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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | May 21, 2018 @ 10:17 AM | 959 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 | 1,568 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 | 983 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 | 1,741 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 sheet...at least. So we began tracing and cutting...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 20, 2018 @ 10:47 AM | 1,666 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 | 5,040 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 | 1,792 Views
It's fitting that my next build is a Slow Poke...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Feb 01, 2018 @ 10:17 AM | 2,093 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 | 2,064 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 | 1,713 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 | 3,268 Views
Continued work on the left wing panel from last night...
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Jan 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM | 1,808 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 | 2,394 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 @ 07:24 AM | 4,113 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 @ 09:30 AM | 4,593 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 @ 10:19 AM | 5,999 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 @ 08:01 AM | 5,615 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 @ 10:04 AM | 6,905 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 @ 08:19 AM | 6,048 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 @ 07:29 AM | 5,947 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.