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Posted by Midnite_rider | Aug 26, 2012 @ 10:59 PM | 2,961 Views
I put my new Alpha 60 on the CG machine Saturday. Unlike the last one, this one is a little nose heavy. Hopefully it won't take much to get it balanced out. I learned how important that is after wrecking my Thunder Tiger trainer a few months ago.

I am also still working on a Topflite Cessna 310 for someoen else. I am installing Robart retracts on it. It was a bit more complicated than I thought it was going to be. I just about have it done now. Its too big to work on in the shop. I had to bring it in the house tonight to get the wing on it and test out everything. My wife was thrilled when she got home and saw it in the living room floor.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:43 PM | 4,033 Views
I got this plane from a friend in Arkansas. He got it in a package deal when he bought out a guy who was getting out of the hobby. He gave it to me because he didn't want it and he knew I could fix it.

I like fixing planes and I think this one turned out good. Except for one small thing. It is sooooo tail heavy that I couldn't even get it to set on the CG machine. I finally got enough weight in it to get it neutral and it weighs a TON. I tried to weigh it but my scales are not very good. It seems to be about 10 pounds. That's why I call it the bowling ball. It's so heavy that the landing gear are squatting. I am afraid to even try to fly it.... I don't think the engine is strong enough to get it off of the ground.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Aug 22, 2012 @ 07:50 PM | 2,726 Views
I got this Mustang off of Craigslist a couple of months ago. I got a sweet deal on it. I bought it from a woman who was selling it because it belonged to her husband who has recently passed away. It was the only plane he had and he took really good care of it. It is a really nice plane with all of the bells and whistles. The only thing missing is flaps. It has a Magnum .53 four stroke, remote glow connection, fuel dot and retractable gear. What more could I ask for. It came with a computer Futaba radio, the only downside of the radio is.... its a 50 mhz. This is the only 4 stroke I have, but I love the way it sounds.
Posted by Midnite_rider | Aug 20, 2012 @ 10:15 PM | 2,671 Views
Well lots of water has passed under the bridge since I last posted on my blog. New job, crashed 2 planes, bought several planes,,,,,, scared to fly any of them since the 2 crashes.

I flew my trainer at my house several times with not many problems. I cartwheeled it across the yard once and did a little damage to the tail. It seemed no big deal. I repaired the damage and while I was at it I replaced the reciever battery. Before the crash it was very neutral as far as COG. I left out one main step before I tried to fly it the next time. I forgot to rebalance it. I started it and took off. It was very very tail heavy. That was evident when it took off and the nose went straight up. I attempted to gain some airspeed to level it out. It got over some trees and did a big loop and crashed into the top of a tree. It cut the wing completely in half. In an effort to be a big boy, I didn't get upset, I just picked up the pieces and went home. I knew it was my fault.

The following weekend, in an attempt to not get the jitters and "get back on the horse" I pulled out my blue and white cub. I flew it 3 times that morning with no issues except for having to cut the engine to land because it was going so fast that I couldn't slow it down. The a friend called and wanted to go flying. He came up and we went to my field. His plane lost power due to a stuck klunk and went into the trees. No damage except for a broken prop. I took off, made a right turn about...Continue Reading