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Posted by UpNup | May 27, 2018 @ 04:03 PM | 2,703 Views
Being tired of my Sport Cub S2 Landing Gear bending after virtually every flight, I saw supports that were soldered onto the LG. I’ve noticed that the Carbon Cub S+ have identical LG and brackets. The version of the support struts that I saw at my flying field attached using the plastic holders in the rear for floats. Since I had floats, all the hardware, 3/32” piano wire, linesman pliers, and solder, this project took about three hours.

Usually these planes are red and white but I covered mine in Econokote. My scale model example was Nate Saint’s Piper PA-14 flown into Ecuador’s jungles. He and four others were martyred. Their story is in the 2005 movie, “End of the Spear.” I also used fabric-coated rubber bands and rubber tubing for struts.

Update: Removed the brace after flying. It made the plane not as stable. Since the plane was covered in Econokote the tail was already a bit heavier. I moved the lipo as far forward as possible but the brace wire messed with the CG.
Posted by UpNup | May 21, 2018 @ 11:55 AM | 2,669 Views
The US Air Force Museum in Dayton Oh unveiled the fully-restored Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress. The date was set on May 17, the 75th anniversary of her 25th bombing run in 1943. It was the first B-17 to complete the 25 runs. The plane was received by the museum for restoration in 2005, so this took awhile to complete.

The Memphis Belle was brought to the States from Europe to help with the War Bond drives around the country. Before scrapping it, the city of Memphis displayed it on Mud Island where it deteriorated from weather and vandalism.

The plane is impressive. You can walk under it. There were 160 WWII re-enactment actors who really set the stage and gladly posed for photos. I went with my brother and his son and grandson. Well worth the time.