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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Nov 23, 2020 @ 12:28 AM | 4,022 Views
Continued Crazyness Out In the Shop:

The Little Tom Tom is pretty much through it's construction phase...just getting clear coats 'till it's masked off for color.

So now, it's sibling "The Scout" is up for the bench, and getting it's parts punched out and trimmed.
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Nov 19, 2020 @ 10:39 AM | 6,044 Views
Don't know if my retro controliner is gonna be ready for Breezy Hill's "Black Fly Day" on the 27th but, if not, it may be up there as a "Show-&-Tell" static display. The Flyers appreciate the work and time it takes for this special kind of silliness.

After a bunch of carving and sanding, it's time to start the finishing process, which often takes longer than the building process. The paints used---Brodak Dope in this case---must be allowed curing time between coats, along with a light sanding before each new coat is applied.

Since I can't keep the shop heated all the time, Little Tom Tom will be brought inside between each painting session to help set the finish. So, the house will be filled with the special aroma that used to get me banished to the front porch.

It's wing frame will get a brushed-on clear coat to adhere it's silkspan covering. Then more over-all layers 'till it starts to shine, when the paint gun comes out and a thin white coat is applied for a base color. This is followed by scheme color and trim, and a floor littered with bits of masking tape.

As a friend of mine might say, "It's looking mighty airplaney!"
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Nov 17, 2020 @ 10:19 AM | 3,215 Views
So, this little kit popped up on Ebay, and I stalked it for a few days before a last-minute pounce netted me another project in my crowded shop.

This is yet another "Snubbing My Nose at the Past" affair, having built a Little Tom Tom when I was 13 or so, and ending up with WAY-less-than-nice results. The build went well, but I was strapped for money to buy the incredibly expensive bottles of Aerogloss dope to finish it.

My youthful impatience took charge and, instead of waiting and working to get the funds, I decided to try finishing the model with spray paint from some cans I'd found in our old coal shed. As I said, the results were WAY less than nice, with Little Tom Tom's fuel-soaked gooey finish being impossible to clean, or even handle without it leaving it's traces on your fingers.

Like many others, it's life ended in a "Viking Funeral", and another early Life Lesson learned.

This one will be different. It's gonna get a finish of similarly expensive Brodak Dope on silkspan (from my precious stash of that macho tissue), with a base color of cream, red trim, and copying the scheme from it's box photo.

The kit's die-cutting and balsa are actually pretty nice, and I had few problems getting the parts loose from their sheets. I'd assumed, because of it's similarity to the other 1/2A VECO kits that it was designed by the legendary Joe Wagner, but a fellow named "J.E. Barr" is listed instead. The plane is very close in size to my...Continue Reading
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Sep 25, 2020 @ 02:47 PM | 2,324 Views
So, there I was, MINDING my own business, when one of those vagabond visions of days long-gone slides through my tired brain.

In the mid-1970's, a couple years before getting my first reliable radio control system, we were still cranking out a fair number of control line model airplanes. Sunday flydays weren't what they'd been just a few years earlier, with girls and motorcycles having taken the lead interest, but we still managed to get some flying done.

Midwest Model Co. had released several profile control line model kits featuring (as I remember): a P-51 Mustang, P-63 Kingcobra, BF-109, and my AD-1 Skyraider. All were scaled to about the same physical size, with the intent of clubs and individual flyers staging aerial combat matches.

I sorta wanted the Kingcobra, but the Skyraider was sitting on a shelf in the hobby store, so that was it. My budget was WAY too tight to risk a plane like this to combat flying, though I think I may have flown it in the same circle with Kevin's Midwest P-51 a few times.

I built it on an overturned dresser drawer in my tiny apartment on North Park Street in Cape. So if you happen to purchase some antique furniture, and find glue blobs, pencil marks, and X-ACTO scrapings on the underside of a drawer, CONGRATULATIONS!'ve also purchased an antique control line building board!

