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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:04 AM | 3,670 Views
My daughter captured a bit of the Kadet in flight last nitght and I've posted her handywork here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NnQ...2lkMNWGKE/view

Meanwhile I took a stab at aligning the checkers on the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer and elevator parts of the Poke.

I ordered a pull-pull kit for the rudder along with some new wing bolts. The flat head wing bolts that are provided with the kit are only useful for 'poking' holes in the bottom of the wing. Well played, Great Planes.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 27, 2018 @ 11:12 AM | 3,125 Views
Visiting my father this week I pulled an old control line Jenny out of his garage. The Jenny was given to me by my father's coworker when I was a small boy. My father's coworker had three boys of his own and the Jenny had belonged to them, but it was stored in the attic of their home before it came to me. Going over the airplane to see what could be salvaged I pulled off two 3/32" wheel collars. A little toothpaste, an SOS pad, and some marvel mystery oil in the set screw and they are as good as new; and perfect for holding the Poke's tail wheel in place.

I also pulled out a Cox .09 and placed it in a jar of fuel to see about freeing it up.

The Poke is ready to cover, but I'm hesitating while I decide whether or not to use a pull-pull for the rudder rather than the provided push rod.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 12, 2018 @ 02:29 PM | 2,680 Views
This is a really nice little item to tuck into the cockpit, away from the prop wash and oil, but easy to reach.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 05, 2018 @ 09:41 AM | 2,851 Views
I hit the halfway mark on my quest to spend 10 hours in the air this year with an 11 minute flight on my Morane Saulnier Type L yesterday. It is the 12th airplane I've flown this season. Like the Jenny and Kadet before it, the Morane benefited from propping down. The Jenny went from 8x7 to an 8x4 and and the Kadet went from an 11x7 to an 11x4. I didn't have a lower pitch prop handy for the Morane so I dropped from a 9x7 to an 8x7 and found the little airplane easier to handle.

Meanwhile the Slow Poke building continues...