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Posted by Old_Pilot | Today @ 05:47 AM | 997 Views
The Sr-81 was a disaster......only because I'd neglected to do routine maintenance on my CNC machine....nothing fit....so,

Back to tried and true methods......I found a 2-off from the early 1970's......the Northrop YA-9, which lost the competition to the A-10.
First blush is a 48" span with twin 70's (y'all know how I like my twins).

Generating the parts, pieces, templates today..will cut it out this week
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 25, 2020 @ 09:48 AM | 5,019 Views
Preliminary model

30" WS x 48" OAL.. twin 70's
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 23, 2020 @ 01:25 PM | 6,308 Views
30" WS x 48" OAL with twin 70's
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 20, 2020 @ 03:21 PM | 6,798 Views
Das Ugly Cub..down to push rods, control horns, and programming...still working on the graphics, but for all intents, she's done
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 19, 2020 @ 03:41 PM | 4,284 Views
Got the fuse done...and decided on the livery.......No, not Iron Crosses....for the Moroniels
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 14, 2020 @ 04:43 PM | 7,638 Views
Caution...NAKED WOOD pictures ahead....down to the fiddly bits and covering
Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 03, 2020 @ 04:57 PM | 8,938 Views
There's an airplane in here.....I promise
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 30, 2020 @ 05:10 PM | 4,911 Views
Next...Das Ugly Cub...Ugly Stik wing with Cub tips and feathers....modified Stik fuse....68" span..still working on the details.....traditional balsa built up

Specs (so far):

68" wingspan 14" chord 9% Joukowski airfoil
4250 800kv motor
11x5 or 12x5 Xoar prop
5 channel T/E/A/R/F
Lemon 6 channel receiver with satellite
5000 mah 50c 6 cell
100 amp ESC with 5 amp SBEC
19 gram metal gear digital servos (may change to std size)

Finishing the drawings and preparing to generate the cut files
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 28, 2020 @ 07:42 AM | 6,543 Views
Down to control horns, push rods, programming, etc......I did this one to honor two good friends.one crewed S-3's on the America, and the other is Joel Maddox.....hence the tail art.....LOL


48" KFM-2 wing, (2) 70 mm high output fans with 3400 kv motors, 85amp ESC's, 5000mah 50c 4 cell, 19 gram metal gear digital servos, T/E/A /F control, Lemon 6 channel receiver with satellite, 60 ounces all up..hope that helps
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 24, 2020 @ 05:44 AM | 11,015 Views
"Oh Lord, I'm suck in Lodi again...."

Replenishing the "fleet".....I built two of these previously and gave both away...they flew great...got a couple of new fans ,Sooooooo......Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 06, 2020 @ 09:05 AM | 5,987 Views
I'm 2 for 4 with this little girl.....both failures occured when I tried to put the fans internal of the fuse..never could get the efflux cone right...so I'm going back to the variant that flew, with a few changes......this version will be 1/2" pink foam, Elmer's board KF-2 wing, (2) 6 blade 70 mm fans with 3500 kv Motors, 80 amp esc's and a 5000 mah 50C 4 cell....I'll use this post as a build log.....finishing the drawings now
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 05, 2020 @ 08:13 AM | 7,646 Views
Less than an hour....(2)small piece of 1x6 common pine, and one of those lawnmower frame T-bolts with knob...Ideally, the little "keeper collars" should be brass to better accept solder..but you get the idea
Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 02, 2020 @ 10:03 AM | 6,699 Views
Last toy for a while...thermoplastic vacuum table.....a bit of 1/2" and 1/4" ply, a cheap hot plate, and my shop vac..
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 26, 2020 @ 07:23 AM | 4,964 Views
I got tired of wasting aluminum and or music wire trying to bend landing gear with a vice/pliers/hammer....So I built a 2 ton hydraulic press brake out of materials readily available at HD/Lowe's, and that doesn't require any welding and or special tools....worked like a champ..so I decided to build a wire bending tool.....same deal, no special tools.....drawings are included.....The press brake cost me less and $50 and the wire bender less than $10.....

Y'all have fun
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 26, 2020 @ 01:53 PM | 7,420 Views
On the downwind leg, my instructor shut down the port engine, and wouldn't let me relight........like flying a drunken whale with a hard starboard list.......

A300 Airbus, 07L Hong Kong Port engine out (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 20, 2020 @ 07:55 AM | 11,879 Views
finally finished her....spent yesterday and this morning finishing all the banjo work (push rods, control horns, sequencing, rates, expo, throttle cut, etc)

However, it's a brisk 23 degrees this morning....maybe this weekend for the maiden.

GForce 3542-1200 kV motor (2 down 2 right)
Xoar 9x4.3 prop
65Amp ESC with 5 Amp BEC
Power Up 17g metal gear servos
Lemon 6 channel receiver with satellite
2600 mah 50 C 4 cell
64 oz all up
100-80-60 rates all with 35% expo

Wish me luck..video if successful
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 08, 2020 @ 08:15 AM | 5,025 Views
One last time......

I got to fly for close to 2 hours with my best friend, swapping off take-offs and landings out of JFK and Hong Kong.....Our instructor is a fabulous person, but he has a mischievous side....on the downwind leg of my approach to 07L at Hong Kong, he cut the port engine on me...a bit of right rudder and and a little left aileron fixed that, but she (an A300 Airbus) was wallowing around the sky like a drunken whale.....exciting wasn't the word for it....

But I still painted the landing.........while both my friend and instructor were laughing their butts off....As a note we never flew with autopilot or auto land......the realism is amazing...sadly our instructor is moving on to fly commercial.....best of luck to him