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Posted by slopeiron | Mar 27, 2020 @ 09:36 PM | 6,118 Views
I just had to build another one of these for the Cosmic Wind, so I figured I'd throw it up here. I used to use a simpler method which was basically a U shape piece of 1/8" piano wire with a flat piece of brass stock soldered in the middle. I found that that configuration was prone to fail on a hard landing and could slip if the solder broke free. So I started making them this way. I use these in my slopers and in power planes up to about 15 lbs. Beyond that, I would recommend dual elevator servos.

I've found that when bending 1/8" piano wire the center of the wire will be about 5/16" beyond where I clamped it. I will qualify this with the fact that the jaws on my Harbor Freight vise are misaligned by about 1/16" and I hold the torch against the front jaw. So if the jaws on your vise are aligned properly, the bend might be closer to 1/4" for you.
Posted by slopeiron | Nov 27, 2014 @ 01:50 PM | 13,135 Views
Picked up my new 10' Tyler Throttle a couple of weeks ago. I've only ridden it once but I'm diggin' it a lot so far! That was a 2'-3' day at Sano. For a 10' board it is nice and loose!...Continue Reading
Posted by slopeiron | Aug 09, 2013 @ 10:59 PM | 13,098 Views
Got another bike! This is a 1941 Hawthorne, built by Rollfast and sold by Montgomery Ward. I still need to go through the whole bike, but I did free up the springer, clean up the rims a bit and put some new tires on it so it is ridable. I just love the fork on this bike! Can't wait to get this baby out on the beach.
Posted by slopeiron | May 29, 2013 @ 08:15 AM | 15,255 Views
The Four Amigos flew together at the PSS Festival! The wind was blowing straight into the hill at 20-30mph and was nice and smooth.

I did manage to stuff my landing even with Brian talking me through it. But I see where I went wrong and know what NOT to do next time. LOL Luckily, the plane slammed straight down on the nose and did not cart wheel. Even more luckily, the impact was kind of a glancing blow on the angled part of a small embankment in an area that was kind of soft. That seems to have cushioned the blow and the plane only got a few snackels on the sides of the nose. It will be an easy fix.
Posted by slopeiron | May 20, 2013 @ 10:47 PM | 13,126 Views
I built this plane about two years ago and it has been sitting in the rafters unpainted ever since. I had been working on the Hawker Typhoon for the PSS Fest this year but I could tell that I was not going to be able to finish it in time with the level of detail that I wanted, so I decided to get this plane ready to go instead.

I don't plan to enter this plane in the contest. It is just a flyer. So I wanted to do something fun with the scheme this time around. I actually painted it four times because I kept changing my mind on the colors and scheme.

I wanted a military looking scheme but also wanted something kind of sporty and Reno Racerish. I also wanted something that would make it easy to distinguish the top from the bottom in the air.

I decided to keep the hard masked line between the top and bottom colors like the Meteor had. I had originally done some camo on top but I was not happy with it and finally decided to paint over the whole thing with Slate Grey. After I got it on and saw how green this so-called "Slate Grey" was, I was very tempted to paint over it with something lighter. But the next day it was a tad lighter and it started to grow on me.

The markings were loosely inspired by this concept Mig illustration (which I plan to build after the Typhoon is finished). I wanted to do the red stripes on the top of the fuse but with the canopy up front, I couldn't get them to work out the way I wanted. So I finally just abandoned them and went with the black nose.

Still needs some panel lines and weathering but I'm pretty happy with it so far.
Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 11:25 PM | 15,196 Views
1950's Shelby Flying Cloud
This is my latest acquisition. I just got it last week and have not had a chance to clean it up yet. It's not really ready for a long ride at the moment. The tires are kind of hardened and don't roll very well, so I'll need to get some new ones. I also want to take the wheels apart and clean/rebuild the hubs. While I have the spokes out, I'll clean up the rims and then re-lace them.

I absolutely LOVE the patina on this bike. I am not going to touch the paint. I am just going to clean the grease off of the chrome parts and RIDE IT BABY!

