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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 17, 2018 @ 09:34 AM | 3,039 Views
The restored Scout flew briefly amid some breezy conditions yesterday and proved (again) to be a fine airplane. Now I'm looking forward to better weather and a little model airplane nostalgia.

Speaking of nostalgia, I've modified some Williams Brothers pilots to resemble some of my favorite childhood toys; the Fisher Price Adventure People from the Northwood's Trailblazer set and the GI Joe Adventure Team Commander.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 10, 2018 @ 07:33 AM | 3,415 Views
I pulled my Aerodrome R/C Bristol Scout down from its place in the workshop this weekend and began a long overdue restoration project on it; and yes, that is a Mini Olympus gear drive on the table.

After giving the airplane an initial going-over I was hopeful that the project would move quickly; just remove a few warps with the covering iron, install a brushless motor and ESC alongside some upgraded radio gear, and the airplane will be airworthy. I should have known better.

I was trying to straighten a warp in the elevator when I realized the top wing was loose and had to be removed and then the bottom of it recovered. Then it was back to straightening tail surfaces and patching a few places with oddball colors of Coverlite since I don’t have any olive color on hand. Even the wheel covers needed some fixing after thirteen years.

I used all my remaining heat shrink tubing placing connectors on a brushless ESC Sunday night and now have two servos, a 2.4 ghz receiver, brushless motor and ESC tested and ready to be installed in the Scout.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 04, 2018 @ 02:20 PM | 2,612 Views
With the Slow Poke build completed I've cleaned off my bench and readied the workshop for my next project. I'm not sure what that will be and with the bench looking so nice and neat I don't feel the urge to mess it up.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 02, 2018 @ 04:45 PM | 2,787 Views
I took the kids fishing today and made a little opportunity for myself to do some pond flying with the Aqua Star. My daughter was good enough to take some video too: