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Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 14, 2018 @ 07:11 PM | 724 Views

This is the post-successful-maiden-photo of my slow poke sport 40. The kit was a Christmas present from my father. Starting work in early January I completed the build in late August. When school started back I resigned myself to seeing the maiden take place in 2019, but fortune was on my side. Low winds and a gracious wife afforded me an opportunity to maiden the airplane early this morning. No surprises or bad habits, but I think the OS 46 needs a bit more breaking in. I celebrated with a lengthy flight on my refurbished Bristol Scout resulting in a flight by my newest build and my oldest.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 05, 2018 @ 01:29 PM | 924 Views
This is the 1/2A control line model that I promised to build for my son upon his first solo flight. The airplane is based on Dave Kingman’s 1/2A Cubby. The wing is a generous 25” of ¼” sheet balsa painstakingly sanded into the shape of a proper airfoil. The landing gear is held on by a rubber band and has been elongated to give the pilot a fighting chance to land intact. I also took the liberty of using a nylon engine mount from an old Sterling Model's Beginner Series kit to speed up the build. I got it this far in less than 24 hours working at - for me - lightning speed. If I can get the bell crank, control horn, and lead lines in this weekend it will be ready to fly.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Oct 01, 2018 @ 08:10 AM | 1,129 Views
This is a Pat Tritle Super Cub originally kited by Aero Crafters in New York and sold alongside the Eastbourne Monoplane in the Hobby Lobby catalogues. "Designed for the Mini Olympus!" was the boast, I believe. This little airplane has had its brushed motor, ESC, and gearbox removed and replaced with a brushless motor and ESC. The radio too has been upgraded to a 2.4ghz set. With an 8x6 propeller it is easily one of the best flying three channel airplanes I have ever flown, even outperforming my Mini Telemaster. Why did I wait so long to restore it to flight status?
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 17, 2018 @ 09:34 AM | 1,246 Views
The restored Scout flew briefly amid some breezy conditions yesterday and proved (again) to be a fine airplane. Now I'm looking forward to better weather and a little model airplane nostalgia.

Speaking of nostalgia, I've modified some Williams Brothers pilots to resemble some of my favorite childhood toys; the Fisher Price Adventure People from the Northwood's Trailblazer set and the GI Joe Adventure Team Commander.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 10, 2018 @ 07:33 AM | 1,950 Views
I pulled my Aerodrome R/C Bristol Scout down from its place in the workshop this weekend and began a long overdue restoration project on it; and yes, that is a Mini Olympus gear drive on the table.

After giving the airplane an initial going-over I was hopeful that the project would move quickly; just remove a few warps with the covering iron, install a brushless motor and ESC alongside some upgraded radio gear, and the airplane will be airworthy. I should have known better.

I was trying to straighten a warp in the elevator when I realized the top wing was loose and had to be removed and then the bottom of it recovered. Then it was back to straightening tail surfaces and patching a few places with oddball colors of Coverlite since I don’t have any olive color on hand. Even the wheel covers needed some fixing after thirteen years.

I used all my remaining heat shrink tubing placing connectors on a brushless ESC Sunday night and now have two servos, a 2.4 ghz receiver, brushless motor and ESC tested and ready to be installed in the Scout.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 04, 2018 @ 02:20 PM | 1,196 Views
With the Slow Poke build completed I've cleaned off my bench and readied the workshop for my next project. I'm not sure what that will be and with the bench looking so nice and neat I don't feel the urge to mess it up.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Sep 02, 2018 @ 04:45 PM | 1,242 Views
I took the kids fishing today and made a little opportunity for myself to do some pond flying with the Aqua Star. My daughter was good enough to take some video too:
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 26, 2018 @ 05:36 PM | 1,272 Views
Too windy to fly today so I put my energy into finishing the Slow Poke's cockpit and windscreen. I always struggle with windscreens and decided to forgo glue or stripes of covering and resorted directly to the use of three small screws. The only change I made to the pattern was the addition of a tab to hold down the center section. The engine run is next and then we see about a maiden flight.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 24, 2018 @ 07:59 AM | 1,304 Views
Everything is installed and connected. The only thing left to do is the cockpit combing and windscreen. The good news is that I am a full pound under weight! The recommended weight is 6-6.5lbs and I'm at 5lbs on the nose. That extra pound must have been in the rear. I'm balanced at the back of the balance range so not tail heavy, but by no means nose heavy. I consider that to be success given the tail heaviness everyone else has reported. I'll put a few sticky weights at the front of the airplane for the first flights.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 20, 2018 @ 11:10 AM | 935 Views
It's been rather busy few days, but I managed to fly the Kadet and Brigadier at the MARKS R/C field while visiting my father. He's belonged to the club for years, but it was my first visit to their field. I've also managed a few hours in the workshop to continue covering the Poke.
Posted by Pierre_de’ Loop | Aug 06, 2018 @ 02:21 PM | 1,063 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 | 2,515 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 | 2,008 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 | 1,518 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 | 1,815 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 | 1,953 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 | 2,110 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 | 2,007 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 | 2,579 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.