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Posted by BDOG1 | May 14, 2020 @ 08:03 PM | 5,939 Views
We got back out on the hill yesterday for a little sun and Slermal flying.
The conditions were very different from the previous outing , temps in the mid 50's {no snow } and a whole hill full of hang gliders
It was very nice to be able to soak up some sun ,watch the hang gliders do their thing and get a little air time ourselves .
Posted by BDOG1 | May 09, 2020 @ 08:46 PM | 6,094 Views
I lost these from the last post
Posted by BDOG1 | May 06, 2020 @ 08:30 PM | 6,146 Views
This was a plane that I swapped for a few years back ,I didnt know what it was but I liked it's lines and T-tail
I wound up striping all the covering and pulling out the aileron cables and installing servos in the wings.
I also striped and repainted the fuse ,I added some glass and Kevlar to the fuse where it had some past damage.

It also has spoiler blades in the wing activated by cables ,I probably should have changed them out for servos in the wing also as I think they are a pain to hook up - they still need some attention to get the throws correct, I didn't use them tonight .
The canopy is pretty beat up ,it looks like the original broke and someone tried to shrink a bottle over the top of it to repair, I will spend some time on that later .
After a rough balance showed it needed more than a pound of lead I was a bit put off but decided to go with what it needed and see if it would fly, I am new to these bigger birds and currently dont have a good knowledge base for what is heavy .
A check with a watt meter showed I was only drawing 15 amps and 150 watts on the current 3-S set up ,The prop is only 9" {I will be proping it up latter }

50 degrees at 7:00 in the evening with just a wisp of wind and it was time for a launch.
A hefty throw from my buddy Lynn saw it drop about a foot and then slowly climb out ,I caught a bump of lift at a tree line on the edge of the field we were flying from ,she flew smooth and pretty fast with a pretty nice glide {it took a couple of circuits of the field to bleed off enough altitude to set up for landing}
The plane required no trim and felt comfortable the whole flight .
I will be changing out the current prop to a much larger diameter to load up the motor .
A very good end to the day !
Posted by BDOG1 | May 04, 2020 @ 10:36 PM | 5,676 Views
With the warmer weather from this past weekend behind us and our temps falling back into the 40's we we were greeted by building NW winds on our hill today .
Experience has shown that our actual winds at the top of the hill run 3 to 5 mph above the forecast ,true to form the predicted 12 mph rising to 15
became 15 mph to 20 once we reached the top
What a perfect day to maiden a new 5.3 oz Epee 1 meter DLG

We flew for 3 1/2 hours putting up the Epee , a Fling DLG ,a 1meter Hawk , a 48"Bull Dog combat wing , a 60 " Uhu and my new T tail Pilatus B4 .
I am sorry - not to many pictures - was too busy flying
A very good way to start the month of May !
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 20, 2020 @ 02:25 PM | 6,496 Views
My buddy Pat and I did a road trip to the middle of the state {south of Syracuse } to try out some sloping in our newest member's {Kirk } local area .
It was a beautiful day with temps reaching 60 when we arrived.

The hill we were on is the open top of a farmer's meadow with woods surrounding on all sides,this hill faces south with a a long valley out front ,a really pretty part of the state.

The farmers had already plowed their fields in the valley below so with the ample sun light we knew there would be a lot of thermals coming through ,the forecast called for 12 to 15 mph winds - large hawks soaring just to the right of our position on the hill predicted good things .

It turned out that the hot set up was to launch at the steepest portion of the hill as a thermal was coming thru,once above the tree line the lift was pretty good and you could continue to gain altitude and range out .
Our buddy Kirk had no problem flying his 1.5 Falcon DLG or his 1M Hawk as he could throw the DLG's into the lift above the tree line .


As the day progressed a weather system coming in from the west brought colder temps,clouds and turned the wind across the face of the hill from south to south west ,killing most of the lift .
After 3 hours of flying/ being out ,we packed up our gear even as sprinkles started to fall .
a Good Day on a Hill
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 10, 2020 @ 07:34 PM | 5,416 Views
Back out again,today the snow stuck....I wouldn't want to miss one more opportunity to fly in the snow before spring
Rougher than yesterday with constant wind shifts and gusts over 40 mph .
Still got a short flight in on a LEG P-40
Flights on a Dan Wing 48 Bulldog and a GEMS One Design Racer
Many Birds of Prey were out flying top cover over us {or showing how it's really done }
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 09, 2020 @ 05:24 PM | 4,538 Views
The weather here in New York State continues to amaze - We started the day with heavy rain ,followed by heavy snow {nothing stuck } followed by 50 degrees and sun in the afternoon.........And Wind - it Must be sloping Time

I put the 13 oz Mini machine up and flew a couple of flights while I adjusted my rates and expo ,very rough conditions with gusts and wind shifting across the face {in for a penny in for a pound }Not great conditions to fine tune , but I learned a bit.

All limbered up it was time to get my first flight on the TUCAN , I had picked her up from the west coast with some damage {the nose had been broken off } and the boom had been repaired .
I repaired the nose with some glass and added some Kevlar for good measure .

