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Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Sep 20, 2016 @ 05:01 PM | 1,365 Views
A stumbling engine on takeoff, the joy of taxiing without a tail-wheel, an aborted landing attempt, for me, it's all part of flying RC planes.

Sopwith Flight (5 min 53 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Apr 04, 2016 @ 07:21 PM | 1,873 Views
Made mounting brackets and added the pennants. They're made out of silk so we'll see how they hold up to the elements. It'll soon be time to fire it up.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:42 PM | 1,983 Views
Now to mess up the pristine paint job. Weathering can be a bit subjective and I'll leave it at that.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 23, 2016 @ 10:19 PM | 1,934 Views
The cockpit is almost complete with sewn on "leather" buffer, Aldis sights, and a heavily modified Great Planes pilot. I got his face a bit too dirty in the first photo, the final product is a bit lighter on the "oily" face look. I have to make the large iron sight for the right side Vickers but getting it past the interplane wires will be an issue so I need to come up with a solution for that....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 17, 2016 @ 09:46 PM | 1,897 Views
Pondered how to make the wind screen for the Sopwith and came up with this idea, only realized by knowing someone with a laser cutter. Proving the adage, it's not what you know, it's who you know...and, if you'd like one for your Sopwith in most any scale, just let me know.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 16, 2016 @ 07:36 PM | 2,706 Views
VID 20160317 184025 453 (0 min 9 sec)

After finding suitable bits and pieces of aluminum and brass to turn down to the appropriate shapes and some small nuts and bolts, I was able to get the pump soldered and glued together. I made a homemade sandblaster to make the pump base and lower section of the piston housing look like it was cast instead of polished like the other parts. I carved the prop out of a bit of poplar and made the brackets out of some brass sheet leftover from another project.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:45 PM | 2,188 Views
Test shot. Almost complete, but not quite there yet. Need to add the Rotherham pump, the pilot, and the streamers.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:41 PM | 2,181 Views
I built the compass using some aluminum bits and a flared brass tube end. The inclinometer is a piece of clear yellow air supply tube with paint inside and heat shrink tube on the outside. I designed the dash plates and Callie Graphics did the printing. I built the instrument gauges in a previous post. The gas tank is directly underneath the cockpit so I took all the room I could to drop the bottom of the stock cockpit down as far as it could go so that I could squeeze as much of the instrument panel in as possible.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 08:27 PM | 2,949 Views
I bought the plane used with a Saito .65, which is a bit undersized by the book, but the Sopwith flew well with it last fall and have decided to stick with it for this build. I've made a few modifications such as a home made velocity stack and diverting the crankcase vent back into the intake to be blown out of the exhaust in a more controlled manner (hopefully). I put the batteries in the cowl to increase the nose weight as a short nose plane like this really needs it and I'll need to add some more dead weight, I'm sure, to get the CG correct. I made mods to the fake rotary engine with brass pushrod tubes, paint, and weathering. The cowl magnetically attaches to the fuse now and I added an epoxy trim ring with rivets around the front along with a "MUST be retimed" plate. Much, much better.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 05:38 PM | 2,593 Views
I started with Williams Bros. wheels as the basis for the landing gear on the Sopwith. I was concerned about the weight so I drilled out the plastic which is 1/8" thick. I then added spokes, covered them with UltraCote, and epoxied the stitching around the edges as shown in the photos. I wanted to make the landing gear wing a bit more realistic than the "floating" one that came stock so I made another out of cabinet grade poplar, fashioned a new axle which I annealed to drill the holes for the cotter pins and then tempered, and installed it with the appropriate rigging as well. It works well and the axle "articulates" somewhat like the real thing.
UCArtSopwith (0 min 10 sec)
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Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 03:28 PM | 2,387 Views
I've started on the cockpit, making the gauges and the compass which are in process as shown. Pitot tube is made and mounted on the newly painted strut. I've been working on the cockpit fuse area as well, adding the petrol fill ports and the oil fill port to the deck of the removable section with the cockpit. I changed out the stock cardboard Vickers lookalikes for something a bit more scale with the addition of the belt and shell ejection tubes, access plate, and carb intake....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 10, 2016 @ 03:20 PM | 2,380 Views
Got the struts made, painted and installed. Though the interplane strut rigging was completed at an earlier date, the wing rigging is now done (what fun). The photos show the brackets I made out of brass and chemically blackened before installing them on the plane. I used 20 lb fishing leader, modified Sullivan clevises, and Dubro rigging couplers for the rigging wires....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Feb 05, 2016 @ 06:05 PM | 2,088 Views
Coming together after a "few" hours work. I hastily put it together just to see how it looks. Need to make the struts and paint them, then flat paint, add wing rigging, engine, and detail. Most of the major work is done. I'll post more build pics as I get time.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Dec 16, 2015 @ 05:47 PM | 2,877 Views
After flying electric for a couple years I decided to try a nitro bird and picked up a used Hangar 9 Sopwith Camel in the classifieds. It's a work in progress, but it should be air worthy by the next flying season here in the Northeast.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 08, 2014 @ 02:38 PM | 3,044 Views
After a "lovely" winter here in Pennsylvania we reached a whopping 40 degrees and I got to maiden my HZ Super Cub today. I bought it totally trashed. Added ailerons, 480 Brushless Motor and 18 AMP ESC leftover from a P-51 I upgraded. I replaced the rudder and elevator and took the dihedral out of the wing with glued in carbon fiber spars. A bit of paint, nav lights, some Army decals, and walla it's my trainer for new flyers who would like to try they're hands at the sticks (trainer cord required) ;-} and some relaxing flying for me.
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:03 PM | 3,359 Views
"Well, it's for sale. I've flown it twice and twice I belly landed it in the tall grass because of not being able to handle it well enough to feel comfortable using the retracts and landing on the pavement. It will be much more appreciated, I'm sure, in the hands of one who has the experience and confidence to fly it the way it should be, fast and sure. I don't have the heart to take a chance on destroying it."

