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Posted by justhuman | Apr 30, 2018 @ 12:18 PM | 1,286 Views
Dean Gradwell's assembled Ka-3 with wings and canopy frame. Not bad looker with the streamline steel struts, now to build wings for my Ka-3 fuselage.
Posted by justhuman | Mar 09, 2018 @ 10:31 PM | 801 Views
This last week the two N72DG Cherokee sailplanes were together at the SSA convention In Sparks-Reno. Both got a lot of attention during the three days.
Posted by justhuman | Feb 21, 2018 @ 01:54 PM | 1,363 Views
The main part of the Ka-3 fuselage frames are built. Still a lot of tedious filleting to do before the fun of detailing can begin.
Posted by justhuman | Feb 05, 2018 @ 05:41 PM | 2,160 Views
After coping the ends of the doweling on the fuselage so far, a hole has appeared on the end of my left thumb. While that is healing a weight check of the fuselage put it just over a pound. Was hoping for less, but there is no place where it can be lightened.
Worked a little on the seat back also. Plenty of building yet to do.
Posted by justhuman | Feb 03, 2018 @ 07:48 PM | 10,775 Views
After spending a bit more time in the shop over the past few days the Ka-3 airframe is more or less starting to take final shape. That is of course not counting what's yet to do under the lower longerons.
Posted by justhuman | Jan 29, 2018 @ 11:25 AM | 1,750 Views
Started a new project last Fall. Still a long ways off until flight.
Posted by justhuman | Jan 21, 2018 @ 10:53 AM | 1,540 Views
The Cherokee II has maiden and flew great.
Cherokee Maiden (4 min 20 sec)

Posted by justhuman | Aug 01, 2016 @ 09:37 PM | 3,233 Views
The scenery around Concrete WA looks fantastic from the camera position on the 1/3 scale Grunau Baby IIb wing mount.

Grunau Baby II at Concrete (2 min 13 sec)

Posted by justhuman | Jun 19, 2016 @ 05:42 PM | 3,274 Views
Started work on some of the functional scale features for a new sailplane project to be finished before the aerotow season opens next year in the Pacific North West. As you can see from the photo, it is a functional 1/3 scale tow release that just happens to fit in the palm of my hand for size comparison.
Posted by justhuman | Jun 06, 2016 @ 07:42 AM | 3,478 Views
Recorded video from my Ka-8b this weekend at the Yakima Aerotow event. The temp was hot the thermals big and plentiful.

Ka-8b at 2016 Yakima Aerotow (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by justhuman | May 27, 2016 @ 08:32 PM | 3,767 Views
Last weekend we attended the first aerotow event at Morrison Field located just North of Logan Lake B.C. The weather was not very welcoming but the scenery and hospitality was outstanding.

Morrison Field B C (1 min 53 sec)

Posted by justhuman | May 14, 2016 @ 07:24 AM | 3,522 Views
Captured this video frame from the Flight of the Moswey 4 taken at Tug Fest this year. The Moswey 4 was circling in one of the house thermals just West of the field.
Posted by justhuman | May 03, 2016 @ 05:42 PM | 4,157 Views
Had the opportunity this last weekend to try out a new wing camera mount using my modified World Models Hall Cherokee II. The camera and mount weigh in at 3oz. A counter weight is secured to the bottom of the opposite wing with tape to keep it all in balance.

Cherokee II (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by justhuman | Mar 21, 2016 @ 10:46 AM | 3,672 Views
Attended the Weaver Field annual breakfast in Othelo WA. on the 19th of March. The grass was a bit high to ROG the Arcus M but a hand lunch put it in the air.
Posted by justhuman | Dec 19, 2015 @ 11:47 AM | 4,806 Views
The ST Models Arcus M arrived the other day. Now fitted out with a 7 ch Jeti receiver and 1300mAh 3s battery with an all up weight of 2 lb.
Really looking forward to flying it when the snow finally clears in about March.
Posted by justhuman | Nov 23, 2015 @ 06:56 PM | 4,731 Views
I have compiled three aerotows of the same sailplane to show how different tows can be from the hypothetically perfect tow. I will admit that over the past 14 years of being a tug pilot that I also have made good, bad and really ugly tows.

Near perfect to the wild side (4 min 32 sec)

Posted by justhuman | Oct 14, 2015 @ 04:20 PM | 5,574 Views
Attended the Last Chance Aerotow held just outside Wenatchee, WA this last weekend. Had the opportunity to fly the Flair Ka-8b and the Moswey 4 several times. The weather held off until early afternoon when the wind picked up and a few sprinkles came along but cleared later in the afternoon.
Gene
Posted by justhuman | Sep 27, 2015 @ 04:03 PM | 5,076 Views
The Flair Ka-8b just seemed a little bare without some lettering. For grins I decided on Austria for the home markings. A good friend cut the lettering for me from black vinyl. The application was straight forward after attention to setting up the lettering on the Ka-8b whitch included several measuring steps for each.

Gene
Posted by justhuman | Sep 12, 2015 @ 06:45 PM | 5,448 Views
I was cleaning out an old laptop computer to be recycled and found this Key Bob video of the demise of my Flair Ka-8b back in 2010. The dark screen section was edited back about 20 min. it took us to find it off field due to the tall grass at Monroe that year.

Ka 8b Demise (1 min 55 sec)