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Posted by BDOG1 | Yesterday @ 08:55 PM | 2,746 Views
April first 2020 and a chance to get outside into the sunshine with a predicted 10mph wind from the north.
I have not tried to fly this direction with wind this light ,but out I went..full sunshine and a balmy 46 degrees ..

I flew the Bug first,I had built a couple of them a half a dozen years ago and had not flown them on a real hill, just tossed them around sloping hay bales a in a friends field .

The wind felt stronger than the predicted 10 , I was still using my transmitter glove { was glad I did, when clouds passed over , my hands were toasty warm inside }
Since I had not flown this in ages and was now on a new transmitter {This is a rudder/ elevator ship,and I fly rudder on the left stick } Do I launch with my left hand and keep my finger on the elevator stick .
Or launch with my right hand and have my finger on the rudder stick.
I launched with my left betting on needing elevator control first,as it turned out the elevator was not too far off and the wind turned her before I could get my left hand inside the glove...she set down with out damage about 20 feet away {shows why I am not a gambling man }
Next launch with my{ right hand } was no problem,flew her around and trimmed her out ,seemed a little tail heavy with a bit of a tuck once so I ,landed and added some lead to the nose .
Out again and tooled around for the next 20 minutes - Great fun , something this light shouldn't be able to handle this much wind

Time for the HK 1M dlg,I had...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 14, 2020 @ 09:26 PM | 6,811 Views
Today found me on the hill with friends , temps in the mid 30's and predicted WNW winds of 12mph once again exceeding the prediction with actual measured levels at 15 to 20 with higher gusts .

I put the Acacia up first as the wind was supposed to diminish as the day went on .
The launch was a non event {Thank You Lynn } , once trimmed She really rewarded smooth flying and keeping the energy up .
I did not know if a ship this heavy {80oz} would fly on our hill in our conditions but thought that I could at least check the trim ,I wound up with a bit of up elevator {maybe a bit nose heavy } and if allowed to raise its nose and slow down during a turn it took some time to pick speed back up and the controls to get crisp again .
After zinging around for a while I dropped the flaps to see if I could slow it down ,it raised the nose and came to a stop like a dog on a short leash ,I quickly put them back up and dropped the nose to get some air speed but was now behind the hill going down wind over a very bad spot.
She flicked on me when I attempted to turn ,saved it and she flicked again . I was able to flatten her out making a less than Graceful arrival at the bottom of the hill on the back side with no damage .
Inspection revealed that the left flap servo has a bunch of slop {broken gears ? } I will have to pull it and replace .

After that excitement ,flying all the other ships was low stress and relaxing

Arrived at 11:00 came down after 4:00
Another good day - I will sleep well tonight
Posted by BDOG1 | Mar 11, 2020 @ 07:45 PM | 7,554 Views
I got out on the hill for a hour and a half of flying yesterday.

Wow temps in the 40's {last time out it was in the 20's with a wind chill of 8 degrees } and fore cast winds of 15mph were actually mid 20's with gusts over 30
Check out the first picture

maiden a friends new Mini Machine wing from Dan's Extreme Glidersl
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:31 PM | 2,875 Views
What a Great way to enjoy February 29th 2020 leap year
Over 4 hours on the slope ,temps at 20 degree's with winds around 15 mph and gusts above 20 mph...and even some sunshine and blue sky's
We were joined by a new comer to sloping - Welcome Kirk
We finished up the day with a fly over of 2 -pairs of large Red Tail Hawks wing tip to wing tip ,it seemed like a salute to fellow flyer's
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 23, 2020 @ 10:04 AM | 3,254 Views
Here she is out is out the winter sun.
This is the first time in about 20yrs that I have covered a whole plane with the Burnished silver / Chrome , last time it was monokote this is the HK silver .

Next up cover the wing
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 18, 2020 @ 07:15 PM | 4,810 Views
I had some solartex {sky blue} but had never used it before.
I know that it is highly prized and the slope guys love it so I thought I would give it a try and see if I could cover the epp canopy on my DAW P-51 with it in just one piece .
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 07, 2020 @ 06:18 PM | 4,625 Views
Finally The wind picked up from The good direction along with the snow that always results from blowing in off the lake at this time of year .
I picked my "Sally" and "Gerry " to accompany me on this outing .
The last time out The Sally got all the air time so Gerry was first up
The wind was steady at 22 mph so the launch was a non event easily leaving my hand and getting up on step ,she has a motor and a folding prop but I have not had a ESC in it in a couple of years ,Its nice to have back up power but I prefer to soar....probably should at least take the prop blades off
I flew most of the afternoon with Her , she is not a lite weight but also is pretty efficient so can handle the ebbs of wind and lift and really turns on when things pick up .
After about 45 min I brought her down and flew the Sally ,my second time out with her.
The wind was building and the Sally is under 24 oz but had no problem penetrating the gusts ,I wound up putting in a couple of clicks of down and will check the elevator trim later tonight , A Great all around flyer
So Good to get back out for some fresh air and stick time
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 05, 2020 @ 09:45 AM | 8,236 Views
The 1-26 now has it's base color on the fuse
Posted by BDOG1 | Feb 02, 2020 @ 04:46 PM | 4,591 Views
I spent a little time yesterday laying down 3 mil laminating film on the 1-26 .
The fuse is now ready for it's color
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 26, 2020 @ 12:06 PM | 5,927 Views
I spent last evening with my monokote iron working on the tail group of the DAW 1-26 and DAW P-51 Mustang
Its so relaxing to lay some covering down and see projects nearing completion
The 1-26 needs to have the control snakes installed ,plastic covers added over the tops of the servos and then the fuse can be covered .

