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Posted by GRW3 | May 10, 2018 @ 07:19 PM | 1,109 Views
I was getting frustrated. I wanted to read MA on the airplane but when I opened the app, it wasn’t there. Then I noticed every time I opened it, I had to download MA again. Hmm, not happy. I knew you used to be able download and hold, why not now? I started poking around the tools but didn’t find any specific info about downloading.

I did note, however, I had two 2017 months of MA in a Download column. I wondered, if I delete these will I be able to download and hold the current issue. Well, let’s swipe left and give it a shot. I eliminated the two stored issues and reloaded the current issue. After reloading, I stepped back to the introduction screen and it now says READ (see picture) instead of DOWNLOAD. I then checked download page in the tools and the current issue is now there.

So, failing to find any other controls, I assume the iPad app allows you to keep two (2) issues of Model Aviation downloaded at a time.
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:05 PM | 1,449 Views
Around 97-98, I bought an RTF from the local HobbyTown. I wanted it as a trainer for my boys, who were bracketing 10 at the time. For various reasons that didn’t work out so I started flying it as a sport plane. I flew it as a pleasant break from the various and sundry higher performance planes that accompanied it to the field. I flew it a lot. A lot, 2 or 3 flights a trip to the field.

It started with a Thunder Tigre 0.40 engine and an Airtronics radio. I wore out that Thunder Tiger out and replaced it with an OS 46FX I had available. Woo Hoo! That was an exciting upgrade. I literally flew the covering off. Not figuratively, literally. It had that old sticky back covering that wasn’t repairable. One flight led to a terrible buzzing, half the lower wing covering was in shreds. Not only that several hinges were broke. Completely removed with Monokote. It’s now on its third motor and third radio flight pack.

Posted by GRW3 | Apr 15, 2018 @ 12:50 AM | 1,670 Views
My long time modeling pal, Jim, and I went to the Weak Signals R/C show this year. We’ve both been before. I’ve been 6 or 7 times since ‘83, he’s been a couple and we last came together in ‘06. This post is to talk about what we did and what you might do for a Toledo, or other show, trip.

Getting There

I fly a lot for business. In general, more flying as a reward for flying isn’t that exciting. Over the years, most my miles have gone to friends and family. This was a good occasion. We decided to do this trip in November so I got two round trip tickets from San Antonio to Detroit, on American for 50K miles, Thursday to Sunday. If you don’t have miles consider Southwest Airlines. They routinely have buy ahead sales and April in Detroit is not high tourist season so Toledo weekend shouldn’t be a blackout time. Jim rented a car.


The attached to the show Park Inn is convenient but not cheap. I have travel related hotel points so I got us a room at the Marriott Fairfield just inside the state line off Alexis Rd. On a Texas driving scale, Toledo is small so it was fine with the downtown cutoff being two exits down the highway. The free morning breakfast was pretty good. I use Fairfields and Hamptons for routine business travel.


I put up a post in the Toledo Show forum page asking for recommendations on where to eat, and got plenty. On Thursday, we went to Tony Packo’s. It was great. Friday we went to Jason Cole’s favorite, Shorty’s Roadhouse (...Continue Reading
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 12, 2018 @ 10:25 PM | 1,745 Views
I posted the story of my old friend in the Sport Cub thread.
Posted by GRW3 | Mar 04, 2018 @ 10:23 AM | 2,405 Views
I’ve flown the heck out of the Sport Cub (SC). After a few years of only dabbling in RC Flying, I decided to get serious. I was capable, I didn’t need a straight trainer, just not as capable as I used to be. The SC embodied a lot of my favorite elements: high wing, taildragger, scale looking. I got it and started flying it, a lot.

At first, it was my only flying plane. I’d fly it five or six times a session. Once I became familiar with it, I got bold. Wind? No problem. Crosswind? No problem. Reverse pattern? No problem. Strange field? No problem. Combinations of these issues? No problem. Well, of course starting to do these things was a problem, mentally, but I was determined.

