Posted by GRW3 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 04:13 PM | 6,891 Views
Even when I quit flying four years ago, I kept going to the club meetings for a while but tapered off. I quit altogether when I started driving my son to acting lessons in Austin every Tuesday (and our meeting is on Tuesday). Now that I’m getting back in I find I want to go to the meeting again. When I found out the same venue was hosting a Bluegrass jam session on the same night (and playing Bluegrass music is a passion of mine) I told my son he was on his own for first Tuesdays. I packed my mandolin and my airplane and went to the meeting.

The meeting started about 7 pm and went through the usual club subjects winding up eventually at the highlights of the evening – show and tell, crash dummy, and raffle. Some people routinely spend $10-20 on the Raffle, God bless ‘em, but I just never got so excited. A dollar for two tickets and I’m satisfied. The “crash dummy” award is the typical misery bonding experience that many clubs have. I’ve won my share - no guts, no glory or crash dummy awards.

Show and tell is one of my favorite parts of the meeting. It’s amazing what you can learn about an airplane and its owner by just listening to the presentation. We vote on the best and the winner gets $10. Last night the highlight was really nice Top Flite P-39 Aircobra. The model was great but so was the presentation than covered a lot of lowlights of the Aircobra in service. I would call it fun scale but that doesn’t do it justice since that category includes ARFs and this...Continue Reading
Posted by Red 61 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 10:47 AM | 13,106 Views
I am no longer an RCGroups member!
Posted by k225 | Feb 08, 2006 @ 08:07 AM | 6,031 Views
Got my MTB project in the water at our clubs annual Dine and Cruse night on Feb 4. Every Year the Rideau Nautical modellers go to Perth for a dinner and then a night at the local pool for shake down cruises of our newly completed projects.
I really like the way she performs with that MCD SC480 ESC no glitches good acceleration. With the twin Robbe700/13 motors it really moves out. High speed runs had the 12v 7.2 amp lead cell drained after about 15 min of run time. To be expected with this setup. Still had some battery, mind you could only run at a very sedate speed, after an hour.
Some things I will consider:
1) I think that I will install a water cooling system for the ESC and maybe even the motors just to be sure.
2) Will consider using 35mm two bladed racing props to see if the performance and run times improve. The 3 bladed props are fairly agressive and move her along at very scale like speeds however.
Posted by David A | Feb 08, 2006 @ 01:18 AM | 6,647 Views
Great, got that trainer wing out of the way last night. First bit of solarfilming I've done in ages. I'm pleased with it and despite the poor photo it's free from wrinkles and nice and smooth. Now I can get back to my lovely big Sea Fury which I'll post soon with regular updates.
Posted by target | Feb 08, 2006 @ 12:00 AM | 77,962 Views
Just completed an old Airtronics RG-15 Eagle kit I found on Ebay. Maiden took place at White Point in San Pedro in about 5mph of slope lift. Everything went pretty well, except for right after the launch, when the plane was ballooning abit, due to the elevator trim being about 6 clicks off.
Landing was a non event, with my trusty EVO 9; I used the "digi adjuster" to set the elevator compensation for the "crow" in the landing mode, whil the plane was up.
It is one smooth flying bird! I am looking forward to my very first winch launch in a couple weeks at Field of Dreams, the S.U.L.A. club field.

T
Posted by mharms | Feb 07, 2006 @ 10:21 PM | 8,029 Views
Weather today was spectacular -- near 70F, wind was low, and not a cloud in the sky. Went out to Rancho San Antonio late afternoon and flew my little Q-Wing flying wing. I was flying pretty far out, and pretty high. My plane looked small up there, but I've had her out farther before (as I mentioned before, the Plantraco 900MHz RX/TX has much more range than I expected). Had full control and I was surfing on the light wind up there. Then I got momentarily distracted by some loud talk behind me and took my eyes off the plane. Just for a split second. When I looked back at the plane -- I couldn't find her. I put her into a continuous turn, gave some up elevator, tried to get the wings at an angle to reflect some light, but I could see nothing. Just miles and miles of blue sky. I cut throttle and kept her in what I hoped was a slow spiraling descent. Scanning, scanning, scanning the sky --- nothing.

