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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 29, 2019 @ 09:52 PM | 3,795 Views
Glow fuel, Evaporust, and Marvel Mystery Oil did wonders for the old OS 25, but I’m curious if the muffler had a gasket. My new OS engines do not and there is no mention of one in the literature.

Maybe the weather will cooperate and allow me to bench test the engine on New Year’s Day.

I found my Solo Certificate from 1984 in my father’s garage this afternoon. I’m tempted to hang it - cracked glass and all - on my office wall.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 27, 2019 @ 03:39 PM | 2,051 Views
My wife surprised me with a lovely kit this year; Old School Modelworks’ Robin Hood 25. It’s a beautiful kit and I can’t wait for things at work to slow down enough for me to start building it. I have inherited an old OS 25 and believe the airplane will make a nice home for it...provided the engine is still in good working order. It is stuck, so I’m soaking it in fuel, but believe there is some rust to be dealt with too based on a quick look inside after removing the back plate. There is time for all that.

I took the kids out to the field yesterday and flew the Mini Telemaster and Lil’ Poke (with brushed motor and gearbox!). Both still fly extremely well. But the highlight of the trip was finding that blasted tree from this spring has been cut down!
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 01, 2019 @ 08:21 PM | 2,961 Views
This engine was on my father’s Sterling Ringmaster when I was a boy with a similar TopFlite nylon propeller. After moving into a new office earlier last month I set my mind to building a display stand for it, which I got around to doing this afternoon.

Not much else has happened in the workshop lately. I helped eight Cub Scouts built as many Estes Alpha III rockets for the public launch at Godard Space Flight Center and I cobbled together an Estes Mini A Heli helicopter recovery rocket for myself, but that is about it.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 29, 2019 @ 12:06 PM | 1,623 Views
My current project is refurbishing this Sig LT40 my father built in the early 2000’s. He gave it to me about a year ago and I put a few flights on it but the GMS 47 engine gave me too many dead stick landings so I hung it up. It was also a little tail heavy for my taste. So I pulled it down recently and removed some of the covering at the back, dremeled some holes and recovered it. I also made some adjustments to move the radio forward. Finally, I decided to sand and repaint it. My father had painted it white and used some red pinstripes along the fuselage. I was feeling fancy so used some masking tape and Rustoleum and went to work.

Next I’ll tackle that pesky GMS engine.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 22, 2019 @ 08:45 PM | 1,613 Views
I had a rare opportunity to fly this morning and took out my Slow Poke Sport 40, Taube 40, and 1/2A Brigadier. My daughter caught some of the flying on her phone before her arm got tired.

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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 19, 2019 @ 07:57 AM | 2,497 Views
This hasn't been the best summer at our house. Departures at work and my father's health consumed just about all of our time. Nevertheless, earlier this month I made my first trip back into the workshop and began repairing the Kadet. Small task by small task, I was able to get it back into shape and carve out a few hours to test it this past Saturday; my first such outing since May 4, pictured below.

The Kadet flies as beautifully as ever. I made a few small changes, like moving the radio forward , but everything else remains the same. I also put a short flight on the Slow Poke. It was obvious I'd not been flying for a while!

If nothing else, I met my goal.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 05, 2019 @ 07:00 PM | 2,258 Views
This gentleman had given us estimates on tree work at work. We called him and he said, I’ve never had a request like this before, but he agreed to try.

Two utility trucks came by while I was waiting for him and both tried to reach it with cherry pickers but could not get close enough.

Goal: repair it and fly again before the end of summer.

A ‘lofty’ goal. Ha, ha, ha.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 05, 2019 @ 08:59 AM | 2,218 Views
The good news is that the Taube had a successful maiden flight. The bad news is that the Kadet was NOT in front of that tree on final approach. The ugly part is that it remained in that tree through very heavy rains.

