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Posted by slopeiron | Aug 09, 2013 @ 10:59 PM | 2,129 Views
Got another bike! This is a 1941 Hawthorne, built by Rollfast and sold by Montgomery Ward. I still need to go through the whole bike, but I did free up the springer, clean up the rims a bit and put some new tires on it so it is ridable. I just love the fork on this bike! Can't wait to get this baby out on the beach.
Posted by slopeiron | May 29, 2013 @ 08:15 AM | 4,466 Views
The Four Amigos flew together at the PSS Festival! The wind was blowing straight into the hill at 20-30mph and was nice and smooth.

I did manage to stuff my landing even with Brian talking me through it. But I see where I went wrong and know what NOT to do next time. LOL Luckily, the plane slammed straight down on the nose and did not cart wheel. Even more luckily, the impact was kind of a glancing blow on the angled part of a small embankment in an area that was kind of soft. That seems to have cushioned the blow and the plane only got a few snackels on the sides of the nose. It will be an easy fix.
Posted by slopeiron | May 20, 2013 @ 10:47 PM | 2,268 Views
I built this plane about two years ago and it has been sitting in the rafters unpainted ever since. I had been working on the Hawker Typhoon for the PSS Fest this year but I could tell that I was not going to be able to finish it in time with the level of detail that I wanted, so I decided to get this plane ready to go instead.

I don't plan to enter this plane in the contest. It is just a flyer. So I wanted to do something fun with the scheme this time around. I actually painted it four times because I kept changing my mind on the colors and scheme.

I wanted a military looking scheme but also wanted something kind of sporty and Reno Racerish. I also wanted something that would make it easy to distinguish the top from the bottom in the air.

I decided to keep the hard masked line between the top and bottom colors like the Meteor had. I had originally done some camo on top but I was not happy with it and finally decided to paint over the whole thing with Slate Grey. After I got it on and saw how green this so-called "Slate Grey" was, I was very tempted to paint over it with something lighter. But the next day it was a tad lighter and it started to grow on me.

The markings were loosely inspired by this concept Mig illustration (which I plan to build after the Typhoon is finished). I wanted to do the red stripes on the top of the fuse but with the canopy up front, I couldn't get them to work out the way I wanted. So I finally just abandoned them and went with the black nose.

Still needs some panel lines and weathering but I'm pretty happy with it so far.
Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 11:25 PM | 3,209 Views
1950's Shelby Flying Cloud
This is my latest acquisition. I just got it last week and have not had a chance to clean it up yet. It's not really ready for a long ride at the moment. The tires are kind of hardened and don't roll very well, so I'll need to get some new ones. I also want to take the wheels apart and clean/rebuild the hubs. While I have the spokes out, I'll clean up the rims and then re-lace them.

I absolutely LOVE the patina on this bike. I am not going to touch the paint. I am just going to clean the grease off of the chrome parts and RIDE IT BABY!

I love the stance of this bike. The thing is just so righteous!


Cool head badge too!


A few more pics.
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Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 11:13 PM | 3,247 Views
My Rat Rod
This is also a sah-weet riding bike! I am trying to find a Colson chain guard for it and maybe some fenders. But I'm kind of diggin' it just the way it is.


Hard to see in this pic, but this bike has a skip tooth sprocket. The chain is 1" pitch as opposed to 1/2" pitch like the modern bikes.


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Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:42 PM | 2,941 Views
Place holder for this bike. Need to find pics...
Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:39 PM | 2,914 Views
1941 The World
I got this bike for my wife. It is basically a Schwinn B6 Hollywood, but sold under a different badge. I bought it complete from someone on the Schwinn forum. It had a non-springer, locking fork on it (which I still have). But I changed it out for a springer and this bike rides like a dream! You would never know it is 72 years old.


For the prewar bikes, the boys and girls bikes had different length head tubes. After the war, this changed and the boys and girls bikes had the same head tube. But since this is a prewar bike, I had to look around for a while and find the correct springer for the bike. Here is what it looked like when I got it.


By sheer luck, it happened to be blue but it was badly oxidized. I didn't even realize that it was blue until I polished it up with some rubbing compound. It's almost a perfect match!
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Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:36 PM | 3,014 Views
1950 Schwinn Straight bar Panther
I built this bike up from parts. (Can you tell? ) Most of the parts are not correct. The pedals are wrong, I changed out the handle bars and the Panther also had chrome fenders. The front fender should have a Delta Rocket Ray light as well.

The tank on this bike is a very hard to find original. The problem is that most of the time someone has left the batteries in the horn unit and the battery acid causes major corrosion. If they aren't rusted all to heck, then they usually look like they've been through the war. It's not easy to find one like this, that is fairly straight and not rusted through.

The second pic was taken before I put the carrier rack and chain guard on. It's a nice riding bike but kinda heavy.

Posted by slopeiron | Mar 30, 2013 @ 11:55 PM | 3,200 Views
I love old bikes!

My collection so far:

Posted by slopeiron | Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:13 PM | 3,030 Views
My latest project for the 2013 PSS Festival. Here is a pic of my latest progress. Still have a long way to go before May.

