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Posted by cd_webb | Sep 20, 2014 @ 12:33 PM | 1,054 Views
These are my rubber models. I've become quite addicted to the old timer and vintage rubber models. I've learned a lot so far, from some knowledgeable people here, but there is a LOT left to learn.

I'm going to try to post these in the order in which they were built - if I can remember! ...Continue Reading
Posted by cd_webb | Jul 21, 2013 @ 06:26 PM | 1,676 Views
Just finished my Petrides 1937 Flying Midget. Power is an OS .20 4 stroke. Weight 38oz, which isn't too bad for a 48" model that was not supposed to have radio gear in the first place. Wing area is 296 sq in. There was no indication of CG on the plan, so the best I know is to balance on the spar. With the wing attachment method it has, this should be easy to accomplish by sliding the saddle either forward or backward.

It should be fun!
Posted by cd_webb | Jun 09, 2011 @ 07:51 PM | 4,329 Views
FINALLY was able to make the weather and my schedule cooperate and get the TM in the air. At 1/2 throttle this thing only needed a short run to get airborne, much less than I expected. A steady climb out to a safe altitude, one or two clicks of left trim, one or two clicks of down trim and we're there. It easily cruises at 1/4 to 1/3 throttle, in fact, short of loosing the left main gear retainer on landing, the single biggest problem is how to get it down!

At 35" (and I can promise you building light is beyond me) this is one floating puppy as I practically had to completely kill the throttle to get it down.

I think I'm gonna like it!!
Posted by cd_webb | Feb 10, 2011 @ 03:47 PM | 3,614 Views
Thanks to a couple of snow days (and resisting the urge to crush it), The Dumas T Moth is done. I'm pretty happy with the finished product, though I'd never compare it to many projects seen on this site. AUW ready to fly just under 10 oz. That's a hair heavier that I'd like it to be, but about what I expected and just under what I feared!

Power is a BP 2204-19 outrunner (which may need to do a little growing up), a feigao 10A speed contoller, three channels with a Berg micro-stamp reciever, and an Electrifly 2S 640 mah battery with DYS 6 gram servos. The whole set-up may have a little growing to do. The up side to that is that if it does, I'm all set for another project. Just have to be a little more careful about the weight.

Graphics from Callie. Did a really nice job on them too. Yes, I know I got the fuse reg. #s too far astearn. You can chalk that one up to inattention.

Now to get the nerve to maiden it!

David
Posted by cd_webb | Jan 29, 2011 @ 09:19 PM | 3,963 Views
Well, I lied. Pics didn't get posted 2 nights ago as I said they would. Procrastination is one thing I do well.

I am getting there, as you can now see...
Posted by cd_webb | Jan 27, 2011 @ 06:35 AM | 3,734 Views
It's been a couple of days and I've made progress (between fixes). I'm about to decide that smaller fingers and a trip to the optometrist would definitely be helpful. The optometrist I can do, but I'm thinking the smaller fingers may be hard to come by. FRUSTRATING!!! This thing is VERY fragile. I'm really beginning to wonder if it will stand up to the stresses of being an "everyday flyer". Maybe I just flew the "gassers" too long?

I'll post a few pics tonight.
Posted by cd_webb | Jan 24, 2011 @ 11:22 PM | 3,868 Views
It's no wonder I've been working on this thing for nearly 5 months. I am so slooooow. I've managed to finish covering both wings, and the tail surfaces, thank goodness! I am SO ready to look at another color!

Next BIG screwup. Know what i just found out? The color of red Microlite inside the packaging isn't the same as the color outside the packaging. All that painting-the WRONG color. I just cut a piece of the covering and covered a small item with it to carry with me to the store. What I should have done in the first place. Still, it may be as close as I can come to the covering color. It's not really that bad, but I know I'm gonna notice it everytime I get it out and it's gonna tick me off.

Maybe it won't bother me so bad when it's 100 feet up...
Posted by cd_webb | Jan 23, 2011 @ 11:16 PM | 3,878 Views
Well, 3 hours later and the bottom of the lower wing, the center section and the port side top of the lower wing is covered. The short of it is that the warp question has been answered. Warp is gone and washout is in-too much washout I think. Oh well, it went that way pretty easily, shouldn't be too tough to get it to go back the other way.

The Microlite is great stuff if you can keep it from sticking to itself long enough to iron it down. The best thing about it is it will shrink till the cows come home. Just wish it was more opaque. (most of the time my cup is half empty, I'm afraid )

My goal is to have this thing in a flyable state by the weekend. IF it flys, I'll still be adding details for a while, but at least I can MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE!

I really don't think this kind of stuff belongs here, but my life is pretty boring, outside of work and the grandkids. Bear with me, I'll figure this "blog" thing out.
Posted by cd_webb | Jan 23, 2011 @ 08:07 PM | 3,944 Views
I'm 54 (almost 55). "Blogging" is NOT something that I've ever done. For cryin' out loud, TYPING is a struggle! But a sincere attempt, well, this is it.

Where do you start when talking about "the build that won't end"? The logical place is at the beginning, but I can't remember it. So, I'll ramble.

A box of sticks, a Dumas Tiger Moth. 35" wingspan, and did I mention a box of sticks. It seems that you never get through gluing another stick on the thing somewhere. That and the obligatory "beefing up" here and there is a LONG haul. But the end of that part, at least, is in sight. The airframe is complete as far as I know. The covering, on the other hand, has barely begun.

I'm using Coverite Microlite, silver for the wings and tailsurfaces, red for the fuse. Upper wing is covered already. It really looks pretty good. Got aggravated today about that. I found out that Tower carries corregated styrene. Man! I could have finished the fuel tank in that and really helped the scale appearance a lot! The story of my life. Anyway, covered the fin and rudder this afternoon and am going back out shortly to make a run at the lower wing. I am hoping I can work a covering miracle and straighten a starboard wing warp. 4 wing halves, 3 of them straight as an arrow, and one has to go all squirrelly on me! BTW, I've been working on this thing since the 1st of September. OK, I'll admit it. I've spent way too much time browsing RCGroups.

Wheels are on their way (the ones that came with the kit are somewhat cheesy), and Callie is mailing out the decals Monday. It is finally staring to come together.

Not that anyone will ever see this, much less read it, more later. I'm heading out to cover a wing...