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Posted by Pappyjkns | Apr 28, 2016 @ 03:06 PM | 4,452 Views
We all have at one time or another, experienced the results of Murphy’s Law… know….”what can go wrong….will go wrong….at worst possible moment!” Over the years people have updated these laws with new ones as it applies to their own experiences.

Well, I have a new one, I call it Murphy’s CA Law! “inexperienced r/c builder + very vague assembly instructions + CA = disaster! How do I know you say? If you recall, in my last post I just received a new 1.5 m DLG called the “Cumulus” from Hobby King. It’s supposed to be plug ’n fly but in reality there is some assembly required.

I’m not that experienced building planes, I’m new to DLG, the supplied instructions were great if you had already built a number of these models and you knew what you were doing. For me they left more questions than answers, plus I had a new supply of that wonderful stuff…..CA!

My first gaff was to glue the aileron horn on backwards……Doh! I did a trial fit…..looks good, applied liberal amounts of CA (as I am not a conservative) : ) As soon as the aileron was in place, I knew…..crap!…..wrong direction! Try as I might, I have yet been unable to remove it despite liberal use of debonder!

My second blunder was installing the rudder on the supplied boom. Normally, I would have the stab on top, however, this unit has a bottom mounted stab, so I was working “upside down”. At any rate, I went to great pains to ensure the rudder was perpendicular to the boom and the stab. Everything...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Apr 20, 2016 @ 01:44 PM | 4,445 Views
You know that old saying "a watched pot never boils?" Well, I think the same thing applies when you order r/c stuff online. After many flights and mishaps with my poor little DL50, it was getting bashed beyond recognition! I felt it was time to move up to a four channel DLG.

Hmmmm......what should I get? Can't afford the king's ransom required for the composites. The best bang for the buck seemed to be to build a balsa model. The Icarus and EvoW come to mind. Then a member of my SOGGI club mentioned that he saw a new 1.5m Dlg from Hobby King called "the Cumulus".

I checked it out and it seemed to tick all my boxes! To be honest, I've never ordered anything from HK, so I was a little nervous about the quality......was I just throwing good money away? After humming and hawing.....I decided what the hell.....let's dooooo this!.

I ordered the little bird on April the 6th, it was shipped from Singapore on April 8th! I thought, Wow! That's pretty darn fast! Then the waiting began....tick tock, tick tock. It must be coming by "slow boat from China" Sorry, I couldn't resist! ( I know Singapore is not a part of China but hey....its close!)

I was checking the tracking number on Canada Post almost every day.....nada! Then it shows up in Vancouver on April 18! Ten days later! Then it cleared customs and I figured another four or five days to get to Ontario.
So I was a little surprised to hear a faint knocking at my front door while I...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Apr 13, 2016 @ 10:38 AM | 4,133 Views
I'm always on the look out for things that I can re-purpose for my r/c modelling needs. Since I have gotten more involved with DLG's and free flight, I realized I needed a more sensitive weight scale. I've checked a few of the box stores but the most of them stock scales that are just not sensitive enough for my liking.

This morning my wife & I were in Walmart shopping for groceries. I wandered off on my own....always dangerous says the misses! Anywho, I decided to check out their scales. They had a good selection but most were just not sensitive enough. They I spied a small portable mini-weight scale made by Taylor.....hmmm.....this looks interesting! The cover can be used as a tray for measuring larger items. Best of all its accurate to a hundredth of a gram!! Really? Okay that maybe overkill.....I was hoping to get to a tenth of a gram. $20 Cdn.....perfecto! So I grabbed one, now I weighing everything just for fun! Lol! This will come in handy for my next DLG build.

Posted by Pappyjkns | Apr 05, 2016 @ 03:32 PM | 4,941 Views
One of the things I’m starting to realize is the extensive variety of interests and talents that our club members possess. This winter our club held a number of workshops and we all got to benefit from insights provided by the more experienced members.

As an example, this past Sunday, our club held a Free Flight Workshop where by all the attendees had a chance to build a rubber powered free flight balsa model.

What a blast! The level of camaraderie was quite high with lots of good natured kibitzing. I was surprised how much fun it was to go back to the aerodynamic basics. Working with very thin 3/32 sq “ wood requires a certain level of delicacy. In order to speed up the build process, we use thin C/A. I think I won the award for having gotten my fingers stuck together the most and everything else I touched! Every few minutes someone would apply just a little too much force and snap goes the thin wood followed by a verbal outbreak followed by gaels of laughter from the rest of the crew!

As I got to interact with the various members, you soon learn more about their varied interests and talents. Some members are builders…..they just love to build. Others prefer to be up in the air! I fall somewhere in between…..I’m not really a great builder and I’m still earning my wings but I can appreciate both types.

It was interesting to see members who fly very complicated and expensive sailplanes take so much joy out of building such a simple little rubber band powered balsa model called the “Sky Bunny” Once built, you get to adjust the cog and add trim tabs just like in the full sized birds.

Some people are not joiners, they prefer to be alone, I get that. For the rest of us, I highly recommend that you check out and join a local club of like minded r/c enthusiasts. The benefits are endless!

Posted by Pappyjkns | Apr 04, 2016 @ 02:42 PM | 3,808 Views
As a relative newbie getting back into r/c after so many years, going to Toledo was always on my bucket list. This year I had the opportunity to drive there along with four other members of my r/c soaring club.....SOGGI. I checked Goggle maps.....hmmm....just under 800 Kms ( under 500 miles) round trip from my hometown Hamilton, Ont.

The plan was to meet in nearby Brantford, Ontario around 6 am. This meant getting up at 4:45 am, showering, grabbing a coffee & a quick bite to eat, cause heaven forbid I show lose any of the extra fifty pounds I drag around! 😜 What I'm quickly learning is that attending the Toledo show for one day from my area is not for the faint of heart.

We were on the road by 6:30 am and after some back tracking to pick up one member, we were soon steaming south down the 401 heading to the Windsor border crossing. We wasted little time crossing & by 11:30 am ( 5 hours later) we were in Toledo, parked & walking into the Seagate Convention Centre.

Downtown Toledo seems to be going through some type of renewal. The streets & stores having gone through some major overhauls. The only thing that seemed to be missing were businesses/store fronts & um...people!

After buying our entrance tickets, we split up & went our own ways. I immediately headed to the second floor swap meet. I've never seen so many old gas engines & BFGM ( big f*****g gas model) r/c planes! I did manage to pick up two new Futaba 3008SB...Continue Reading