Spent the next hour searching for her, but no luck. Gave a description and phone number to a park ranger passing by and called it a day as the park closed for the night.

Man, I had some nice gear in that plane. I hope someone finds it and turns it in. I'll go back tomorrow and continue my search.

In the meantime: Time to start building the Q-Wing v2.0.
Posted by erich | Feb 07, 2006 @ 08:09 PM | 16,746 Views
Working on a 170" Sagitta XC all wood plane. Have rib set, but will need to make rest of the parts. Have started a build thread on this plane in rc/groups thermal catagory.

Have finished all woodwork on XC. The planes span reaches to within 8" of walls on either side, and that's in the living room. All that's left is to final sand and then, cover (will be using Ultracote), and balance.

Project all done. Flies great almost like full size.

erich
Posted by John Kim | Feb 07, 2006 @ 08:04 PM | 13,983 Views
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Posted by Gary Warner | Feb 07, 2006 @ 05:52 PM | 9,120 Views
It's Tuesday. 5 more days until I can go flying . Need I say more?

This weekend will be interesting (oh yeah, right). I have Arnold chomping at the bit to get the maiden flight in on his Piper Arrow. I'm the test pilot and it's his $1500 pride and joy.

The first $1500 "pride and joy" of Arnold's I test flew (Cessna 182) ended up in 10 feet of water (lake at the end of runway - oops, my bad ). "We" had a receiver battery unplug itself on final. Drop the flaps and the battery slid forward a bit. Enough to unplug from the harness. Judges gave the swan dive a 9.2 (points marked off for the large splash ) .

Cessna 182, part two. Arnold goes out and gets a new plane and finishes it in two weeks. Ready to take off and nothing. Then everything comes back on. Check and check, all is good. Arnold says "lets go fly". I'm not happy.
I notice one glitch in the receiver and insist that we look at it again. Sure enough, Arnold had cut through the battery wire with an Exacto blade while widening out an access hole. With the wire fixed, we fly. It is a good flying plane.

Next test flights are on Arnold's $1300 Lancair. It's a fair plane but snaps as fast as you can say SNAP. Pulling thru simple 30 degree banks at mid speed and the next thing you know it's inverted and 100 feet lower. Uh, "dude - when you fly this thing keep the speed up and for God's sake, use the opposite rudder input to stop the spin. BP 185 over 110.

Any who... I roll...Continue Reading
Posted by TimBlackwell | Feb 07, 2006 @ 04:37 PM | 3,840 Views
Hello from Ft. Lauderdale Florida... home of the ..... O.K. ... I don't know what it's home to... I have not lived here that long.

Reader's Digest version of my BIO :
California born, raised an Indiana boy, got out of the cold winters as soon as I could. Design Engineer by trade, Designer, builder, and dreamer by nature.

Owned a hobby shop with my dad when I was a kid. Got into fixed wing Ultralight aircraft during my young ages. Got interested in Gyro craft in my thirties, and designed/built an ultralight-tractor-gyro for myself at the start of my forties.

When I moved here, I did not bring the UL stuff with me (YET !) So to curb my flying desires, I started building foamies ! I have built 6 models in the past 4 months.

I just finished my own partial design. (based on an existing foamie)

I love to fly.... even when I'm stuck on the ground !!!

I love to design and build.... even if I can't get in it.... I can still fly it !

some pictures of my latest build.... F-22 Raptor with ducted fan/brushed motor.

More to come...... my name is Tim Blackwell. Nice meeting you all...... enjoy the Blog-blog-blog-blog!!!
Posted by szastoupil | Feb 07, 2006 @ 12:47 PM | 9,569 Views
Blog test entry.
Posted by Enitria | Feb 07, 2006 @ 12:25 PM | 3,474 Views
I was born in Rome, Italy and emigrated to the US with my parents when seven years old. Spent my tender years in Honolulu, attended Tulane University in New Orleans majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and spent six years active duty in the US Navy. After leaving the Navy I spent 21 years as an Electrical Engineer working for various DoD contractors. I think I'm all spent out... but wait, there's more!

