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Posted by deckert | Nov 25, 2008 @ 10:21 PM | 2,696 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 | 2,628 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 @ 10:48 PM | 2,671 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 @ 09:32 PM | 2,461 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 @ 06:02 PM | 3,130 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 @ 01:58 AM | 2,407 Views
An H-9 Power 46+ Cub kit for $225 PLUS 8% TAX ISN'T A BAD DEAL. I can see some detailing ahead
Posted by deckert | Oct 20, 2008 @ 06:47 PM | 2,469 Views
Briefly,
Reservist gets called up for duty in the middle east.
Just bought & moved into a new house. Wife is pregnant.
House is being paid for but no one living there. (1 year +\-)
Reservist contracts for landscaping but landscaper disappears.
Wife goes to live back east w/family & to have the baby.
Reservist has no time to get another landscaper.
Reservist leaves for middle east.
Homeowners Assoc. (a single owner) threatens servicemember w/lawsuit.
Homeowners Assoc. (a single owner) bad-mouths reservist publicly.
Story hits local news.
Story hits national news.

Community gets together and landscapes entire place. All free.
Homeowners Assoc. (a single owner) looks like the dirtbag he is.

Since there's some amount of acreage for building more homes there, I'm going to 'assume' it's going to be a hard sell with the bs actions by the Homeowners Assoc. (a single owner). I hope he goes broke!
story here;
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/kennew...ry/353913.html

Dan
Posted by deckert | Oct 05, 2008 @ 06:26 PM | 2,776 Views
Jeez, You'd think I'd know when my own FF is hosting a fly-in but....It's just gotta be an old age thingy I reckon Caught a few jibes from the local crew about showing up on the last day but what can I say? I guess they had a pretty good pilot turnout on Friday when the weather was nice. Sat. turned to snot with HIGH winds & rain. But, I did make it today and got some flyin pics. Mostly windy with a smidgen of calm here & there. Good food & people as always & a little on the cool side weatherwise. Hope you enjoy them. Next year it's on again.

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Posted by deckert | Sep 27, 2008 @ 11:01 PM | 2,616 Views
Smart-aleckin around just doesn't pay sometimes. Fired up a new-build e-flite cap 232 for the niece today in the backyard. Plopped it down, after a couple of minutes or so of vertical hoo-rah, on top of the pergola that has an industrial nylon screen on top of it, over the heads of the niece and the neighbor kids. They were safe, sound & well back! Sweet! But the screen folded a little bit and the darn bird rolled off the edge & smacked down on the nose on the concrete slab. Broke the nose all to heck.......criminy! Easy repairs & will be ready for full out maiden tommorrow @ the field. But it 'looks' a little different Wasn't that a Forrest Gump thing? Stupid is as stupid does? I guess I 'Gumped' it. LOL!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Sep 25, 2008 @ 11:22 PM | 3,141 Views
Sept. 24th was the Wings Over Washington airshow in Pasco, Washington. What a treat! The Candian Snowbirds were the basic venue. Throw in an F-15 Eagle, a Warthog and a Citabria plus the static displays and it was a sweet afternoon! Also was a WWII bird but I forgot what it was. Old age & short term memory I guess.

Got to talk with 1 of the guys from Viper Aircraft as well. (Soon 2 be future pics WILL be forthcoming from Viper as they're repainting) I missed getting pics of the (in build) bird they had out. They're shipping that one to the UE for some Prince. Selling price with build @ 1.2 million dollars.

Anyway, here's a few pics from the Air Show for all to enjoy. I swear to the high-heavens I hate/love digital cameras. Sorry about some of the pics but happy with others. RCG upload squashes them any way so here they are anyway. Also is pics from the crew that flew/serviced the F-15.

The 'Navy' looking guy is the CEO from the Sea Cadets here in Benton City. The show ran from 4pm to 6:30pm and the weather was overcast with about a 12~14k ceiling. I really tried to get some pics with the afterburner running from the F15 but the camera was weak. The F-15 wrap around the crowd was pulling about 6 g's but I shot to quick on the digital camera to get a 'really' good pic.

All in all, it was still a sweet airshow, albeit to short & too late in the day for my tastes. The Snowbirds presented & represented the epitomy of "precision" flying. I...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Sep 24, 2008 @ 01:53 AM | 2,822 Views
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've just about reached the end of my limits with PayPal and their nickel & dime games. I now can't get my money from my PP account sent to me (as a check) because my line 2 mail addy has a PO Box. The POB addy is the same as every credit card I use & have that's registered w/PP. All Credit Card bills come to the POB but PP rejects the address because of the POB. Isn't that just sweet!

