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Posted by AVGDAY | Jan 10, 2021 @ 12:59 PM | 8,052 Views
Here are a few photos of a recently acquired Hercules reed transmitter. Itís an interesting piece of RC history! Itís really incredible that modelers had success flying with these old sets; they must have given their biceps a workout too considering the size and weight of the transmitter.
Posted by AVGDAY | Dec 13, 2020 @ 09:46 AM | 14,009 Views
Just a few more odds and ends to finish up and the Eaglet will be ready for a test flight. The holiday season so far has not been conducive to hobby time; hopefully soon...
Posted by AVGDAY | Nov 05, 2020 @ 07:31 PM | 12,271 Views
I have made some more progress and Iím inching closer to the finish line. I decided to go with the Canadian Snowbirds color scheme. Model is the classic Goldberg Eaglet which has been re-engineered by Balsa Workbench here on RC Groups. Looking forward to a maiden flight in the near future...
Posted by AVGDAY | Oct 08, 2020 @ 07:29 AM | 8,425 Views
Can you guess what I'm building? Coming along nicely so far...
Posted by AVGDAY | Apr 07, 2020 @ 03:14 PM | 12,873 Views
I guess the ďstay at home orderĒ isnít all bad; I had a chance to finish my Gnome HLG. Looking forward to some no-frills soaring..:
Posted by AVGDAY | Dec 19, 2019 @ 09:25 PM | 11,424 Views
I thought I'd share a few photos of my most recent project. I built two L'il Roughnecks for a gentleman here in CT. For those unfamiliar with the design, it was originally published in the November 1963 issue of American Aircraft Modeler Magazine and was afterward kitted by Sterling. It was designed to fly with a single-channel escapement radio and a Cox .010. I'd always wanted to build one and as luck would have it, I got to build two! The buyer wanted the airframes bare so he could do the finish-painting. As you see them, the assembled airframes with no radio gear or power unit have 3 coats of 50/50 nitrate dope and weigh about 3.5 oz each. If you'd like to build your own, the plans can be downloaded here for free on Outerzone.
Posted by AVGDAY | Dec 02, 2019 @ 09:37 PM | 12,661 Views
Great day Saturday! My grandfather, Bud Chappell, was posthumously inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. Thanks to his flying buddy Pete Bozzo for sponsoring him. I do believe he is smiling down in disbelief...
Posted by AVGDAY | Aug 26, 2018 @ 02:15 PM | 12,925 Views
Here is an old interview from 2012 that I did with Carl Bachhuber during the time I worked for RC Pilot Magazine. Carl is one of the nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet in modeling.
Feature: CarlBachhuber (3 min 36 sec)

Posted by AVGDAY | Aug 15, 2018 @ 10:08 AM | 12,619 Views
I thought I'd share some pictures from my visit to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. The collection is exceptional and most of the aircraft are flyable (and are flown regularly). It's certainly worth the trip if you find yourself in the area....Continue Reading
Posted by AVGDAY | Mar 19, 2018 @ 09:34 PM | 12,843 Views
I had a chance to interview Dave Platt for MAN a few years back on a trip to Florida. Dave was very gracious and showed me around his famous workshop and the shed where he keeps many of his models. The interview was condensed to about 3 minutes and was posted on the MAN website for a while. The actual interview was more like 30 minutes so for anyone who's interested, I have posted the interview on Youtube in 5 segments. Here is a link to the first segment:
A Day With Dave Platt clip1 (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by AVGDAY | Jan 16, 2018 @ 08:13 AM | 13,748 Views
Here's an article I wrote in June 2012 for RC Pilot Magazine about my favorite transmitter layout...
Posted by AVGDAY | Dec 16, 2017 @ 01:01 PM | 13,862 Views
Going through old files today, I found this aerial footage I shot with a GoPro attached to my Ben Buckle Super Buccaneer. The video is unedited and the flight footage begins at about 1:55. The Super Buc was powered by a geared Astroflight 40 swinging a 14x8 prop. I believe I was using a 5S lipo and had wired a Liposhield low-voltage cutoff into the circuit to guard against draining the battery too low. Sorry, the audio did not upload.
NEAT Fair 2012 GoPro- Sorry, no audio (9 min 2 sec)

Posted by AVGDAY | Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:14 PM | 15,873 Views
Just found this on Youtube. AMA video about scale modeling from 1979. At 35:17 there is a shot of me at age 6. Great memories!
Academy of Model Aeronuatics Presents Grand illusions 1979 (46 min 4 sec)

Posted by AVGDAY | Sep 11, 2013 @ 09:39 PM | 18,450 Views
Just finished my latest bike. It's a 1974 Honda CL125 and it's a cool little thumper. Now that it's done, I can build some stuff that flies!
Posted by AVGDAY | Feb 04, 2013 @ 10:31 PM | 17,115 Views
Check these out- notice the differences.
Posted by AVGDAY | Feb 04, 2013 @ 06:40 AM | 17,412 Views
Just sold the engine from this plane. It now hangs in the clubhouse of a vintage motorcycle club that I belong to.
Posted by AVGDAY | Nov 08, 2012 @ 11:06 PM | 17,818 Views
Please explain the logic to me of having a sludge collector in the middle of the crankshaft which is in turn fixed into place with a cap that takes an act of Congress to remove??? On these old BSA's and Triumphs, you can either strip the entire engine and take years off your life trying to remove this thing or you can risk your crankshaft exploding at a most inopportune time! Final tally- 2 broken tools, 1 broken knuckle, 1 mangled sludge trap cap, more expletives than I can count, 1 sludge trap removed! Take a look at the pics- absolutely packed with crud. Glad to have this part of the build out of the way!
Posted by AVGDAY | Oct 18, 2012 @ 08:46 PM | 18,850 Views
Finished my engine teardown on the BSA A65 engine. Everything looks to be in decent shape except the tach drive which is toast! I'll have to measure everything to be sure. Maybe after I clean up the workbench I can get back to model airplanes for a while!
Posted by AVGDAY | Oct 16, 2012 @ 09:25 AM | 18,259 Views
I finally got my Brit bike... well, I got a pile of parts that I hope to turn into a BSA Bitsa (i.e. a bit of this and a bit of that). The frame is a 1962 A50, the engine cases are from a 1964 A65 and the rest of the parts are unknown. I have since found a '70 A65 Thunderbolt engine which is in very good shape which I plan to rebuild for the powerplant. This is a project for the long haul!
Posted by AVGDAY | Oct 16, 2012 @ 08:41 AM | 18,322 Views
This was a classic example of dumb luck. I bought this bike thinking it was a '72 (per the seller) and completely disassembled it to build a caff. When 75% done, I discovered I really had a first model year CB750! I sold it to a collector in Australia who is presently restoring it to factory stock.