Once I was comfortable with all that I started pushing other limits. In doing so, I’ve broken the poor SC several times. Each time I’ve repaired it but the wear and tear has taken its toll. A full wing Cub type is never a great aerobatic plane but as long as it’s straight it can do passable aerobatics. A bent SC, not so much.

I like doing close in, low aerobatics. Not 3D but maneuvers a full size airplane could do. I can still do it but with bent plane it’s a handful. I knew I needed a new plane in this class for this type of flying. There are a handful of planes that came close but just st didn’t seal the deal. Then Horizon announced they were going to offer an E-Flite Clipped Wing Cub (CWC). Bingo!

I love CWCs. I’ve had two 1/4 scale ones in the past and have a third in the planning stages. Yes, I thought, I’ll have one of these. As soon as means, motive and opportunity gelled, I ordered one. It’s ready to go but the weather isn’t. While I don’t mind flying a known airplane in the wind, it’s not ideal for a maiden. Anticipation grows.
Posted by GRW3 | Feb 18, 2018 @ 02:16 AM | 2,574 Views
I occasionally participate in swap meets. I go to them more often to buy odds and ends but every few years I have some 5hings to sell. This was a sell year. I teamed up my pals Jim Branaum and Bob Severance, who did this much more often. We went to the San Antonio area Tri City Flyers Swap Meet, an annual event I like to get to to hit the itenerate hobby shops, if nothing else. On a personal basis, it’s a good place to catch up with old pals.

There had been a great disturbance in the Swap Meet force in January. The long standing Georgetown RC Swap Meet had been visited by the Tax Man. The state comptrollers had shown up to register all the amateur sellers to pay sales tax. (Yes, it’s true. If you rent a space to sell, you owe sales tax.) Some vendors pulled chocks and left but not all. A week or so ago we got a note from Tri City that the same would apply there too. It takes about 15min to get a sales tax ID on line so we did it. We wondered how it would affect the event. It did seem to have an impact. There were empty tables both Friday and Saturday.

The backstory on Georgetown is that, as related by the grapevine, they have a disgruntled former member who is waging a vendetta against them. Someone with political clout sufficient to roust out the staties to hassle them. What we're not quite sure of is if this caused the state to send notes to swap meet organizers to pay up or if Tri City poked the bear.

I gathered up my things and piled the into Jim’s truck to...Continue Reading
Posted by GRW3 | Jan 01, 2018 @ 10:26 AM | 3,943 Views
Ever have one of those days where the flying gods hit you with lightning but you still end up satisfied?

We like to have holiday weekend events. By observation, we found that having an event on the actual holiday wasn’t the best plan. We have since moved our events to the Saturday before and that has worked much better. This last Saturday 12/30 we had our New Year’s Event. We had good food (burgers, hot dogs, links and tamales) and a good turnout. The weather hasn’t been cooperative this holiday season but it was reasonably pleasant.

I arrived just before noon, put the chili in the smoker and got everything set up. I started to fly once and there were, unusually, four planes up (our limit) so I started visiting. In short order lunch was called. I went over and fixed a chili cheese burger and covered a couple of tamales with chili then sat down to eat. While I was eating, a young man launched one of those folded foam board airplane. As it flew around, I could tell it was slightly tail heavy, controllable - barely.

While still eating, I hear those infamous words “heads up!” I looked up just in time to see that foam board airplane pummelt down and smash into mine!

The picture shows them at rest after the impact. Startled, I just stared for a few seconds. Initial observation made me think it had almost missed and only pushed down the right aileron. I got up, set down my lunch, took a picture and then picked up the airplane. Focusing on the aileron, I noted it...Continue Reading
Posted by GRW3 | Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:06 PM | 2,422 Views
We were at a flying event. We had limbered up we some afternoon flights on arrival the previous day. I flew my Sport Cub and my buddy flew his 35cc powered Extra. It flew better than ever after he had replaced a fussy throttle servo. The almost new engine was still breaking in but it was solid.