Communication with PP resulted in this from them:"I am sorry to hear about the situation regarding the payment ship to a wrong address." Irrespective of the fact all the information is correct. Well isn't that just sweet!

So, in light of this recent development by PP,(at least to me) I've decided to build a page dedicated to PP in honor of their song & dance. It's real simple, submit your story of PP horror, via this link.
http://users.owt.com/deckert/paypal.htm
All submissions 'must be made' thru the link. No reponses will be accepted here @ RCG and will be deleted as there's no need to load the servers here @ RCG.
If you have collabarating data to sustain your allegations, I'll post it. There MUST be a valid e-mail addy included. BS rumors or 'I heard about this' will be rejected. I'm not doing this to disseminate BS, I'm doing this because I want factual data from real users to make PP aware interim/infrequent users of PP are sick & tired of being abused. I've just been pushed to my limits with PP and I'm not...Continue Reading
Posted by deckert | Sep 19, 2008 @ 10:30 PM | 3,665 Views
WOW! An absolutely beautiful start today. The weather was hazy with a gentle 3~5 mph breeze at times. People up the wazoo! This was my 1st trip to Yakima Valley Aero Modelers Field @ Zillah, Wa. http://www.yvam.com/
Well, 2nd trip actually as I'm old & brain dead & went up there last weekend for this event. I had to drive back to Zillah & get a daily paper to 'discover' I was there on the wrong weekend. Irrespective of that little incident, I made it today and there were 'people there'.

This strip is absolutley sweet. Run off from the runway/aprons is virtually flat where you transition to grass. Nothing but grape fields in the background. Absolutley beautiful. Really good food. Plenty of parking. I took so many pics today, It'll take me an hour to sort'em out. No helis were there today, but..maybe? Met some really nice people as well. This event needs to be a 'must attend' for anyone even 1/2 way close to Zillah. The weather is predicting not so good for the next 2 days, but we'll see. Hopefully heading back tomorrow. Depending on the wife's 'honey-do's' LOL. I just can't say enough good about this event. With respect to that, the drive into the field 'sure' made me wonder for a bit. You're driving next to a canal. I hate water over shower deep because I can't swim. I took over a 150 pics and just can't post'em all. Respective of that, there are some really nice birds, pilots and public there. You're missing out..........

Enjoy...

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Posted by deckert | Sep 11, 2008 @ 01:33 AM | 2,833 Views
CrashnBurn,
Here's a shot of the J3 engine. Just mirror the image for the opposite side

Dan
Posted by deckert | Aug 23, 2008 @ 11:59 PM | 2,816 Views
What a load of fun today. 1st annual Float Fly-in. Pretty good turn out for short notice. 81 degrees but just a little breezy. Seen a few more whump-brzz-aw s*** then I thought I would. Got to witness my first ever water Knife-Edge flight today. You think that's nothing, BUT, take a gander at the DH Beaver pics. Either that or it was the best turns about a point you've ever seen.Took a 100 or so pics but had to narrow it down for posting. Nice lake BTW. The high tech emergency rescue craft and crew were there for support as well. Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case may be, he did a fine job. About 7 times while I was there. I think the planes had more thrust then the boat. Anyway, here's part 1 of the pics. I tried to set them in some order. The Beaver flite was a little short. The guy in the 'Start' series had a rough day as well. I guess that's why glue was invented. Oh, and a few words were scattered here & there. Enjoy! And to think the group is gonna take another run at this tommorrow. YaHoo!

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Posted by deckert | Aug 17, 2008 @ 05:54 PM | 2,930 Views
Summer college classes are out so I finally finished the GP Fokker D.VII in as much as it's going to be I guess.
Set up is Motrolfly DM2215/1150kv w/matched ESC from Motrolfly
Battery 11.1-3s1P 1300mh/22c by www.subsonicplanes.com
10x5 APC prop w/spinner from www.quietrcflying.com
DX-7 w/AR-7000-from LHS
Wattage is 4.8A & 52W @ 1/2 throttle
with 17A & 170W @ full throttle
AUW came in under the GP advertised weight of 25.7oz
Mine is 24.6oz

I gotta say this setup is pretty stout. Ya need to have a firm grip on a full power static runup. No doubt in my mind this bird will go vertical w/o much problem. But I don't intend on running it like that. Build was pretty straight forward but mounting the Motrolfly was a pain. The battery fits perfect. I split the ail. servos- no Y connector. I wished GP had allowed for holes in the wing to install like this instead of a single hole on one side.

Just a couple of minor issues,
1. The left ail. was damaged in shipping & it took the better part of 3 weeks to receive a new one. On the plus side, GP shipped a whole wing w/both ail. Ironically enough, that wing came with the opposite ail. smashed up.
2. The plastic cowl is dangerously too thin. It's been noted in other build threads this is a problem while accessing the battery. Yep, I already split mine on the side as you can see from the pics. The top of the cowl HAS to be cut because it's so thin it won't flex, it just breaks/tears.