The Skyraider was a large model for my well-worn .35, but still flew OK, with scale-like loops and horizontal 8's, AND, with the lower speed allowing me...Continue Reading
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Aug 13, 2020 @ 07:22 PM | 5,414 Views
My Ringmaster liked my new stooge so much that it took one of it's cushions for a ride.

No issues other than I was afraid to pull any maneuvers for fear of flinging the foam tube out in the rain-soaked soybeans, and not seeing where it landed. I was NOT in a mood to go searching out there.

So, I just flew out it's 12-minute+ fuel supply---circle---after circle---after circle---think there's a spot worn smooth in the asphalt...

Finally, all the Sig 10% burned up and the Ringer glided to a landing, with it's bit of ballast rolling up behind it.
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Jul 29, 2020 @ 09:47 AM | 7,066 Views
The pressure to fly finally built up to the point that my buds and I just HAD to sling some castor and turn some circles.

That's all fine and good, but this heat can make things a little dicey, and I'm at the age where all I got to do is look a little disoriented and people want to put me in a hospital.

Our solution was to crank up around 7am, and bail before lunch time...a "Sunday Morning Fun-Fly".

So, around 5:45am, I headed the van for Breezy Hill. It turned out to be a mostly Control Line day, with the exception of Billy's wing-folding A.J. Interceptor and my Mavic Drone buzzing around. We had us a big day, and scattered around 11:30.

Sunday Morning Fun-Fly with the Breezy Hill Flyers (9 min 45 sec)
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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Jun 22, 2020 @ 08:26 AM | 9,148 Views
After letting multiple calm days pass by with not a single R/C plane circling the hill, today, the Q-Tee got a work-out.

Cox/Sanwa "Q-Tee" and It's Engines (6 min 32 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | May 21, 2020 @ 09:02 PM | 8,839 Views
Still got some work to do to convince it to fly upside-down!

Kingpin's First Flights (2 min 1 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | May 03, 2020 @ 04:14 PM | 7,220 Views
Had some fun out in the pasture before the thunderstorms rolled through.

The Q-Tee is flying well, and having no trouble packing along it's little cameras.

Cox Sanwa "Q-Tee" gets some Flights after Restoration (5 min 21 sec)
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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Apr 08, 2020 @ 08:35 AM | 7,498 Views
Got all these projects various degrees of storage ranging from "Cold", to "Warm", to "Hot" status.

So naturally, the smart and prudent thing to do is---start ANOTHER project!

Back to the past yet Scientific Model Airplane Company's "Zipper" building notes from the Cox Engine Forum:

So, Bob's one little, though enthusiastic, comment about his fondness for Walt Musciano's 1/2A "Zipper" was just enough to push me over the edge into starting one. Went to bed thinking about it...drank coffee this morning thinking about it, so what the heck...

I built the original Scientific kit back in 1969 or so, powering it with the Babe Bee from my PT-19 QZ. A couple decades ago, I got a copy of the plan sheet, along with a nice note from the Man himself, Mr. Musciano. Been talking about building it since then.

Now, in the midst of a shop totally cluttered with tapes, dope cans, and spray equipment, I've started cutting templates from the 10% enlarged copies I made from the original plan sheet. I wanted this Zipper to be a bit larger, as I remembered the original to be better suited for a healthy .020, instead of the Babe Bee that took it around the circle like a combat wing.

Anyway, we'll see how this goes along. So far, the whole "Social Distancing" thing has turned the shop and front yard into a booming model airplane flying, dope spraying, resurrection of stalled projects, and engine test-running affair.

Everybody take care and stay healthy,
Dopey Hermit Kim
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Apr 07, 2020 @ 08:43 PM | 8,127 Views
And the Madness Continues...

The 1960's Scientific Model Company's "Thunderbird" gets more paint...and check out that purple thumbnail!...Continue Reading
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Apr 05, 2020 @ 06:59 PM | 7,814 Views
Flying 1/2A Control Liner models in the front yard on a beautiful Spring Day.

