cherished. Not for their value but because they came from the heart of a GI I'll probably never meet nor truly know. I thank each and every service man and woman everyday for their sacrifices in protecting our country and freedoms. I wish I could say the same about our president and legislative bodies.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 04, 2010 @ 12:08 AM | 3,956 Views
I don't know what else to say. I finally got my Lee Ulinger PocketKnife Bipe finished. I used a Motrolfly DM-2215-1150/FM-30a ESC/MaxAmps 2200 lipo/10x4.7APC instead of the Hacker 20-20L recommended gear. This thing just ROCKS! Aileron rolls are just crazy. Inside/outside loops are insane. I'm pulling 300~350 watts on this setup. Knife edges need about nothing for rudder input because there's so much area on the fuselage. I didn't dial any expo into this and am running at 100% throws. I also fly Lees' SF-1 with the Hacker 20-20L but the Motrolfly setup is just outstanding compared to the Hacker setup. The maiden was in 10~15 mph winds. I did add a Dubro micro tail wheel so I wouldn't be scrubbing the rudder and changed all the servo rods over to CF with adjustable ends. UNK all up weight but I'm going to LOVE flying this bird. I like it so much I'm going to give the SF-1 away to a new beginner flyer here in town.

There are 1.5 shortcomings as I see it. One being the ability to align the wheels to the plane to taxi in a straight line. It's kind of a guesstimate adventure. In all fairness, I'm pretty sure Lee didn't build this wonderful bird for taxing down any amount of runway. But it's sure nice to have the ability if you need it. The 2nd being I feel as though there needs to be a 45 degree stiffing block/plate on the bottom side behind the motor mount to tie the motor mount back to the fuselage. But my feelings are only subjective. The bird sells for $85.00 & that...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Jun 22, 2010 @ 11:47 AM | 3,532 Views
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Posted by deckert | Apr 28, 2010 @ 09:27 PM | 3,960 Views
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Posted by deckert | Apr 23, 2010 @ 10:41 PM | 3,870 Views
Here's the FINAL print.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Feb 05, 2010 @ 08:09 PM | 4,312 Views
I wanna fly these! 2 of many from our local 2009 car show fund raiser for youth groups.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jan 08, 2010 @ 11:53 PM | 4,246 Views
I've put this build off for 14 months. The boss said no more planes till I build what I already have. So... It's done!

I dumped the Power 46 and swapped it over to a GR 45 from http://www.reaperbrushless.com/ on Scotts recomendation. A little confab with MaxAmps http://www.maxamps.com/categories.php?cat=8 for a pack and we came up with a 14.4/4s/2p/4400mah brick pack. All dragging thru a Motrolfly ESC & UBEC(set to 6v) from Ken at http://www.subsonicplanes.com/. Futaba 3003 thruout and reframed to use dual servos (1 for each elevator half) and converted to a pull-pull rudder. No regrets to-date except for the motor conversion. I finally wound up buying a Great Planes medium size motor mount to get the GR in. Spektrum AR 7000 rcvr.

I have yet to maiden the bird but I finally got some power tests done tonight. The bird is drawing 56 amp/880 watts on a 13 x 6.5 APC. 60 amp/925 watts on a 13 x 8 APC and 60 amp/900 watts on a 13 x 8 wood prop. I would have tested with a 14" but the LHS was lacking anything in that size. I do believe this bird will fly. Now all I need is some decent weather and to get rid of the 'new bird' jitters. Yea baby! I think I'd better get some air time with my TC 450 and my Pilot 1 Stinson again so I don't wind up ground looping this bird. I've about forgotten how to treat a bird like this on take-off.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jan 04, 2010 @ 10:40 PM | 4,407 Views
I ordered 8ea. 10 x 32 x 3.25" stainless allenhead bolts at a cost of $41.00 from http://www.mmsacc-stainless.com in Rydal, Georgia. (800-441-9451) 2 phone calls and 3 e-mails to the vendor with no answers or response in 9 days. Unknown if the order is shipped or ?? Calls were during business hours. I'm beginning to suspect fraud or just plain theft. Complaint is now lodged with the Atlanta BBB and PayPal. I just need my money back but I'd advise anyone considering this business to be wary. The sad part being it took me 8 hours to find a vendor that has this length of bolt in a 10 x 32 with an allenhead.

Nothing else would work is why the order. It's not the money as much as it's the failure to reply. Good communication from seller to buyer or vice versa is a must!

Dan

The Vendor repaid my PP account ASAP the by the next morning. Strange how fast they repaid the account but wouldn't respond to 3 e-mails and 2 calls. Go figure.
Posted by deckert | Dec 22, 2009 @ 12:38 AM | 4,405 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 @ 09:08 PM | 4,144 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 @ 03:12 AM | 4,336 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 @ 12:52 AM | 4,042 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 @ 01:05 AM | 4,760 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!