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Posted by Willsonman | Oct 18, 2010 @ 10:09 PM | 2,572 Views
Update time again. More progress complete on the fuselage and the top wing over on the build.
Posted by Willsonman | Oct 17, 2010 @ 10:17 PM | 2,458 Views
Ever seen stain on an RC plane? You have now!
Posted by Willsonman | Oct 04, 2010 @ 09:27 PM | 2,784 Views
Got the wings covered.

Need to move onto lining up push rods for the tail control surfaces.
Posted by Willsonman | Sep 29, 2010 @ 09:22 PM | 2,455 Views
Update here.
Posted by Willsonman | Sep 26, 2010 @ 07:48 PM | 2,436 Views
She now has a permanent dummy motor and functional real motor. Click for the total update.
Posted by Willsonman | Sep 19, 2010 @ 09:13 PM | 2,585 Views
Head on over to the build log for the complete update. Things are coming along.... even with Captain Kirk.
Posted by Willsonman | Sep 04, 2010 @ 10:40 PM | 2,338 Views
I've updated the Build Log with a little history. Not much building this week but I got a nice email from Sweden!
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 26, 2010 @ 02:39 PM | 2,555 Views
Ok, so here is the deal,

I ordered a WWI full-body pilot for my current project a little over a week ago. I heard nothing from them for a week and so I decided to shoot them an email to check the status.
http://www.thepilotpeople.co.uk/index.htm
Really great stuff for the price.

At any rate, the outcome of the email was that Sandra (person who responded) is very busy right now and that orders are taking a minimum of 12 weeks. YIKES! So, for those who order from them, be sure to check before ordering what the timeframe is for recieving your order.

Highlights:
Ordered on 8/17/10
Should recieve at the earliest 11/2/10!
No warning before hand.
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 24, 2010 @ 10:16 PM | 3,017 Views
Head on over to the build log for an update on the dummy motor.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post15878120
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 18, 2010 @ 10:22 PM | 2,179 Views
For those that have been watching this space. I got my prop hub and washer dry fit tonight. See the build log for more details.
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 16, 2010 @ 09:45 PM | 2,012 Views
More progress posted on the Tummelisa. Got a friend at work, Thanks John, who is drilling out my schmancy propeller. I do not have a drill press and I wanted to get it right. Should be able to do a dry-fit soon to test the prop washer and nut for scale appearances.

On a side not any input on this project is welcomed!
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 15, 2010 @ 08:28 PM | 1,974 Views
I got some work done on my new build this weekend. Go here for the build thread.

I also got some other things done around the house. The parents had their "old" belt drive garage door opener so I was able to get that and install it. Works very well with the hardware that was already in place. New battery in the keypad and that was in business. Then I was able to program the transmitter in the Volvo.

I was also able to get the chair rail and wainscoting completed in the dining room. Well, It still needs patching up more but the majority of the work is done. Should be able to spend an hour here and there finishing the touch ups and spend a night with the wife painting and it will be done.
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 09, 2010 @ 10:39 PM | 2,040 Views
The build log has begun. Please comment so I can get some pointers. I always love the feedback!
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post15750684
Posted by Willsonman | Aug 09, 2010 @ 01:51 PM | 2,039 Views
Well, I should be receiving my new kit today in the mail. Watch this space shortly for updates and a link to the build log I'll create in the electric warbirds section. I'll let the cat out of the bag and give my initial thoughts now since I have a moment.

The project is a 52" span (1:6 scale) O1 Tummelisa. Itís a beautiful bird (IMO) and was used as a trainer. What is great is that it had zero fatalities. It is a great safety record by any stretch. The kit and plans were ordered from Aerodrome RC (ARC) using their Zencart checkout system. While I have never been a fan of that system itís their option. I initially did not get a confirmation email but a quick phone call to Kay at ARC got things straightened out fine. I had not read too much about the company here or elsewhere so I thought I would do a fairly thorough review of the company. I did call mid-week to check on the status of my order. Kay assured me that 1/2 of the kit had been cut but was waiting to get a shipment of wood in to finish the rest. Good to know that the wood inventory is kept fresh and not just lying around warping from moisture or heat. I was notified last Friday (8/6) that the package was shipped and received a delivery confirmation number. Friday to Monday from CA to MD is a pretty good ship time. Kudos there.

Overall I am impressed with the company. They have a wide range of kits to choose from in the WWI and golden age segment. Decals and other painting aids are available. They also...Continue Reading
Posted by Willsonman | May 07, 2010 @ 08:08 PM | 2,298 Views
Also started working on a WWI styled prop nut. Its really just the washer all gussied up. I got a basic 1" fender washer with a 5/16" hole in the middle. Then a bunch of really small screws with nuts and 30-minute epoxied them in place. I have some money shot of what it will somewhat look like in the end with the dummy motor, new prop and nut washer.I'll let the epoxy set until I can get to my dremel to cut off some of the thread length. They are too long for me to actually tighten the washer once it is all on the prop hub. Also needs some paint.
Posted by Willsonman | May 07, 2010 @ 08:01 PM | 2,210 Views
Well, got a new prop in the mail. My first time really spending over 8$ for a prop but I had to have it for the project I am working on. Xoar pulled through on this one but I have to say I was a little dissatisfied. The prop came painted but not with the painting as advertised. http://www.xoarintl.com/props/model-...tar-light.html See below for what I got. While 3 of the 4 lines on the prop were nice I do have one smudgy line. Also... no rivet dots. Not really any big deal but I was expecting them. While the finish is flawless the painted tips were left lacking and it came perfectly balanced.
Posted by Willsonman | Apr 28, 2010 @ 08:24 PM | 2,147 Views
Well, I've not been able to model much lately as I have been in the process of buying a new home. Well, new-to-me. Lots of work being done in the paint department as well as repairs. Foreclosure so lots of stuff in general. I completely remodeled the main level bathroom today. What a chore! Its been a whirlwind but the home has a lot of potential. When its done it will look very nice.
Posted by Willsonman | Mar 17, 2010 @ 08:08 PM | 2,138 Views
So weather yesterday was a bit on the gusty side and managed to get one semi flight in on my PZ corsair. She had a little hangar rash from the winter and a slight issue with the elevator. Brought her home and a little gorilla glue and I was set for today. Flew at a nearby park on my lunch break, again after work, and even again after dinner with the kids. The newer 2300mAH pack really helps my fly time compared to the stock 1800mAH. Just made sure not to place it as far forward to help the CG. Looks to be a great flying season.
Posted by Willsonman | Mar 13, 2010 @ 10:10 AM | 2,392 Views
Well, I have figured out what I need to do to make my own plans. While I have been making 3D models for awhile I am new to digital plans but not really scratch plans. I think this will simplify things for me and I plan on making my plans available to other builders.

http://invertedg.blogspot.com/