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Posted by rich56ia | Aug 05, 2012 @ 04:10 PM | 1,956 Views
Making a short high start to practice more with my 3.5 Explorer.

50 ' of Areo Hose Monster rubber http://www.aerofoam.com/3m.htm
100' of stringe.
On a 30 pace pull got a 50' stretch on the rubber with 12 lbs on the ring.

On a 40' pace pull got a 75' stretch on the rubber with 15 lbs at the ring.

Rich
Posted by rich56ia | Feb 09, 2012 @ 01:31 PM | 2,004 Views
Got the GP Taylor Craft 25 out of the rafters and finished building and covering.


Explorer pictures from install were the rudder needed special treatment. Cutting the opening in the tail post and removing some wiper was necessary to get the rudder to have the necessary deflection....Continue Reading
Posted by rich56ia | Feb 09, 2012 @ 12:32 PM | 2,030 Views
Just to bring everyone up to date on the cancer. Im almost 2 years out from surgery to remove the throat cancer and the radiation and chemo treatments that came along with it. All treatments are over and i have regained all the weight I lost and am eating a near normal diet. Hoping for a cure which comes at 5 years but moving forward.

My advice to avoid this mess, STOP SMOKING. It was my fault and I own responsibility for it .

Rich

Posted by rich56ia | Apr 28, 2010 @ 10:05 PM | 2,581 Views
Most know that iv been dx'd with throat cancer and had surgery march 12 that removed my epiglottois. Even with this radiation and chemotherapy therapy are needed to wipe it out;the first round of chemotherapy took me out for a couple week with nausea and defneass so the 2nd round will be alitlle less problematic.
Thanks for all your well wishes and keep me in your praryes that I have q full recovery.

Thanks
Rich
Posted by rich56ia | Mar 31, 2010 @ 09:04 PM | 2,716 Views
Recovered well from March 12 surgery and got out a week later with a gastric feeding tube till the throat heals more and I relearn to swollow. Never know how important something is till its gone and my epiglotis is gone. Most all the margins were good but the nerve cluster closest to the base of my tounge showed precancerious cells so its onto radiation and chemotheripy/
The radiantion fun starts thrus April 1 and the deadly juicing starts monday April 5th. The cure can be hell but who knows how it will effect me till I get going.
I will be out of action till the end of june it looks but wishing you the safest for flying fun this summer.

Peace
Rich
Posted by rich56ia | Mar 13, 2010 @ 03:48 PM | 2,927 Views
I will be down for a few weeks more unable to talk as the doctor has moved up the throat surgry to March 12. Latest tests showed that things are better than first thought and no other sites of cancer were found this week wiith the P.E.T. scan. I caught 9 kinds of heck for talking this last couple week and the wife has assured the doctors of my silance till they give the ok again to talk.(larynx cancer).
Peace
Rich
Posted by rich56ia | Jan 02, 2010 @ 06:31 PM | 2,754 Views
As ussual the Muscatine Miniture Aircraft Ass. held is New Years Day Mulvilhump rubber band airplane contest.
The early pratice flights were as fatal as they often are when the wind is blowing 10-20mph and the plans are 2 oz or less.
Posted by rich56ia | Dec 17, 2009 @ 07:59 PM | 3,282 Views
After a long year of not feeling well and many doctors visits and 1 surgery Im on the mend.
Finished up a projected started last year redoing a Tower Trainer 60 and straightening the wing out and putting flaps on it to make it more fun to fly.

Posted by rich56ia | Oct 29, 2009 @ 09:15 PM | 3,175 Views
It was a nice weekend at the field with a great bunch of people to help fund our mower fund.Tough saturday for me as a ail servo stripped out so chased the chute and visited with all the guys.I think terry edmonds won 2meter but don't hold me to it.
Mike Sr. fried his new used Perfect on the electric wires and it was a sad sight.
Some pictures of the Eastern Iowa Soaring Society at Blacksburg Iowa.
Rich

Posted by rich56ia | May 16, 2009 @ 04:49 PM | 3,474 Views
Its been a tough year health wise so thinking of thinning out the fleet and have taken up helicoptors in a bigger way as I can handle these with less physical needs.

Going to let go the CR Raptor 2 meter next week and see what kinda price it can bring along with a 2 meter laser I think.

