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Posted by SPasierb | Jun 07, 2009 @ 07:59 PM | 12,232 Views
This field has gone to the top of my list of places to fly. Just spectacular. You're literally out in the middle of the corn, just wide open spaces and a beautiful old barn. The LVRCS crew is tops -- they ran a smooth event, lots of prizes and a great lunch.

This event absolutely goes on my list for 2010. Wish I would have made the trip sooner.

Here's a link to the club:

And now for just a few photos, heavy on Tom Hunt's new Mustang series. Pictured are the A and the D models....

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Posted by SPasierb | May 12, 2009 @ 06:04 PM | 8,070 Views
Need a replacement canopy? Have basic skills, an oven and an understanding spouse? Here's the ticket!
Posted by SPasierb | May 10, 2009 @ 11:54 AM | 7,849 Views
The hours in the subterranean work lair have been quite limited recently. I have been able to get a couple hours here and there to move things forward.

The is the second installment. Original blog post here:

Pictured below is some of the progress:
- Completed the V-tails, color bars and ready to reinstall. They look fantastic.
- Completed the color bars on the wingtips. Not bad either.
- Bailed out on trying to somehow fix the huge crack in the canopy. *Ugh.
- Fuselage primed, wet sanded, first gloss coat applied and wet sanded, final coat completed. Is good!

* I did a significant amount of looking for a suitable replacement canopy, but no real success. Ultimately pulling a new one (heat & droop approach?) will be the solution. Short-term I decided to abandon repair and simply epoxy the two halves together with 3 ounce S-glass. Once the entire canopy was rigid, I filled the gaps with epoxy and micro-balloons, then filled and primed. The contour is correct, so just a bit more filling is needed. My plan is to paint the entire canopy sky blue. Ultimately it will provide the form to make a new clear canopy. For the `09 flying season it will be okay, but not great.

We're getting there!...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:11 PM | 6,313 Views
A beautiful, warm and W I N D Y day in Mt. Joy. Many thanks to Alexander Breitkreutz and all who helped make the day a success.

A good time was had by all. Many beautiful planes flying and in the pits. Here are a few random shots......Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Apr 11, 2009 @ 05:51 PM | 5,840 Views

At long last. Resoration complete.

Radio system installed (2.4G), a not so swift pilot in place, fresh canopy, rare-earth magnets holding both sections in place, and 24 ounces of lead in the nose. We have ourselves a respectable 1-26 for the 2009 season.

Not a bad way to spend a rainy Saturday!

Span: 126" (3.2m)
Length: 63" (160cm)
Aspect: 10:1
Area: 1490 in.2
Airfoil: Clark Y
Scale: 1:4 Sport Scale
No. Servos: 7

Posted by SPasierb | Mar 29, 2009 @ 06:04 PM | 5,273 Views
All work and no play makes Steve a dull boy.

With the March calendar just about out and a rainy day on hand, here's a tiny bit of progress to report. Can't believe it's been over a month since my last post.

So, what started out as simply and very quickly repairing a couple spots on the fuselage bottom -- of this "beater" -- continues to sprial out of control with the fuselage just about redone tip to tail. I'm not hung up on anything close to scale nor obsessing over the quality details as I ususally do (leads to a lot less swearing in the workshop), but this old bird is looking better all the time. It will be fun to get it out to the field this spring. Hopefully, late April in Mt. Joy, PA.

Today's output -- built a new deck for behind the canopy, played a bit with the rudder striping, fuselage striping, replaced the main wheel, and finally added a bit of canopy interior detail just for fun. About all that remains to be done is to recruit a 1/4 scale pilot bust, glue the new canopy in place (sourced from Tom at TMRC) and add a skid to the bottom.

Going to be a nice plane in the air and on the ground -- albeit at a couple paces away.
Posted by SPasierb | Feb 16, 2009 @ 05:47 PM | 4,894 Views
A dusty day in the workshop beats a clean day in the office.

Spent the day getting my Salto and 1-26 fuselages ready for final paint and the 1-26 wings all pretty. Will have to wait until warmer weather. I'm willing to shoot short bursts of primer in the shop, but a full final gloss coat will have to happen in the garage with the door open!

Posted by SPasierb | Feb 16, 2009 @ 02:25 PM | 5,337 Views
Thanks to Etiene at ICARE.

downloadable pdf document of the review pages is here:

Posted by SPasierb | Jan 28, 2009 @ 02:17 PM | 5,408 Views
It's out!

Take a look at your April 2009 issue of Fly RC for my review of the 3.4M Minimoa ARF (1/5 scale) from World Models.

In the middle of a too cold, too snowy winter, I long for this past summer's warm days and flying this airframe.

2/16 update: I removed the way non-scale rainbow stripes and extended the red full length. Looks MUCH better!

Posted by SPasierb | Dec 31, 2008 @ 02:11 PM | 5,488 Views
Further update to the December 14, 2008 blog post found below:

I took advantage of a snowy Wednesday during this vacation week to finish up the airframe and get all of the components installed. Photos essentially tell the story.

