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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 07, 2018 @ 10:55 AM | 744 Views
I've completed the right side of the wing, but I'm a little unsure about the blending to be done at the LE corner. Rather than make a guess about it I've written to BUSA for some guidance before I begin building the left wing.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 04, 2018 @ 02:19 PM | 1,107 Views
The good folks at Balsa USA shipped this Taube 40 to my mother at our home just outside of Baltimore sometime in the 1980’s. My father must have received it for Christmas, but never felt the itch to build it. I’ve had my eye on the box for a while and pulled it from from my Dad’s garage about a year ago thinking my OS 35 will make a gentle flier of it.

I poked around on the internet for a revised set of instructions for building the airplane after reading the sparse 4 page instruction document that was included in the kit. I found it and after sanding all the sheet wood I began to inventory the parts. Right out of the gate I noticed the revised kit includes 1/64” plywood cut for sheeting around the cockpit. This was not the case with the older kit. The older kit also assumes one is building on a hallow core door and builds the entire 62” wing in one piece. I don’t have a building surface big enough to do that so I’m grateful to have the revised plan to follow, which builds the two halves separately.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Nov 27, 2018 @ 03:12 PM | 1,301 Views
My wife added another bookshelf to the house and decided that rather than filling it with books we'd move some books around from other shelves and open up some space for a little decor. I have just the thing, I told her. There is no reason for my vintage model airplane engines to be packed away when they can be on display for all who visit our home to admire. While she didn't buy that last bit about visitors admiring them she did give me the go-ahead to add a few engines to the shelf. So last night I took a bit of music wire and started bending stands for my Atwood Wasp and OK Cub. They are both mounted on firewalls so it wasn't hard to make a stand. My Royal Spitfire is beam mounted so I'll needed to fashion something a little different for that one.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Nov 05, 2018 @ 09:42 AM | 1,378 Views
Twenty-five minutes of frosty, early morning flying with the Super Cub and Randolph Observer on November fourth; one month closer to the All Season Flyer patch and 25 minutes closer to this year's goal of ten hours in the air.

Later we tested the new rocket launch controller and the egg carrying rocket. I'm proud to say the egg-stronought returned safely.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 21, 2018 @ 03:55 PM | 1,350 Views
My vintage Estes model rocket launch controller from middle school has finally been retired. Unlike the more recent 6v systems that rely on AA batteries in the controller and a separate launch pad, my old system featured a launch pad that was designed to fit on a 12v lantern battery. It was simple and very effective.

After completing the Slow Poke I set my mind to knock out a series of smaller projects like building my son a 1/2 A control line airplane and restoring my speed 400 Bristol Scout and Super Cub to flight-worthy status - replacing my old Estes launch controller was on the same list. However, rather than a restoration or new purchase, I decided to build my own system with a rechargeable 12v battery and banana plugs linking it to a controller featuring a key switch, LED, and toggle switch for launch. I was also eager to find some better alligator clips for the igniter. The system was easy to build with a schematic from Estes and a small order from All Electronics in CA. Plus, rather than spending a small fortune testing the system with costly igniters I wired up a 12v automotive bulb.

While at it I used a carbon fiber rod and some plastic caps to make an improved system for carrying the lunch rod.

As soon as the weather improves we'll test my son's egg carrying rocket.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 14, 2018 @ 07:11 PM | 1,398 Views

This is the post-successful-maiden-photo of my slow poke sport 40. The kit was a Christmas present from my father. Starting work in early January I completed the build in late August. When school started back I resigned myself to seeing the maiden take place in 2019, but fortune was on my side. Low winds and a gracious wife afforded me an opportunity to maiden the airplane early this morning. No surprises or bad habits, but I think the OS 46 needs a bit more breaking in. I celebrated with a lengthy flight on my refurbished Bristol Scout resulting in a flight by my newest build and my oldest.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 05, 2018 @ 01:29 PM | 1,551 Views
This is the 1/2A control line model that I promised to build for my son upon his first solo flight. The airplane is based on Dave Kingman’s 1/2A Cubby. The wing is a generous 25” of ¼” sheet balsa painstakingly sanded into the shape of a proper airfoil. The landing gear is held on by a rubber band and has been elongated to give the pilot a fighting chance to land intact. I also took the liberty of using a nylon engine mount from an old Sterling Model's Beginner Series kit to speed up the build. I got it this far in less than 24 hours working at - for me - lightning speed. If I can get the bell crank, control horn, and lead lines in this weekend it will be ready to fly.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 01, 2018 @ 08:10 AM | 1,739 Views
This is a Pat Tritle Super Cub originally kited by Aero Crafters in New York and sold alongside the Eastbourne Monoplane in the Hobby Lobby catalogues. "Designed for the Mini Olympus!" was the boast, I believe. This little airplane has had its brushed motor, ESC, and gearbox removed and replaced with a brushless motor and ESC. The radio too has been upgraded to a 2.4ghz set. With an 8x6 propeller it is easily one of the best flying three channel airplanes I have ever flown, even outperforming my Mini Telemaster. Why did I wait so long to restore it to flight status?
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 17, 2018 @ 09:34 AM | 1,861 Views
The restored Scout flew briefly amid some breezy conditions yesterday and proved (again) to be a fine airplane. Now I'm looking forward to better weather and a little model airplane nostalgia.

