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Posted by deckert | Apr 11, 2009 @ 11:56 PM | 3,180 Views
Well that's sorta how I felt today after our funfly @ the club. We had a decent turnout for a short notice. Breakfast and lunch of course. The bs fills you up kinda quick, but like chinese food, you're hungry again after 10 or 15 minutes so go get some more bs. Anyway, the RHSC aspect kicked in because I had the only electrics out there. That wouldn't be so bad but the darn wind was WAY past anything I consider safe enough to fly in for my sorry old rear end. Yea, I could have got them in the air, and I could have flown them, but the getting back down in the same condition they went up in sorta grabbed me. And watching 33% gassers doing all sorts of tricks gave me some satisfaction. All in all a darn nice day with great food and good company.

Next up is the Big Bird Fly-in @ Zillah, Wa. on April 24th~26th. Unfortunately for me, sorta, is I have to work the 4th annual Benton City Spring Opener Car & Bike show on the 25th since I'm the President this year. It's a non-profit fund raiser for youth groups in Benton City, Wa. http://www.bcspringopener.com/ Irrespective of the car show, I'm really hoping I can get to Zillah on Friday or Sunday because it's one heck of an event. Great food, people and planes. Hope I see some of you there

Dan
Posted by deckert | Apr 05, 2009 @ 11:03 PM | 3,263 Views
The + being my TC450 went up & down in the way it was launched, that being it's all together as it should be. The sorta bad side is I was running at 80~100% throttle to keep it airborn. I put 700ma back into the pack(TP2170) for a 3~4 minute flight. It acted like there was was no reserve to push my 450 motor. The whole deal scared me. I'm beginning to think I may have to get rid of this EF 450 motor. It seems to be chattering/resonating the whole airframe. And no, the shaft isn't indicating as bent.

Now the =, I couldn't get my Hyperion Cap 232 to talk to the tx. We spent the better part of an hour to get the Tx-Rx talking to no avail. The irony being I brought it home and everything worked in the < 3minutes. Jeez!

The - being I tried to maiden my DR VII. I just got the tail up and the wind caught it and flipped it onto its back. No broken prop-gear or anything visible. Didn't even scrape the covering. But the motor was jammed up some how. Expletives here because this is going to be a real to get out and see what's wrong with the motor. I used a Motrolfly motor instead of Rimfire. Sorry here, but I like the Motrolflys a WHOLE lot better then anything else. More power, less weight, less expensive and better quality then comparable motors. All in all a good day as nothing requires balsa rework or recovering but a darn sad day for flying.

Now the really bad part..Spring College classes start tomorrow @ 7:30AM. Get the coffee going.....LMAO

Dan
Posted by deckert | Apr 04, 2009 @ 07:47 PM | 3,046 Views
A little breezy for my tastes but sure better then the past weeks of 15+mph winds and rain. I finally got my replacement Taylorcraft & my rebuilt Extra 260 maidened. The TC flew hands off @ 1/2 throttle but the Extra is a handful. I need to detune those sticks or put some dual rate in it. I almost dummied up the TC when I sent it vertical & powered out. I was a couple of mistakes high so had time to catch it. Whew! The little Cessna 182 chugged right along as usual. All in all a very nice day. Ah, but there's tommorrow I hope.

Next weekend, the 11th, we'll be hosting a funfly @ Higgins Field in Benton City, Wa. Bring your planes and helis.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Mar 24, 2009 @ 03:16 PM | 2,874 Views
Well I've finished the covering. Only 1 snafu but..that's the way it goes I guess. Still trying to finish the LG, wheel pants and cowl. Pearl White & Pearl Purple everywhere. Maybe in a week, I'll have it all together if I'm lucky.
Although I put a scorpion on the wings & tail, there are no Scorpion products onboard. The emblems are self adhesive printed on clear. $5.00/pr. Just Motrolfly/MaxAmps/Spektrum & HS65's on board.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Mar 20, 2009 @ 11:54 PM | 2,845 Views
Well I plunked my bird into the AC a month or so ago. Got a full on shot of the sun into the ol eyes and could only see black spots & heard the "Thud". Yep, I went stupid!

In spite of the nose, LG, LG framing, fuselage & R wing getting hammered, She's back together and gettin recovered. I'm feeling like the wife in a dress shop, which way do I go? This or that or this & that blah blah... So it's going back together as my mood takes me for the covering. The only thing I DO know is it's gonna be Pearl White & Pearl Purple in some convoluted scheme.

