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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 21, 2015 @ 08:27 PM | 4,509 Views
I flew the Lil' Poke earlier this evening and it is still a tremendously satisfying airplane to fly. The battery has to be placed a bit forward to compensate for the brushless motor's lower weight, but the overall flight characteristics remain phenomenal.

I have decided to replace the flying and landing wires on the Eastbourne. This will be the third set and after drilling out the second set I think it will be best to replace the blocks in the wings through which the wires pass. To do this properly, I'll have to strip the covering off the top of each wing. Fortunately, I have a pack of cream coverlite tucked away so recovering won't be an issue.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 21, 2015 @ 08:35 AM | 4,556 Views
No progress to speak of on the Aqua Star, but the pleasant warm weather gave me chance to start painting the 1/2A Sopwith Pup. I also worked up a D size model rocket with parts from an Estes' designer's kit I received as a gift in middle school. The parts have been languishing in my father's garage for thirty years.

We also put successful first flights on the SemRoc Swift boost glider and Squadron Kites' Sopwith Camel kite this past week.

The Lil' Poke and Eastbourne Monoplane date back to 2004. Both airplanes have a substantial number of flying hours on them and I've decided to resurrect them for another flying season. The Lil' Poke was shelved when the brushed 280 motor stopped providing enough power to take off. Rather than replace it with another brushed motor, I'm installing a brushless motor. The Poke's brushed ESC was a C-10, which I'd coupled with device from FMA to adjust the cut off for lipo batteries. All that's been removed and replaced with a brushless ESC. Both airplanes have had their receivers swapped out for 2.4GHz versions for use with my current radio. The Eastbourne's receiver was a swanky FMA dual conversion M5.

I'll likely replace the flying and landing wires on the Eastbourne before putting it into the air.