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Posted by davidterrell80 | Dec 03, 2012 @ 10:57 PM | 4,482 Views
I'm flying some RealFlight, trying to keep my skills up.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 29, 2012 @ 11:38 PM | 5,005 Views
Here is the entire complement of my composite squadron (VX-57 "The Dragoons"):

Effective: 11/29/2012

1. UM Champ “Greenie” (Damaged)
2. Polaris.Mk.1 (Scratchbuild, Destroyed)

1. UM T-28 “Lil-28”
2. T-28 “Big-28” (Parkflyer)
3. BuzzBomb 100 (Kit from Stevens Aero)
4. UM Carbon Cub
5. UM Champ “FrankenChamp”
6. UM MiG-15
7. Slowly “VinFizz” (Scratchbuild)
8. Cartoon C-119 (Scratchbuild)
9. Polaris.Mk.2 (Scratchbuild)
10. Blade MSR2 Helicopter
11. Blade 120SR Helicopter
12. UM Night Vapor
13. UM Nieuport 17

1. Rufe (Scratchbuild)
2. Blackburn Skua (Scratchbuild RC modification from Earl Stahl's April 1942 MAN FF)
3. Mini A-1 Skyraider (FMS ARF)

1. 1918 Hergt Monoplane (Kit from Stevens Aero)
2. 1928 Pietenpol Air Camper (Kit from Stevens Aero)
3. Andy's Avro Vulcan (Scratchbuild.)
4. Big P40 (60" WS ARF kit from Black Horse.)
5. Fly Baby Bipe (Kit from Stevens Aero)
6. GyroChamp (Converting my tree damaged Champ to a twin rotor autogyro)
7. LNB-4 (Kit from Stevens Aero)
8. P-40 Warhawk (BARF of another GWS kit.)
9. Pinkus (Scratchbuild of a 900mm span shoulder wing parkflyer)
10. Wot Next (Scratchbuild)
Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 29, 2012 @ 10:54 PM | 4,799 Views
The topic of money spent on my hobby arose... and the following occurred to me.

A friend of mine has a passion for firearms. He has all the requisite licenses for automatic weapons and... well, owns at least one example of almost every modern, military-grade, individual-served weapons in use around the globe in the last 20 years.

In his closet-sized bank-vault armory, he has about US$ 100,000 in firearms.
He can spend $200+ in a single trip to the shooting range, as rifle rounds may cost $1 or more; and, a belt-fed machine gun can eat them up.

On the other hand, I've spent about $2,000 in the form of my 6 RTF/ARF planes; 5 scratchbuild planes; 2 helis; 8 or 9 kits (on the shelf for a rainy day); a box of MPF; a stack of Dollar Tree foam; a box of USA Balsa products; 2 Tx; a selection of glues; covering films; paints; and a couple of boxes of the motors, servos, ESC, Rx, props, and the other parts I can use to make and repair planes.

I tell one and all that this hobby makes me happy without breaking the budget... or for less than the cost of a fully-automatic, suppressed, M-4 carbine, with holographic sights.

So there!
Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 18, 2012 @ 05:04 PM | 4,842 Views
I'm participating in a FF to RC conversion contest in the Balsa Builders frum.

My subject is the Blackburn Skua and the build thread is located HERE.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Nov 01, 2012 @ 07:58 PM | 4,955 Views
Here's a round about way I just tried, successfully:

--Using a paper size scanner, scan the actual size, one section at a time. I was using a Peanut plan so, this was not too tough.

--In powerpoint, create a large slide (Design/page setup) the size of the original plan.

--Assemble the scanned pieces, without changing the actual size. You might have to set the white background to 'transparent' to get them to line up easily.

--Save the big picture as a PDF.

--Open the PDF in Adobe Reader X

--Print the file, Using the "Poster" setting and choose the tile scale of the desired scale up. I suggest adding the cut marks.

Hope this helps!
Posted by davidterrell80 | Oct 06, 2012 @ 09:56 PM | 16,944 Views
I suppose that it's time for me to begin my first real scale project. Something that I been looking at is the floatplane variant of the Japanese Zero the Allies called the "Rufe". Its designation was A6M2-N and built by both Mitsubishi & Nakajima.

First deployed in 1942. It was powered by a 14 cylinder air cooled radial of 950 hp.
Wingspan: 12 m
length: 10.10 m
height: 4.30 m
weights: 2895 kg
maximum speed 434 km/h at 5000 m
range: 1780 km
armament: 2X 20 mm cannon; two machine guns; 120 kg of bombs.

