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Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 23, 2021 @ 04:44 PM | 4,127 Views
Here we are again ,
A classic north Easter roars through to our south giving us a couple of inches of wet heavy snow and 2 days of favorable wind
I passed on the first day of flying,by this time in the year I am ready for some warmer temps and sun while flying also the forecast called for higher wind and temps on the second day.
Out we go ,good wind {20 to 30 +mph} and sunshine as we walked up the hill .......
Oh Ya that's right- This is New York in April ...

3 Hours on the hill ,7 planes flown and trimmed, Lot's of fresh air and flying
7 day's to the Glider Games
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 05, 2021 @ 09:43 AM | 2,529 Views
I didnt mention that after the nice long flight on the F-1 I continued to fly putting out my new G.E.M.S. Knife Edge wing .
I t was such a great day to be out on the slope,in the sunshine so I flew the wing for another 40 minutes.
I had forgotten to bring my backpack with all my gear so I had no goggles or wind Gage , but I think the wind was actually picking up as my eye's were watering pretty bad .
I was getting ready to end my flight head back down the hill and I thought"why not try a DS circuit on the back side to finish a great outing..........
Pictures tell a 1000 words - see below
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 03, 2021 @ 10:55 PM | 2,999 Views
This is my second day out on the hill this week ,with Sunshine no less .
This time out another maiden - a 60" G.E.M.S F-1 Racer
With a all up weight of 56 oz I had been hoping for a bigger wind day but the forecast was only for 14 to 15mph ,at least I should be able to check out the balance and trim with a test glide to the valley floor.
Once on top I estimated the wind to be between 15 and 20 ,I had forgotten my back pack with all my gear and wind Gage {not too exited }
A left handed launch and she was off ,2 clicks of up and she was not losing any height,I found her very nimble and able fly figure 8's across the top of my hill which is only about 75' wide.
She showed no sign of tip stall ,when the lift ebbed you could feel her get a little sluggish and would drop the nose if you got too aggressive with the controls.
Even with the marginal wind she did some nice pumps and carried her energy well .
I flew her about 45 minutes,near the end of the flight a pair of Red Tail hawks joined me for all most 2 minutes ,all of us crisscrossing each other and the slope.
My flight ended when I got caught low on the hill as a thermal moved through .
I am looking forward to flying her on a bigger hill with some room to "turn and burn "
I have some trim and details to finish on the fuse..and a canopy .
A very good day
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 03, 2021 @ 10:13 AM | 3,000 Views
After a couple of weeks on no flyable wind , my flying the powered treasures from the past has succeeded in making the wind jealous sending a nice 20 to 30 mph from the NW
My DAW P-51 has been ready with a extra ounce of lead in the nose and more expo on the elevator.....
It was worth the wait, she launched with no drama and a couple of clicks of up was zooming around hands off ,handling the gusts and vectoring wind changes
effortlessly .
After around 15 minute I brought her down and taped a bit of lead to the tail behind the wing and relaunched... I took a couple of clicks of up back out and she was perfect , what a blast to fly !
Fast or slow she is so comfortable to fly, She was doing some nice pumps and rolling inverted into a split "S" she accelerates like rocket.
I am looking forward to flying on some bigger hills where I can let her run,3 weeks to The Glider Games in Cleveland .
My only complaint would be that the chrome finish {currently without any markings } was shooting lightning bolts at me in the full sun we had today
The AUW is 33.4 oz

While the original DAW kits are pretty hard to find , Magunrcmodels has reintroduced them {with permission from the original creator DAW}
One of these should be in every body's hanger, They build fast ,look super cool and fly Great not to mention that they take abuse very well {originaly the guys on the west coast did full contact combat with them}
Remember there are only 2 kinds of aircraft in the air....Fighter's and Targets - I fly Fighter's