Then, I finally grew up... since 1995 I have worked in the games industry as Producer and Executive Producer at The Avalon Hill Game Company (pre-Hasbro aquisition) and at Hasbro Interactive which was bought by Infogrames and years later renamed to Atari. My proudest accomplishment was being the Executive Producer for Civilization III.

At age eleven I was bitten (severly, mind you) by the Science Fiction bug when I accidentally cast my eyes upon A Princess of Mars at the school library, and immediately falling in love with John Carter, the incomparable Dejah Thoris, and Barsoom.
Posted by OhioPete | Feb 07, 2006 @ 10:11 AM | 8,572 Views
Current builds on the workbench ****UPDATED 7/16/06****

-Received my new Futaba 9CAP Transmitter from ServoCity on 5-15-06. Has a lot more features than my Optic 6. I think I'll set up one TX (9CAP) for my DLG's and Gliders and use the Optic 6 for my "regular planes". Now I have to learn how to program it!

-Art Hobby Hybrid DLG - See build log


Build Pile


-QuickFlickII Discus Launched Glider - have a new short kit coming to build the wings w/o a warp this time

Built planes
-Goldberg Gentle Lady Glider - flies great!

EdgeRC Overlord 48" wing - Maidened it a few weeks ago, flies great.* Upgraded to a Warp4 4 turn, more speed!

Multiplex Easy Glider - Maidened it April 10th (my B-Day). First time ever using a highstart. It flew fine although there was no breeze or lift. No surprises.

Cox Micro Warbird - Spitfire - built in one evening, quick build. I'm using 2 GWS pico servos, 5 amp esc, GWS 4 channel RX and an Etec 2S 450 Mah battery. Balances fine, no dead weight needed. Still have to maiden.

E-Flite Ascent Powered Glider (bought from The Don - 3/11/06) - ready to fly now, need to maiden. 4-2-06 - maidened and crashed within about 2 seconds . Not sure what happened but it dove in hard from about 20 feet up. Servo was not reversed. Rebuilt - new speed 400 motor (bent the shaft on original) and had to re-epoxy the firewall since it broke free on impact. Ready for a re-maiden, hopefully with better success ***UPDATE -...Continue Reading
Posted by Kyle G. | Feb 06, 2006 @ 10:20 PM | 10,320 Views
Alrighty a blog. Cool stuff? Not a lot to say about myself, except I'm a student. I'm a big Rush fan! Best bend ever. Other interests include... Photography. I've got a gallery here www.kyle90.fotopic.net .
Posted by Cats Eyes | Feb 06, 2006 @ 10:11 PM | 17,189 Views
Scratch the SS#3 idea. Too much work. The Slow Stick is a nice plane as it is, without too much modification. If you're going to go to the trouble of re-engineering it, might as well go with a whole different plane. I'm still thinking of that twin-boom pusher idea...

I am also re-thinking this idea of increasing the wing area that much. The current design is over 40% larger. I've modified it now to be only 15% to 20% (depending on how you measure it) more area. I shouldn't then have to modify the tail feathers, except perhaps to increase the throws. So the wing will just sort of replace the stock wing but not improve on it much except to make it portable. I don't have major complaints about the stock wing.

Over on the Pink AP1 thread, CrazyHerb suggested going with a thinner foam -- 1" or even ¾". In the interest of getting on with it, I'll keep this in mind for future projects, but keep with the 1½" stuff for now.

I got some 1/8" plywood for the joiners at the LHS today. Also picked up a Sombra Labs Shadow 7 receiver (was surprised that they're keeping them in stock now). Made in Canada, eh?

Onward and upward.
Posted by GRW3 | Feb 06, 2006 @ 06:36 PM | 7,186 Views
Swap Meets

First Saturday in Feb means Tri-City Swap meet. Getting started again means cleaning up the workshop. In doing so I was able to segregate out things I don’t need and can live without. The swap meet would be a way to trade some of that off.

