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Posted by SPasierb | Dec 31, 2008 @ 02:11 PM | 5,487 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.

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Posted by SPasierb | Dec 31, 2008 @ 11:00 AM | 7,940 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 | 5,323 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 | 5,315 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.