OBTW - After about a hours of flying I landed,checked the elevator trim {which was now level } I looked up and watched as Bald Eagle made 2 passes over the hill .
A very Good day for sure
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 31, 2021 @ 11:34 PM | 6,615 Views
I had so much fun with the Skylane I pulled down another treasure from my garage for the next day's project / fun
A Bill Evan's design,this one just needed to have the radio gear and a motor installed
Once again Enya 45 and Futaba gear
With no landing gear this was a hand launch plane to add a little extra potential for excitement

Once again with the Enya purring away ,a gentle push and she was away ...
Another nice flyer,loops,rolls , nothing not to like

Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 31, 2021 @ 11:17 PM | 6,597 Views
After the outing on the 16th the wind turned off and even acted like early summer...
What to do ...first off I am not complaining about 60 to 70 degrees in the middle of March
Needing a challenge, and something different to put some effort into - I remembered a couple of planes that had found their way to my garage many years ago
Possibly last flown in the 60's or 70's , the Carl Goldburg Skylane is a classic and great flyer....might a hint of that greatness still be found under the dirt and old duck tape ?
Here in the north east some of the hot rod guy's are building their cars and then distressing the paint so it looks like it has been sitting in a junk yard for the last 50 years ,they are referred to as "Rat Rods" ...How about a Rat Plane ...especially since vermin have spent some time in this old girl

The idea here was to do the bare minimum of work to get her back into the air and still be safe
So standard Futaba servos were installed for control {3 chan }
A Enya 45 was mounted for power {it probably last flew with a .19 to .35 }
The old duck tape was removed {the old wind screen } and replaced with clear packing tape
The covering that was falling off the stab was removed and replaced wit 1.7 laminating film {I cover most all of my slope planes with it and wondered how it would do on a powered Balsa plane }

It took me a day from start to finish to have her ready,once cleaned up a bit the plane actually displayed quite a bit of craftsmanship-...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 30, 2021 @ 07:11 PM | 4,359 Views
I was able to get out on the slope on the 16th to maiden a New Knife Edge combat wing and also a New 48 " Daw P-51
The wind was over 20 and gusting- vectoring west/north west temps in the mid 20's but at least I had sunshine .
I have to admit by this time in the winter I am having a hard time getting myself reved up to fly in the cold ...California sure looks nice

The P-51 maiden did not go so well ,I misplaced the instructions {C/G measurement } seems like they called for 1/4 in front of the spar but I couldn't exactly find it {a little to good of covering job } so I took a shot at it hoping to adjust on the hill
When I launched she Zoomed up,then down then up...I saved it 3 times but pancaked it on the 4th which would have been ok but the wind got underneath the tip so she cartwheeled a bit popping off a aileron -Tail heavy next time out with a bit more nose weight

The Knife Edge maiden was without drama ,spent the rest of my time on the hill blasting around with her,a Great flying wing
I even had a Bald Eagle fly past the front of the hill , a good day !
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 01, 2021 @ 07:37 PM | 7,627 Views
Its been a while {couple of weeks at least } since my last trip to the hill -
Fast forward most of the snow has melted,the temps are dropping back down below freezing and finally North West wind 17 mph predicted
I brought out my trusty Knife Edge , a Dan's Extreme Mini Machine and a 48" Bantam X-4 - a maiden

I launched the Bantam first ,with winds around 20 she flew out of my hand with no problem ,a click or 2 of trim and she was good to go .
At one point I got caught out in front of the hill in a lull/sink and was probably just 20' above the ground...I let her run making gentle turns into {I hoped } the vectoring gusts ..up she came
She does have more drag with the full fuse so you need to fly the energy.
At the end of the afternoon when squalls were starting to move in and the wind was ramping up above 30 i put her back up , she really came alive in the bigger air with big pumps and speed, a keeper for sure

The mini Machine continued to impress me , after its repairs it was as if I had never been dinged ,still a razor in the wind.

Lastly I put up my old trustie Knife Edge , I flew her for almost a hour in the changing conditions as the wind ramped up and vectored back and forth between NW and W .
It's amazing how the "sweet spot " on the hill moves with conditions ,my favorite is the "magic air " when the wind noise drops to almost nothing yet the plane is fly's like it is supercharged ...

