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Jul 01, 2013, 07:20 PM
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Back burner stuff moving to the front!


In certain areas at certain times of the year, it's too cold to fly.

Right now, it's almost too hot where I live!

So, I am therefore moving some backlogged projects to the front:

*I've been blogging on and off seemingly for ages about a Great Planes Ultimate .46 given to me by a friend after someone else had given it to him after a minor crash. It had been built as an electric, so the firewall needed reworking. Best of all, I found a part I thought was missing! It was the last piece of the puzzle, as it were. I had a crash-damaged Pitts muffler I was thinking of using, but a new one can wait until I get the engine and radio installed.

*My rebuilt World Models P-51 electric with its SuperTigre .10 outrunner has spent most of its rebuilt time languishing in my closet. I was using the single 1600mAh li-po from my late and lamented Escale Zero from Hobby Lobby. Between one battery and the fact the wing needs unbolting with each battery change meant this sweet-flying model stayed at home more than it's been flown in a long time. The thought of an accidental bump of the throttle while that system was energized was enough to keep me away. I'm buying a safety plug tomorrow and a new battery is on its way from Hobby Lobby!

*I'm getting ready to order the ESCs and control board needed to get my Rotor Concepts HPQ1 quadcopter back in the air and no, I'm not using the factory junk. I mentioned a couple of blogs back how a quadrotor expert buddy of mine has recommended some HobbyKing-sourced components which he'll reflash with SimonK firmware. I just need to hear back from him with his recommendations before I place the order.

*My old E-flite P-47 Thunderbolt foamie has been another closet queen for far too long; it's sporting a new cowl I bought through a user here at RCG, but it remains unflown since that time. It still looks great, but it has its fair share of hangar rash. I'm bringing the canopy to a home improvement store so that I can get custom, color-matched house paint samples for a couple of bucks or so each. Too nice a model to have white slashes of bare white foam all over the place.

*Finally, there are my nitro planes which have languished for far too long. A fresh gallon of fuel, a fresh starter battery, a fresh receiver battery or two and some new banana plugs for the starter should do the trick. I have a bit of extra dough from a side job coming which should help pay for those odds and ends.
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