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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 01, 2019 @ 08:21 PM | 2,568 Views
This engine was on my father’s Sterling Ringmaster when I was a boy with a similar TopFlite nylon propeller. After moving into a new office earlier last month I set my mind to building a display stand for it, which I got around to doing this afternoon.

Not much else has happened in the workshop lately. I helped eight Cub Scouts built as many Estes Alpha III rockets for the public launch at Godard Space Flight Center and I cobbled together an Estes Mini A Heli helicopter recovery rocket for myself, but that is about it.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 29, 2019 @ 12:06 PM | 1,253 Views
My current project is refurbishing this Sig LT40 my father built in the early 2000’s. He gave it to me about a year ago and I put a few flights on it but the GMS 47 engine gave me too many dead stick landings so I hung it up. It was also a little tail heavy for my taste. So I pulled it down recently and removed some of the covering at the back, dremeled some holes and recovered it. I also made some adjustments to move the radio forward. Finally, I decided to sand and repaint it. My father had painted it white and used some red pinstripes along the fuselage. I was feeling fancy so used some masking tape and Rustoleum and went to work.

Next I’ll tackle that pesky GMS engine.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 22, 2019 @ 08:45 PM | 1,257 Views
I had a rare opportunity to fly this morning and took out my Slow Poke Sport 40, Taube 40, and 1/2A Brigadier. My daughter caught some of the flying on her phone before her arm got tired.



Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 19, 2019 @ 07:57 AM | 2,139 Views
This hasn't been the best summer at our house. Departures at work and my father's health consumed just about all of our time. Nevertheless, earlier this month I made my first trip back into the workshop and began repairing the Kadet. Small task by small task, I was able to get it back into shape and carve out a few hours to test it this past Saturday; my first such outing since May 4, pictured below.

The Kadet flies as beautifully as ever. I made a few small changes, like moving the radio forward , but everything else remains the same. I also put a short flight on the Slow Poke. It was obvious I'd not been flying for a while!

If nothing else, I met my goal.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 05, 2019 @ 07:00 PM | 1,910 Views
This gentleman had given us estimates on tree work at work. We called him and he said, I’ve never had a request like this before, but he agreed to try.

Two utility trucks came by while I was waiting for him and both tried to reach it with cherry pickers but could not get close enough.

Goal: repair it and fly again before the end of summer.

A ‘lofty’ goal. Ha, ha, ha.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 05, 2019 @ 08:59 AM | 1,869 Views
The good news is that the Taube had a successful maiden flight. The bad news is that the Kadet was NOT in front of that tree on final approach. The ugly part is that it remained in that tree through very heavy rains.

The silver lining to all those rain clouds is that I had an opportunity to model some grown up behavior for my son. No four letter words or displays of anger. Find the humor in it and take away the lessons about depth perception, humility, and gratitude because no one was hurt. Notify the club and approach the property owner who turned out to be a gem of human being and said, "I'm cutting down that tree later this season anyway, do whatever you want to do." He also modeled good behavior for my son.

Next steps...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 30, 2019 @ 09:06 PM | 2,360 Views
Six months from start to finish; a Balsa USA Taube 40 completed with Sig Koverall and Brodak dope, and powered by a new OS 35.

Now if the wind would calm down...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 28, 2019 @ 08:38 PM | 1,866 Views
I ran out of white paint for the squares on the Taube’s wings and had to stop short of finishing it this weekend. Still, the major painting is finished and I manged to run a tank of fuel through the engine.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 15, 2019 @ 08:55 AM | 1,916 Views
The wing needs a sanding and another coat of paint, but the radio and engine are installed and the fuselage is just about finished.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 04, 2019 @ 01:08 PM | 2,107 Views
Brodak calls this color Cream Dallas, but I think it is closer to Wiffle Bat Yellow. Oh, well. The price was right.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 10, 2019 @ 09:05 PM | 3,120 Views
Covering is underway with Sig Koverall, a glue stick, and Mod Podge. So far, I’ve completed the tail feathers and fuselage. Next I’ll tackle the wing and cockpits. If the weather guessers are correct, I may get a chance to apply one or two coats of thinned nitrate dope to it this week.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 03, 2019 @ 10:27 PM | 3,381 Views
This dashing fellow started life as a Williams Bothers race pilot, but he’s decided to pilot my Taube instead.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 20, 2019 @ 10:07 PM | 3,710 Views
Cockpit sheeting completed, I began soldering the landing gear pieces together. I have to solder washers on the inside of the axels and then make up my push rods. After that the airplane will be ready for a final sanding.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 18, 2019 @ 10:28 PM | 3,431 Views
The new kits come with 1/64" plywood die-cut for sheeting the cockpit. My older kit provides some rather thick balsa for this task. I like the the plywood idea and feel fortunate to have a relatively large sheet of 1/64" handy.