It's no featherweight at 36 ounces, but it has generous area and 48 inch span (42 inch length tip of spinner to tail).

Current prop choice is an APC 9x6 on the Mega AcN 22/20/4 inrunner motor with Turnigy Plush 40A controller. I chose this over the APC 10x5 after running some calculations on Diversity Model Aircraft’s P-calc program. I was looking to come in under 40A (target was 9x6, 40A, 321W), but was surprised when I ran the system up on the Medusa meter and found it was pulling a reasonable 30A @ 320 Watts on the 9x6. That should unload 10-15% in the air. So, since it was tugging on my arm so well during the run-up, I think I'll stick with this for the first flight which should also make calm use of the 2200 mAh 25C/50C Lipo. I may install a 10x5 and check the meter just to satisfy my curiosity. At least I have 10A upside on the controller rating to play with.

I had great intentions of really blowing this model out, fully detailing the panels and going with the post 1947 roundels, but with limited “play” time it came out pretty okay and will give me a nice airframe for the Sunday morning trips to the flying field.

Here are the shots…...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Dec 31, 2008 @ 11:00 AM | 7,942 Views
She's a vintage beauty in 1/5 scale! Spent a few hours yesterday tightening covering and giving all of the fabric a bit of a bath with Simple Green and a toothbrush. Some work on the canopy. A round of touch up paint and the proud old lady is looking good.

Next steps are to replicate the blue trim (Federal 15123 Blue) and add numbering -- both the 54 and NC47575 to both sides. I'm hoping to find better roundels at the upcoming WRAM Show -- Northeast Graphics has a few offerings that might work.

According to the Vintage Sailplane Association, the original full scale Schweizer SGS 2-8 serial number 54 was built in 1942 and then restored between 1982 and 1990 by Jeff Byard of Atascadero, CA. It had been abandoned for 23 years prior to that.

If you want to learn more about the model version, dig out your old copy of Model Airplane News, April 1984 for Steve Moskal's design/construction article. This one is faithful to that build.

Today, Tom Martin sells a semi-kit of the 1/5 scale Moskal design (

Posted by SPasierb | Dec 19, 2008 @ 09:35 AM | 5,324 Views
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wished.

Posted by SPasierb | Dec 14, 2008 @ 10:59 AM | 5,316 Views
12/14/08: In the words of Bruce Springsteen, "you ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright." I finally got some finish on my Seafire wing after more than a year of it gathering dust and getting moved around the shop.

Yes, the kit started off life as a Spitfire. The MkI and II Seafires looked alot like Spits they were derived from, so this will be my kit-bash mutt. The roundels are accurate to one variant of an early Seafire. My guess is that it will look great in the air. Anything but green cammo! Scale guys, please resist your tendency to want to puke right now!

So, here's the wing. Two HS 82MG servos for ailerons. Fuselage paint is outgassing now and will then get the darker gray top segment, so more photos will come in the next week or so.

Power will be a direct drive Mega ACn 22/20/4 brushless motor, 40A ESC, 3-cell LiPo. Will run up a 10x5 prop on the Amp meter and see what I have and then try some options from there.

This thing has been sitting in my basement in various stages of incompletion for far too long, so I'm just cranking it out now with paint on hand (yes, that's not dark sea gray) before it gets set aside by the next review model (the new Hobby Lobby Wedell Racer!!!!) or my other warbird and sailplane winter projects. It will be nice for some fun flying over these cold months and then likely be sold off to fund a more serious build.

More photos, information and power specs to come.
Posted by SPasierb | Oct 29, 2008 @ 05:11 PM | 8,307 Views
A couple pals asked me to post these photos from my recent review in Fly RC Magazine. I think they'll be giving this treatment to a Sky Sergio and original Osiris. Here's how I modified my rudder with great success....

I learned that some modelers have had mixed results on the original Osiris using a tape hinge on the rudder. This is likely due to the force of the pull-pull cables acting on the tape adhesive over time. I chose instead to make my own modification by installing a full length CA hinge made from a strip of Coverite Micafilm covering material (reinforced with mica, rip-proof).

I first made up a small jig that placed a single edge razor blade in the center of layers of balsa forming a channel such that the surface to be hinged fit into the jig with the blade positioned at the exact center (see photographs). This made the task of cutting a full length slot in the center of both surfaces very easy. I went ¼ inch deep in each half, then carefully beveled the rudder face to facilitate surface travel, and next inserted a full length piece of the Micafilm that was ½ inch wide.

Once the hinge was in place and I was confident with the surface travel, I carefully applied thin CA to the entire length. The stabilizer and the rudder are now mated forever, travel beautifully, and the hinge is rock-solid.

Installing the full flying horizontal stabilizer was relatively simple. The center pivot of the stab is installed in the pylon with epoxy, making...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Oct 25, 2008 @ 05:43 PM | 6,015 Views
Sharing a few shots of this nice little Navy variant B-25 solid nose transport originally constructed by Jim Emery from plans by Mark Rittinger. Yes, that’s all balsa and flat paint you're looking at. I’m now its trustee and after installing a new elevator servo, fixing one stripped aileron servo, getting the motor electronics installed and doing a bit of paint work, it’s ready to take to the air once again.