Finally the snow was starting to come down as grovel,and I was getting cold so I packed up my planes and headed down the hill with 2 hours of stick time under my belt .

PS - I am sorry about the whiteness of the picture's ,not sure why
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 08, 2021 @ 09:48 PM | 11,373 Views
Now that we have snow on the ground I have been flying my water planes .
I added floats to my trusty Fun Cub ,a great combination with flaps
The EP Sea Wind ,a excellent flyer off the snow ,I just added flaps to it also
My Drongo aka "Pink Blaster",for when you need to get your heart rate up
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 08, 2021 @ 09:28 PM | 11,014 Views
Sorry for the delay in posting PC problems
A classic North Easter once again brought out flyable winds up the hill
Today I brought out my Sea Gull,after my close encounters with Mr Hawk on the last 2 outings I thought it might be interesting to see if the "birds of a feather theory " would apply and keep the Hawk's interest .
This storm dropped 6 to 8 inches of snow so the walk up was a little more work , the snow also brought out some more kids to sled the back side of the hill , later the crowd increased to a half dozen .

I put up the B-4 first, the winds were in the 20's ,Previously I had done some work on the elevator push rod to eliminate slack that had developed .
She flew like she was on rails turning and burning across the top of the hill even with some severe wind shifts from strange directions.
I lovingly refer to the B4 as my dollar plane, I had bought it at a local swap meet/auction for 1.00,nobody would even bid on it so I bid the dollar and won.
The plane is made of epo foam ,when I got it it had had a fire wall from a motor on the front ,I replaced a couple of 9 gram servos ,repaired and reinforced the fuse,made a foam nose and covered it all with 1.7 laminating film...a deal for sure

The wind was picking up so I put the gull in the air next ,she flew well , I might reduce some of the clear plastic tip fin area as she is almost too stable .
I had her flying across the top of the hill when the wind shifted so it was flying down wind , it took me a lot longer than I would have liked to get her to come back around .
By this time there were a half a dozen people sledding and 2 snowmobiles parked at the top also ,it was getting crowded and I had not seen the hawk so I packed up and headed back down .
On the way down I did spot the hawk off to the south way up ... Next time maybe we will fly together with less company
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 28, 2021 @ 04:21 PM | 9,200 Views
Once again a winter storm brought favorable winds to the hill ,19 degrees temps and called for 14mph -at the top 20 mph gusting above 30 and even some sunshine .
I brought out my G.E.M.S "Sally" and Knife Edge wing
It has been a while since I put any flight time on the Sally so I planned on spending most of my time with her,the Knife Edge I brought along as back up just in case .
After dialing down my elevator throw I had her scooting along pretty smoothly even with the gusty conditions .
Toward the end of my 45 minute flight I had her parked over the top of the hill and was riding the "elevator" up when once again I was joined by another bird of prey.
Flying within a foot over the top of my plane ,I am not sure if it was a romantic gesture { Say your new around here ,what's your name.... }
Or a territorial thing but it made my afternoon either way ,I rolled out from under Him and then climbed back up but my companion did not stick around.
Wearing goggles cuts way down on my peripheral vision ,I thought I had caught a glimpse of something dark over head earlier,they are kind of sneaky and seem to come up from behind the back of the hill ,I had Turkey vultures do the same thing .
Maybe next time out I will bring my Sea Gull
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 23, 2021 @ 08:51 PM | 8,921 Views
This morning I awoke to 6 inches of snow, 20 degrees and a forecast 15 mph winds ....
Oh Yea - Another chance to slope ,this was the third time I was able to get out on the hill this week
Once again at the top I found more wind , a steady 20 gusting over 30 mph to shake the rust off my trusty KA-8 .
I kept her up for around 20 minutes,the gusts were definitely flexing the wings
I popped the spoilers and walked her in during a lull in the gusts , no need to beat up an old favorite too bad.
Next up was the LEG ODR ,after some trimming {not sure why it was out of trim but its been a while since I last flew her } I was zooming back and forth close to the hill face {Kansas on my mind }
The wind kept vectoring west to north west then back west sometimes just a few degree's sometimes more - it kept it interesting
After about 45 minutes of fun my fingers were getting cold so I decided to head back down to the car.
A good week of flying {and climbing } has my legs and lungs ready for some rest and football tomorrow - GO BILLS !!
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 20, 2021 @ 04:27 PM | 10,352 Views
I got out today for almost 2 hours of non stop flying with my 48"Knife Edge and 48" Dan Wing 2 .
The temperature was 25 degrees and sunshine with a wind of 13 to 20 mph , I admit I was a little slow getting out the door but once again after I had a plane in the air it made all the extra clothes and climb up the hill well worth it .

