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Posted by giuseppi | Oct 30, 2012 @ 07:24 AM | 5,321 Views
Yesterday afternoon we were left no alternative but to have our cat, Lucy, put down. She fought hard but was unable to overcome the effects of cancer.

We love and miss you. We'll never forget you.

Rest in Peace, Lucy.
Posted by giuseppi | Oct 26, 2012 @ 12:47 PM | 4,905 Views
Haven't made a post to the blog lately, so here goes:

Here's my '65 Beetle I built in the late '80s. Having gotten into a bind and in need of cash in 1991 it was traded it for a '77 Toyota Hilux P/U and $500.00.

Sure wish I still owned it.

On another note, the latest 30mm EDF He162 from a Dollar Tree Foam Glider is coming along nicely.

Posted by giuseppi | Aug 29, 2012 @ 07:08 PM | 5,372 Views
As unbelieveable as it may seem the white dove showed up on my patio again this afternoon @ about 4:30 PM, shortly after my previous blog entry.

I was walking out the door and there he was, waiting.

He was fed and given a drink, hung around for a bit, then headed for the tree.

...Continue Reading
Posted by giuseppi | Aug 29, 2012 @ 04:25 PM | 5,182 Views
Okay. I'm pretty sure I read that this is a blog and can be about whatever and not necessarily RC or model building, etc.


Yesterday one of the most amazing things happened...

My 87 years young mother, as is typical, was out on the back patio having her cigarette and coffee, when she hears a strange noise, turns to see what it is, and there, beside her in the flower bed sits a white dove.

He began walking around on the patio, not appearing to have any fear of my Mom, so she heads inside to get some of the wild bird seed we keep for the cardinals and sparrows, in case he might be hungry.

She puts some seed in a bowl, and heads back outside. He's still there. She places the bowl in front of him, which he hops on, spilling the seed all over the patio.

He begins to pick at the seed on the ground and while he's at that, my mom finds another bowl for some water for him to drink. He has a nice long drink.

Its about this time that I go outside to join her, and she alerts me that the dove is sitting on a nylon cord strung between the patio cover posts.

She tells me about how he came to be here and that he'd tried to fly into the crepe myrtle but ended up there on the cord instead. I walk over to him slowly, and gently place my cupped hands under his chest. He steps into my hands and I carry him to the crepe myrtle and place him on a branch.

I have a seat for a minute or two and decide to head indoors for the camera to get some images for posterity's sake....Continue Reading
Posted by giuseppi | Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:33 AM | 5,313 Views
I added three coats of thinned WBPU through a Preval sprayer to complete the Shrimp rubber conversion.

Here are a left and right view of the Shrimp in the winding stooge, three pics of the stooge from different angles, and an image of the winder.

The stooge was made from a bracket, scavenged from a folding sawhorse kit and a 3/8" floor flange. The flange was mounted to the bracket with some machine screws and nuts. Some outdoor carpet was contact cemented to the bracket to protect the model from the bare metal. A piece of foam rubber was added to cushion the bottom of the fuselage where it sits in the stooge.

The pin is made from piano/music wire with a length of aluminum tubing soldered to it. The pin without the tubing wasn't a snug enough fit for the aluminum rubber peg. The rubber peg is a short length of 5/32" OD(4mm) aluminum tubing.

My winder is an old Stanley 03-222A Hy-Lo Hand Drill with a wire hook mounted in the jaws. The spring chuck was modified to keep the wire hook from pulling out.
Posted by giuseppi | Aug 14, 2012 @ 03:30 PM | 5,748 Views
Well, its been another week or so since my last entry, sooo...

I've added some more silkspan. I used some Rit Dyed red that was left from a couple years ago. I'd covered the bottom of the wing with plain white silkspan. And with the tail white, from using foam to replace the damage when it got dropped, and thinking it best to leave it unpainted to save weight.

...Looks like it'll be red and white.