The next morning, first he made a minor repair on another plane and flew it. Then he pulled up the Extra to the starting area. We got it started, no problem. The he rolled it to the take off zone and we went to the pilot station. He gave it full throttle, it zoomed up high, arced over the top of an elliptical loop and came plummeting down into the pits, full speed. Just about as fast as you could read it. Shock! Stunned silence for a few moments. I had yelled “Watch out” but would not have done any good.

He said he wasn’t worried when the plane popped up because strong gusts had been causing serious ballooning on approaches all morning. When it wouldn’t push over... roll.. or throttle back he knew there was a problem. He yelled too but I don’t remember. All I remember is that red specter flashing straight down into the ground.

There was a guy standing in the same location as the person in the wreckage picture when it hit. He fell upon impact. I was afraid the wing had caught him but thankfully “no” it was just the startling nature of the impact that bowled him over.

The engine was broken into three pieces. The head ended up in the starting station. We picked up and swept up as well as we could but little bits of debris were everywhere. After he calmed down, he flew out the day with other airplanes.
Posted by GRW3 | Jul 30, 2017 @ 10:26 PM | 3,297 Views
I captured this image from the Flite Test video highlights of Flite Fest East '17. I think it really shows the spirit of the event, a mixture of flying and community. I like the big events for experienced modelers. I've been to some in the past and I'd like to catch some others in the future but it think the Flite Test guys are seeding the future of the hobby. We won't get all the people they touch but hopefully we get enough to keep the hobby alive.
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 02, 2017 @ 05:23 PM | 4,696 Views
About a year and a half ago, I had no flying airplanes. The trainer of had flown sporadically over a decade needed serious work. The three channel electric Cub was deaujjjd. I wanted to get back on track. I had seen good words about the Eflite Sport Cub so I bought one of those. It proved to be a good choice. It's an excellent flyer, exactly in my preferred type of flying.

At the same time, I wanted to start building again. I had a Sig LT-25 and an OS 25LA that I bought quite a while ago for the youngest son, who decided he liked rockets better. I decided a Sig kit would be an excellent way to get my building chops back (what a nice kit).

Early last year I was wandering through the not so LHS and they had a Hobbico AcroWot on clearance. I had built an original AcroWot from a self imported kit back in the '80s and it was a great flier. I noted the e-version but thought I had missed my chance, so I snatched it up. I escaped death by Tactic and put a Spektrum receiver in it. About the same time I got a complete Alpha trainer (airframe, engine, radio, flight box, starter, etc) for a song from a family friend who runs a pawn shop and wanted it out of his inventory.

The LT-25 was a delight to fly and the Alpha, by comparison, was a ponderous pig. The Alpha went on the "not likely" list. I took a flyer and got one of the 42" Eflite P47s on clearance. It has been a learning experience.

After finishing the LT, I decided to tackle a Sig Kougar rebuild. Middle...Continue Reading
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 02, 2017 @ 07:58 AM | 4,409 Views
About a year of work, spread over a decade. I started it in early 2006. I just finished it. Lots of personal issues just seemed to keep me from progressing. I did a bunch of work in 2006. A little more in 2009. Then nothing until last fall. I'm super happy to reach this point.

Here's a link to the Build Log
Posted by GRW3 | Jan 23, 2017 @ 10:05 PM | 4,801 Views
Ive had this Eflite Sport Cub for a little more than a year. I love it. It's my go to airplane. I had nearly 30 hours with it on my DX7 and just went past 6 hours with it on the replacement DX6e. As I'm want to, the better I know a plane the more I push the limit.

Well, I found one Saturday. I started an outside loop, from the top, exactly too low. I mean exactly because it smacked in at the bottom of the loop, breaking into three pieces. I carried the pieces back to the pits and inspected it carefully. The breaks were very clean with no missing pieces. Frankly, hitting inverted probably did less damage than hitting upright at the same velocity.

