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Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:42 AM | 3,168 Views
Here are some pics from over the weekend. We put the fuse together saturday. It went together pretty easy. We used a laser level to make sure the fuse was straight. that works great. You can see the red line all the way down the model and tell if the tail section has any kind of bow or misalignment in it. I put the landing gear support in the wrong place. i put it in place for tail dragger and it is supposed to be tricycle. We are going to leave it and add the other one in. That way if he ever wants to switch it over to tail dragger, all he has to do is mount the tailwheel and just move the landing gear. The blind nutw will already be in place and the support part is already done. I think I rebuild better than I build.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 22, 2012 @ 08:10 AM | 3,514 Views
I am headed to the Southeastern model Show in Perry Georgia next weekend.

http://www.gamarc.com/georgia.html

And if you have been to my blog page before, you know I like pictures. I will try to take lots of pictures and post here on my page.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:28 PM | 2,847 Views
A friend of mine just got this and sent me this pic. Can anyone tell me who made it or anything about it?
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 20, 2012 @ 12:45 PM | 2,931 Views
As promised, I got some work done this weekend. I got the trainer 97% finished. I decided that I wanted to start the engine since I had not even seen it run. I bought the engine used from Craigslist (as I do most everything I own) and I wanted to make sure it was going to run. The guy I got it from said that it had only made one flight and crashed on approach to landing. I had a lot of trouble starting it, it had a huge amount of compression. I spun the prop off once, put it back on and then the starter slipped off and hit the cheek of the plane and broke it. I epoxied it back and tried to start it again. i finally got it started and let it run very rich for a while on the ground.

I also changed the plastic hinges over to CA hinges. I was not confident that I had the plastic ones epoxied in very good. I am glad I made this change, the plastic hinges popped out with little effort. Plus I had left large gaps in the control surfaces with the plastic hinges. CA hinges are the stuff. Much easier to install and they seem to be safer.

I also got the wing servo installed and now it just needs a little tweaking and it will be ready to fly.

This is a very pretty plane, I hope it stays that way. But it is a trainer.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 16, 2012 @ 10:36 PM | 3,195 Views
I have gotten behind on all of my projects. I am having some trouble at work and I am looking for a new job. I find it hard to concentrate right now. I have been playing some Call fo Duty MW2 with my buddies online. Trying to unwind and take out some frustration.

I am planning on working on something all day saturday. I will be delivering the Superstar back to its owner and making a trip to the hobby shop saturday morning. I am going to take out the plastic hinges in the trainer and replace them with some CA hinges. I don't trust the epoxy on the plastic hinges. I will feel better having som CA hinges before I maiden it.

I think I am going to put my computer radio in the white Cub and set up some flaperons for it.

Anyway, hope to have some pics and updates over the weekend.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:48 AM | 3,054 Views
I am not going to post the before pictures since I have posted them at least twice in this blog earlier. I got the prop replaced with one I already had. Got the red covering finished yesterday and put the wing on the plane to make sure it all fit. Its a trainer that got crashed on its first flight with its current owner. He says he may be a repeat customer. It is not a show plane, but all damage has been repaired and recovered.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 07, 2012 @ 08:16 AM | 3,456 Views
I took a job of repairing a Hobbico Superstar for a guy from Arkansas. He is making me a nice trade for the work. I posted some before pics a few days ago. I got started on the fuse last night. I also got some of the teardown done on one of the wings.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 06, 2012 @ 04:02 PM | 2,745 Views
My friend bought an old flight box from a guy on Craigslist. It was in about 6 pieces when he got it. He brought it to my house last week and we put it back together and cleaned it up and here it is. I think it is very classy looking. he added the brass drawer pulls and we put hinges on the box where the battery goes.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 05, 2012 @ 10:58 PM | 2,474 Views
I put an ad in the local Craigslist to see if I could find some RC airplanes to fix. I know there are people out there that have wrecked a plane and don't know what to do with it. I offered to do the work reasonable and that I would trade work for RC equipment. I got a call last weekend and the guy brought me his plane yesterday. It is a Hobbico Superstar. It hit a tree and must have taken the impact right in the front windshield area. The hood area is cracked the piece of wood that was the windscreen was broken completely off. One wing is damaged at the root on the front. All in all the damage is not bad. I have the fuse cleaned up and almost ready to go back together and be covered. The wing will need a little cut and replace work and a little covering. It also has a couple of holes in the covering on the other wing. We worked out a good trade for payment. I should have it done in a couple of days. He did the right thing by picking up the parts and bringing them to me also. That always helps.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 05, 2012 @ 02:25 PM | 2,550 Views
My friend got a Sig Mid Star 40 kit last weekend. I am going to help him with it. I went to his house yesterday and we got started on the right wing. This looks like it is going to be a nice easy kit to complete. Part of it is stamped and part of it is laser cut. He has servos and an engine so we hope to be able to complete the kit with no issues. I only took one picture before I left. He sent me a pic today of the left wing. He is going to take some pics as he builds too I hope.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Feb 04, 2012 @ 06:56 AM | 2,197 Views
Well once again it seems like the progress on all of my projects has come to a grinding halt. I do however have everything I need to complete both planes now. I got the throttle lever for the Tiger Trainer. I have tested the wiring for the big Cub wing and that is going to work. All I need now is TIME. Today I am going to my friends house to help him start on a new kit he got.

I actually took off work last Tuesday and ended up helping him rebuild his flight box and we went to Mid South Hobbies and got some glue, epoxy and some other tools he will need for the build.

I would be willing to bet that I will NOT get anything done tomorrow except for drinking a few beers and watching Superbowl stuff all day.

I am going to meet a guy today and pick up a plane that he wants me to repair for him. He has offered some RC goodies in trade for the work. The damage is not bad so I suspect I will be doing this for him. He says he has a .40 engine and some servos and other stuff he will give me for the work.....SCORE!