One of my books is "the rand McNally Encyclopedia of military aircraft"
this is what it has to say about the aircraft: "in 1942 another singleseat fighter appeared which had been expressly made to answer the needs of the military bases scattered in the little islands of the Pacific, where it was impossible to construct airstrips: this was the Nakajima A6M2-N. this aircraft was a seaplane model of the carrier-based Mitsubishi A6M Reisen fighter, the renowned zero. Between 1941 in 1943, 327 aircraft of this model were produced which were in use up to the end of the war, carrying out their task effectively. In spite of its large floats, his performance compared with that of the zero was, in fact, only slightly inferior.

My intent is to take the GWS zero and evolve that into the floatplane variant.

I plan to do this in phases:

1. Assemble the airframe, inserting the electronics, and attaching a motor. The aircraft was originally...Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:24 PM | 4,748 Views
I finished the Polaris.Mk.2 and put a camera mount in the "VinFizz" and they are ready for tomorrow.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Sep 26, 2012 @ 02:45 AM | 6,291 Views
I went to Udvar Hazy to see what was new. I haven't been in about 4 months.

If you want pictures of anything in the collection, let me know. I live less than 2 miles away.

The Douglas M-2 and the Stearman "Spirit of Tuskeegee" were new.
The Lippisch DM1 Glider and Sikorsky JRS-1 is undergoing restoration.

Ther was Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior, Reg. No. N10965, (Serial No. 1143). NC10965. behind the JRS-1.

I took P-40 pictures because I'm planning a GWS build with the intent of making the scale fidelity greater.

http://airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy/...Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Sep 19, 2012 @ 09:42 PM | 4,682 Views
And shot some hasty photos with my phone. This was the best.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 24, 2012 @ 05:11 PM | 5,930 Views
I've completed my first scratch build, the Polaris Seaplane


I had first flight last weekend and found I needed to re-check the down thrust. All else was good... very good.

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 24, 2012 @ 04:56 PM | 6,443 Views

I've printed off the plans for this one, to build upon when the glue is drying on the Cartoon C-119.


Added: I'll wait until it's almost finished but, I'm thinking about giving my "Slowly" a 1925 era automobile styling, with headlights and a grille... sort of like "Chitty, chitty, bang, bang!"

An antique white wing and empennage, faux wood structures aft, a black Model-A-ish cabin, a pilot in cap and goggles, with perhaps a pet dog wearing goggles hanging his nose in the breeze would certainly set the plane off.

This is going to be fun!
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 21, 2012 @ 10:44 PM | 6,558 Views
Back in 1963, I received several toy airplanes as Christmas presents.

Among them was a toy C-119.

Finding the photograph, I am tempted to make a cartoon RC out of the idea, based on my memories.

The fuselage was an dark blue plastic and the wings and booms were silver.

I wonder if I can build something around the PZ UM Mosquito brick, motors and props, keeping the weight down to overcome the added drag.

I'll start drawing up plans and making weight estimates.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 13, 2012 @ 11:22 PM | 5,038 Views

My name is David Terrell. I currently live in Herndon, Virginia; where I work as a contractor, supporting a government agency.

For almost 20 years, before the events of 2001, I worked as a manufacturing engineer. For most of those years, I worked for Bell helicopter but I also worked for Martin Marietta Denver and Lockheed Martin in Georgia.

I am reentering the hobby after some 20 years. Long ago, I was very active in rubber powered free flight, especially peanut scale.
My, how the hobby is changed.

I am a user of the real flight simulator, and started with a hobby zone champ. Then, I purchased a ultra micro T 28. They have been a great deal of fun. I have also purchased the buzz 100 from Stephen's Aero. I really like it. I did use covering that was a bit heavy and the aircraft really needs a high current battery to fly well. So, I will probably recover it with something lighter. I also purchased the larger Park Flyer T 28 and have enjoyed it. My latest purchase was the carbon cub and, like many people, experienced the servo problems that seem endemic to that aircraft. I flew for a total of about 4 min. before the elevator servo drove up and burned out. I'm still waiting for that 200 dollar aircraft to return.

I went ahead and bought subscription service from Stephen's Aero and I am beginning to receive the kits that are part of the subscription. I purchased enough ultra microelectronics to keep five in the air.

I'm doing my first scratch build now....Continue Reading