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Posted by rfg06 | Mar 09, 2011 @ 05:11 PM | 2,645 Views
First, sorry for the shouting title but I needed to catch your attention. If you're reading this it worked!

I have a small 36" span Howard Pete and a problem to go along. My problem is that I am torn between electrifying this plane or going with a glow motor. I have three different possible setups right now in my posession (batteries are irrelevant. I would buy whatever is necessary for either of the electric setups):

1- Axi 2808/16 with CC TBird 36

2- Eflite Power 15 with CC Phoenix 35

3- OS .10 FP Brand spanking new

I cannot decide for the life of me. I would love to hear the little whine of the OS but I also love flying electric. Which way should I go?
Posted by rfg06 | Mar 09, 2011 @ 03:54 PM | 3,024 Views
This is a mini-build err...renovation log of a Bjorn (?) Glider I recently received from a club member. I am rebuilding the stab (because my fat cat jumped on the old one), adding landing gear to the fuselage, building a cockpit hatch, refinishing the model's covering paint job, and finally adding EDF power!

So far I have recovered the wings and sanded/filled a good portion of the fuselage (balsa sheeted foam construction there). Lots more to come.
Posted by rfg06 | Feb 23, 2011 @ 11:42 PM | 2,675 Views
After destroying my P-40's cowl and breaking the fuselage on the plane's second flight, I wondered from where should I order a replacement nose. I couldn't get another Sureflite cowl because they are no longer made and I did not want to invest time making a mold/plug for a new plastic or fiberglass cowl since I didn't even know if my fuselage repair would hold up. I was heading into my garage when I saw this jug sitting on the counter, ready to be tossed into the recycling. AHA!

I took the jug out to the garage and some quick TLAR guestimating said it would work. I will let the photos do the talking as it is pretty straitforward. Not quite scale but it looks good enough. Amazing, the power of DIY!
Posted by rfg06 | Feb 21, 2011 @ 08:04 PM | 3,690 Views
Some documentation and images of Mira Slovak's P-39 Mr. Mennen. Slovak had a 2,000hp motor in this racer and it was very fast. He went to Reno in the 70's but missed the qualifiers so he couldn't race.

Found this gem on another aviation forum...



--In 1972, Mira Slovak was not allowed to race his P-39 at Reno because he arrived after the 'deadline'. Mira knew beforehand that he was going to be late. What was his reason?

SLOVAK WAS A CAPTAIN FOR CONTINENTAL AIRLINES. A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT (NOT TO MENTION GEORGE MENNEN'S MONEY) WAS PUT INTO "MR. MENNEN". BUT SLOVAK, WHO HAD A LONG REPUTATION OF FAVORING THE 'FAIRER SEX', HAD A DATE WITH A STEWARDESS ON THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RENO QUALIFICATION DEADLINE. MIRA PETITIONED THE R.A.R.A. COMPETITION COMMITTEE FOR A 'WAIVER', BUT WAS DECLINED. THEY TOLD SLOVAK THAT IF IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HIM, HE WOULD SHOW UP ON TIME. HE DIDN'T. THEY DIDN'T BEND. GEORGE MENNAN WALKED AWAY IN DISGUST, AND SLOVAK LEFT, VOWING NEVER TO RETURN TO RENO....Continue Reading
Posted by rfg06 | Feb 12, 2011 @ 11:24 AM | 3,102 Views
Tee Dee .049 or .09? This was mounted on the glider also pictured.
Posted by rfg06 | Jan 28, 2011 @ 05:56 PM | 3,181 Views
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