Life is short,fly all you can.
Rich

Club had their spring sailplane contest this weekend-5-16--5-17.Lots of wind saturday for the 2 meter-RES contest with wind over 25 but no major accidents. Lots of good pilots with Mike Fox, Terry Edmonds attending, Terry flew the new Sprit which looked really good. I didn't get the results for sat as I chased down the chute with the ATV for everyone and didn't fly but watched some great flying by all.
Sunday unlimited and RES was another great day with no winds and cool temps. Tons of Zeniths, Pike Perfets, AVA's flying all over but the local flyers did real well with Wyan Mesner winning unlimited the 2nd weekend in a row and John Lindsey wining RES, scores when avalible. I flew and claimed the tail of the list as it was my first flights of the year as health problems have kept me inside, but injoyed the weekend very much.
Posted by rich56ia | May 04, 2009 @ 12:11 PM | 3,852 Views
Bought this off ebay early last year, a finished ket with all hardware removed and some minor blems. Its a rebuild of Brian Agnew's 2 meter sloper.Obechee over foam wings and ele, framed wood rudder. Strange finish on the wings,not sure if its paint and urethane on top or what but its peels off. Refinish job for next winter maybe.
No flights yet as my health has kept me indoors for a couple months. Nerve damage to legs.

Airfoil is anE387 on the wings
Stab is SD8020
Installed wing harness
Weight says finished weight is 42oz-I lightened this up to 36oz.

Flaps have Jr 341
Ail-HS-65MG
Elev-Rud-HS-...Continue Reading
Posted by rich56ia | Dec 11, 2008 @ 05:56 PM | 3,624 Views
Here are a couple of my winter projects that are at different stages along with my continueing effort with the cnc router.

Have had a GP T-craft 25-32 on the bench for a couple years and have just about got it ready for covering.

Been learning to fly a heli with a Robbins 25 electric heli the last couple winters and santa brought a new Esky HoneyBee King 2 for me to crash this winter, its just alittle to large to fly in my crowded basement so its on a shelf till spring.
Posted by rich56ia | Apr 16, 2008 @ 01:42 PM | 4,329 Views
BIL's been working with router and a program that cuts faces out from a BMP picture. While cutting it seemed to loss its settings for 0 and by the end it was 1/2" out alignment. After some fiddling and checking he figured out that the picture program was asking it to cut it at a high resolution that the machine isn't capable of which is .05. After reseting everything and getting the resolution down to .05 seemed to work fine.

3-15-08 Installed limit switchs and BIL is making up a hold down system that should cover the whole area and any size materal.

04-15-08 Recieved lumber for a shed to house the router and started layout but with a small yard and the set backs requied by code biggest it can be is 14'X12'.
Will be a slow build as Im disabled and need alot of help getting it built but with the help of family and friends should be in it by winter 08.
Thanks All
Posted by rich56ia | Mar 29, 2008 @ 12:31 PM | 4,034 Views
Thought I would give a more detailed account of how they get you on the boat in a orderly and fast manner.
We departed from the port of Miami and was bused from the hotel to the port. Upon arrivel at the port, porters take your luggauge and get it to the right ship, make sure you use the ships baggage lables properly so you get your luggage promply, generlly the suite cases show up to your room by 10PM the day you board. Getting on the ship is just like flying, they run everything and you thru a Xray machine to look for the normal contraban, don't even attempt to bring on booze, it will be confiscated and kept untill the last night before arrive back at home port. You can get a few-1 6 pack of soda/pop on with you but even that is iffy. They check all passports and ID's rather quickly and get your picture taken for your onboard ID card which you will use for everything on the ship. Anything not included in your cruise price like drinks, water and meals get charged to your room as an onboard charge which can run up rather quickly if you arn't paying attention. A family from Norway which we met on the flight home ran up a $5000 charge for their 5 day cruise.Needless to say Dad was alittle upset.
Getting off the ship is a orderly manner also so listen to the annoucements and follow directions, don't get into big a hurry and its a pleasent experance.

One thing we did learn was that when asked if you wanted Avian water with your dinner or any other time, that bottle will...Continue Reading
Posted by rich56ia | Mar 25, 2008 @ 10:34 PM | 4,578 Views
Here's my cnc router project, most the work was done by my RCI maintinace brother in law.
We used the hobbyCNC 3 AXI driver boards-heres the build thread that I followed.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ght=cnc+router

The hardest problem with the hobby board is getting good solder points, we had to go over the board twice to resolder bad connections but we had it up in running in good time.



Just starting the run of the machine so a ton to learn, workng with DeskNC for the g-code and autocad or Ecad, both very complex programs so a huge learning curve.
Rich



Oct 9 2008
Got the cnc machine home in the basement and set up but because of health problems I havnt been able to use it so thinking of selling it or letting my local club members use if for thier projects. With my medical problems I dought I will be able to use it in the future.
Its been a long summer with many health challanges.
Rich ...Continue Reading