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Posted by supercorgi | May 13, 2011 @ 01:31 AM | 2,864 Views
Completed Stevens Aero S-Pou, for which I sculpted a little canine (corgi) pilot.
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Fleas are polarizing and I find, interesting little airplanes. I don't claim to know how they really work, or care all that much about the intense debate about their supposed flaws or successes, I'm just satisfied that this one does fly.
Posted by supercorgi | Jun 25, 2010 @ 12:02 AM | 3,603 Views
'Been half slackin, half taken care of the new puppy, half doing plane-fanning of the full scale stuff. I actually do have my Eflite SE5A slow flyer fairly along, as well as a Budget RC flat P-47, but attentions have again turned to the Pietenpol over the past half month, and I've been making a bit of progress.

I've gotta get my Dumas Fairchild FC2 built in a hurry as well for the Antique Airplane Association Rendezvous at Blakesburg as well. Yikes!
Posted by supercorgi | Feb 27, 2010 @ 05:30 PM | 4,405 Views
Been busy building, and gaining more experience. I've finished a Stevens Aeromodel Liddlebug 2.4Ghz, and it is a sweet, slowflying dream. I used Ambroid more than any other adhesive, and it came out to 24.3 grams. The fuselage has a thin coat of butyrate dope, and the surface covering is Silkspan with krylon acrylic, applied with thinned carpenter's glue.

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Additionally I'm working on a Peck Polymers Pietenpol AirCamper conversion, using the Plantraco Micro9 and related kit. This is a bit fiddly. I've had to move some things around, and my weight might be up a bit. We'll see. Leaving the wing's lower surface uncovered. Should be a tissue and dope job all the way. If this one fails, I've still got two more kits in reserve.
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Posted by supercorgi | Sep 15, 2009 @ 10:52 PM | 3,597 Views
I picked up two U Build Its, back in early 2008 for $10 at Target, and did not have time to do anything with them until about a month ago. I figured they'd be good for experimenting with building, as opposed to my more expensive plantraco hardware, and Peck kits.

I tried using a crack and shim technique for the 'trapezoid' fuselage, with some vertical suppourts for the circuit board, sheet balsa tabs for the wing and V-tail mount. The covering on the wing is silkspan, wetted and brushed on with water thinned carpenter's glue, and sealed with Krylon Satin spray clear spray acrylic.

All up, she weighs 25.4 grams, .8 grams more than a stock UBI for about double the wing area.. and landing gear. Running around with it held in my hand evidenced a strong desire for lift. COG is between 1/3 and 1/2 the wing chord, so I think that is good. We'll see. It was worth it just for the experience.
Posted by supercorgi | Oct 31, 2007 @ 11:01 AM | 3,644 Views
I purchased a digital scale yesterday at Harbor Freight,
the Cen-Tech Digital Pocket Scale measures in tenth of grams, so that'll do. I got to measuring some items I had around, the wing on the pistachio scale Eindecker I was free building weighs .5 grams. An Airhogs acrojet is 19.9 AUW, and a wing from my EasyBuilt Mig-15 is 2. grams.