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Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 15, 2021 @ 07:29 AM | 9,184 Views

I've used vellum (tracing paper) to cover a few of my birds (Alvin, Clearprint, Helix, etc). It's a lot stronger that tissue, but not as strong as Mylar, has no directional grain so it shrinks uniformly, and it accepts paint readily.

You can also use brown paper, but it's heavy. I've never tried the iron on fabrics, though lots of people have had great success with it
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 13, 2021 @ 06:00 AM | 10,100 Views
This is as close as we could come to "formation" flying....LOL
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 03, 2021 @ 01:55 PM | 26,098 Views
Just finished these two .... one for a flying buddy, and one for me (the green one) ........

I changed the color scheme and the livery for the green one ... the inspiration came from the Luftwaffe squadrons of WWII, with a lot of poetic license.
Hope you guys like it

Keep your nose up in the turns

Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 17, 2021 @ 07:11 AM | 21,292 Views
Finally got the drawings in shape, developed the patterns and parts, and wrote the NC code
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 16, 2021 @ 07:07 AM | 19,548 Views
My wife is really into feeding Hummingbirds, and she's always coming up with new feeder ideas.......I've made them out of spice jars, Margarita Salt containers, plastic bottles, etc...here's the newest one...test tube feeder ....a bit of 1/8" ply and a dowel
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 13, 2021 @ 05:32 PM | 20,834 Views
Just about finished with the drawings of the Plank, but I had to rebuild the jet fleet....was down to one
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 30, 2021 @ 06:43 AM | 13,603 Views
I discovered OuterZone.co.uk when I first returned to the hobby in 2012. OZ was still fairly new, and I ended up volunteering to help clean and or redraw some of the plans that had been submitted. Long story short, one of the plans that I redrew was "The Irresistible Plank", a large flying wing from the late 1970's (MAN Jan. 1979). I never built it........well until now.....I've been searching for something different to build, so I'm going to give this one a try. Other projects are on hold for now....The original aircraft had a 110" WS.....gonna scale it down to ~ 72", and make it a powered glider...stay tuned
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 21, 2021 @ 06:08 PM | 15,803 Views
My friend Tom, chasing one of my flat jets

Einzpfeil Chase 1 (2 min 30 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 04, 2021 @ 04:40 PM | 6,183 Views
My friend Tom chasing the Bloody Mess

Bloody Mess Chase (2 min 56 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 02, 2021 @ 07:03 AM | 9,213 Views
Another flat jet......

Einzpfeil 4th of July (2 min 11 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 25, 2021 @ 01:28 PM | 27,948 Views
Not long ago, I was asked to join RC Pilot as a beta tester for their site.....it morphed into being asked to post articles for reference.....I posted three articles, all of which lost their formatting at post, even though the previews were perfect.....the articles were a mess.........whatever...RC Pilot can't seem to fix it....On top of that, the site is a nightmare to navigate with more filters than a desalinization plant....and now, the site is dominated by two morons that have to post how many pieces of toilet paper it takes to wipe their ass.......

Long story short, don't waste your time with this site....you'll waste a lot of it
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 24, 2021 @ 02:01 PM | 28,850 Views
As mentioned below, I took Dan Sponholz's Bloody Baron, and scaled it up tp a 36" WS, larger motor, ESC, servos, and battery....and adapted it to the way I like to build.....she turned out OK.. even balances where she's supposed to

The Bloody Mess (1 min 55 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 23, 2021 @ 07:12 AM | 15,830 Views
Just finished taking, and passing the TRUST Test....As it turns out, all the pushback on this subject is no more than a tempest in a teacup.

(23) multiple choice questions about how, where, and when we can fly for recreation....basically common sense and courtesy.....took about 15 minutes...
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 21, 2021 @ 05:39 AM | 29,752 Views
Geez, I'm in withdrawal.....one of the stepper motors on my CNC machine quit working last week, and I couldn't cut anything out. Got a replacement stepper within a few days, replaced the old one, and the machine still wouldn't work....OK...then it had to be software, firmware, or the controller/shield (Arduino). Long story short....Uninstalled all the software/firmware and started from scratch with the most recent releases and drivers. Low and behold, the machine fired right up....But just in case, I have a new controller on the way........On the positive side, this is the first failure I've had since I got the machine in 2015 !
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 11, 2021 @ 01:09 PM | 34,497 Views
I took Dan Sponholz's Bloody Baron and scaled it up to a 36" wing span, and adapted it to the materials and techniques that I normally use to build foamies. The power plant is larger as is the battery, ESC, and servos. Wish me luck.I'll post progress pic's and a flight video if successful.
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 05, 2021 @ 04:48 PM | 36,528 Views
We had our Scale/Warbird Fly in today at our club, the Memphis PropBusters....
we had close to 50 pilots and almost that many spectators....It was AWESOME..Enjoy!

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Posted by Old_Pilot | May 31, 2021 @ 01:02 PM | 24,297 Views
Even though the USAF never nicknamed the A9 like the A-10, I'm gonna christen her the A-9 Hedgehog
Once I got her trimmed (1st and 2nd flights) and changed to a heavier battery, she was easy to fly

Northrop YA 9A II (2 min 8 sec)