The silver lining to all those rain clouds is that I had an opportunity to model some grown up behavior for my son. No four letter words or displays of anger. Find the humor in it and take away the lessons about depth perception, humility, and gratitude because no one was hurt. Notify the club and approach the property owner who turned out to be a gem of human being and said, "I'm cutting down that tree later this season anyway, do whatever you want to do." He also modeled good behavior for my son.

Next steps...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 30, 2019 @ 09:06 PM | 2,712 Views
Six months from start to finish; a Balsa USA Taube 40 completed with Sig Koverall and Brodak dope, and powered by a new OS 35.

Now if the wind would calm down...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 28, 2019 @ 08:38 PM | 2,223 Views
I ran out of white paint for the squares on the Taube’s wings and had to stop short of finishing it this weekend. Still, the major painting is finished and I manged to run a tank of fuel through the engine.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 15, 2019 @ 08:55 AM | 2,268 Views
The wing needs a sanding and another coat of paint, but the radio and engine are installed and the fuselage is just about finished.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 04, 2019 @ 01:08 PM | 2,454 Views
Brodak calls this color Cream Dallas, but I think it is closer to Wiffle Bat Yellow. Oh, well. The price was right.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 10, 2019 @ 09:05 PM | 3,462 Views
Covering is underway with Sig Koverall, a glue stick, and Mod Podge. So far, I’ve completed the tail feathers and fuselage. Next I’ll tackle the wing and cockpits. If the weather guessers are correct, I may get a chance to apply one or two coats of thinned nitrate dope to it this week.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 03, 2019 @ 10:27 PM | 3,725 Views
This dashing fellow started life as a Williams Bothers race pilot, but he’s decided to pilot my Taube instead.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 20, 2019 @ 10:07 PM | 4,060 Views
Cockpit sheeting completed, I began soldering the landing gear pieces together. I have to solder washers on the inside of the axels and then make up my push rods. After that the airplane will be ready for a final sanding.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 18, 2019 @ 10:28 PM | 3,778 Views
The new kits come with 1/64" plywood die-cut for sheeting the cockpit. My older kit provides some rather thick balsa for this task. I like the the plywood idea and feel fortunate to have a relatively large sheet of 1/64" handy.

Next up, the forward cockpit.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 16, 2019 @ 09:19 AM | 4,131 Views
The Balsa USA website says the Taube should weigh in at 5 Lbs. and I confess being skeptical, but so far I'm at 3.3 Lbs. That weight includes the engine, landing gear, wheels, radio and airborne battery plus all the built up parts. The only stuff missing is push rods, control horns, sheeting on the bottom of the fuselage and the "cowling" plus the covering. The plans call for 1/8" sheeting but I'll use 1/16" along the bottom and 3/32" up by the engine.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 13, 2019 @ 11:41 PM | 4,219 Views
Rather than taking the Mini Telemaster out for a romp in the snow I opted to stay in and keep plugging away on the Tuabe. Next, I'll sheet the bottom, opting for 1/16" rather than 1/8" from the landing gear back, and then tackle the cockpit sheeting. I guess I'd better look at placing that order with Sig for dope and Koverall in the near future.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 12, 2019 @ 10:06 PM | 3,601 Views
Those bits at the end were two big triangular balsa blocks! Rather than planing them I use my little table saw to cut them about in half and then sand them. Yes, they were THAT big.

The fin has three one and one-quarter inch holes cut with my drill press and a slight warp. What can one expect after 30+ years? I expect it will come out with a little encouragement when I cover it. Onward...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 10, 2019 @ 10:09 AM | 3,794 Views
My wife gave me a 1/6 scale Sopwith Pup for Christmas this year. Upon opening the box I found the note pictured here. Well played, Balsa USA.

The engine and fuel tank are mounted for the Taube. Now I'll start the radio installation, working from the throttle backward. The shape of the Taube's fuselage makes it difficult to get straight. I can see that I'll need to take special care lining up the horizontal and vertical stabilizers during the final assembly.