|May 25, 2013, 12:19 AM|
First Build, Eagle 2
"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."
― Leonardo da Vinci
I recognize the heart of the flyer in Leonardo's words. I too have been mesmerized by flight since childhood. As a child of the Seabees, I spent the majority of my youth outside the United States. Flying was a passion as every where wings took you brought new adventures. Years pass and I meet the love of my life in the hills of the Mid-South. We have two beautiful daughters and time moves along. I become a private pilot, fulfilling a life long dream begun by my father. I fly until the crash of the economy, when it just becomes too costly. Two daughters in college, the business economy crashing... Time moves on
25 years slip away... "some of it's magic, some of it tragic, but I had a great time all the way -Jimmy B
Leonardo's words and dreams haunt me too.. I also look to the sky and one day I see a scale warbird flying, It was a A-10 Warthog, something Giant. I did a double take. Come to find out there is a local field near where I live, I went there. Awesome, it was like a flashback of the first time I walked onto an airfield and into a FBO and wanted to learn to fly. When I got my FAA ticket, I was the fastest solo in the history of the FBO. I took to it like a fish to water, they said.
I love flying, toyed with building a Cozy but life and time put an end to that path
Pilot, Single Engine Land, High Performance, Complex, laid low.
But walking onto that RC Airfield, Tangerine Field, brought it all back. Every memory, commensurate with the same feelings!
Who says you can't go home again?
So, today another journey starts ....
I will start at the beginning, High wing nitro trainer.
Built from a kit, I want to scratch that "builders itch"
Looked around and pulled the trigger on an Eagle 2...
So, into the breach my friends.
You shall be my mentors and instructors
I hope to make you proud...
The Flying Possum
|May 25, 2013, 12:28 AM|
The Build Area
Ok, going retro... like dorm room retro, lol
Who needs a dining room in a condo?
Inventory Tubs, instead of milk crates, priceless
Door from Habitat Re-Store $8 US
Insulation Sheet, carpet tape, Lowes...
Work Table, Pin Able Surface
|May 25, 2013, 12:34 AM|
The Build Arena
The finished surface
Seems a sensible starting tool set, comments?
ready for my first "Builders Moment"
|May 25, 2013, 12:50 AM|
I savor my First Builder's Moment, The Reveal
Things seem like they survived the trip well.
Looking forward to getting started
|May 25, 2013, 12:56 AM|
Calling it a night
Putting the plans to bed, resting under our extra surfaces and some weight.
Going for nice and flat plan sheets.
The time is 'nigh even flying possums need their sleep...
|May 25, 2013, 12:35 PM|
United States, KY, Taylorsville
Joined Mar 2010
Nice airplane to start! I, too, build on a hollow core door with blue foam on top. I have three work stations and always have a few planes 'in process'.
|May 25, 2013, 01:07 PM|
Nice to know that I wasn't the first. I aim to keep this log updated, do you know how others have posted pics inline in their posts whereas mine are below each post?
|May 25, 2013, 01:13 PM|
Tangerine Field Fly-in
Happened by the field before work today.
Mr. Northrup would have been proud!
The Flying Possum's personal pick
|May 25, 2013, 03:23 PM|
I built the Eagle 2 couple years ago and very easy flying. I did put a servo in each wing not going with the centrally located one. I beleive.. if i recall you can pick which amount of dihdedral you want.. go with the lowest amount. I believe the highest amount may be for non-aileron operation.. not sure. I don't recall any issues with the build, very straight forward.
I like inverted 2x4 cieling tiles on my flat surface... really takes pins well..
|May 25, 2013, 07:25 PM|
Radio and servo input needed...
Here is what I am thinking, peeps please comment.
Thinking towards the future and more builds.
I do not want to scavenge the servo's out of the Eagle 2 (Unless it is totalled), I want to keep it around for my kids or friends or whatever... engine as well, mabye even leave the receiver in it too. Keeping it around and ready to go.
For me, or whomever.
My transmitter on the other hand, I can see just buying the radio that I will use for the long haul. my next few builds anyway, more than 4 channels
Keeping myself open to larger scale, retracts, flaps etc..
So my first question, is this logic sound? Recommendations?
Servo recommendations for the four channel eagle 2.
Just want no-nonsense reliable, cost constrained, bread and butter servos.
I know less than nothing about all the letters and numbers, it seems that there are more servos than Madonna has bras. I need to use a lifeline on this one.
The Flying Possum, needs to phone a friend
|May 25, 2013, 07:58 PM|
If I can be of any help?
Servos, we did ours electric and used HT 17g metal geared by
|May 25, 2013, 11:00 PM|
Time to get to it!
Inspiration and recreation
I need some better pins
I used zap-a-gap green and went for the capillary joint fill.
We will see tomorrow if I have a good joint.
If not perhaps I will go with Slo-Zap, that has better gap filling skills
But a slower cure time, I would then apply glue to one of the surfaces first, then join the parts rather than allow the zap-a-gap to wick into the joints.
Are there prevailing thoughts about which method produces superior results?
Possum makin' it over here, Boss!
|May 26, 2013, 01:07 AM|
I couldn't wait to unwrap, it seemed quite solid.
Make for good tolerances, and then zap the gap.
I can see that a drop on the opposite side, might be called for sometimes
Just to be certain of a good bond.
A touch up so to speak...
I greatly appreciate you following this project, your majesty
Humbly, the possum bows to the Queen of the Air
|May 26, 2013, 11:31 PM|
Step 7 Completed
Possum Air is producing parts!
Feels light too... wish I had a digital postal scale.
Could be nice to document weights, education and recreation.
Any and all comments are desired and welcomed.
Still looking for suggestions on my radio and servo inquiries posted earlier.
So far, only Queen Kimber has been kind enough to share her thoughts.
I hope all have a wonderful Memorial Day !
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