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Posted by iRun4Love | Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:13 AM | 2,499 Views
My 70" Toledo Special remains the mainstay of my flying fleet this summer. Probably logged about 200 flts since last summer on her, and she's still performing like a dream. Even wore out one 4S batt already lol.

Just got my 56" Tigermoth repaired from last season's pancake crash, found out the ESC had blown, so got an new one in and replaced one HS81 servo that had been stripped when it crashed. Maidened today in a bit to gusty conditions, but she flew and landed in one piece thankfully.

My T-34 mentor sadly is all recovered in metallic grey/blue, awaiting servoless retracts coming from HK. Hope to get her flying in time for the fall season as she's a beauty configured as a tail-dragger "Harvard" looking plane.

Waiting for my latest hangar edition to arrive from HK... P51 warbird, 83" wingspan!
Posted by iRun4Love | May 23, 2010 @ 11:59 PM | 2,619 Views
Wow. I have a new favourite plane!

After a total of 5 days work, stripping, recovering, customzing, I managed to get my Toledo Special airborne today. After a dozen flights, I'm in love (okay, so I was in love after the first flight).

Here's a quick vid of what we managed to catch.

Hangar 9 Toledo Special (re-covered) - Maiden (3 min 5 sec)


I'm totally impressed with the power this thing has. I can take off STOL with 60% power, or a scale departure with 50%. Pretty much unlimited vertical at 80% power, and I'm cruising around doing rolls, loops and hammerhead turns with only 40% power!

So far today I only took a max 1800mAh out of my 4S batteries when doing 6 minute flights. Figure can set my timer for 10 minutes easy on my 4500 and 5500mAh batts.

She lands like a dream, pretty much at throttle zero from the final approach turn. Performs amazingly well in breezy conditions - no wobbling. Just an incredible beauty in the air.

My Specs
- Rimfire .32
- Hobbyking 70A ESC
- Hyperion 4S 5500mAh 35C
- MAS 13x8 Wood Prop
- Hitec Digital Servos
- Flaps mod (thx No Step)

Such a gorgeous lady in the sky. My new favourite plane.
Posted by iRun4Love | May 22, 2010 @ 01:23 PM | 3,016 Views
Finally got some more time to work on my Toledo Special. My hope is to have her finished and flying by Sunday. Fuselage main color is done - striping and labelling to come, plus windows.

Working on the wings today, getting flaps installed and then putting my pattern on the tops of the wings. Hopefully I won't embarass myself too much next weekend at the Chilliwack Electric Flyin.

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Posted by iRun4Love | Apr 17, 2010 @ 01:31 AM | 2,271 Views
My E-Flite T-34 Mentor 25

More than a year ago, I purchased the PTS version of E-Flite's Mentor. Figured having a second DX6i wouldn't hurt, and it was my first large balsa model, so I wanted something that I could train with and upgrade later.



Suffice to say, the plane went through a lot in its first year: a brown-out receiver crash that tore off a wing and split the first fuselage like a banana; a landing lights addition along with some custom decals; an "incident" with a tree in which the Mentor beat the tree, but to exact revenge the tree decided to "throw" the plane into a huge mud puddle; a complete strip and recover of the aircraft including conversion to retracts and a taildragger configuration; finally followed by a beautiful landing on a barren field into my windsock tripod (the only thing erect for miles)... which toasted the cowl and canopy.

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Posted by iRun4Love | Mar 04, 2010 @ 02:18 PM | 2,821 Views
Photos after today's pinstriping and decal work. I still have some ends to tidy up, and need to order another cowl after a minor "loss of elevator" hard landing (I have since replaced the original elevator wire with stronger gauge wire.)


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Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 22, 2010 @ 11:30 PM | 3,090 Views
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Originally Posted by Magic k2 View Post
Dude your TC is breathing fire ...
Okay there Magic - you been spying on me? How did you know?!?!?

It was close today, I had REBUILD #3 flash before my eyes... well, actually about 100ft up, flying downwind after an average 8 minute flight (during which I flew between 50-90% power, and a couple WOT bursts of 5sec or less); when suddenly...

SMOKE!

THROTTLE DIES!

Servos still responsive!

While streaming smoke beautifully behind the plane (reminded me of old WWI movies where the bipes gracefully fell from the sky with smoke trailing), I managed a hurried but safe deadstick landing on the field in front of me (thank goodness it didn't happen while 1km away over farmland!).

The smoke had only burst from the engine area for about 5 seconds - I was very thankful it didn't follow on with flames!

Upon reaching the plane, it was very evident that the engine had overheated - all the plastic covering on the wrapped wires had melted and come pouring out the front of the engine - it was pretty much siezed up and dead. Battery was fine, ESC looked fine (was NOT warm to the touch), and the inside of the cowl, although a bit grey and dusty, wasn't any worse for wear. Engine was very hot for quite a while.

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Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 21, 2010 @ 11:07 PM | 2,965 Views
Finished painting inside the winshield and upper cabin area today, and I've included a photo of how I rigged the wing struts after repositioning them half way long the new shorter wings. They are bolted together in the centre with a hinge, and also bolted into the lower fuselage on each side. Quite sturdy, and she fits in the trunk fully assembled too!



Also spent time cleaning up the Monokote on the wings, and added my striping to the horizontal stabilizers and upper wings. Really pleased with the results, and it looks fantastic while mad-rolling in the sky!

