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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 20, 2018 @ 11:47 AM | 1,083 Views
The Kadet has a place in the workshop and I've resumed building the Slow Poke. My first task was to build the servo box in my completed wing panel. The plywood servo tray is far to large for the small servos I'm using and I was able to cut off a good amount of it to reduce weight. After that I started work on the other wing panel. With luck I'll have both completed by the end of week.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 15, 2018 @ 09:32 PM | 4,492 Views
Another unseasonably warm day provided me with an opportunity to run few tanks of fuel though the Saito.

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Ready to fly...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 02, 2018 @ 10:27 PM | 1,301 Views
It's fitting that my next build is a Slow Poke...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:17 AM | 1,625 Views
I always dread this part. Most of my airplanes have an open cockpit so I've never become proficient with windshields.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 30, 2018 @ 03:01 PM | 1,563 Views
The tail feathers are glued in place, the control horns are installed, and the pushrods are hooked up. The windshield is next. In the meantime, the new field box is stained, sealed, and loaded for spring.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 23, 2018 @ 09:08 AM | 1,199 Views
Unseasonably warm temperatures provided me with an opportunity to finish painting the Kadet's fuselage. After framing the Poke's left wing and aileron, I gathered the remaining cans of Lustercote and took the Kadet outside. I finished it off with some 1/8" and 1/16" black striping.

Cutting the windows out was far easier than I imagined it would be. I hesitated to glue window and frame in place, cover, dope, and paint over them before removing the covering with a #11 blade without damaging the clear plastic, but it worked well and didn't take long at all.

Now I'll clean the Poke off the workbench and resume assembling them Kadet.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 12, 2018 @ 03:26 PM | 2,800 Views
Continued work on the left wing panel from last night...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 08, 2018 @ 12:30 PM | 1,320 Views
A few pictures from the workbench this weekend. I didn't get much time to work on the Poke, but I did manage to compete the center section of the wing and start one of the panels. The hand plane and balsa stripper have come in handy.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 05, 2018 @ 11:45 AM | 1,911 Views
Balsa gliders for the kids and R/C flying took up much of my free time at the close of summer. I doubled the flight time in my Cox 0.49 powered Brigadier with a 1 oz. plastic slant tank from Sullivan Products, replacing the half ounce metal tank from Perfect. This prompted me to fly the airplane more often. I also flew the Aqua Star a few times, but not from the water (yet). I bench tested the Saito too and came away happy with the results.

The wing and tail feathers of the Kadet are covered and painted, but I didn’t get a chance to finish painting the fuselage before the cold weather set in. Now it will have to wait until spring.

After cleaning up the shop I set the Kadet aside and started work on a Sig field box. Staining and sealing it will also have to wait for warmer weather. I had been carting around the field box my father made for me when I started flying half A control line in third grade, but after some restoration work I've reassigned it to model rocket duty for the kids. It's no stranger to rocket stuff.