The Mustang fuse is ready for some 3M- 77, stapping tape and then covering .
I am using the HK covering on both planes ,it is nice to work with
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 22, 2020 @ 11:18 AM | 8,204 Views
I f you have been following my blog/build on the DAW Mustang you might have notice a picture or 2 of something else being worked on .
Yes -a old school DAW 2m 1-26 .
The build has some modifications to the standard build of yesteryear :
First - I have cut the fuse down the middle to add a carbon rod for strength,
I also added a coroplast nose/spine to the front of the plane to protect the battery {I use LiFe batteries and I know that fire concerns are a very real hazard in other parts of the country and else where in the world } the plastic nose makes the servo placement easy and strong and should keep the shape of the nose intact even in the worst crash I could imagine

Second - I made the wing 2 piece along with a removable stab to make transportation/shipping easy { Thank You Jan for the modification Help ! }

Here is a photo dump of my progress :...Continue Reading
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 16, 2020 @ 07:15 PM | 7,055 Views
Oh boy the weather pattern continues
Same as last week steady 20 or so with +30 mph gusts...And started out with some sunshine before the snow squalls moved

I brought out the 2m Gerry and maidened a 56 inch " Sally" from the GEMS boys in Cleveland -
As it turned out I only flew the Sally, put in a hour flight and had a Blast
What a great flying ship !
Mine comes in at 24 oz with a removable wing and rudder,there is plenty of room for ballast if desired
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 08, 2020 @ 08:00 PM | 3,633 Views
I got out for some sloping after work today.
temps in the mid 20's
Wind coming right up the hill in the mid 20's with gusts over 30 mph
It was snowing hard with squalls and very limited visibility when I arrived at the bottom of the hill , {You have to walk to the top once you make the drive out there } by the time I got to the top most of the snow was moved off
Flew my trusty {and worn } Knife Edge wing
I brought out my 2m T-tail Gerry - it flew awesome, the only difficulty I had was getting it back on the ground as it was starting to get dark - I really need to get spoilerons programmed

I sure hope this wind patter continues , being able to slope once every 7 days is Great !
Posted by BDOG1 | Jan 01, 2020 @ 05:45 PM | 3,975 Views
The start of a New Year and on the Slope -
January 1st and flyable wind - 15 to 23 mph crossed most of the time,temps in the mid 30's with a occasional snow flake
I flew 3 out of the 4 ships I brought to the top ,
The Dan Wing 2 18oz : flew fine,would penetrate the Gusts and stay aloft in the lulls , nothing fancy just cruising around for about 20 min .

Knife Edge 26 oz : carries its energy well and will glide through the sink/lulls if flown smooth ,turns on in the gusts and when the wind shifted straight up the hill - only flew for around 15 min ,got caught low on the hill with a wind shift/lull ... a walk down and back gets your blood pumping

Ka - 8 : finished up the rest of my time out {around a hour} perfect bird for the conditions
Wind / no Wind/ sink/crossed such a great flying plane
Time to get home - I have planes to complete
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 19, 2019 @ 12:03 PM | 4,555 Views
The Balsa tail feathers are cut out,fit and ready for final shaping/ hinging
The Mustang is just to pretty a ship to hang coraplast tail feathers off the back end, even as a stand off scale / combat
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 16, 2019 @ 09:31 PM | 14,909 Views
I have not posted pictures/progress on the P-51 but I have been moving along on it

I did a rough balance on the plane with all the components in their aprox. place - using the coraplast tail feather I would need to add 3.5 oz of lead to balance .
With balsa tails it more like .75 oz
I am going with balsa tails.
I have roughed out the pieces and the glue is drying on the rudder front/back pieces .
Getting close to tape ing the fuse and adding the tail
Posted by BDOG1 | Dec 15, 2019 @ 09:52 PM | 10,078 Views
The last 3 times out on the hill {this fall/winter} my hands have gotten pretty cold .
I thought it is about time to do something about the cold as the temps have only been in the low 30's and it gets a lot colder than that here once winter really sets in .
This is the Turnigy transmitter glove ,I had gotten it for Christmas a while ago and had not really given it a try .

I have to say it worked pretty good as long as I could launch with my left and have my right hand in the glove on the stick.
I did fumble a bit getting the left one in, besides the transmitter neck strap i think it needs a attachment point in the middle {on my stomach } to hold it square to my body .
I am also considering adding a Zippo hand /pocket warmer to the glove
I will say that my hands did not get cod / hurting this time out