This is what I wrote in April of last year but since there were no takers I decided to try my hand at it again after buying another P-51 that was damaged and adding landing gear to it so that I could practice with it instead of the P-51C. I was able to learn how to fly a war plane and get some of my foibles out of the way before flying the P-51C with all that fear and trepidation. It helped though the P-51C is a heavy bird and has to be under a good bit of power to have a controlled landing. I have made several successful flights and more importantly, landings, without destroying it. It's a blast to fly and looks great with a low level pass, wheels up, and barreling along the deck.

It's one of a kind, the Berlin Express of the 357th flown by Bill Overstreet. It has the following installed:
Turnigy G10 Motor
2200 MAH Battery
Eflite 10-15 retracts
Robart Steerable Tail Wheel Retract
Working Flaps
K&A Models P-51B/C Canopy, Malcom Hood Version
Cockpit interior with radio and cables to antenna
Resin hollow cast and custom painted pilot
Rudder Servo
Custom Decals by Callie Graphics
Carbon Fiber reinforced wing
Cone modified for four blade prop

I used Horizon Hobbies SV80 Servos and actuators and did not skimp on any of the parts used in the construction of this plane.

You can look at my previous post to see photos or see the retracts in action here.
ParkZone P-51 Retracts in operation (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 20, 2013 @ 09:30 PM | 4,449 Views
Here are a few more items, photos and cut out diagrams, that may be of help if you decide to add retracts to your Parkzone P-51 or any other foam plane for that matter, the same principles apply. I printed the diagrams out, cut out the silhouette of the part I needed to make the cavity for and taped the sheet of paper to the wing where I wanted to make my cuts. I used a router with a 1/4" straight bit set at the depth I needed to quickly and cleanly (clean cut, not a clean job, do this outside if you'd rather not sleep on the couch for a night). Use the photos as guides. I didn't want to angle the landing gear so if you do it proto-typically, be prepared to cut into the fiber wing reinforcement. I embedded a 10 mm carbon fiber flat into the wing underneath the wire chase. You can also angle the gear but you get closer to the leading edge of the wing and I was concerned about breaking through with the router. I'll add more description to the photos and diagrams as time permits....Continue Reading
Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Mar 19, 2013 @ 11:19 PM | 3,721 Views
Here's a quick video of the retractable E-Flite Landing Gear and Robart Steerable Tail Wheel in action.

ParkZone P-51 Retracts in operation (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by j1e9f6f8 | Feb 25, 2013 @ 08:50 PM | 3,802 Views
I've been working on my P-51 and turned it into C model with retracts, flaps, and a new paint job. I flew it twice before making the modifications. It turned out pretty nice so now I have reservations about flying it. Once I log several thousand hours on the simulator I should feel more confident...