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Old Apr 26, 2015, 03:42 AM
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Clean up an Old Plane

This is not a build off, but it occurred to me that I have a couple of planes sulking in the workshop under a mantle of dust, and inhabited by spiders that need some TLC. I'm thinking particularly of my enlarged Black Magic. She is a dream to fly, has newish lipos, and yet never gets to go play. Basically once a year or so she gets dragged out, gets 5 or 6 flights, and then sits for another age. Love the plane, love flying her, but there's always something else that gets priority.

So- the next fly in she will go along, and she will get lots of air time before then. Maybe a good cleaning, little oil on the wheels, and and some general TLC.

As you northern hemisphere types head to summer, I'm sure you have an aircraft you really enjoy that just hasn't flown for ages? If so, why not wipe her down, check that everything still works, and give her a little airtime? And maybe let us know how it goes?

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Old Apr 26, 2015, 06:55 AM
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Think I'll clean up my twin skylark and take her out.
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Old Apr 26, 2015, 08:46 AM
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My Dad and I have several like that. L-4 and L-5 that only come out for warbird events, haven't flown either in a year I'll bet. A .46 powered Funtana hasn't been out lately, a Martha, several small nitro and electrics. We keep flying the same four or five favorites all the time.

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Old Apr 26, 2015, 10:28 AM
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I have my vintage-1996 Trenton Terror sitting up in the attic. It has hundreds of flights on it, but being covered with Polyspan makes it "non-biodegradable." Maybe it's time to dust it off, and reinstall the ancient OS .20...
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Old Apr 26, 2015, 11:13 AM
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Yip- just think of that time and care that went into getting those planes fly just right, and with probably a half an hour attention they could be doing there thing again
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Old Apr 26, 2015, 03:16 PM
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I was just thinking the same thing about my cabin Playboy. Such a great flier, and she never gets flown. I need to get a motor back in her and get some air time.
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Old May 16, 2015, 05:53 AM
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Took the old Black Magic out this morning, and was pleasantly reminded how relaxing flying an old timer can be. No leaping off the ground and banging sticks, but a long enjoyable take off and gentle turn into the circuit. No wiggling and waggling with the breeze, but just a slight drift off course. She politely lifts her nose when encountering lift, and a nice smooth turn back sees her slowly elevate in a thermal. Landing with a slight cross breeze she just floats in with a little rudder to keep her straight, and a little flare sees her trundle along on her wheels until the tail settles. Most enjoyable!

What surprised me the most was that I thought that I had spent mist of the flight under power, but when I landed it turned out that of the ten minutes, she had only been under power for 4!

The chaps at the field thought she was a scale model that flew very realistically
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Nice owl looking forward to much the same from the big bandit.
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Old May 16, 2015, 07:00 AM
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Enjoy! Its like pulling on a nice worn pair of jeans, and nice old soft boots. They just make you feel at home....
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For some reason my Forster .99 powered Taibi Powerhouse fits into this group. She flys well enough and the sound of the Forster barking skyward is music, but she don't get enough air time for some reason. I'll have to work on rectifying this soon.
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Old May 16, 2015, 07:37 AM
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That's a good looking plane
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Why do spiders need TLC?
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Why do spiders need TLC?
You wouldn't want to squish a sick spider, it wouldn't be very sporting
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Why do spiders need TLC?
More sympathy than TLC - how would you like to have to lace up 8 Doc Marten's every morning???
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More sympathy than TLC - how would you like to have to lace up 8 Doc Marten's every morning???


Shades of Milligan ... and the centipede footballer.
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