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Posted by RGinCanada | Jan 23, 2014 @ 03:05 PM | 4,899 Views
In one of my increasingly brief moments of clarity, it occurred to me that r/c models are very much like pets. You need to accept that they are only with you for a limited time.

Some, like my scratch built herring boat, are like a tortoise. It will probably be around long after I'm gone...

Then there is my little tug, "King Koil"... It is like a horse. Useful, dependable, but at some point you know it will need to be put down.

A scratch built plane like the Chipmunk I'm building now is like a dog; you hope it will be a companion for a good long time, and that as a pilot you won't do the aviation equivalent of sending into the road to play

Foamies and the like are the hamsters of the radio controlled world. They are cute and fun, but prone to "shuffling off this mortal coil" for reasons known only to the EPO deities..

Accepting that makes flying/boating/driving all the more enjoyable. Savor your time with your models now, tomorrow they may be gone!
Posted by RGinCanada | Jan 21, 2014 @ 01:25 PM | 5,321 Views
I have the fortune to live within an hour of Downsview, where de Havilland Canada brought the Chipmunk into being. In their heyday, Chipmunks were deployed to several bases throughout the area, and the Canadian Warplane Museum in Hamilton has preserved a number of them. (The also operate a flying Lancaster).

Last summer my sons and I went for a visit, and I had the opportunity to do a reasonable photo survey of C-FPOW....Continue Reading
Posted by RGinCanada | Jan 15, 2014 @ 10:32 AM | 4,569 Views
Building a 74" Electric DHC-1 Chipmunk:

Build Thread Here:
Posted by RGinCanada | Nov 16, 2012 @ 02:39 PM | 5,351 Views
I can't wait to get my hands on this plane! 1.4m wingspan w/ 4S powered outrunner. Should be here later in the week, and I'll do an "unboxing" thread.

You can find more information at ABONG-RC.COM
Posted by RGinCanada | Mar 07, 2011 @ 09:32 AM | 6,342 Views
A few items crossed off the list.

The galley stack is done,
The wheel house has a brand new ship's wheel,
and the dipnet hoist is rigged.

What's left?
Some round bumpers and tires.
A collapsible anchor.
Scuttles and vents, maybe?
Paint touch ups.
Renaming... maybe.
Posted by RGinCanada | Oct 29, 2009 @ 01:36 PM | 7,111 Views
The cleanup list for Mowgli
Build Thread
  • Dipnet tackle
  • Galley stack
  • Deck clutter
  • Redo wheelhouse