Speaking of nostalgia, I've modified some Williams Brothers pilots to resemble some of my favorite childhood toys; the Fisher Price Adventure People from the Northwood's Trailblazer set and the GI Joe Adventure Team Commander.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 10, 2018 @ 07:33 AM | 2,542 Views
I pulled my Aerodrome R/C Bristol Scout down from its place in the workshop this weekend and began a long overdue restoration project on it; and yes, that is a Mini Olympus gear drive on the table.

After giving the airplane an initial going-over I was hopeful that the project would move quickly; just remove a few warps with the covering iron, install a brushless motor and ESC alongside some upgraded radio gear, and the airplane will be airworthy. I should have known better.

I was trying to straighten a warp in the elevator when I realized the top wing was loose and had to be removed and then the bottom of it recovered. Then it was back to straightening tail surfaces and patching a few places with oddball colors of Coverlite since I don’t have any olive color on hand. Even the wheel covers needed some fixing after thirteen years.

I used all my remaining heat shrink tubing placing connectors on a brushless ESC Sunday night and now have two servos, a 2.4 ghz receiver, brushless motor and ESC tested and ready to be installed in the Scout.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 04, 2018 @ 02:20 PM | 1,779 Views
With the Slow Poke build completed I've cleaned off my bench and readied the workshop for my next project. I'm not sure what that will be and with the bench looking so nice and neat I don't feel the urge to mess it up.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 02, 2018 @ 04:45 PM | 1,961 Views
I took the kids fishing today and made a little opportunity for myself to do some pond flying with the Aqua Star. My daughter was good enough to take some video too:


Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 26, 2018 @ 05:36 PM | 1,867 Views
Too windy to fly today so I put my energy into finishing the Slow Poke's cockpit and windscreen. I always struggle with windscreens and decided to forgo glue or stripes of covering and resorted directly to the use of three small screws. The only change I made to the pattern was the addition of a tab to hold down the center section. The engine run is next and then we see about a maiden flight.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 24, 2018 @ 07:59 AM | 1,889 Views
Everything is installed and connected. The only thing left to do is the cockpit combing and windscreen. The good news is that I am a full pound under weight! The recommended weight is 6-6.5lbs and I'm at 5lbs on the nose. That extra pound must have been in the rear. I'm balanced at the back of the balance range so not tail heavy, but by no means nose heavy. I consider that to be success given the tail heaviness everyone else has reported. I'll put a few sticky weights at the front of the airplane for the first flights.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM | 1,505 Views
It's been rather busy few days, but I managed to fly the Kadet and Brigadier at the MARKS R/C field while visiting my father. He's belonged to the club for years, but it was my first visit to their field. I've also managed a few hours in the workshop to continue covering the Poke.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 06, 2018 @ 02:21 PM | 1,633 Views
The pull-pull rudder should reduce the likelihood of this airplane building tail heavy, which I understand is fairly common. Here it is in action:


The throttle servo is installed and ready to go too. I stopped working there to ready my father's old LT-40 for flying and took both the LT-40 and my Brigadier out for some flights on Sunday afternoon. The LT-40's GMS engine gave me two dead stick landings, but there are far worse things in life than that.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:04 AM | 3,084 Views
My daughter captured a bit of the Kadet in flight last nitght and I've posted her handywork here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NnQ...2lkMNWGKE/view

Meanwhile I took a stab at aligning the checkers on the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer and elevator parts of the Poke.

I ordered a pull-pull kit for the rudder along with some new wing bolts. The flat head wing bolts that are provided with the kit are only useful for 'poking' holes in the bottom of the wing. Well played, Great Planes.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 27, 2018 @ 11:12 AM | 2,596 Views
Visiting my father this week I pulled an old control line Jenny out of his garage. The Jenny was given to me by my father's coworker when I was a small boy. My father's coworker had three boys of his own and the Jenny had belonged to them, but it was stored in the attic of their home before it came to me. Going over the airplane to see what could be salvaged I pulled off two 3/32" wheel collars. A little toothpaste, an SOS pad, and some marvel mystery oil in the set screw and they are as good as new; and perfect for holding the Poke's tail wheel in place.

I also pulled out a Cox .09 and placed it in a jar of fuel to see about freeing it up.

The Poke is ready to cover, but I'm hesitating while I decide whether or not to use a pull-pull for the rudder rather than the provided push rod.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 12, 2018 @ 02:29 PM | 2,165 Views
This is a really nice little item to tuck into the cockpit, away from the prop wash and oil, but easy to reach.