For someone who never, typically, had more than two planes flying at a time, I had a lot of radio stuff. Since the newest piece was 5-6 years and since it was old connection Airtronics, I knew it would not be worth much. Still I priced it for what I would take and let nature take its course. I didn’t sell much radio stuff but that was OK.

What I did sell a lot of was junk. I took lots of things I did not want and put them in a $1 box. I made most of my money from that. All my stuff was priced fair so I knew I would be taking it home but I made my nut (entry fee for me and my son and breakfast for us both) in the first half hour and everything else was gravy. Kind of like flying, the social aspect was a key part of the deal. The $1 box proved to be a real conversation starter. Besides the junk, I took a box of magazines, 50¢ - $1 ea., and sold $2.50 worth (thus putting me $2.50 ahead of the garbage can).

Some people sold a lot of stuff. Those are the people who had their “come-to-Jesus” moment and knew that if they wanted to sell their junk, it had to be priced right. Other people cling foolishly to the thought they can recoup their investment and go home with everything they brought with them. I felt particularly sorry for a lot of owners of finished airplanes. The good, well-priced stuff left early leaving only the overpriced hangar queens and war weary.

The swap meet is a good way to rotate your junk stock. Sell yours, buy someone else’s. I only did a little of this but I was happy. Left with most of my junk, some new junk and some extra green in my wallet. If you can get the right attitude you can really enjoy a swap meet.
Posted by David A | Feb 06, 2006 @ 05:28 PM | 6,981 Views
Had the day off work today so used some time to tidy up the workbench and start recovering the top of the club trainer wing. The model is a VMAR Discovery trainer which we (Maidstone MFC, Kent. England) use to teach newcomers and those who are temporarily without a model. It's 4 years old now and needs a little TLC. The old covering was that horrible sticky backed plastic stuff that VMAR just love but at least it came off easily.

There was quite a bit of split sheeting and one shattered rib underneath but nothing that a little cyano won't cure. Tomorrow I'll get some solarfilm on the top and she should be flying by the weekend. In the air the Discovery flys well, albeit in an almost slow vintage fashion - nothing wrong with that trait in a trainer.
Posted by noodle | Feb 06, 2006 @ 05:27 PM | 6,972 Views
So I dropped in at the local home improvement store today and picked up a few things. The attached pic shows everything I've got so far. I've got:

Hot Wire
1"x2"x6' Pine
#10-32 x 2" Bolts and Nuts
Eye Screws
Alligator Clips
Speaker Wire
Power Supply
Foam
Cat

I just need to dig around a little and, with luck, find a big spring and some non-stretch material to use for a tracer wire.

The cat is "Monzo" (don't ask), and is included in the pic because, well, he's just got to be a part of the project.
Posted by GRW3 | Feb 06, 2006 @ 02:08 PM | 6,705 Views
I want to introduce myself. I'm George Wilson from San Antonio. I've been a modeler for over 40 years and like most of us, this has been an on and off proposition. Right now its on again so, hence the title of this note, I'm a retread.

I have been on the sideline for nearly four years, starting from when I found the need to taper off. This includes two years when I did not even hold a transmitter, even the ones in my shop.

But the allure of modeling runs deep in me, just as it has since I saw the Cox control-line demonstration ring at Disneyland when I was a kid or my first R/C model at the San Jacinto Battleground Park.

I'm a modeler, not an expert but not a beginer either, more than a flyer. I like to fly too but with a casualness that relaxes me even when the airplane is in risky situations. A great afternoon is 3 flights and 3 hours of conversation.

My club, the San Antonio Prop Busters, has just gone through some troubling times, loosing two fields in relatively short order. We now have two again, one of which is a peaceful countryish venue that I really like and the other is a joint use agreement with a private airport.

I intend to use this blog to talk about modeling and flying. To talk about the retread process. To discuss modeling politics in a disengaged manner. To tell (and show hopefully) about the things I do. Some specific topics will be become threads in the regular group sections.