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Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 16, 2021 @ 07:49 AM | 3,070 Views
Well, she flew just fine......until I hit a dirt clod on the runway and sheared the blades off both fans......I knew the fan intakes were low, but I thought I had enough clearance....Oh well, I'll go back to putting the fans higher on the airframes....live and learn
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 01, 2021 @ 12:35 PM | 6,245 Views
Venom II flight ready, with Avery clear graphics
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 01, 2021 @ 08:11 AM | 6,238 Views
For those of you that like to print your own decals, Avery now has DIY Decal Vinyl. It's crystal clear and accepts Inkjet ink....
You have to water proof the ink, but in the long run it'll save you from having to buy custom graphics. Available at most
office supply stores.

https://www.avery.com/products/labels/61512

Here's the clear coat

https://www.krylon.com/products/uvre...clear-coating/
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 28, 2021 @ 06:33 PM | 7,355 Views
30" WS, (2) 70mm Fans w/ 3500kV motors, 65Amp ESC's, Lemon 6 channel receiver, (2) 2600 mah 50 C 4S batteries, 19 gr metal gear digital servos.
50% KF-2 airfoil

Maiden next week
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 27, 2021 @ 10:08 AM | 9,264 Views
Found a couple of previously flown 70 mm fans...so I mashed together the Einzpfeil and the Vulcan

30" WS, (2) 70mm fans, KF-2 wing (what else...lol)......Nacelles are Lenny's Sub Shop drink cups

I cut it out yesterday afternoon. Depending on the paint job, I could possibly finish it today
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 25, 2021 @ 10:28 AM | 5,698 Views
Because I drove her sister into the ground like a tent stake......got into the sun and everything went white....things happen much too quickly at 30 feet and 100 mph......
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 20, 2021 @ 07:46 AM | 12,975 Views
My friend Thomas B. , a teacher in Cologne Germany, sent me this...The Einzpfeil is now famous.........LOL..Oh, Flugmodell is the largest model airplane magazine in Germany
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 16, 2021 @ 01:24 PM | 11,970 Views
So I was bored.......cut and built a CG Balance frame....$2 in material. The ones I saw on line cost anywhere between $17 to $150......took about an hour to draw and program it, and a little more than an hour to cut it
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 12, 2021 @ 09:11 AM | 10,544 Views
I didn't like the first one....not very rigid....so the old engineer in me took over and I built a beam......
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 03, 2021 @ 08:05 AM | 7,805 Views
So I made an adjustable cradle for airplane fuselages.......some 1/4" ply, some screws and wing nuts, and some foam pipe insulations
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 26, 2021 @ 05:50 PM | 10,974 Views
Now I can get back to building airplanes
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 04, 2021 @ 05:29 PM | 14,726 Views
Gonna pause for a bit on building airplanes....have a new CNC machine on the way...
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 29, 2021 @ 03:14 PM | 9,199 Views
Gonna try this little girl again....but this time with a 48" nominal wing, and a wire cut fuselage.....
the numbers look good, and the templates seem to work....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 27, 2021 @ 05:16 PM | 11,379 Views
And a new toy today..20" hot wire bow...had everything except the spring.....wire is a light gauge B string

1/2" aluminum channel frame with 3/8" spruce fillers ,
1/2" sq oak dowel spreader with 1/2x1/16 flat bar stiffeners and pivot
and a whole passel of SM screws
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 24, 2021 @ 07:54 PM | 10,317 Views
Phase II of shop/CNC refit....new 25x56 combo vac/t-bolt cleat table
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 20, 2021 @ 08:50 PM | 12,839 Views
Gonna take a break from airplane building.....much needed maintenance on the CNC, a new combo vacuum table, and a new build surface.....this could take a while....build surface first

Phase I complete......1/2" maple ply (new) over 3/4 Oak ply (existing)......plus a new cutting mat (not shown)
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 20, 2021 @ 07:40 AM | 12,314 Views
Well, POOP ! Both of them flew, and both of them died, both due to loss of orientation and lack of altitude....seems like I'm going backwards.......I got 2 successful flights out of each of them....the third one did me in......let them get too far away, and against an overcast sky, well, what could go wrong?? lol...saved all the electrics, so I'm just out some foam and some time.......I've got plenty of both

Straight up pilot error......both birds were rather quick and let's say "responsive" to control inputs......like trying to fly an epileptic monkey on meth.......I just couldn't recover quick enough.

But to take some "positives" away from all of this....I learned a new covering technique, a new hollow body fuse cutting technique, and that a CG located at 25% of wing chord might be a little too far back for me to control on the first flights......ya' think..lol
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 15, 2021 @ 12:11 PM | 13,258 Views
42" CF-100 Canuck, twin 64mm high output fans...Almost flight ready......down to push rods and control horns.....tested the fans, and my trepidation about not having enough thrust was unwarranted

Specs: 42" WS 65 oz all up, (2) Powerfun 12 blade 64 mm fans, 3500 kv, 65 A ZTW ESC's, 17gr metal gear digital servos, Lemon 6-ch DSMP receiver, (2) 2600 mah 50C 4S batteries, 102 oz thrust
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 08, 2021 @ 09:24 AM | 11,431 Views
Progress on the Canuck...will spend the day covering the fuse in paper and cutting the access hatches