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Posted by Pappyjkns | Feb 14, 2016 @ 10:20 AM | 3,894 Views
Feb 2/16:
Happy Groundhog Day! It was bright & sunny when I got up this morning with the temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Most importantly, the air was totally calm! After a quick breakfast, I was loaded up & out the door to the nearby Olympic Park with my DL50 and Futaba 10J radio. I arrived at the park around 9 am. There was still some frost on the ground. After turning on the transmitter then hooking up the receiver battery, I did a quick check to make sure the controls were responding. At the top of the hill, I gave it a gentle toss and it flew out fairly level on a wide left turn. I picked it up and dialled in some right rudder & some down elevator. Next I gave it some gentle tosses at ground level and it stalled again before I could get the down elevator inputed from the stick. I found it a challenge to hold onto that transmitter, throw the plane, re-grab the radio and input the down elevator at the proper time and the proper amount.

I threw it up again & this time I managed to get the down elevator inputted before it stalled. I managed to get in maybe five flights before the elevator caught the ground & broke off from its mounting. Baaah! This plane is so light and fragile at certain points and the frozen ground is so unforgiving!

So after 30 minutes, it was time to take it back for repairs. I’m not sure about the cg balance at this point with the battery moved back….I think it was okay…..didn’t get enough flying time...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Feb 13, 2016 @ 03:26 PM | 3,429 Views
It’s January 14/16 and I just arrived back from the park near our house. The park is large enough to fly the DL50 and I spent a good 1 1/2 hrs. flinging the glider into the 10-12 Km winds. This was my third time out & I did much better reaching altitudes in excess of 100’…..maybe more. There aren’t many thermos to catch in the middle of winter, but you do get a nice 30 sec flight each time, which all helps in restoring my flying abilities! I like the fact that I can, on a moments notice, throw the plane & radio into the van and drive for only 5 minutes to get to the park. Rather than spend most of the day driving to our flying field, flying and driving back. Now I can get in some fun flying for an hour at a time!

Winter of 2016 Projects:
- Upgrading the motor & electrics for the 2 M Aspire Sailplane
- Installing new servos in the old 100” Sagitta Sailplane.
- Stripping & recovering the 118” wings of the Bird of Time Sailplane.
- Preparing a motor mount & installing a brushed electric motor in the Bird Of Time sailplane.
- Build the 100” “Apogee” sailplane kit (this is a old ’80’s model).
- Finish off building the Goldberg Piper Cub.
- Continue adjusting & flying the DL50

January 27/16:
I had added some weight to the tail of the DL50 to make it balance at the recommended balance point. I took it to the nearby park but was a little hesitant as the wind was gusting up to 15 km/hr. It seemed to be lighter down on the field so I...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Feb 12, 2016 @ 12:32 PM | 4,188 Views
Spring 2015:
I found this broken sailplane that had been squirrelled away in the crawl/storage space of our house. I honestly can’t remember where or when I acquired this plane. I have a vague memory of trying to hand launching it whereby it promptly dove straight into the dirt and snapped the nose off. The covering was quite hideous, so I stripped the covering off the fuselage, repaired the nose & recovered with bright yellow Ultracote.

I took it to our soaring field and gave it a few hand launches. It seemed to float along pretty well, so I figured the balance must have been okay. The club instructor had set up a hi-start line & was using it to get his gentle lady up into the air. I asked him if he would take my “Sophisticated Lady” up for its maiden flight. I have never used a hi-start before and was amazed how much pull was put on the line. He let her go and it immediately performed this high, wide arc to the right then flew upside down before piling straight into the ground, exploding into a cloud of yellow dust! We both looked at each other….what the hell happened?…..no idea. If I ever get ambitious, I may rebuild it. But for now, I have too many other projects on the go.

In October/15 for my 67th birthday, I bought myself a new 10 Channel Futaba T10J programmable, 2.4 Mhz radio transmitter and receiver. This was a big step up from my older 72 Mhz radios.

I didn’t get much flying time in 2015. We were out west to Alaska & Tsawwassen...Continue Reading
Posted by Pappyjkns | Feb 11, 2016 @ 08:13 PM | 3,641 Views
R/C Diary

Well, this is a first, I've never done a blog before but I had started up a diary offline and decided what the hey.....maybe this could be a blog? So here goes nuttin' It's quite long, so I'm going to break it up into parts until I get caught up to the present.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away……I use to fly R/C gas models. It was probably some 35+ years ago and actually joined MAAC….#10277. At the time, I just flew high wing, three channel beginner planes with .40cc gas engines. I joined The Flying Tigers, a local R/C club but somehow, life intervened and I lost touch with the hobby.

Fast forward, to 2013, I had been re-connected with my oldest brother who was an avid modeller. Due to a blotched knee surgery, he was confined to a wheelchair. Consequently, he was selling off his collection of model planes. One of them, a 2 m electric Aspire sailplane caught my eye. I ended up buying the plane, a 4 channel Futaba 72 Mhz radio and a multi-charger.

The Aspire was driven by an older style brushed 550 motor attached to a gear box which was mated to a 12” x 8” Airscrew folding propeller. The original 7 cell, 1,700 Mah, Ni-Cad battery had seen better days and needed to be replaced. I went to the local hobby store to find a replacement. They only had 3,300 Mah Ni-Mh replacements. In my ignorance, I figured…..hey twice the capacity….that’s got to be good right? So I bought two! Later I would find out that these were the wrong batteries for my...Continue Reading