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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 20, 2020 @ 04:17 PM | 11,274 Views
Ready for some sanding!

I dug around in a box of servos and found some servo extensions tipping the scale toward ailerons. I think that will put a thumb on the scale for the O.S. .25 too. I was already leaning away from the Fuji given the reading on that scale pictured here. The kit box says 2.5 to 3.5 lbs, but I think you'd need to go 3 channel electric with mircolite covering to get close to the 2.5 mark with all the plywood in this airplane. I'm at 2.8 lbs on the scale, but more than a pound of that is in the O.S. box.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 17, 2020 @ 11:23 AM | 9,626 Views
We've been flying a lot of gliders and rubber power in the front yard recently so we restocked the hanger with a few new Canarsie Canaries and Thermic 18 clones. We also modified a Guillow's Sky Streak with great success.

We followed Don Ross's advice on breaking in rubber motors and filled a zip lock bag with spares ready to go. It's good thing too as the 20:1 ratio winder we have from an AMA Alpha results in a few busted motors every day or so.

I also started work on the Robinhood 25. I'll go glow, but haven't yet made up my mind about the motor or ailerons. I'm tempted to keep it to three channels and fly it with an old Fuji .19. I have a Webra .20 and an O.S. .25 handy, but haven't made any commitments yet.

The kit is a gem. I sanded the parts while they were still in the sheet, weighed all the wood, and worked across sheets when distributing the ribs. The result is a nice, balanced wing.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 19, 2020 @ 09:02 AM | 11,057 Views
Making time to build a model airplane for our friend’s 10 year old son. They have a younger special needs child who garners much of their time and attention.

My uncle built some beautiful control line models for me when I was a boy. Recalling his generosity inspired me to complete this project. Now we have to get our friend’s son out with us next time we fly.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 07, 2020 @ 08:40 PM | 10,130 Views
My father passed away on January 27, 2020. He was 86 years old and my model airplane mentor and buddy. I miss him terribly.

He is pictured here with his 1/4 scale Bud Nosen Citabria sometime in the early 1980’s. He sold the EK Champion transmitter to a gentleman in South Korea in the 1990’s. It was later featured in a book I purchased for dad as a Christmas present, Flying Model Collectibles. Imagine that.

I will purchase an AMA walk of fame brick in memory of my father.

Thank you, Dad.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 29, 2019 @ 09:52 PM | 10,055 Views
Glow fuel, Evaporust, and Marvel Mystery Oil did wonders for the old OS 25, but I’m curious if the muffler had a gasket. My new OS engines do not and there is no mention of one in the literature.

Maybe the weather will cooperate and allow me to bench test the engine on New Year’s Day.

I found my Solo Certificate from 1984 in my father’s garage this afternoon. I’m tempted to hang it - cracked glass and all - on my office wall.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 27, 2019 @ 03:39 PM | 8,385 Views
My wife surprised me with a lovely kit this year; Old School Modelworks’ Robin Hood 25. It’s a beautiful kit and I can’t wait for things at work to slow down enough for me to start building it. I have inherited an old OS 25 and believe the airplane will make a nice home for it...provided the engine is still in good working order. It is stuck, so I’m soaking it in fuel, but believe there is some rust to be dealt with too based on a quick look inside after removing the back plate. There is time for all that.

I took the kids out to the field yesterday and flew the Mini Telemaster and Lil’ Poke (with brushed motor and gearbox!). Both still fly extremely well. But the highlight of the trip was finding that blasted tree from this spring has been cut down!
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 01, 2019 @ 08:21 PM | 9,165 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 | 7,748 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 | 7,737 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 | 8,611 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 | 8,459 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 | 8,483 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 | 8,980 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 | 8,415 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 | 8,543 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 | 8,648 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 | 9,647 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 | 9,963 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 | 10,259 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 | 9,958 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.