Next up, the forward cockpit.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 16, 2019 @ 09:19 AM | 3,785 Views
The Balsa USA website says the Taube should weigh in at 5 Lbs. and I confess being skeptical, but so far I'm at 3.3 Lbs. That weight includes the engine, landing gear, wheels, radio and airborne battery plus all the built up parts. The only stuff missing is push rods, control horns, sheeting on the bottom of the fuselage and the "cowling" plus the covering. The plans call for 1/8" sheeting but I'll use 1/16" along the bottom and 3/32" up by the engine.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 13, 2019 @ 11:41 PM | 3,881 Views
Rather than taking the Mini Telemaster out for a romp in the snow I opted to stay in and keep plugging away on the Tuabe. Next, I'll sheet the bottom, opting for 1/16" rather than 1/8" from the landing gear back, and then tackle the cockpit sheeting. I guess I'd better look at placing that order with Sig for dope and Koverall in the near future.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 12, 2019 @ 10:06 PM | 3,256 Views
Those bits at the end were two big triangular balsa blocks! Rather than planing them I use my little table saw to cut them about in half and then sand them. Yes, they were THAT big.

The fin has three one and one-quarter inch holes cut with my drill press and a slight warp. What can one expect after 30+ years? I expect it will come out with a little encouragement when I cover it. Onward...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 10, 2019 @ 10:09 AM | 3,447 Views
My wife gave me a 1/6 scale Sopwith Pup for Christmas this year. Upon opening the box I found the note pictured here. Well played, Balsa USA.

The engine and fuel tank are mounted for the Taube. Now I'll start the radio installation, working from the throttle backward. The shape of the Taube's fuselage makes it difficult to get straight. I can see that I'll need to take special care lining up the horizontal and vertical stabilizers during the final assembly.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 01, 2019 @ 07:34 PM | 3,741 Views
The Taube's fuselage is a trapazoid rather than a standard square when looked at from the front. It is also tapered at both ends when looked at from above, rather than being a rectangle with a tapered tailpiece glued on like many airplanes. Consequently my building triangles won't help me keep it straight.

The revised plans say to join the fuselage upside down, which seemed like a fine idea until I tried to place former F4 in and realized it was too big to be placed in the fuselage when it is upside down. Sure, enough this looks like something BUSA changed when they revised the kit. The picture in the revised plans shows an F4 former that is about half as tall as mine without the rounded top that mine has. Interestingly the guide to the cut parts on the first pages of the revised instructions show a tall F4 with the rounded top like the one I have. Oh, well.

One idea is to cut the top off F4 and follow the revised instructions before gluing the F4 top back in place after the two sides are joined. The only problem is that there is a center section cut out of my F4 that is so large my F4 will become a U shape rather than a rectangle when the top if cut off, and I'm worried it won't have the strength and rigidity I'd like if I do this. So after sanding the upper and lower longerons and stabilizer supports on the two fuselage sides to an angle that allows them to meet, but still accommodate a 1/4" stick for the rudder post, I have decided to simply join the...Continue Reading
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 17, 2018 @ 10:24 AM | 6,350 Views
It is common for me to spend 30 minutes or so with the Dremel tool making holes and removing weight from the backside of the LE or underside of a top spar to balance a wing, but this time is unique. I've removed all the weight I feel comfortable removing from the left side of the Taube wing, but it remains a full quarter of an ounce heavier than the right side. Looked at differently, it balances about half an inch to the left of center. I'll either have to live with it or (shudder) add that quarter ounce to the right wingtip.