Span is 42” and all up weight is 32 ounces. Motivation is provided by a pair of Speed 400 7.2V brushed motors turning APC 6x4 E props on direct drive. Energy is via a 2S (7.4V) 2100 mAh ThunderPower Lipo, feeding a Kontronik Sun speed controller (a sweet deal from the NSP $10 grab box at the recent NEAT Fair!). 7.4V is a significant voltage drop from the 8.4V (or pushed to 9.6V) this bird might have flown with back in the days of round 1.2V NiCad cells, so a really firm throw on launch is planned to get it quickly up on step. Eventually I'll paint out the props in black with yellow tips and do more detailing.

I am tempted to convert this beauty to brushless motors using inexpensive inrunners and ESC’s sourced from United Hobbies, but I love the simplicity of a dual brushed set-up and have to go that way first. I am cautiously optimistic that the brushed performance is up to my modest expectations. I'm not looking to tear-up the sky.

Here are a few shots. Will maiden on a nice calm day. Soon, I hope.

10/28 Update: Thanks to some good feedback...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Oct 17, 2008 @ 05:49 PM | 5,396 Views
“Old” being the operative word here. I’m in the midst of restoring this majestic older bird and I am actually enjoying every minute of it! I have always loved the lines of the Libelle and its V-tail cousin the Salto. Wingspan is 4.5 meters. Weight is Lord knows what. It will fly from the slope, can be winch-launched via two bridle hooks on the sides of the fuselage for flying at the thermal field, and will have a nice new Graupner nose release mechanism for aerotow.

Controls are ailerons (1 servo for each side), flaps (1 servo for each side), spoilers (both sides driven by a single servo in the fuselage), the V-tail ruddervators (2 servos) and tow release (1 servo). It will also be entering the world of 2.4G. Hard to believe it, but that’s eight servos so this sailplane will also get the spendy AR9000 DSM2 9-Channel receiver from Spektrum, probably with one additional remote antenna. And, a honking huge receiver battery to power everything and serve as nose weight to achieve CG.

My first step was to tackle the long, slender wings. Everything was cleaned first with Windex and then again with denatured alcohol. Both tip caps were replaced and painted-out in gloss white. All nicks were painted with a fine touch-up brush and any small stress cracks were first sealed and then painted with an ultra fine hairline brush. Flap and aileron hardware was also painted out with two coats of white gloss and the exposed backing on the aileron & flap control horns...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Sep 21, 2008 @ 01:45 PM | 5,447 Views
Hat's off to the folks at the Wintonbury Flying Club for hosting the 2008 IMAA Giant Scale fly-in. I only had the opportunity to attend on Saturday, but I had a great time watching some fine pilots and beautiful aircraft.

I enjoyed a few flights on my H9 B-25. I was also -- once again -- the only one flying electric power.

Here are a few shots. First some of the 3D giants, then some beautiful WWII and WWI aircraft. The most impressive was the P-51 running an inline three cylinder engine. Super speed and sound. Gets my vote for best all-around aircraft at the event.

This is a beautiful flying field, both paved and grass runways. The club offered tons of food, an extensive product raffle and some truly nice folks to meet and talk with. Watch out for this event around Labor Day 2009 --

Enjoy the photos......Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | Sep 01, 2008 @ 11:29 AM | 6,298 Views
After many delays getting back to this project, a successful maiden flight occured Sunday morning!

I chose to build my Sea Fury as a belly-lander without retracts since I fly from a grass park field that tends to be cut fairly thick. This airframe is intended for retracts, but I have been monitoring the lack of success of these on anything other than smooth surfaces where they work just fine.

Equipment installed is along the lines of the manufacturer specifications: Park 480 outrunner motor, Jeti Advance 40 Amp ESC, 3S 2000 mAh LiPo, HS55 servos all around, FSK blades installed in a Manzano Laser 5-blade hub. I went with the Manzano spinner for now -- however it's a bit too small.

Winds for the first flight were gusty up to 15, but the plane didn't seem to mind. It's jumped into the air thanks to plenty of thrust. The launch was no problem whatsoever, holding the fuse behind the wing, a heave up at nearly a 30 degree angle and away it went without event. Performance in the air was excellent. Roll rate was very good and axial. Nice round loops.

The 5-blade prop is downright funny at points -- putting the plane in a full throttle dive into the wind had it HOWLING. The plane does tend to overfly the prop. Crusing at just over half throttle it was mostly quiet. The yellow tips on the blade look great in flight.

Landing was simply a gentle set up turning into the wind, glide on final and then down with a tiny flare onto the grass. After flying the Alfa warbirds, I landed this heavier bird in the same manner. I did honestly anticipate breaking a prop blade on landing, but they came through just fine this time around.

So far, so good. Very happy!

Here are a few shots of the plane safely back at home...