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Posted by deckert | Aug 03, 2008 @ 11:35 PM | 2,890 Views
Criminy, school is eating my shorts, timewise only. I can't believe how much time school work takes. I can't even get time to go fly. I finally got my Fokker together last night. (Should kick butt) Work from school & at home just sucks everything for free time. I feel like I'm going backwards. :-( Batching these 2 weeks and taking care of Mom plus school is killing me. 3 days more and another year older. Jeez, I should be dead given my past history. Oh well!

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 10, 2008 @ 11:43 PM | 2,885 Views
More problems but not insurmountable. The HS55 isn't going to cut it for the Nose Gear/Rudder combo servo. Response works great going right but is lagging & binding going left. So I'm going to up it to a HS65. It'll give me another 10oz/in of torque. I'll need to realign the tubing a smidgen for a better straight thru path & see if the supplied wire will work. If not, I'll go to a CF rod. The darn wire is flexing to much to make me happy.

I need to give a big thanks to Jack from Empire Hobby in Az. for all his help, direction and advice in this build project. I might crash & burn this bird but it's not from lack of input from Empire Hobby. I specifically addressed the thrustline & CG issues expressed by other builders on this forum. Jack went so far as to actually build & fly this bird. Now that's SERVICE! Add to that I didn't even get the bird from him. You can bet I'll be utilizing them every chance I can for purchasing. I believe my LHS uses them for purchasing wholesale so that's a benefit.

All in all, the plane is a beauty. I just hope it doesn't eat dirt on the maiden. Hopefully this weekend.

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jul 06, 2008 @ 01:53 AM | 2,816 Views
Ah that and more. Plane is coming along nicely. Decided to forego the install of the fake motor appliques. It just didn't seem worth the hassle. Had to do some forced tweaking to get alignment but everything measures correctly so that's a bonus I guess. Still waiting for my replacement aileron from GP. (I understand I'm getting a whole new wing instead of just the aileron ) It's not that I don't appreciate it, it's just that I only needed the aileron.

Ordered up batteries and the motor yesterday. $70 bucks for two (22C Lipo Batteries 1300mah/11.1v) Excite batteries from http://subsonicplanes.com. The deal was a lot better then I could get thru Maxamps but time will tell on the purchase. $65.00 for the motor from http://www.motrolflyusa.com/. These motors rock. This plane should be nothing but fun.

On a secondary note, I'm getting (back) into the build of my Hyperion 10E Cessna. Lord forbid Hyperion is still selling this plane. It just has to many shortcomings for an ARF kit. IMHO, you'll build this plane once. I state this because after completion, your hands will need to be the size of a six YO child to gain access into the nose should anything happen to it. I never could get Hyperions battery support to work with the provided material or design @ the nose. Severe lack of room blah blah! The motor shaft lacks protrusion of sufficient length to make me comfortable. The gripe list goes on & on blah blah. Don't waste your money as far as I'm concerned, there are better planes out there. It is pretty tho..well after I added a whole bunch of graphics to it. I took pics but old age and shakies killed that
Lovin the blogs from everyone....keep-em coming....

Dan
Posted by deckert | Jun 29, 2008 @ 11:03 PM | 2,803 Views
Well after "waiting" for E-Flite to distribute their new Bipe, I'm giving up on them. Delay after delay doesn't cut it. Why they, and others, advertise a new product & don't deliver on their release dates is beyond me. It just fries my backside and sends my business elsewhere & induces me to NOT buy from them again. Will I buy the bipe when it's released, I honestly don't know, but I suspect not.

So along that line, I went & bought the (ARF) Fokker D.VII from Great Planes. Not really what I wanted initially. In lieu of that, I'm dragging my feet putting it together but started it today. I'm suprised! Pretty straight forward so far without a lot of horsing around. Inspection @ the LHS looked good. Unpacking 2 days ago revealed a broken left aileron at the tip. (bummer) New one one order.

Concerns about the front part of the horizontal stabilizer having enough surface area to adhere to so I added a 1/4" x 1/2" balsa cross piece inside the balsa fuelage sheeting. Was looking forward to installing hinges today, didn't happen. Supplied material would 'probably' work but I'll be darned if I'm gonna install these chintzy little pieces of CA hinges into the bird. I wonder how much more it would taken to provide some 3/8 by 1/2" CA hinges? Axle install failed partially due to mis-alignment of the holes. Just had to 'file' the holes with the axle threads to allow for alignment. Not a big deal but.. Wasn't impressed with the 4 screw access...Continue Reading