The planes are two designs from Walt Musciano; a "Big Otto" and "Golden Hawk", that were kitted by Scientific Models through the 1950's and 60's. Big Otto is powered by a Cox "Black Widow" .049, and the Golden Hawk's engine is a 1950's Cox "Space Bug" .049.

The third is a "Beginner's Ringmaster", and is powered by a Cox "Golden Bee".049.

The little Ringmaster is built from free plans that are available in the files section of the Annual Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon FB Page

Front Yard Flying Big Otto, Golden Hawk, and a Beginner's Ringmaster (7 min 54 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 30, 2020 @ 09:49 PM | 7,000 Views
Got some front yard flying time with my Hyper Viper today, though it took some prep for each flight. The plane's plastic engine mounts are deteriorating and came loose on both flights, so I'm gonna have to do some serious thinking on the best way to keep it's engine from "departing the area".

Still, got in a couple flights in some fairly smooth air (which has been a rarity lately!).

Front Yard Flying...2003-'06 Cox "Hyper Viper" (3 min 46 sec)
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Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 28, 2020 @ 11:18 PM | 8,137 Views
The front yard was right on the verge of becoming somewhat solid...before this latest "Gully Washer" rolled through and returned it to a near-marsh condition, so no circle-turning gonna happen out there.

Didn't feel like working on any projects, and couldn't spray paint in the liquid air, so decided it was time to turn some fuel to noise, and jam it all together on Movie Maker.

I promise that SOMETHING will actually fly at some point, and I'll video it!

Model Airplane Engine Runs (4 min 38 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 24, 2020 @ 12:37 PM | 12,101 Views
Photo 1.---drawing the fuel out of my beautiful Goldberg "Shoestring" back in 1978, after cartwheeling the model across the grass.

What would really be thought of as a friendly sport model nowadays, the 1960's racer was a hand-full for me after learning to fly on Kevin's good-natured Kadet, and building a little time on my own Navigator. A painful lesson in that, just because a tali-dragger is on the ground, DOES NOT mean that it's finished flying.

The photo was also a lesson in the need to "pin" control surface hinges, as it's right aileron has pulled loose. If this happened gradually over time, it'd eventually result in a violent "re-kitting" of the plane.

But, she flew again, and had a pretty long life as my dumb thumbs got educated....Continue Reading
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 22, 2020 @ 01:18 AM | 6,619 Views
Sleepless and messing with my video program.
Nothing but old engines, making racket and slinging castor oil.

Playing with Engines Out in the Shop (2 min 34 sec)

Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 15, 2020 @ 08:48 PM | 14,130 Views
The Navigator and Skylark are now ready for their white base coats, but need some less blush-worthy weather before I point a paint gun at them.

The Q-Tee is ready but for a little cosmetic stuff, which I wasn't in the mood for, so the Swap Meet Rescue Veco "Brave" became my first test of the doctor's exam table paper Andrew sent me a while back (thanks again Andrew!).

The paper's fibers don't seem to be quite as strong as my original silkspan, but it held together enough for me to dip it in water and blot it on some paper towels before doping it to the Brave's wing. It looks pretty good, so now, so I'm gonna gamble a couple coats of Brodak clear to see how it works.

It's builder had covered it with silkspan that had gone brittle with age, and also had done some filling work on it's forward fuselage. I intend just to clear-coat the bare wood (with sanding between coats) 'till I get a shine, then go with some base orange, with black & white trim. That's the plan at the moment......Continue Reading
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Mar 10, 2020 @ 07:22 AM | 8,580 Views
Yes...yet ANOTHER model airplane engine test.
You've been forewarned, so no whining allowed!

The spoils of last week's "Engine Sniping", this little Anderson Royal Spitfire (MAN, I love that name!) arrived yesterday, and went straight from the mail box to it's waiting test stand.

Test Running My 1950's Anderson Royal Spitfire .065 (1 min 26 sec)