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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 06, 2018 @ 02:21 PM | 620 Views
The pull-pull rudder should reduce the likelihood of this airplane building tail heavy, which I understand is fairly common. Here it is in action:

The throttle servo is installed and ready to go too. I stopped working there to ready my father's old LT-40 for flying and took both the LT-40 and my Brigadier out for some flights on Sunday afternoon. The LT-40's GMS engine gave me two dead stick landings, but there are far worse things in life than that.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 30, 2018 @ 10:04 AM | 1,987 Views
My daughter captured a bit of the Kadet in flight last nitght and I've posted her handywork here:

Meanwhile I took a stab at aligning the checkers on the bottom of the horizontal stabilizer and elevator parts of the Poke.

I ordered a pull-pull kit for the rudder along with some new wing bolts. The flat head wing bolts that are provided with the kit are only useful for 'poking' holes in the bottom of the wing. Well played, Great Planes.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 27, 2018 @ 11:12 AM | 1,591 Views
Visiting my father this week I pulled an old control line Jenny out of his garage. The Jenny was given to me by my father's coworker when I was a small boy. My father's coworker had three boys of his own and the Jenny had belonged to them, but it was stored in the attic of their home before it came to me. Going over the airplane to see what could be salvaged I pulled off two 3/32" wheel collars. A little toothpaste, an SOS pad, and some marvel mystery oil in the set screw and they are as good as new; and perfect for holding the Poke's tail wheel in place.

I also pulled out a Cox .09 and placed it in a jar of fuel to see about freeing it up.

The Poke is ready to cover, but I'm hesitating while I decide whether or not to use a pull-pull for the rudder rather than the provided push rod.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 12, 2018 @ 02:29 PM | 1,090 Views
This is a really nice little item to tuck into the cockpit, away from the prop wash and oil, but easy to reach.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jul 05, 2018 @ 09:41 AM | 1,397 Views
I hit the halfway mark on my quest to spend 10 hours in the air this year with an 11 minute flight on my Morane Saulnier Type L yesterday. It is the 12th airplane I've flown this season. Like the Jenny and Kadet before it, the Morane benefited from propping down. The Jenny went from 8x7 to an 8x4 and and the Kadet went from an 11x7 to an 11x4. I didn't have a lower pitch prop handy for the Morane so I dropped from a 9x7 to an 8x7 and found the little airplane easier to handle.

Meanwhile the Slow Poke building continues...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 07, 2018 @ 08:15 PM | 1,552 Views
Post maiden flight photo. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this airplane and the Saito engine in it.

The Aqua Start had its 'wet' maiden recently too. I'm delighted to say that it too performs just as advertised - it will ROW!
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jun 04, 2018 @ 08:10 AM | 1,702 Views
The little guy managed to solo this weekend and I managed to keep plugging away at the Slow Poke, covering the fin, rudder, and tops and bottoms of the elevator.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 21, 2018 @ 10:17 AM | 1,594 Views
Half A Control Line Flying with my son. His older sister took the picture. One flight was enough for her, but the little guy just wanted to keep flying…tank after tank after tank of glow fuel.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 02, 2018 @ 02:49 PM | 2,127 Views
I managed a 10 minute flight on Friday and another 20 minute flight today to put me over the one hour mark for flight time this year. That may sound modest, but flying at least once a month in 2018 is a lofty goal for me.

I also stole a few minutes away from working in the yard to finish the instrument panel for the Slow Poke. I used the little window from a pasta box to make lenses for the instruments.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Apr 03, 2018 @ 01:18 PM | 1,558 Views
The fuselage has a lot of plywood in it and I'm not surprised to read that people say the airplane builds up tail heavy. I'm trying to reduce the amount of weight in the tail by using my dremel tool to remove some of the plywood. I've also used 1/16" balsa rather than 3/32" balsa to sheet the back end of the fuselage bottom. Everything else has been by-the-book, as they say.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 26, 2018 @ 08:48 AM | 2,288 Views
With both wing panels of the Slow Poke completed I've decided to put in a little time on the Fokker Triplane my son wants in his room. The tail framed up without incident, but when I began cutting out the parts for the wing I realized we're missing a full least. So we began tracing and cutting...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 20, 2018 @ 10:47 AM | 2,216 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 @ 08:32 PM | 5,603 Views
Another unseasonably warm day provided me with an opportunity to run few tanks of fuel though the Saito.

Ready to fly...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 02, 2018 @ 09:27 PM | 2,328 Views
It's fitting that my next build is a Slow Poke...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 01, 2018 @ 10:17 AM | 2,625 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 @ 02:01 PM | 2,595 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 @ 08:08 AM | 2,256 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 @ 02:26 PM | 3,804 Views
Continued work on the left wing panel from last night...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM | 2,346 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 @ 10:45 AM | 2,945 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