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Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 12, 2014 @ 11:17 PM | 5,423 Views
The Balsa Builders Conversion Contest (BBCC) has finished its eighth iteration so far.

Through the finish of BBCC 7 (30 NOV 2017), there have been 139 build threads started and 36 aircraft flown.

BBCC 1 - The Kitbash (17 build threads. 5 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
01. RMCCOR7737 -- Sopwith Camel - WINNER
02. davidterrell80 -- Blackburn Skua
03. Sopwith Mike -- TA-152
04. XeCutor -- Piper J-3C
05. bogbeagle -- PeeWee Pal

BBCC 2 (20 build threads. 8 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
06. PETERRAKE -- Another Knight - WINNER
07. davidterrell80 -- One Knight
08. Deanoseadog -- Frog Vespa
09. pburress -- Pitcairn Fleetwing
10. Ken USA -- Twelve
11. JohnAV8R -- Dallaire Sportster
12. payne9999 -- Piper PA-18
13. Jim_the_Sane -- Lysander

BBCC 3 (22 build threads. 3 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
14. Smokin' Beaver -- B-29 - WINNER
15. Tucci -- AT-6
16. Ronald L -- Cessna 180

BBCC 4 (9 build threads. 4 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
17. scataolgical -- Supermarine S6B - WINNER
18. Jim_the_Sane -- Bachem Natter
19. Old_Pilot -- Hawker Tempest
20. davidterrell80 -- Stinson 125 Voyager

BBCC 5 (23 build threads, 4 aircraft flown) - Contest Thread
21. victapilot -- Westland Lysander - WINNER
22. xp533d -- T-38
23. builderdude -- Baby Gryphon

BBCC 6 (21 build threads, 7 aircraft flown) - Contest Thread
24. Old_Pilot -- Altagerra - WINNER
25. CF105 -- P-26 Peashooter
26. AndyKunz -- L'il Satan
27. flyced -- Little Monster
28. victapilot -- DeHavilland DH-80 Puss Moth
29. AndyKunz -- Scientific "Stunt Trainer"
30. propaplace -- Rivets

BBCC 7 (9 build threads, 2 aircraft flown) - Contest Thread
31. victapilot -- Bristol Beaufighter - WINNER
32. Old_Pilot -- 1951 Ringmaster

BBCC 8 (18 build threads, 5 aircraft flown) - Contest Thread
33. I-Baga14 34. Electric RC Conversion- Guizz017 - WINNER
35. Max Holste Broussard- Glow FF to RC- Victapilot
35. Cloudcraft Mercury-Rubber FF to RC- CF105 (Rollover)
36. Spirit of St Louis FF Glow to RC Electric Conversion- Victapilot

BBCC 9 (xx build threads, yy aircraft flown) - Contest Thread
Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 03, 2014 @ 09:09 PM | 5,689 Views
The wind was constant and allowed me for have almost zero ground speed.
I could put down the transmitter and take 3 or 4 photos, before having to pick it up again....Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 03, 2014 @ 10:02 AM | 5,183 Views
Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Some historians mark it as the beginning of the first campaign of a global war that continues to this day.

In the UK, people are being invited to turn out their lights, except for a single candle in the window, from 10pm to 11pm tonight, and to gather in churches to memorialize the event.

Although I am a quarter world away... tonight, I will douse my lights, set a candle in the window, and, by its light, thumb through my books of historical WW1 photos, pondering the faces in them and the generations lost; praying for them, those they left behind, and all of us.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 23, 2014 @ 06:35 AM | 6,272 Views

"The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, Mass., has established the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR. This applied systems approach seeks to develop a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device that will augment over-the-hill ISR capabilities for soldiers in challenging battlefield environments. This platform will support the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Manned Unmanned Teaming (Ground) Limited Objective Experiment, or LOE."
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 21, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | 6,055 Views
The Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior has been visible in the NASM Udvar-Hazy restoration hangar for a good while. She was recently moved to the exhibit area.

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 20, 2014 @ 01:20 AM | 5,488 Views
Finished the BBCC 4 build.

stinson voyager first flight (3 min 55 sec)

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jun 09, 2014 @ 12:57 AM | 5,729 Views
Over in the 3-views forum, I have a project where I'm documenting all the 3-views and photos that might interest scale modelers.

The thread is HERE

In this post I'm going to back up my files.
Posted by davidterrell80 | May 21, 2014 @ 06:41 PM | 5,788 Views
A Eurofighter Typhoon adorned with commemorative D-Day invasion stripes has been unveiled ahead of the 70th anniversary of the landings.
The state-of-the-art jet has been specially painted with the famous black and white markings in tribute to the role of the crews of the Hawker Typhoon during the D-Day operations.
It took to the skies today at an unveiling ceremony at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire alongside a similarly adorned Spitfire, which flew in the landings.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz32OeICmF2
Posted by davidterrell80 | May 17, 2014 @ 05:11 PM | 21,434 Views
I dragged them all out.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Apr 13, 2014 @ 08:48 PM | 6,166 Views
I went flying Saturday morning. Behind my runway area is a dumpster belonging to the building next door. A truck arrived to take the dumpster away. I was near the end of the battery and was on approach to final. The truck was about 20 feet behind me and the motor was loud bit not terrible.

As I crossed the threshold, about 5 feet up... the driver thought it would be fun to watch me as he rammed the dumpster while sounding his horn. A jerk of my head, and of my thumb, produced a nose up into a stall and she pancaked onto the asphalt. The driver laughed aloud until he saw me picking up pieces.

He was man enough to stop the truck and come apologize, although he did not offer to make good the damage to my $200 plane.

The fuselage broke in two. All the cabanes sheared and the associated wing and fuselage attach fixtures as well. The undercarriage splayed. The lower wing attach fitting ripped from the fuselage.

It's the broken plastic parts that hurt. I can glue foam together. I figure it will take an upper wing to get the plastic fittings, a new set of cabanes, and probably a new fuselage, because of the broken cabane fittings there.

I may try to fix her without ordering parts and just buy another one, before she is discontinued.