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Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 21, 2010 @ 11:06 PM | 2,931 Views
Picked up another roll of Monokote, and finished up the wings. Also picked myself up a heat gun, and on the advice of some great RCGroups members, I spent a good hour figuring out the right heat setting and time required to remove the wrinkles. AWESOME results. See below the "before" wrinkled mess, and the "after" pictures! Got 90% of the wrinkles out - will attempt a better result later on.


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Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 21, 2010 @ 11:03 PM | 2,893 Views
Finally got some time in the "hangar" to get on with the Taylorcraft rebuild. Nothing like a bit of work, family time, and the Winter Olympics in my back yard, to distract me from a re-build!

Anyways, I finally got some time to myself, and after finding a few minor broken struts that I had missed on Day One, and after replacing the remaining missing wing struts that I had cut out but not installed, it was time to tackle the re-covering. My hobby store was out of Ultracote, so I had bought Monokote, and watched some online videos about how to apply it.

As per the instructions, I started by covering the bottom of the fuselage, then the sides, and then the top. The iron I had was a bit of a challenge to work with, but after an hour or so, I seemed to have things under control - though I was not pleased with the amount of wrinkling that resulted.



After I got the fuselage done (yes, I will cut out the windows later - the local hobby store has had to send THREE window sets back to E-Flite due to damage in the mail, so for now I'll leave them covered), I started work on the wings.

My first step was to insert some carbon rods down the center spars of the wing for extra strength. They came out of my "in-a-zillion-pieces-cheese-shredder" Seafury - one of the only things to survive that disaster crash, so I figured they'd suit me fine in the Taylorcraft.

After that had all dried, I covered the underside of the wings, then as luck would have it, I ran out of Monokote! Will have to make another trip to the hobby store!


Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 21, 2010 @ 11:02 PM | 2,840 Views
Began today by stripping the covering off the fuselage and cabin area. Left the windshield area alone for now. Found that there were a lot more broken spars and joints than I had first thought. Nothing serious, but probably a dozen patch jobs and joint/spar reinforcements from tip to tail.

The landing gear had taken a bad hit and bent the "A" frame the wheels are bolted to. Nothing I couldn't bend out, but I had to also re-inforce and re-build the lower fuselage where the landing gear attaches. Managed to add a couple beams to reinforce the battery area (which also stabilized the cockpit floor), and managed to salvage most of the engine mount in the rebuild of the area forward of the firewall.

Pictures from Today
Engine mount and firewall drying


Fuselage stripped and drying
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Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 21, 2010 @ 11:02 PM | 2,902 Views
Well I took the liberty of assessing some online photos to try and use my trigonometry skills to determine clip lengths. This photo demonstrates what my math came up with, which is pretty close to my first guess of cutting off straight at the wingtip where it starts to curve (actual math showed slightly further out on the wing but I don't think 2-3cm will make a big diff).



This should start as my Friday project, and I agree - I'll be reinforcing the wing and leading edges and the spar. Overall I'm stoked about what it will turn out like.

P.S. davevh, I call dibbs on "True Red" and "Cub Yellow" The cream is all yours LOL.
Posted by iRun4Love | Feb 21, 2010 @ 11:01 PM | 2,882 Views
I think will take this opportunity to completely strip the plane, properly rebuild all damaged struts, beams, leading wing edges, and then properly re-cover in full sheets of ultracote. I will be doing the plane mostly red as in these two pictures below (yellow pinstriping down the side), and will likely keep my wide yellow-red-yellow front-to-back banding theme on the undersides of the wings (it showed up well summer and winter).

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Posted by iRun4Love | Jan 15, 2010 @ 10:32 AM | 3,290 Views
Crash and Burn - Time for another rebuild!

Oh fer Pete's sake! GRRRR. Made the mistake of re-covering the top of the wings all red, and then flew in cloudy skies and didn't take the appropriate time (i.e. DAYS) to get aquainted with which end is now "up" on my rebuilt Taylorcraft.

Came in for a low roll, and pulled down when I should have pulled up. At least I avoided the duck pond, AND the wreckage wasn't spewed everywhere, AND I didn't break the engine, ESC or the Lipo, AND everywhere I had previously repaired was NOT where it broke this time (well, except the engine mount and firewall). Oh, and did I mention, since the new cowling and windshield hadn't arrived yet, I didn't toast new ones of those either?

Yeah, I know - people tell me I'm the eternal optimist. Though I had to tell myself that a few times before I gathered the bits and put them in the CAR and not the TRASH.

First two pics are of the actual crash scene... untouched from my phone cam. Last two pics are after moving it to the car (I had to drive 3 minutes to find it LOL), and stripping off the damaged covering on the wing.


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Posted by iRun4Love | Jan 15, 2010 @ 10:06 AM | 3,970 Views
Many moons ago, I had a catastrophic failure of my AR500 receiver in my beloved E-Flite Taylorcraft. Post-crash analysis never did narrow down whether it suffered an un-bind or brownout event. Either way, I took off, climbed 15 feet, lost all servo control, and the TC nosed down at full throttle.

I packed up the bits, dug the engine out of the ground, and put it all in a box in storage. It took a long while for me to even consider attempting a rebuild, but thanks to encouragment from many members of this board (ATIS, CyberJay, Magic2K - in particular), I decided it was time to pull out the bits and assess what it would take.

DAY ONE

After pulling out all the carnage from storage, I was more hopeful than on the day of the crash. So that's something, right?

The Carnage, missing firewall, and wishbone wings...

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