This Pearl covering is a REAL bear. Clean iron and sock, or heat gun, still scuffs the underside of the finish. I don't know how to stop that but I'll sure appreciate those other flyers that cover in this film and don't leave the traces I'm seeing on my bird. It's not like it's real bad but it could sure be better. It looks as though the metallic coat is scraping off the underside upon shrinking. The purple isn't as revealing as the white is. Non-the-less, college finals are next week & then I have a week off so maybe I can get this finished up & back in the air. Temps today finally hit for flying but the stinking winds were pushing 20~25mph.. Image isn't great but it's an indicator of the direction I'm headed.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Mar 01, 2009 @ 01:35 AM | 2,743 Views
Well this almost sorta basically has nothing to do with RC but kinda does or could. We're hosting our 4th annual Car & Bike Show in Benton City, Wa. again. But, we could really use/need some RC'ers in the form of cars, trucks, planes & helis to attend the show to put on a display or two during the show. There's no fees attached if you contact me. The event is a one day event being held on April 25th (Sat.) this year @ our local School grounds and supported by the school. (As well as others) We have a lot of grass and plenty of asphalt for displays/activities. The whole event is non-profit and all funds raised are returned to our community youth groups that apply for the funds raised. If you'd like to be a part of this, please contact me via deckert (at) owt.com or call me @ 509-588-88 4 2. We had around 140 cars last year and over 800 at the gates. We're expecting this year to be bigger. I'd really like to see some RC'rs step up here to help promote RC in any manner.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Feb 07, 2009 @ 08:41 PM | 4,149 Views
Ironic how views change over time with respect to something we bought.
I bought this plane, almost a year ago, after looking @ umpteen versions of it. There's some info about it here... http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618702 including my own negative comments about some aspects of the build and validated by all who built this plane.

However, in lieu of what's written by all on this bird, I'm discovering I actually enjoy flying this plane. I really like seeing it taxing down the RW and lifting off. Very easy ground control as long as you don't hammer the throttle. I haven't done the yank-n-bank on it but it's pretty much hands off the rudder for turns. Loops are big and easy. Aileron rolls are 4 or 5 mistakes high tho. My roll rate seems WAY to slow, but upon reflection, maybe it's the character of the bird. 1/2 throttle & it just cruises nicely. I'm running the Hyperion Z2213-20 in it with an EVO 2170/25c behind a 9x6 prop. It's still a little tail heavy tho. Part of that problem is the battery as it's too long and is pushing towards my CG, but, I had the batteries so in they went.

Landings are really sweet as long as you maintain some speed. You really need to fly it down and just reduce throttle on flare and let it set down. Roll outs are a little long but...your landing speed is up there so that's what you get. I've only flown this bird about 6 or 7 times now. But the more I fly it, the more I like it, espcially in a low flyby. Sure is pretty and it sounds nice going by. BTW:I'm flying off asphalt @ our field.

There's a lot of things Hyperion could have done to make this a better plane, and I wish they would have. (or would still do) 98% of which is in the front end design. Irrespective of that, I'll try to keep the wheels down & enjoy it.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Feb 01, 2009 @ 09:45 PM | 2,868 Views
Ya gotta have at least one. Just something you can take out to fly no matter the weather or your capabilities. Mine has centered punched the terra firma 3 times now. Unfortunately all 3 times were due to dumb thumbs. But better the junker then the other birds. A $70 balsa plane loss is sure better then a $$$ balsa loss. Ya, I know a foamy would be less! But..I only iterate this because I punched my junker for the 3rd time today. Uh, that's 3 times since I've had it, not 3 times today! In my defense, I was stupid. No wait, that didn't come out right. The wind, that's it, the wind caught it..

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jan 24, 2009 @ 12:48 PM | 2,751 Views
Not quite done but still pluggin along. And the darn thing even looks like a wing. Really glad I decided to model it in 3d because I hosed up the dimensions (to short by 1/32") on W5 rib.

I just discovered the wings on the plans are almost indentical to my Hyperion 10E Cessna in width and depth.(not sure about thickness) Hmm, it would save some time but...

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jan 11, 2009 @ 11:40 AM | 2,807 Views
Here's a shot of what my Cessna 150 looks like in 3D from AutoCad. I'm not done by any means, it's just what I have accomplished so far. I can view this in AutoCad from any perspective or point. However, the red and blue on black background can cause spatial disorientation to the eyes. IE: It looks as though things aren't aligned. But it's just an optical illusion. The nice thing is I can view this and see if my layout will work correctly. The rear formers aren't located but just placed into the view with the correct spacing.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jan 01, 2009 @ 10:47 PM | 2,915 Views
Wow, only 8 more fuselage formers to go. I have all the wing ribs into AutoCad now. But the fuse formers are a big time eater. About 1~1.5 hour per former. I have 5 completed. The time may seem excessive but it's just a fact. More so as they need to be into polylines for laser cutting. None-the-less, I finished 1 more today. The big plus being all my work will make this available as a laser cut short kit for builders. But that aspect needs to be run by Wendell before I release anything should anyone want the the kit. While I may be setting this up for laser cutting for myself, I did buy the plans from Wendall and I don't want to rob him(or anyone for that matter)in any way.

Irrespective of that, it's been VERY time consuming getting the pans into AutoCad, but I guess that's the way it is. Granted I 'could' have just cut the parts but I thought I'd put them into cad drawings for the community should anyone ever want them. Yes I could have bought a kit from any of the vendors and glued it together. But I decided I'd go from a ground up operation. Ever onward....Is there another ARF in the future? Possibly, but only if it's a GREAT deal. In the meantime, I'm stepping back quite a few years, building again and loving it. All thanks to the ridiculous price increases of ARF kits. Now if I could just keep the da$%n%* glue off my fingers!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 31, 2008 @ 01:19 AM | 2,755 Views
Finally got it thru my thick skull(thanks to Charlie @ Manzano) that the laser cutting process runs THROUGH the program instead of tracing an outline like a plasma cutter does.(structural steel) Hence, polylines as opposed to a print drawing. Irrespective of that, I've built 8 of the wing 9 ribs I need into AutoCad plus I have two fuse formers made up. Albeit I haven't made/converted the fuse formers into polylines yet.