The pieces glued back together easily. A funny thing, I've flown this plane a lot at our grass strip and it's got a lot stains and grime built up on the surface. So much so, the seam where I glued it back together is practically invisible. I've come by all that grime earnestly.

The only pieces that were damaged to much to be used were the elevator and rudder clevises. Easily replaced.

One of the great things about these modern foam factory planes is how easy they are to repair. This is good for maintaining flight status. I could have flown the next day if it hadn't been for the gale force winds. I love my balsa planes but I have to give a hand to the modern factory planes.
Posted by GRW3 | Jan 01, 2017 @ 04:59 PM | 5,376 Views
We had a nice little New Year's Eve event. Our experience is that holiday flying is best done on an associated day, like the Saturday before.

Black Eyed Peas
Macaroni Salad
Deviled Eggs

Plus a table full of desserts.

The weather started of misty and cloudy but cleared off for a beautiful afternoon.
Posted by GRW3 | Nov 28, 2016 @ 08:51 PM | 5,191 Views
I used to have a little Dremel circular saw to use in my Dremel tool. I didn't use it much but for some jobs it was just perfect. I also recognized it had the potential to be very dangerous. It was kept with my most important attachments.

One day I came home from work and went in my shop. I notice there is a tin can in the vice. The tin can has various cuts and peeled back panels. Next to it, on the bench, was my Dremel tool and my once precious saw. Now it was in sad, sad shape. It was warped and blued from overheating. A lot of the teeth were missing. I knew one of our pre teen Irish twin boys had done it but there was no resolving who. (Frankly, considering our history, I was just glad I wasn't at the emergency room - again.)

So I thought to replace it - wrong. No longer available. I guess experience proved my assessment of danger to Dremel and they discontinued it. I kept an eye out for a replacement in every Dremel display I came across, to no avail. I did finally find a replacement saw from another company. It's actually a better design. I don't remember where I got it for sure. I put it away in a drawer of my small parts cabinet and I included the product description sheet that came with it. Tells me everything about the product except who made it. I'm thinking I got it at the local Woodcrafters store.

The search occurred before internet, eBay and Amazon. That's right - manual. I only use it on a blue moon for very specific jobs, so I haven't looked lately.

Update: I just read some earlier entries in my blog and I found out I bought it at the '06 Toledo R/C Show. No hint of the vendor.
Posted by GRW3 | Sep 03, 2016 @ 09:26 PM | 5,949 Views
Today was a very good day at the field. We've been trying to find ways to get more people out. After little success with holiday fly-ins, we've switched to Saturday of three day holiday weekends. The thinking being family things take up the holiday but maybe Saturday would work. It seems to be working. We have burgers and dogs for flyers and family. Hopefully, this type of communal flying will lead to bigger turnouts for regular weekend days.
Posted by GRW3 | Jun 03, 2016 @ 11:28 PM | 6,976 Views
I'm back flying and building again. I'm really enjoying having super BNF plane available. Besides being great flyers, they make my building more calm. I know that even if I completely destroy my electric plane, I can get another just as good at the LHS and be flying again in short order. I never have to rush my building to have something to fly.
Posted by GRW3 | Feb 08, 2009 @ 06:25 PM | 10,120 Views
Though I felt like. After we got Donna home from the hospital I started suffering severe sleep deprivation. I'll keep it short for now but I'm going to speak more about this is a later post. Maybe the next one, maybe not.
Posted by GRW3 | Jul 23, 2006 @ 09:46 PM | 13,468 Views
When I got back from Toronto, my wife was feeling especially bad. Part of a long string of periods in which she was feeling bad. The symptoms were all the same as before: mild fever, craving food but getting sick if she ate too much, nausea, lack of energy. This time, however, there was also pain in the region of her stomach.

