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Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 03, 2019 @ 08:07 AM | 2,516 Views
I know I'm one to preach about "taking your time" and "check everything" before starting a cut......well dumbo here just cut out an entire airframe and forgot to account for the kerf of the bit......and I didn't discover it until I started the assembly of the wing..couldn't figure out why everything was a 1/16th to 3/32nds off.....D'OH !

I feel like burning the mess I made of the last airframe.......what a moron.....lost all interest in building her ....on to something different....probably an A-10 Thunderbolt foamie.........
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 17, 2019 @ 11:35 AM | 4,628 Views
down to push rods, control horns and markings/livery.....

Flight Ready
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 13, 2019 @ 09:12 AM | 4,347 Views
Finally got to go back to building airplanes......getting closer to looking like an airplane

I used up some scrap MDF and some aluminum channel, and built a fuselage jig
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 30, 2018 @ 09:06 AM | 4,272 Views
Figured out how to cut a swept tapered wing in one piece.took me about 30 minutes to draw and program....took 3 hours to rough and finish cut and about 10 minutes to sand the finish marks...46" wing, SD7037 airfoil......
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 27, 2018 @ 11:31 AM | 4,588 Views
Whew....Christmas is over, and I can finally get back to building.....been playing with the capabilities of my design software and my CNC router.....
Figured out I could cut wing cores and canopy plugs.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 21, 2018 @ 08:03 AM | 4,913 Views
HOLY CRAP....I didn't get to sleep until 12:30 last night, and here I am up at 5 already..Why you may ask......because I got to "fly" an Airbus A300 sim at FedEx Pilot Training for a little over 2 hours....can you say adrenaline rush ?

It was the third time in 2 years that I've had the privilege to play with their $20,000,000 "toy".....doing landings and take-offs etc....Last night however was different....Our host and instructor (a consummate gentleman) set the aircraft at 10,000 feet, told me I had the airplane, and then cut both engines ........so I'm flying a 300,000 pound airplane ...dead stick...we couldn't make Mem Intl, so I "landed" at the old Millington Naval Air Station....managed to get it stopped in a soybean field.......Andy had to pry my hands from the yoke..lol

And yes, I'm still spooled up

There may be video later.....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:25 PM | 5,636 Views
There's an airplane in there somewhere
Posted by Old_Pilot | Sep 06, 2018 @ 02:10 PM | 21,936 Views
I've been busy with this beast.......24x48 cut area..
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 20, 2018 @ 07:29 AM | 4,988 Views
Since I'm not going to compete in BBCC 9 (not a conversion contest anymore), I've decided to revise and rebuild my SU-25, taking what I learned from the original build and flight and incorporating that into the new one..here's a pic of the first one
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 15, 2018 @ 03:48 PM | 5,477 Views
Needed a new combat and a new jet
Posted by Old_Pilot | Aug 08, 2018 @ 02:34 PM | 5,457 Views
Haven't maidened her yet....snarky weather....Not my best effort, but for stand-way-the-hell-off scale, she'll do.....and y'all really didn't seriously think I'd put RAF roundels on this bird did you.....LOL
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 27, 2018 @ 05:43 AM | 6,006 Views
Since BBCC 9 doesn't start until September 1, and the fact that I need to rebuild the foamie fleet, I'm gonna cave in to my friends Darrell and Graham and build a Vulcan. Will use what I learned from the F4D Skyray and keep it simple....Will cut her out this morning
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 25, 2018 @ 05:39 PM | 7,110 Views
I like the 54" version so much, I'm building a 36" park flyer version
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jun 13, 2018 @ 04:13 PM | 6,210 Views
My own version......9% Joukowski Airfoil, 4250 900 kv on 6S....I'll start covering tomorrow
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 24, 2018 @ 12:07 PM | 6,088 Views
Done

She was too nose heavy, with a lot of torque roll......no damage, so I changed the motor out to a 3530 1200kV (had to build some standoffs)....will try again tomorrow

Flew this thing yesterday...even at 20% throws and 50% expo she was like trying to fly an epileptic monkey on meth
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 23, 2018 @ 08:33 AM | 7,553 Views
My version of Mike Castillo's 20" Speedwing....except......24" WS, Spec's: 3542 1200kv motor, 60 amp ESC, 2600 mah 50C 4S battery, 8x4 APC-E prop, ES-3104 servos, 27 oz all up..Wortmann FX76-120 airfoil....she should be flight ready by this afternoon.....

So far I've got (1) sheet of 3/16, (1) sheet of 1/8, (1) sheet of 1/16, a bit of ply, (1) stick of 3/8" sq, a bit of aileron stock.....and some thread....lol