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Posted by StrangeGager | Apr 23, 2008 @ 06:19 AM | 5,716 Views
Piled her straight in last night. Got too small real quick and I lost orientation. BAM! Tooth pick city. Oh well, everything seems to have survived except maybe the motor. I'll have to pull it apart at some point and check it out.

Now for my next project...
Posted by StrangeGager | Apr 22, 2008 @ 06:50 AM | 6,652 Views
I finally managed to get this bird in the air last sunday. It was way too windy, but I went for it anyway. Solo hand launch went off without a hitch and she climbed out with authority. Attempts at trimming were futile because of the wind, and the only real trim issue I noticed was the climbing at full throttle. I may need to tweek the thrust line a bit. Landings were easier than I thought, but I think I need a little more throw on low rates as she seemed to run out of elevator authority a little prematurely.

Lookin' forward to getting some more time on her in calmer weather...
Posted by StrangeGager | Feb 23, 2008 @ 04:47 PM | 6,143 Views
Well, I put my head down and got the Lil Bubba done today. Being the procrastinator that I am, my motivation was our club meeting tomorrow afternoon. Everone brings their winter projects for show and tell and I didn't want to be left out.

All in all, I'm pleased with the outcome. The only thing that worries me a little is the aileron linkage. With the Sullivan cable the ailerons are a little "wiggly". Hopefully I don't get any flutter.

Thw weight came in at 8.5 oz w/o the battery. This means that even with a 3s 2100 pro lite, I'm only at 13.5. I still plan to fly it with some 1320's, especially for the maiden.

I'd really like to thank my good buddy Jim who co-owns Cornell Sign for providing me the with the "Lickety-Split" vinyl graphics. If anyone is interseted, you can PM me and I'll get you in touch with him. All I did was come up with the design using MS paint and he did the rest. Thanks again, Jim!

Anyway, here's the pics. Enjoy
Posted by StrangeGager | Jan 13, 2008 @ 02:02 PM | 6,416 Views
Well, I decided to build another small plane this year for my winter build. This time its a Lil' Bubba from This is a kit from a local fella named John Hoover. A few years back, I built his FW-190 profile funfly plane, but sold it in the bones. Anyways back to Bubba. It was designed to be flown on .049 to .074 glow, so I figured about 200 watts of e-power should be just right . I did make a few changes like a forward top hatch instead of the bottom hatch, a bolt on wing, and wing mounted aileron servo instead of fuselage mounted with torque rods. The power system will consist of a Little Screamers Super Park Jet, Phoenix 25 speedo, and 3S 1320 or thereabouts for batteries. All up weight should be in the 14 oz range. I'm shooting for 70 to 80mph range. It should be a hoot!
Here some pics......Continue Reading
Posted by StrangeGager | Dec 02, 2007 @ 07:53 AM | 6,311 Views
I had the very unique opportunity to go to Bob Bondurant driving school in October as part of the training program at work. Gotta say, this was most fun I've EVER gotten paid for. The Vettes we were abusing had about 1500 miles on em and we showed em no mercy. I definately have alot more respect for race drivers after this. After the third day I was mentally exhausted(which usually doesn't take much ). Brake, heel-toe downshift, turn in, apex, exit, upshift about 15 times per lap really takes it's toll. Those guys that run the 12 and 24hr races must be super human or something. Didn't spring for the $200 photo package, so here's what I have. Enjoy
Posted by StrangeGager | Jul 09, 2007 @ 07:31 PM | 6,203 Views
This was the first airshow for my oldest son. He loved looking in the bombays of the B-25's. Weather was beautiful and so were the planes. First time I've seen the Mustangs, Corsairs, Thunderbolts and Warhawks up close. Hearing them fire up those big Allisons and P&W's was just awesome. Seeing them fly was even better. Frank "Lucky" Luckman was there standing by a P-47 telling war stories. Coulda listened to him for hours.
Enjoy the pics