After years of having the doc say she should "loose weight" and "control her blood sugar" they finally decided to take a look with an ultrasound. The tech told her, unofficially (as only a doctor can report the obvious), she had gall stones. From this we were anticipating the need for surgery but had to wait for the doc to read the omens. While waiting, one afternoon she developed a high fever (103°F) so she called me and the doc. I drove home and he looked at the films and by the time I arrived he had told her she needed to go to the emergency room which led to a hospital bed...

Where she has been ever since, a week and a half so far. This from a process projected to be over in a couple of days. First she a larangospic (sp?) procedure to remove gall stones from her bile duct. Doing that agravated her pancreas and she had to spend two days waiting for a pancreatitus attack to subside. Then she went in for the 1-1˝ hour orthoscopic gall bladder removal.

At the end of an hour the nurse called me in the waiting room to say it was taking a little longer. At the end of the second hour she called again - more time was needed....Continue Reading
Posted by GRW3 | Jun 27, 2006 @ 12:11 AM | 14,129 Views
Every once and a while I’ll be talking with some flying buddy and they will ask “Wouldn’t you like to have one of those jet engines?” The answer is NOOOOO! They’re neat OK but I make my living off of jet fuel and I just don’t want to deal with jet engines or jet fuel when I’m on my own time.

This week finds me in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the semi annual meeting of ASTM Committee D.02 on Petroleum Products. My personal effort is directed to participating in and being an officer of the Aviation Fuel Subcommittee. We deal with the specifications for the jet fuel and aviation gasoline.

Jet Fuel is actually a glorified kerosene. Jet Fuel, Kerosene and #1 Diesel all come from the same part of the barrel of oil. It’s a little lighter than typical Diesel (#2) and a little heavier than gasoline. The military uses jet fuel for both turbines and diesels for logistical simplicity. You can’t legally use jet fuel in your car and truck diesel because it is not a low sulfur product.

Jet Fuel is not just for burning. It’s the secondary coolant for most jet engines, taking heat from the oil. It’s used as a hydraulic fluid to operate mechanisms on the engines and it’s used to cool avionics. It has to be useable at –40°C and safe at +40°C. It has to provide sufficient energy to get from here to there and it has to do it in a way that will not harm the engine. Providing all this is a constant struggle that just takes some of the luster off of turbine engines.

By the end of the week I’ll just be looking for a quiet place to recover. By the way, working in the aviation business is not conducive to being at ease when you fly. I know all about the odd and all but when you hear about practically every fuel related problem that comes up, it kind of sticks with you. So Friday when I get on the plane I’ll just plug my I-Pod into my noise canceling headphones and read my way back to San Antonio, shoving what I know about ‘making sausage’ to the back of my mind.
Posted by GRW3 | Jun 10, 2006 @ 10:10 PM | 15,043 Views
I did not finish my Eindekker in time to participate in the annual Dawn Patrol Over Old Kingsbury (this year!) but I attended anyway and took my son, Bryan, with me. The site is a very nice grass strip operated by the Tri-City Flyers about 50 miles east of San Antonio. It is part of a larger enterprise called the Old Kingsbury Aerodrome that is the home of the Vintage Aircraft Historical Foundation. The VAHF specializes in WWI aircraft. The founder of the group and the owner of the field, Roger Freeman, built and flew a Fokker DVII that was used in the Aviator.

The attendance was good, over twenty pilots and even more planes. The flying was very relaxed, not the frentic activity you usually see when ten 'extras' trying to compete for a place to hover. The WWI planes really like the bigger sizes. Quarter scale is good and third is really nice.

There was no formal display but we modelers were allowed to check out the historic planes in storage and being built. That was a treat, a real inside look at the operation. I have threads on the fly-in and real planes in the Scale Power Plane section, where I am maintaining a Build Log on my Eindekker.

Vintage Aviation Historical Foundation

Dawn Patrol Over Old Kingsbury

I did not finish my plane so I did not register. I wanted to support the effort (to make sure it comes back) so I spent the registration amount on Raffle tickets. The prize is the recently returned third scale Moraine Saulner from Balsa USA. They also...Continue Reading