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Posted by DonQ | Jun 20, 2009 @ 03:57 AM | 2,899 Views
Posted by DonQ | Jan 06, 2009 @ 08:57 PM | 2,997 Views
I haven't given up yet. The basement being flooded in the fall didn't help much, but the wood is finally dry. Job hunting has become a priority even above crafting one of the worlds finest flying machines.

Till then, I soar by proxy, and in some really vivid dreams. Sort of like this video. This has got to be the coolest slope soaring I have ever seen! Don't despair, the soaring starts about 30 seconds in. There are eventually low passes, axial rolls, inverted flying, and even what might be called a 'pitch roll'. I've never seen any plane do that, but... this isn't your normal plane. There is a little problem with the range of the controllers used, but the POV display is like no other.

Slope Soaring
Posted by DonQ | Jul 16, 2008 @ 09:18 PM | 3,580 Views
Used some 3M Super 77 Multipurpose Spray Adhesive to stick a side profile drawing on the block and did a rough cut on my toy bandsaw. Oops! That 3M goo works well, but sticks to the bandsaw blade just enough to mess things up. Got it rough cut though.
Posted by DonQ | Jul 16, 2008 @ 02:37 PM | 3,581 Views
This basswood block was advertised as 3"x4" so I ordered a 42" length. What I actually got was 2 3/4" x 4 1/2". Whatdoyouknow! Instead of the 1 embedded streamlined form I though I could find, this block has 2. Like a diamond in the rough, the first cut is the most critical. My toy bandsaw trembled as I approached, and choked as I tried to stuff this down its throat. After a slow start, a new blade reminded me of the difference between "kinda sharp" and sharp (I knew that once-upon-a-time). After getting past my thick-skull disability, it cut like butter.

On another front, my newest toy arrived damaged. A new table should be on the way soon, but too much waiting is going to affect my health.
Posted by DonQ | Jul 12, 2008 @ 07:16 PM | 3,823 Views
Somewhere within this rough-cut block of basswood is a more streamlined form, crying to be released. My job, should I decide to accept it, is to set it free.

This will also be an exercise in patience. This block is still fairly moist. First job is to bring the percentage moisture content down into the single digits. Any way that I have available of doing that involves waiting. (but... I don't wanna wait!) So, while I'm waiting, I'll either press forward with some CAD work for this, or maybe I'll start a similar but smaller project as a practice run.
Posted by DonQ | Jul 11, 2008 @ 04:52 PM | 3,855 Views
Found a few more photos of my Freedom flying so I thought I'd post them in case anyone is interested. This is my favorite plane and my favorite dog with me in the same frame. My favorite person is working the camera.
Posted by DonQ | Jul 06, 2008 @ 07:18 PM | 3,590 Views
Found this while I was looking for something slopey. I figure that's reason enough to qualify it to serve as my new avatar.

Still didn't find my copy of the Infinity 600 manual.
Posted by DonQ | May 31, 2008 @ 05:15 PM | 4,149 Views
Severe rounding on the fuselage/turtle-deck.
Increased throw on the flying elevator.
Some stiffening of the elevator linkage
“Smiley” slot for the elevator; plans show a “pipe-organ” hole. (I figure any “music” my plane makes as it flies comes straight out of its forward speed).
Carbon in the vertical stab (have you seen the t-tail flutter video?)
Some fiberglass in the tail, from the wing back. (I busted my tail more times than I can count. Occasionally busted the planes tail also.)
Extra hardwood around the elevator pivot, and extra work on the through-tube to keep the elevator wobble down.
Aileron width extended a bit, and stiffened/sharpened trailing edge
Doweled leading edge on the ailerons; ball and socket type arrangement for the gap
Three wing servos; Dive Brake, L&R Aileron
Some carbon in the wing spars
A little larger spruce in the leading edge (crash strength)
Some more carbon just behind the leading edge in the wings (continuing the theme from above)
Fiberglass on the fuselage-former/forward wing support
Brass tubing for the front wing-pins, through the former and in the wing.
Some carbon on the rear wing-tab, and fiberglass where it joins with the fuselage.
And a few this-and-thats under the canopy to keep my CG exactly where I put it.
Oh yes, and a tow hook(!)

What needs to be done different:
- Stiffer aileron/dive brake linkages (stay with the no external linkages)
- Add a Rudder (without external control linkage)
- Painted fuselage (too hard to cover with all the curves)
Posted by DonQ | May 21, 2008 @ 11:14 PM | 4,515 Views
A "gift" from an unprepared passenger. Mumbled something about the way I fly!

Posted by DonQ | May 10, 2008 @ 09:53 PM | 4,597 Views
This plane started as one of the original RCM kits before it was even called a Freedom. It got a new Craft-Air wing after a couple of years following an incident with a 100+ MPH fiberglass/wingeron/whizzbang ARF. (When he blew through me, I was inverted, directly into a ~25 Knot wind at zero ground-speed, waiting for him to get out of the landing approach so that I could give him the whole sky to himself.)

After about another year, I modified it to use two servos for the ailerons. This left the wing weaker than I knew. I put it into a high speed dive toward the beach that was supposed to turn into a giant loop back over our heads. I was just above the blackberry bushes to take advantage of the reduced speed of the wind there to get even more ground-speed. Now, absolutely streaking toward the beach, I gently eased back on the elevator and nothing happened… probably just a variation in the wind flow that close to the deck (I thought). Ease back a little more, a little more, more, more... Finally, the unseen radio interference went away and boom, I was at warp 9 with almost full up-elevator. POP, and I'm completely wingless, with two wing halves twirling away. The spar connection had lasted just long enough to get me pointed above level again, and to send my fuselage arcing toward somewhere far away from the wing halves (my oh my they’re slippery once the wings are gone and really hard to steer). Into the blackberry jungle I go, hunting for and picking up pieces.

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Posted by DonQ | May 03, 2008 @ 11:48 PM | 4,305 Views
Weeee!...I got a box in the mail today.

I love boxes.