All that cleared the workbench for the Slow Poke Sport 40 kit. I have a new OS 35 that needs a home and thought the Slow Poke might be a good choice given how well and how often my Lil’ Poke flies – and after 13 years, two radios and four motors! The Slow Poke box felt heavy to me and I can see why when I look at the amount of plywood in it. We'll see how much of that big stack of plywood actually goes into the airplane and how much ends up...Continue Reading
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 17, 2017 @ 08:24 AM | 3,662 Views
The kids are gearing up for the July 16 rocket launch at Goddard Space Flight Center. The July launch commemorates the moon landing with a contest to see who can land their rocket closest to a target moon. We have a few rockets on hand, but decided the July launch is a good excuse to build a new one: a so-called generic E2X. Estes used to include this rocket with their starter sets; it was my first rocket and it came with the Star Trek themed starter set. Estes sold it as a single rocket too under the name Kadet, but has since repacked it as the generic E2X. Speaking of Kadets the Sig Kadet's wing is completed and ready to be covered.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 24, 2017 @ 10:30 AM | 4,148 Views
The radio installation was easy with plenty of room for clumsy hands. I used some 1/64 plywood for a switch plate on the outside of the fuselage and build the pushrods per the instructions. I began covering with Koverall and dope, but found Stix-it to be easier to work with.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Mar 01, 2017 @ 11:19 AM | 5,549 Views
The flu took me away from airplane building for a while, but I managed to get back to it earlier this week. In addition to sanding and putting a coat of dope on the tail feathers while the weather was warm, I managed to secure my fuel tank and route the fuel lines. The nose gear and throttle linkages are in place now as well. If the weather turns warm again I'll try to cover the tail feathers with Sig Koverall. If not I'll turn my attention to the rudder and elevator linkages or finishing the front of the fuselage.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 23, 2017 @ 09:01 AM | 5,151 Views
Servo tray and landing gear are ready. Next I'll tackle routing the flexi cables from the rudder and throttle servos through the firewall.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 19, 2017 @ 11:04 AM | 6,422 Views
Harbor Freight had an 8” drill press on sale for $55 so I’m now the proud owner of a drill press. A few nights ago I set it up and drilled holes in the engine mount. I’ve mounted the engine with some 3/32” bolts for the purpose of sorting out the throttle and fuel line routing. Slow but sure…
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 08, 2017 @ 09:19 AM | 5,586 Views
I'm using an 8 oz. DuBro tank from some time ago. It's a nice fit and consistent with tank used on the plan. With luck, I'll soon start sheeting the front of the fuselage.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 06, 2017 @ 08:29 AM | 5,470 Views
I stole a few minutes away from other tasks last night to epoxy the firewall in place. After removing the temporary crosspiece at the front of the fuselage and sanding the front to allow the firewall to sit flush against it, I realized the backs of the bottom two blind nuts for the nose gear sit against the lower cross piece (just like everyone says they do), preventing the firewall from fitting correctly. I initially used a file to try and carve out some room for the backs of the blind nuts, but decided to simply cut a small rectangle out of the cross piece to allow the firewall to sit against the rest of the fuselage. I'll cut that rectangle in half and place it back in to preserve some of the integrity of the cross piece.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 05, 2017 @ 08:41 AM | 5,671 Views
I had stopped working on the fuselage at the point where the vertical stabilizer is joined. I wanted to build the vertical stabilizer so it was handy when I attempted to sheet the top of the fuselage where it is seated. That approach worked well and last night got a chance to fit the vertical stabilizer in place.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 04, 2017 @ 03:54 PM | 6,029 Views
I purchased a copy of Jules Bergman’s “Anyone Can Fly” for my father for Christmas, but it didn’t arrive in time and I had to ship it to him after he’d returned home following the holidays. In the package I placed my engine mount, dutifully marked, with a note asking my father to use his drill press to drill the four necessary holes in it.

The book arrived at his home yesterday with the shipping envelope shredded at one end and no engine mount inside.

Today I called Sig to order yet another engine mount and was told the item is out of stock.

I placed my order anyway knowing that Sig manufactures the engine mounts onsite.

Here is one way to look at this situation: If all my problems are related to model airplane engine mounts, then I'm a really lucky guy.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 02, 2017 @ 12:00 PM | 6,108 Views
Three days off from work coupled with the kid's winter break from school have given me enough time to frame up the tail feathers. Yay, 2017!
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Dec 30, 2016 @ 12:15 PM | 6,235 Views
This kit was old enough to come with the aluminum engine mounts once common in Sig kits. After building the firewall and getting everything lined up for the Satio engine I set the firewall aside thinking I'd use my father's drill press to drill the necessary holes in the aluminum.

While visiting my father for his 83rd birthday (Happy Birthday Dad!) we ventured into his workshop to drill the holes. He was also good enough to let me use his band saw to cut out the cowling pieces that would have taken far longer had I cut them by hand. So with oil in hand we started the press and slowly began to drill our pilot holes. Fifteen minutes and two broken drill bits later we had two of the four holes drilled. Nuts.

I called Sig and placed an order for a glass filled engine mount for the Kadet Senior (and a Sig Parasol, because you can't have too many Sig Parasol's handy), but they sent me an extra large mount for a size 60-90 engine. Not wanting to completely butcher my firewall to accommodate the far larger engine mount, I called Sig, returned the mount and exchanged it for a mount one size smaller. When it arrived I discovered that I could use the holes at the top of the firewall and the engine thrust line would be fine, but I'd have to drill new holes at the bottom of the firewall to match the holes in the engine mount.

To prevent more trouble I carefully worked the blind nuts away from the firewall, and then plugged the holes with a bamboo skewer. Then I...Continue Reading