Even with the less than perfect conditions she launched with out a problem and cut through the slop like a hot knife thru butter.
A couple of clicks of down kept the nose flat through the gusts, ailerons and rudder felt very comfortable.
I still need to get the down elevator compensation programmed .
A great afternoon on the slope .
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 02, 2020 @ 08:27 PM | 8,651 Views
Oh Ya - second day in a row and this time with some good wind over 20mph
I maiden'd the mini Machine and also my buddy's 48 " Bull Dog
A good afternoon of flying , got there at 2:00 came down at 4:30
I am ready for some time back in the shop
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 01, 2020 @ 08:55 PM | 5,397 Views
April first 2020 and a chance to get outside into the sunshine with a predicted 10mph wind from the north.
I have not tried to fly this direction with wind this light ,but out I went..full sunshine and a balmy 46 degrees ..

I flew the Bug first,I had built a couple of them a half a dozen years ago and had not flown them on a real hill, just tossed them around sloping hay bales a in a friends field .

The wind felt stronger than the predicted 10 , I was still using my transmitter glove { was glad I did, when clouds passed over , my hands were toasty warm inside }
Since I had not flown this in ages and was now on a new transmitter {This is a rudder/ elevator ship,and I fly rudder on the left stick } Do I launch with my left hand and keep my finger on the elevator stick .
Or launch with my right hand and have my finger on the rudder stick.
I launched with my left betting on needing elevator control first,as it turned out the elevator was not too far off and the wind turned her before I could get my left hand inside the glove...she set down with out damage about 20 feet away {shows why I am not a gambling man }
Next launch with my{ right hand } was no problem,flew her around and trimmed her out ,seemed a little tail heavy with a bit of a tuck once so I ,landed and added some lead to the nose .
Out again and tooled around for the next 20 minutes - Great fun , something this light shouldn't be able to handle this much wind

Time for the HK 1M dlg,I had...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 14, 2020 @ 09:26 PM | 7,919 Views
Today found me on the hill with friends , temps in the mid 30's and predicted WNW winds of 12mph once again exceeding the prediction with actual measured levels at 15 to 20 with higher gusts .

I put the Acacia up first as the wind was supposed to diminish as the day went on .
The launch was a non event {Thank You Lynn } , once trimmed She really rewarded smooth flying and keeping the energy up .
I did not know if a ship this heavy {80oz} would fly on our hill in our conditions but thought that I could at least check the trim ,I wound up with a bit of up elevator {maybe a bit nose heavy } and if allowed to raise its nose and slow down during a turn it took some time to pick speed back up and the controls to get crisp again .
After zinging around for a while I dropped the flaps to see if I could slow it down ,it raised the nose and came to a stop like a dog on a short leash ,I quickly put them back up and dropped the nose to get some air speed but was now behind the hill going down wind over a very bad spot.
She flicked on me when I attempted to turn ,saved it and she flicked again . I was able to flatten her out making a less than Graceful arrival at the bottom of the hill on the back side with no damage .
Inspection revealed that the left flap servo has a bunch of slop {broken gears ? } I will have to pull it and replace .

After that excitement ,flying all the other ships was low stress and relaxing

Arrived at 11:00 came down after 4:00
Another good day - I will sleep well tonight
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 11, 2020 @ 07:45 PM | 8,644 Views
I got out on the hill for a hour and a half of flying yesterday.

Wow temps in the 40's {last time out it was in the 20's with a wind chill of 8 degrees } and fore cast winds of 15mph were actually mid 20's with gusts over 30
Check out the first picture


maiden a friends new Mini Machine wing from Dan's Extreme Glidersl
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:31 PM | 3,930 Views
What a Great way to enjoy February 29th 2020 leap year
Over 4 hours on the slope ,temps at 20 degree's with winds around 15 mph and gusts above 20 mph...and even some sunshine and blue sky's
We were joined by a new comer to sloping - Welcome Kirk
We finished up the day with a fly over of 2 -pairs of large Red Tail Hawks wing tip to wing tip ,it seemed like a salute to fellow flyer's
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 23, 2020 @ 10:04 AM | 4,310 Views
Here she is out is out the winter sun.
This is the first time in about 20yrs that I have covered a whole plane with the Burnished silver / Chrome , last time it was monokote this is the HK silver .

Next up cover the wing
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 18, 2020 @ 07:15 PM | 5,852 Views
I had some solartex {sky blue} but had never used it before.
I know that it is highly prized and the slope guys love it so I thought I would give it a try and see if I could cover the epp canopy on my DAW P-51 with it in just one piece .
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 07, 2020 @ 06:18 PM | 5,684 Views
Finally The wind picked up from The good direction along with the snow that always results from blowing in off the lake at this time of year .
I picked my "Sally" and "Gerry " to accompany me on this outing .
The last time out The Sally got all the air time so Gerry was first up
The wind was steady at 22 mph so the launch was a non event easily leaving my hand and getting up on step ,she has a motor and a folding prop but I have not had a ESC in it in a couple of years ,Its nice to have back up power but I prefer to soar....probably should at least take the prop blades off
I flew most of the afternoon with Her , she is not a lite weight but also is pretty efficient so can handle the ebbs of wind and lift and really turns on when things pick up .
After about 45 min I brought her down and flew the Sally ,my second time out with her.
The wind was building and the Sally is under 24 oz but had no problem penetrating the gusts ,I wound up putting in a couple of clicks of down and will check the elevator trim later tonight , A Great all around flyer
So Good to get back out for some fresh air and stick time
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 05, 2020 @ 09:45 AM | 9,296 Views
The 1-26 now has it's base color on the fuse
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 02, 2020 @ 04:46 PM | 5,657 Views
I spent a little time yesterday laying down 3 mil laminating film on the 1-26 .
The fuse is now ready for it's color