Build thread is here. But be advised, it is already 42 pages. Hawker Typhoon.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 09:55 PM | 4,196 Views
Here is a little tip on how to get some really fine detail. My friend Ralph (Artsloper) turned me onto sheet wax. It has adhesive backing and comes in lots of different thicknessses. You can get it from FreemanSupply.com. I am using the .020 Thermo-Stable stuff here.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 09:38 PM | 4,196 Views
I seem to be haunted by Elvis. This happens all the time.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 09:06 PM | 4,457 Views
This is my most recent creation. The build thread is here. Since this was a concept plane that never actually got built, all I had to go on were Gino Marcomini's renderings on the Luft '46 site.


Added some pics of Plane 2.

Plane 1 had some issues, but I knew this going in. The goal there was to "build what I see" and I was sticking as close to the 3-view as possible. The wing was set way back and the huge side area of the nose actually fought the little vertical for authority. The result was that the plane would not do stall turns. The nose just would not come back around and the plane would tend to flop over at the top.

I wanted plane 2 to be a flier, so I gave it a more glideresque wing and moved the wing forward to give the vertical more authority. It may actually be a little too far forward, but I did that intentionally because of the side area of the nose. But moving the wing that far forward came at the cost of a lot more nose weight to balance and plane 2 ended up at 110oz. This works out to about 39oz per sq/ft wing loading. I have not flown it yet, but I'm sure it will be ballistic on a good day at Bluff Cove.

04/02/2012-
I flew the PI at North Face a while back. Number 2 flies much better than the first one. It is solid as a rock in the air. Here are a few pics:





Afterburner lit.
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Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 08:35 PM | 4,044 Views
Another one of my early designs. This was my second mold. When I built the first one (the little green jet looking one in the Old School post below), I made the mistake of using a wax that contained silicone. When I tried to PVA the plug, it just beaded up and would not make a solid layer. I went back to South Bay Plastics and talked to Herb Gerish about it. He told me to mist the PVA on in very light coats letting each one dry in between until I had a solid layer. This worked, except that it left a speckled texture all over the plug, which transferred into the surface of the mold. I didn't want to have that problem again, so when I built the mold for this plane, I decided that I was not going to use that crappy PVA and that I would just wax the heck out of the plug to keep it from sticking. What I didn't know is that polyester resin has wax in it. So when I layed up the mold, the plug got stuck so tight that I ended up ripping the plug in half trying to part the mold. Fortunately, I was able to salvage the mold well enough to make a sort of nasty looking part from it. The great thing about glass is that you can fix it really easily. A little Bondo and you're golden!

I don't use polyester anymore and maybe this would not be as much of a problem with epoxy, but I'm not going to try it to find out.

I was really looking forward to flying the plane in the last picture. Unfortunately, it met its demise on the maiden when I launched it at Fermin with the ailerons reversed.
Dc3
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 08:04 PM | 4,327 Views
Here is my DC3. Not exactly scale or anything but a fun plane to fly nonetheless. One day I was doing pumps at Fermin and decided to let my friend John Mantikas fly. Some of you might know him as 'Taz John'. In the process of handing the radio off to him, I had ahold of it in such a way that my palm depressed the buddy switch, cutting out the controls. The plane was on its way down from a pump and just continued its line straight onto the top of the cliff. It hit and stopped dead in its tracks with a nice loud WHUMP! Considering the speed it was going when it hit, it sustained surprisingly little damage. Just buckled the left wing. I still have it.

Also, this is the only sloper I ever built with a rudder. It was totally useless. All it did was kick the tail to the side, while the plane continued in a straight line. From this, I concluded that a rudder is worthless on a straight-winged plane (or a plane with very little dihedral). It only works on planes that have polyhedral (such as a sail plane) or enough dihedral, such that when you turn the plane sideways, the wind will get under the forward wingtip and lift it up, causing the plane to bank.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 07:10 PM | 4,052 Views
Some pics of my Meteor. As you can see, I did this one in my younger days.

The plane in the first two pics is the first one I built. I crashed it at North Face but was able to salvage the wing. It sat in my garage for years, then I finally built another one and used that same wing again. That plane got crashed as well, but the wing survived again and is now in another one that my friend Ian (Bluffman) has.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 06:39 PM | 4,060 Views
This is the Spitfire I did for the 2002 PSS Festival. You can see the build thread here. I think I had just discovered RCGroups when I built this plane and that was my first thread.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 06:33 PM | 4,053 Views
I suppose I may as well put something on my blog page. So here are a few of my planes. Here is my 109. I did a three part series on the building of this plane. Here are links to the articles:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
Posted by slopeiron | Aug 28, 2007 @ 03:26 PM | 5,566 Views
I found some of my really old school stuff. This is what I was building back in the early 80's. The first two are all wood. The green one is glass and is from the first mold I ever built. Boy was I happy with myself in that picture. I learned a lot from that plane. The main thing was that the fuse was way too small. I didn't like having to buy expensive mini servos just to get them to fit in the fuse. So my next planes were bigger.