Bought a Peck Polymer Large Prop Kit :

2- plastic props(9 1/2 dia.)
2- plastic props(7 dia.)
4- large nylon thrust bearings
4- prop shafts(2 1/2 x 3/64 dia.)
8- brass thrust washers

Should have gotten the Small Kit :

2- plastic props(4 3/4 diameter)
2- plastic props(6 diamter)
4- nylon thrust bearings
2- prop shafts(2 1/2 x 1/32 dia.)
2- prop shafts(2 1/2 x 3/64 dia.)
8- brass thrust washers

Luckily I had a 6" prop on hand. I thought a 7" prop would fit but drags the ground. Of course I could have trimmed one to fit but wanted to keep them stock unless it becomes absolutely necessary to do so. I still might trim one and make up another nose block. See if the deeper pitch works better.

The humidity here is soooo bad. I've been building out in the garage and wetting the silk over and over trying to shrink out the wrinkles. I stuck it in the car with the windows up and it tightened like a drum. After it sat overnight it was wrinkled again. So, I brought it inside where there's A/C and no more wrinkes.

I wonder if spraying a bit of WBPU will stabilize it? Or maybe some of the nitrate dope. I don't think the foam would like the dope, though.
Posted by giuseppi | Aug 06, 2012 @ 10:54 PM | 5,739 Views
While working on the nose block, the rest of the airplane separated from it, leaving me with nose block in one hand, sandpaper in the other and a model with a broken horizontal stabilizer on the floor. Removed what was left of the empanage and replaced with $$$ Tree foam.

Built a couple of Thermic 18s and a Thermic 20 HLG. Foam wings and tails and wood for fuselages. The first of the Thermic 18s had a foam fuselage that had to be stiffened to be of any use. Split bamboo skewers glued in the weak spots took care of it.

Borrowed two books on building and flying hand launch gliders:

Throw It Out of Sight! Building and Flying a Hand-Launched Glider by Lawrence F. Abrams


Flying Hand-Launched Gliders by John Kaufmann.

Each books is a complete practical guide to the building, trimming and flying of hand-launched gliders. Following simple step-by-step directions, illustrated with numerous diagrams and drawings, the reader learns how to select balsa wood, how to lay out the gliders, and how to cut and assemble them. But building is only the beginning. Each author describes fine tuning and when and how to take advantage of the weather conditions in order to produce the best possible flight the glider can achieve. If you want to get into contest flying there is information on that, too.

The mistress of the household, Lucy, blissfully sleeping on the rug.
Posted by giuseppi | Jul 13, 2012 @ 08:40 PM | 5,785 Views
This is what I'm working on currently. The Shrimp, a 27" WS Free Flight Model, designed in 1949 by Jack Florenzie for CO2 or .020 IC motor. K&B had recently introduced their Infant Torpedo .020. This model was featured on the March 1949 cover of Model Airplane News sporting their new motor. If you look at the cover close-up notice the decal near the right wing tip. You can just make out that it reads Torpedo.

This copy of the plan, gotten from the Hip Pocket Aeronautics website, is for a 21-1/2" version which I'm re-designing as a rubber free flight model. I should call the thing Scraps or Scrappy as that's what its been built from. The wheels are Dollar Tree Foam shaped to mimic balloon tires found on Old Timers. The gray hubs are discs cut from a roll of duct tape. The wheel keepers are beads salvaged from girlfriends jewelry she no longer wore. The windshield came from the neighbors recycle tote, a clear plastic container from the grocery store.

The wingtips, horizontal and vertical stabs are bamboo, split from skewers, soaked in water, formed around straight pins pushed through the plans into the building board.

Instead of a full wing rib at every section every other rib is a riblet, except the last three nearest the tips. One reason, to save weight- the other, not enough balsa on hand.

The 27" plan can be had from Outerzone or here at RCG from the Pre 1960 Vintage and Old Timer Plans Thread.

Well, I reckon that's about it for now.