I love the stance of this bike. The thing is just so righteous!

Cool head badge too!

A few more pics.
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Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 11:13 PM | 15,052 Views
My Rat Rod
This is also a sah-weet riding bike! I am trying to find a Colson chain guard for it and maybe some fenders. But I'm kind of diggin' it just the way it is.

Hard to see in this pic, but this bike has a skip tooth sprocket. The chain is 1" pitch as opposed to 1/2" pitch like the modern bikes.

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Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:42 PM | 13,644 Views
Place holder for this bike. Need to find pics...
Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:39 PM | 13,809 Views
1941 The World
I got this bike for my wife. It is basically a Schwinn B6 Hollywood, but sold under a different badge. I bought it complete from someone on the Schwinn forum. It had a non-springer, locking fork on it (which I still have). But I changed it out for a springer and this bike rides like a dream! You would never know it is nearly 80 years old.

For the prewar bikes, the boys and girls bikes had different length head tubes. After the war, this changed and the boys and girls bikes had the same head tube. But since this is a prewar bike, I had to look around for a while and find the correct springer for the bike.

By sheer luck, it happened to be blue but it was badly oxidized. I didn't even realize that it was blue until I polished it up with some rubbing compound. It's almost a perfect match!
Posted by slopeiron | Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:36 PM | 14,844 Views
1950 Schwinn Straight bar Panther
I built this bike up from parts. (Can you tell? ) Most of the parts are not correct. The pedals are wrong, I changed out the handle bars and the Panther also had chrome fenders. The front fender should have a Delta Rocket Ray light as well.

The tank on this bike is a very hard to find original. The problem is that most of the time someone has left the batteries in the horn unit and the battery acid causes major corrosion. If they aren't rusted all to heck, then they usually look like they've been through the war. It's not easy to find one like this, that is fairly straight and not rusted through.

The second pic was taken before I put the carrier rack and chain guard on. It's a nice riding bike but kinda heavy.

Posted by slopeiron | Mar 30, 2013 @ 11:55 PM | 14,044 Views
I love old bikes!

My collection so far:

Posted by slopeiron | Feb 23, 2013 @ 11:13 PM | 13,908 Views
I started this project in 2011. Had to take a break from it for a while, but I am now trying to get it done in time for the 2017 PSS Festival. Here is a pic of my latest progress. Still have a long way to go before May.

Build thread is here. But be advised, it's now at 63 pages. Hawker Typhoon.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 10:55 PM | 15,152 Views
Here is a little tip on how to get some really fine detail. My friend Ralph (Artsloper) turned me onto sheet wax. It has adhesive backing and comes in lots of different thicknessses. You can get it from I am using the .020 Thermo-Stable stuff here.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 10:38 PM | 14,890 Views
I seem to be haunted by Elvis. This happens all the time.
Posted by slopeiron | Feb 18, 2011 @ 10:06 PM | 15,291 Views
This is my most recent creation. The build thread is here. Since this was a concept plane that never actually got built, all I had to go on were Gino Marcomini's renderings on the Luft '46 site.

Added some pics of Plane 2.

Plane 1 had some issues, but I knew this going in. The goal there was to "build what I see" and I was sticking as close to the 3-view as possible. The wing was set way back and the huge side area of the nose actually fought the little vertical for authority. The result was that the plane would not do stall turns. The nose just would not come back around and the plane would tend to flop over at the top.

I wanted plane 2 to be a flier, so I gave it a more glideresque wing and moved the wing forward to give the vertical more authority. It may actually be a little too far forward, but I did that intentionally because of the side area of the nose. But moving the wing that far forward came at the cost of a lot more nose weight to balance and plane 2 ended up at 110oz. This works out to about 39oz per sq/ft wing loading. I have not flown it yet, but I'm sure it will be ballistic on a good day at Bluff Cove.

I flew the PI at North Face a while back. Number 2 flies much better than the first one. It is solid as a rock in the air. Here are a few pics:

Afterburner lit.
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