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Old Nov 27, 2011, 07:48 PM
Egads! It's a GIRL!
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How many times can I get hooked?

Today was the club's monthly contest. I got second in Fledgling Woodie, of three entrants. My second and third launch were terrible, I am still working out the bugs in my winch launches, and haven't been able to sit down long enough to epoxy in the wood for the bolts for the adjustable tow hook.

The first launch, though.....

It was one heck of a foggy day today. It never truly cleared up until almost 2, just as the winch was leaving. Some brave folks were trying to practice when we got there at 9; one smarty quipped "altitude limited soaring." And he was right! A full launch would have lost you completely in the fog. It lifted a smidgen as the experts MoM started, and a little more when the winch was opened for all classes. The fog was now high enough to play, as long as you didn't try to speck. After a couple false starts, I finally got my GL in the pea soup, and was immediately rocked by a thermal. I turned into it and... went UP! It was a good one, and the plane was doing all the turning. I was stoked. Then the plane started to fade.... Wow! I ducked down a bit, made a few too-tight turns, and was able to stay in the thermal, but just about under the fog. How cool!

Fledglings get 6, 5, and 4 minute tasks. At 4:30, I had to leave my nice, comfy thermal. It took a lot of convincing, but I finally got the plane straightened out. I left the thermal :weep: and promptly got sucked into another one, just as strong. Five minutes..... Five thirty.... I am doing everything I could remember (forgot to bury the stick in a corner), even trying to go inverted, and I am only halfway down. Fiver forty five.... Now it's time I HAD to get down. 200 feet left... 100 feet left... Five fifty! I am doing all I can, it's too low to invert again, I stalled, porpoised, did all sorts of slow-me-down things, all the while making a game attempt at hitting the ribbon, though it's not worth terribly much for my group. I made it down within 20 feet of the tape. Oh, well. Time? 5:59:02

My plane wouldn't come down.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 05:25 AM
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Great report LS. Sounds like y'all had a good time despite the fog. I've got one of those hat pins for my club "Azalea City Model Aeronautics", but I converted mine to 2.4
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Old Dec 03, 2011, 06:36 PM
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Alright, Mr. G, what are these and where do they go?
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 04:56 AM
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Re: All right Mr. G, what are these

My goodness Don, I thought you would be able to figure them out!!

Up here in the high wind country we use them right close to the balance point
on our woodies (and them other ones) to help us hold on to the fuselage while
we chunk the aircraft off the winch. One strip to each side, length wise.

David Clarke introduced me to this handy little addition. For my old arthritic
hands it sure makes it easier to hold on to a slick fuselage.
I have heard of others that use that anti skid material on the lower nose
portion also.
I believe he got his supplies at Lowe's in the shower/bathtub area.

I might add that you could also cut out the same thing from that super sandpaper
like you sent me....

Just now recovering from Thanksgiving! Lord have mercy, I ate until the gut
couldn't take any more.....then I had more pumpkin pie!
"Phat" G
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 11:23 AM
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ARKS Christmas Party last night and I sat next to the G-Man... who promptly got me in trouble with comments about hard, bony little fists... We had a nice time. However, even the truck heater wouldn't warm up the cold stare I got all the way home... (Just kidding, of course!)

Darth Fajita Breath...
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 11:29 AM
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You drove home late at night reeking of Party mix and Mexican food? Isn't that illegal? You could have killed someone with your emmisions. I think it's called DUIM (Driving Under the Influence of Mexican).
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldcoot2 View Post
My goodness Don, I thought you would be able to figure them out!!

Up here in the high wind country we use them right close to the balance point
on our woodies (and them other ones) to help us hold on to the fuselage while
we chunk the aircraft off the winch. One strip to each side, length wise.

David Clarke introduced me to this handy little addition. For my old arthritic
hands it sure makes it easier to hold on to a slick fuselage.
I have heard of others that use that anti skid material on the lower nose
portion also.
I believe he got his supplies at Lowe's in the shower/bathtub area.

I might add that you could also cut out the same thing from that super sandpaper
like you sent me....

Just now recovering from Thanksgiving! Lord have mercy, I ate until the gut
couldn't take any more.....then I had more pumpkin pie!
"Phat" G
That's exactly it, Mr. G and I did cut them out of that roll of stuff . I remember seeing these on your planes and just now got around to applying them. I'm starting to develop a bit of pain and weakness in my right hand due a little arthritis in my ring and little finger mostly...stupid stuff .

Yep, MoneyKote is very slick with sweaty hands and I don't need Pokey pulling a "bar-o-soap" routine on me . Thanks for the great idea!
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 08:55 PM
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I was out out at the local park today and met this really nice person, who rides a bike And thought of Steve! More pics can be found here!

http://www.bayrc.com/boards/viewtopi...p=78679#p78679
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 11:20 PM
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Hi Al

Do you know what caused it to come off, what a bummer on that brand new very trick bird.

Are you very far from Sears Point? there is a salt car up there you might like to see in the building stages, has a chevy irl 4 cam in it. The guys are from Tom Gloys trans am team.

G Don
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 11:43 PM
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GD, a little RED thread locker, solves the problem

Al

now the landing was fun
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 11:20 PM
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OK, here is one for you. I'v been looking at a few glider plans and I'v come across a few that has the wing area and wing loading in cubic decimeters, (dmq) Now how would one go about doing a comparison to a model that has a wing loading listed in oz/sq. ft.?

Mark
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Old Dec 06, 2011, 12:01 AM
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Mark:
Wing loading is in the form of weight/area as in ounces/square inch. In the metric system this can be grams/square centimeter or any of the power of ten variations like Kg/square meter, Kg/square decimeter, grams/square decimeter, etc.

1 square decimenter = 15.5 square inches and one ounce is equal to 28 grams. You can do the math or do it the easy way by using this website http://www.onlineconversion.com/area.htm

FC
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Old Dec 06, 2011, 12:58 AM
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Mark:
Wing loading is in the form of weight/area as in ounces/square inch. In the metric system this can be grams/square centimeter or any of the power of ten variations like Kg/square meter, Kg/square decimeter, grams/square decimeter, etc.

1 square decimenter = 15.5 square inches and one ounce is equal to 28 grams. You can do the math or do it the easy way by using this website http://www.onlineconversion.com/area.htm

FC
Yes, I would of gotten it, if it were square decimeter (DMK), but the spec is listed as cubic decimeters (DMQ), which to me, describes volume of the wing. That's the part that has me puzzled. Why would one relate volume of a wing in loading and area size, and is there any way to compare that to what is normally expressed as wing loading?
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Old Dec 06, 2011, 02:13 AM
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Not really mate... cubic wing loading was made up to essentially make a model look like it has a better wing loading than it really does. At least, thats what I am aware of. Generally it doesn't have a whole lot to do with the performance of a model.

Plain old wing loading is what I work off.

Cheers - boingk
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Old Dec 06, 2011, 07:11 AM
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OK, here is one for you. I'v been looking at a few glider plans and I'v come across a few that has the wing area and wing loading in cubic decimeters, (dmq) Now how would one go about doing a comparison to a model that has a wing loading listed in oz/sq. ft.?

Mark
Take a look at the underlined bit. Is this really correct or did you have a typo?

If, in fact, the area is listed ... then computing the wing loading ought to be rather straightforward.
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