A extra bonus today - I was flying hot laps back and forth across and down the face of the hill when I got a flash of something above me , after easing off and getting a little distance from the ground I was able to look up and found a good size red Tail hawk hovering 30 feet above my head and his partner was flying low over the field in front ,I felt honored to share the air with such awesome creatures !
I guess they saw the activity and were hoping that some thing would flush out of the cover I was zooming around over , in any case whenever I see birds of prey I am blessed .
There is more good wind forecast later this week -
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 06, 2021 @ 09:21 PM | 36,074 Views
I got out 2 times last week for some flying but did not take any picture,I could get used to this as a regular outing
The forecast was for a max of 9 mph today so I thought I would give it a try on a other wise grey dull day with temps in the mid 30's
I brought out my lite weight Kato to see if she would stay up.
Also I brought out a new 1mtr EPEE DLG for it's maiden on the hill
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 22, 2020 @ 08:26 PM | 13,955 Views
Out to the hill today for a forecast 14mph ,once at the top I found a steady 20 +
I tried launching the Cutlass first,she was a old combat plane I built in the 90's.
No joy on the Cutlass ,after a half a dozen or so launches {and walks back up the hill } the best I got was a couple of hundred foot glide. even after moving the c/g back with some lead on the back end - I suspect that it needs to go further back {and more lift } but that will be another day.

Next out was my Wind Rider Swift ,it has been a while since I last flew her as she needed to have a rudder servo replaced.
Once replaced I also built a plywood ballast box and installed it in the fuse at the c/g {about where the scale wheel would have been installed }

The Swift is very sleek but at its stock weight ran out of energy quickly and got bounced around in the gusts.

Once launched she carried the weight well and was pumping much higher than stock , she rewarded smooth flying to keep the speed up ,but showed no sign of snappiness once slowed .
The second flight was around 25 minutes and by then the wind was in the high 20's gusting over 30 at times ,she flew well but there was some flex in the wings in the rough air , I will be adding steel rods to the insides of the carbon spars next and maybe cut in flaps as they would make landing a lot less exciting .
I admit having a tough time coming back to a finished plane to make changes when I have others waiting to be started ...

A great day out on the hill ,Fresh air , good exercise !
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 19, 2020 @ 08:43 PM | 13,892 Views
Had to get out of the shop today for some fresh air {you can't build/repair all the time}
With a couple of inches of snow on the ground and no wind to slope the next option was float planes off the snow
The day started clear and cold with the temp around 16 f but warmed up to a balmy 30 f just after lunch.
I ran a 3 -S ,2200 pack in both planes ,5 minutes flying with a couple of take off's and landing each felt right , both planes had no problem taking off and handled the the holes from foot print's like they were not there .
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 12, 2020 @ 09:13 PM | 17,305 Views
I maidened the P-47 today
More info to come but here are the pictures
A very nice flying bird

The rest of the story
I had picked this plane up at a swap meet,the seller had no documentation on the plane but the price seemed fair .
Once home I found that the 70 amp esc did not work so I changed it over to a 80 amp Red Brick from HK .
While setting it up I found it had a couple of different brands of servo's mismatched on the ailerons and the flaps {one flap servo actually started to burn up }
so I wound up replacing them all .
So maybe not as good a deal but Pressing on it was time to get this in the air .
My experience has been that there are some scale warbirds that just seem to fly great no matter what size they are or what company makes them ,
the Zero ,the Mustang the T-28 and the P-47 are at the top of that list.
It was time to find out if this one would live up to that expectation .