If your thinking of getting laser cutting done, then get ahold of the cutter and get specifics before you start your drawings. It'll save you time and money and reduce the headaches for the cutter. I can & will tell you good enough Autocad drawings for construction DO NOT translate into workable drawings for laser cutting. OSnap is severly lacking (IMHO)to making intersections.

Irrespective to the above, the wife is thinking the office is getting overwhelmed by the following... jeez, it's only 7 planes.. The Fokker, the Cub and the TaylorCraft are not maidened. I'm still not sure I'll maiden the Cub but that's undetermined because of the scale detail built into it. (Ironically enough, I have an H9 Cub that will be put to scale way more than this E-Flite Cub.) It's my first ARF kit & I put a lot of hours into detailing it out on the exterior. The mods are in this blog further back. But the Cessna 150 build is going forward albeit slowly. What a wonderful change from doing overpriced arf kits.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 27, 2008 @ 09:03 PM | 2,630 Views
Well, if I can believe my cheapy harbor frieght scale, I'm @ .6~.8 oz for my tail feathers(complete with build-ups for the horns & diagonal reinforcing) Damn cheapy scale registers 2 different weights each time I load it. & yes I've made airfiols out the horizontal & vertical stabilizers complete to the rudder & elevator. What a horrible time consuming operation, but they sure look symmetrical. Not perfect but looks good none-the-less. I wouldn't recommend this process to anyone on a build this small. But being hard-headed and/or stupid...I went for it. Just a dreamer I guess. I probably over built everything but I guess that comes from 30 plus years of industrial construction as a Union Ironworker and the BS associated with it. I'm fairly amazed @ just how strong the pieces are relative to torquing. Everything is thin CA only. Some pieces are laminated and sanded down while others are stock material. All matl. is either balsa or basswood. Unk. how I'm going to approach the hinge aspects. Thinking about the Robart Part # 305 type hinges instead of using the usual fiber CA'd type hinges but not sure I have enough base material to support that type. Also considering fowler flaps but..ever onward I guess

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 25, 2008 @ 08:43 PM | 3,509 Views
Well, I'm finally off my duff & starting my 150 build from Wendalls plans. Getting the tail feathers together to start off with. I was going to Cad 'everything' to send off to Charlie for laser cutting but I thought that was being just being to lazy for some simpler aspects of the build. So off to the LHS for wood. As the 'plans' are for a way bigger plane, I'm sort of shooting from the hip on the build with respect to some materials and stiffening. None-the-less, it's been time consumming but fun. I'm already dreaming of a finish scheme. Since I'm kitchen building the plane, it's kind of a pain.

Right or wrong, the original plans have an airfoil designed elevator/rudder. So in my infinite wisdom or stupidity (?, probably the latter.) I decided to carry those airfoil aspects into this build. The tail feathers in the pic are only 11" wide. Now this lead to a WHOLE different perspective when it comes to assembly. There is no placing the parts over the plans & glueing them together as are the arf kits where everything is flat on the rear appendages'. I now have to set everything (interior ribs) to a centerline & glue them. Without doing a disertation on this aspect, I can only say this is a simple problem with HUGE consequences. But, as I'd ready cut the pieces, I embarked into oblivion and decided to carry on. Everything is not as I'd like it to be but it's coming together pretty nice in what I do have done. The airfoil ribs are big killers in a time...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Dec 24, 2008 @ 01:07 AM | 2,568 Views
Well, my independent wing assembly went 100% to the good for my newly assembled TaylorCraft 450. Everything fit like a glove, albeit I haven't maidened the bird because of 6" of snow. Having previously had this bird before, there's just no doubt in my mind the assembly will work.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Dec 02, 2008 @ 10:03 PM | 3,167 Views
Flying my UGLY bird this afternoon and something wierd happened. Newly charged battery. (Desire Power 3s/20c/1300mah) 3rd charge on this battery. After 10 minutes or so, NO throttle, controls were working so I plunked it down (had to) in the weeds. Put the battery on my Triton and it was @ 11v taking .1 amp of charge. Put another exact battery of the same on the bird & it's off into the wild blue yonder. Flew like the dickens for another 10 minutes & decided to land but had no problems. What the heck happened? ESC is a CC 25 set to factory settings pushing a 450 E-Flite with an 11x3.8. I've run this on a TP/3s-20c/1320 without problems. Any ideas, other then it's good I had some weeds to land in?

Dan
Posted by deckert | Nov 29, 2008 @ 07:36 PM | 2,863 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 @ 07:11 PM | 3,066 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 @ 10:21 PM | 2,657 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 @ 08:35 PM | 2,590 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