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Posted by JSKYVOLT | Oct 13, 2021 @ 12:02 PM | 26,728 Views
For its maiden flight. Purchased this six? years ago needing only receiver and flight battery and it only needs a range test and stickers with the appropriate numbers to be ready to tumble. The good news is the staircase pad is done and I am making a (thin) template to cut out the risers and runners, approx. 20 inches for the latter and 6.8" for the risers. Once satisfied I will copy the template to 3 one and seven eighths thick by twelve inch by 200 inch long red oak boards that I will saw up with the mill. Will get help moving and hoisting the stringers. Meanwhile got to scrounge up staircase posts and rails and balisters from already milled oak and maple posts and planks.
The pad weighs about 2000 lbs. based on the 27 sixty pounds bags I transported from home supply store in my 97' ranger, actually purchased thirty, plus many pails of cleaned stones and concrete rubble I had gathered up.
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Aug 31, 2021 @ 12:16 PM | 24,393 Views
Stick 40E nearly refurbished with new maple firewall and better Velcro strap. Have to figure out the antenna tubes for the 2.4 Airtronics rx and will be using a dimension engineering device that reduces the speed when any cell reaches a certain voltage. Most important is to range test as I have been so lazy about that. Had I tested the new antenna for range that I purchased here 20 years ago three or four airframes would have had a better time. Sickle bar mower almost back to good. Pic of knife head post that I made up to replace very worn original 5/8" x 2 1/8" post. Took me four hours or so. Post made from ell hitch pin.

Pictures 2,4,6,&8 are remains of chargers, frame rate speed controls and the odd circuitry that I keep to try and truly recycle them. They are up for grabs for the price of postage (imax 5, Gt 6)...Continue Reading
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Feb 18, 2021 @ 10:05 AM | 14,064 Views
At least spending some time repairing and completing airframes and radio gear. The indoor flyer needs the motor from the donor partly constructed model. The servos go haywire on the completed model if moved more than approx. halfway and I must have damaged the motor with my clumsy paws. The sea otter is getting light spackle to fill and smooth the cut ends of the foam and will be taped taped to seal for water operation, maybe a light yellow coat of paint.
In the 141 consecutive days of running the wood boiler I have mostly figured out optimipum operation and the oil burner has consumed only three gallons of fuel oil, most in the first week. Normal consumption would be approx. 250 gallons to date. It has been taking 80 - 90 pounds of wood a day in coldest part of winter to heat garage pad(57-66*F), the house radiators (61-66*F) and what ever hot water is needed for baths, dishes, and laundry. I wasted a lot of wood until I learned the correct setting of primary and secondary air-an angry flame in the sight glass. The garage has more square footage than the house so it is no small chore or expense to heat so hopefully five or six cords will do a year and I can always burn dry pine once I get the staging area set up.
Weighing system consists of baby scale and result is usually an 18 pound pile of wood some of which I usually split to start fire and get optimal burn. On the modeling side I have much to do getting radio gear in shape, need certain rx crystals plus...Continue Reading
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Jan 05, 2021 @ 10:41 AM | 9,027 Views
The GWS do not work for my application so $1 plus shipping for all, and am hoping to trade the yellow top airtronics crystals 32 &38 for ch 28, maybe 45 as well. Likewise on the micro bergs 45x2, 32 x2, 33 & 59 trade for 28 et. al., The large berg SR 21 trade for 53 or 51, those are difficult to find. The 2 hitec blue stripe on 11 for28 or 53/51.
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Feb 11, 2020 @ 12:57 PM | 11,377 Views
Even with laser cut kits I,m slower than molasses. Radio installation is the biggest struggle, small airframes especially.
Micro laser stick is about 4 ounces four channel but no tail wheel. Two willynillies and a sig hummer. On the hummer will elevate the fuel tank a little and use the canopy to cover it.
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Sep 27, 2019 @ 03:14 PM | 12,494 Views
One of three cl planes began flying with friends help. Wanting to complete some 1/2 a rc planes but among other demands I have to saw a bunch of logs for house and garage projects.before the cold weather. Would gladly trade some of the aircraft I have for help with firewood etc. but rather remote possibility....Continue Reading
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Jun 16, 2019 @ 03:15 PM | 11,309 Views
After many years of concentrating on building a post and beam garage and servicing cars, house systems etc., finally resuming r/c. Many if not most planes need a little finessing to get them in good shape. The flashback kit I bought here (as jim e) and the canopy was crinkled, Have to redo magnet system or use another method to secure canopy (Velcro?). The foam sportser is ready, just do not like how the motor goes wild if you turn off the tx while battery is hooked up-probably the airtronics rx so may change. My fry sky equipment is now "legacy" but still should work okay. Here's to hoping to,learn knife edge after 37 years of flying r/c. Oh and I hope to get a lot more organized!!
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Jan 17, 2019 @ 04:59 PM | 12,399 Views
several kyosho gearbox motor combos including a handmade one i got for my flash #1, some MEC gearbox parts, a long nose gear drive for glider, ap-29 kyosho motor clamshell mounts, GWS stuff, kyosho prop and spinner for petite series,and a somewhat rare Aristocraft Motor Conditioner missing the most important piece- the tachometer magnet-(started to make one------ will have to take closer shots
Posted by JSKYVOLT | Oct 01, 2018 @ 12:30 PM | 12,980 Views
Over five years to (mostly myself) build this garage from trees out back and milling them as needed. I have half of the three bay loft, woodshop and building tables. My wife has the other half with her well organized and stored materials. The main floor has two bays with radiant heat (not yet hooked up) and a 12 x 22' wood shop area that is over a basement with indoor wood boiler waiting to be hooked up as well. Got some more radio gear on rcg at reasonable prices. Slowly starting to resume r/c flying.