At the field with a bit of wind coming down the runway , I advanced the throttle and the tail came up nicely , as I continued to increase the power she leapt into the air in about 6 feet climbing like a home sick angel....also veering left at yours truly
As she passed over my head in knife edge I pivoted to keep my eyes on her and remember thinking - This is not going to end well ,expecting her to stall and fall from the sky.
To my surprise she was rock solid in knife edge so I pulled a little elevator and then leveled her out with aileron to fly a pattern out in...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 10, 2020 @ 11:33 PM | 19,038 Views
No wind to slope today but no rain either so I got out with my big T-28 to get in one more maiden before the end of the year
This is a Trojan that had been crashed ,I made a deal to pick it up and have repaired it .
A really nice flyer, but not a small airplane ,it weighs in around 12 pounds
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 09, 2020 @ 02:12 PM | 16,078 Views
Another chance yesterday to do some flying,often Nor Easters give more than 1 day of favorable wind on my hill with the first day having snow/rain and then clearing skies after .
I went out to the hill with a forecast 10 mph NW wind and intermittent sun .
Today's selection was a Multiplex Heron 2M full house that I had picked up on a trade from a flying buddy , it has a Radian power set up on a 12x8 folding prop {not that i was planning to use it }

A bit of history -
My buddy had liked the way the plane flew but it kept having intermittent problems so he moved it on to me .
While I was programming the the model in my transmitter I saw the left flap go to a uncommanded full down and traced it back to the fancy servo connectors that plug in when you slide the wings into the fuse ,4 standard servo extension later she was ready of a test flight .
The flat field test flight was uneventful ,she flew smoothly not bothered by wind gusts and seemed to have a bit of speed in her glide -should be perfect for lesser day's on the slope and exploring new sites to fly .

Once at he top of the hill I found a steady 12 to 15mph and sunshine - Yea !

She launched without a problem and went where I pointed her.
The rudder and coordinated turns were comfortable and fun so I was soon flying close to the hill rolling to knife edge on the turns and zooming down and back up the face and sides ,a solid flyer and a plane that I could hand to a newbie sloper with confidence .

...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 06, 2020 @ 06:10 PM | 12,886 Views
A classic North Easter blew up the coast this week end producing snow for The New England states and NW wrap around wind for my hill .
The velocity of the wind depends on how close or far the storm center is from us ,this weekends storm stayed nearer to the coast so predicted winds were only 10 to 11 mph.
Saturday a was 37 degrees warmer so it drizzled most of the day I chose to stay dry and inside and opt for Sunday with lesser winds but some sunshine .
Once at the top I found 9 to 12 with some higher gust, not a lot but a chance to fly my hill in these conditions .
I brought out 2 - 48" wings that I had not flown in years .
A -11.5 oz "Kato " and a 10.7oz "Zulu " {one of Zack's originals offerings before he got established , I bought just the core's and made my own pod }

I flew the Kato first, to be honest I had not flown it much as it just didn't perform well the first time around.
Taking a second look at it on Sat I decided that I had not done a very good job with the magic hinges {also known as tension hinges} I think they were not staying centered on the trailing edge of the wing causing Huge drag so I cut them off and installed CA hinges .
I launched and quickly found out that my throws were way to high on elevator , I wound up dialing them down to 50 % ,she was still pretty touchy so I moved the cg forward with a bit of lead on the nose ...more to come it's dinner time
Changing the hinges turned the Kato into a excellent...Continue Reading