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Posted by LAdams | Jan 07, 2014 @ 12:29 AM | 2,799 Views
I'm closing in on the end of the build for my Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogiro.

The paint is all done and I'm now working on the "advertising" decals.

Since the PCA-2 was commonly used as an advertising platform, sort of like today's blimp. I decided to not try to recreate a historical one because, well, everyone else already has

So I made up a ficticious company called Red Ring Oil Seals or Red Reing Seal for short. I created an old timey looking animal logo from some clipart I found. As well as other markings.

Best thing is, I cut all these out of oracal vinyl at home! It's amazingly fast and easy, way too much fun I used a Silhouette Cameo "Craft cutter" and boutgh several small rolls of oracal on line in various common colors. The software works great, simple and easy to use. I autotraces the graphics I made in photoshop using the cutter app. Text was done entirely in the cutter app.

Bets part is, if I decide to chage the size of somthing or ever need to make more to replace damaged ones it just takes a few seconds to do so
Posted by LAdams | Oct 14, 2013 @ 10:10 PM | 4,240 Views
Rather than create a new PCA-2 build log (There are two very nice ones already) I'll just post my build pics here with some notes on things that I had trouble with here and there. Thanks to Smithcreek and Jodini for the help!

The build was made using the short kit from Whirlybird Aviation. Though I hear that they no longer sell the kits sadly. Hopefully they are still selling the plans because this is one awesome model to build. Hopefully to fly too when I get it done.

I plan on doing my first ever Koverall/Dope covering. Wish me luck! Click to see pictures --...Continue Reading
Posted by LAdams | Aug 14, 2011 @ 09:48 PM | 4,977 Views
I just finished 8 months of work (with a couple months break) on my Peter Rake Pietenpol Air Camper short kit.

I tricked it out/scaled it quite a bit, adding a lot of weight. Flight characteristics will not be scale sadly but it looks great on the tarmac and should look really nice in the air too!

I redid a lot of the short kit parts, for example the cowling, I think that between the ribs and cockpit box formers I maybe saved 3-4 days out of that 6 months getting the short kit rather than just the plans in the end, but still, it made for a quick start and that's always nice.

The cowling, Model A engine, entire cockpit, windscreen, hardwood work, all the brass fittings and rigging, and all the other doo-dads were completely hand made.

Still need to balance and set the throws, locktite bolts etc before maiden.
Posted by LAdams | Apr 10, 2010 @ 07:12 PM | 3,977 Views
I've got a lot of different "specialty" planes but for the power field (as opposed to slope field) I have three "Daily Fliers" (As if I could get out that often). They all hang from the roof of the garage and through some strange coincidence they are all the same colors. Red/white/black.

So I put them out on the driveway and took this picture today...

From foreground to back, 3Demon II, funfly style acrobatic plane. Hyperion Wolf Samson, an incredible mid sized biplane and my trusty 3DHS Extra!
Posted by LAdams | Apr 10, 2010 @ 06:39 PM | 4,043 Views
Well second maiden actually. The first flight was a bit wonkey with an underpowered motor. Well I stuck a 130 watt motor on it and a larger prop and it flew MUCH better.

But it wasn't all rosy, the wind was up due to a storm blowing in in a day or two. This plane needs virtually still air, nothing more than a light breeze at most. This wind had the flags all the way up at times. Didn't think I was going to get to fly at all, but it died down for a bit and I went for it.

The take off was the slowest thing ever. I started rolling forward at like 0.5 mph and it just lifted off, more like floated off the ground. It flew well even in the breeze, but it really blows sideways when turning down wind and at one point almost refused to turn back UP wind when it gusted up again, that's when I decided to land after only two minutes in the air. The wind was really kicking up and I made a wild but pin-point vertical drop landing right smak center on the runway after being blown up, down, left and right.

Probably the most interesting looking takeoff and landing I've ever done In calm wind this plane should be a blast to fly around for 15-20 minutes on low throttle like a little powered kite. It looked nice in the air except for being blown around and having to fly to fast to keep good control.

Maiden video - HQ, MP4, 20Meg

Don't know how to do attachments right or links or something. Anyway, right click and "Save Target As" to save the video and watch it.

At the start there is a high pitched whine, it's not the Blerio motor it's a heli spooling up out of frame. After landing yo can see the wind start to blow the plane backwards down the runway
Posted by LAdams | Mar 29, 2010 @ 01:38 AM | 3,979 Views
Finally got to finishing the Blerio. Just need to mount the battery to get the CG right.

I'm nervous about the AOA of the hoizontal stab as well as the wings and possible wing warpage. I spend a lot of time on the rigging and it looks ok by eye, but without any ailerons to compensate with time and the wings being such a wide chord and severe undercamber, any tiny changes in wing angle from side to side could have devistating effects that the rudder may not easily trim out.

Going to do short run hops at first on this one definately. And a lot of running too as it has no way to stearso I have to chase it after every taxi or landing
Posted by LAdams | Mar 20, 2010 @ 02:35 PM | 3,974 Views
I bought myself an E Star Models Blerio XI for xmas last year and have been lazily putting it togeather.

The kit consisted of several sheets of laser cut ply and balsa. Some rubber o rings used for the tires and a couple pieces of metal and the plans. The price of $170 was frankly a bit high, you can buy a complete arf kit this size for that and it would have come with a lot more hardware and covered!

There was also some terrible issues with miscut parts. One one sheet of ply across the main wing ribs and parts to align the wing spars (things that set the wing position, angle and dihedral!) were all badly miscut. I wasted a lot of time recreating some parts and repairing damage to a ton of others. Neither Esprit Models where I bought it from nor E Star were very responsive or not responsive at all to getting me a fixed sheet.

But the plane is coming out nice in the end, mostly having fun building it, I'm glad I got it overall. The shock absorber wheel carriages are nicely done and the little engine facade piece were nice touches.