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Jul 22, 2019, 02:28 PM
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First Post in My Blog


I've had this account for some time, but haven't made any entries, mostly from be swamped with involvement in my club and other pursuits. I've decided to post some notes, photos and videos from my Facebook, along with others as this develops.

All statements are my own, about my own experience with various miniature flying machines. I claim no expertise in any area, other than maybe at having fun...at which, I feel I'm pretty much a "Fun Ninja"...I have a blast with this stuff.

Because of the audience I anticipated on Facebook, many of these posts are geared toward new flyers or people with interest, but limited or no experience in the hobby.

I'll try to respond to comments in a reasonable amount of time, but there may be some stretches where I don't get back right away.

We'll see how all this goes...
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Earlier in the month, I'd posted a few photos on my Facebook page of this little "Storage Locker Rescue" I'd named Lil' Punkin.

I'd been waiting for another nice evening to get some footage of the whole plane from it's top camera (having so much fun, I forgot to do it on that day), but haven't had a chance to try it.

So...I crunched together some footage of what I had.

Lil' Punkin is a rudder-only model---it has no elevator to control pitch, so has to be carefully balanced and trimmed for a gradual climb while the engine is running, then transition to a smooth glide when the engine quits.

MANY early R/C planes were flown in this configuration before more advanced radios became cheap enough for a modeler to afford.

Lil' Punkin Flying Late in the Day (4 min 13 sec)
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Jul 23, 2019, 04:28 PM
Hey, watch this!
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I love your Lil Punkin! The little TDs are my favorite engines - especially the .010. And your video setup provided great backgrounds. What did you use for a camera?
Jul 27, 2019, 09:00 AM
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Thanks Raymond!

Yeah, the Tee Dee's are all wonderful little engines!

The cameras used in this video are small "key fob" types I got from Ebay. They're usually just taped right to the wing with Scotch Tape or mounted on "selfie sticks", that are, in turn, rubber banded to the wing. I have also mounted them to the arm of small servos that allow me to rotate them in flight, then use a video editor to blend the best footage together.

This is a video of the rotating cameras used on my Bird of Time 3-meter sailplane:

Cox Engine Forum's Traveling Propeller ! (2 min 56 sec)


The Cox Engine Forum's Traveling Engine, Flying on My 2M Bird of Time ! (4 min 41 sec)


I also use GoPro "Session cameras" with similar set-ups.


Happy Flying !!!!
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Jul 28, 2019, 05:44 PM
Hey, watch this!
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Wait a minit! Is that a Space Hopper?

I love the camera ona servo ona a stick.
Jul 29, 2019, 09:42 AM
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Thank you Raymond!

I DO have a lot of fun with these things...

Yeah, that engine is actually a "Thermal Hopper" (a tank-less Space Bug), and I've been able to come across a couple at swap meets over the years, along with a few Space Bugs.

The Space Hoppers (according to what I've read) were Cox's first beam-mounted engines and lead to the Tee Dees that would come along later.

I've always been a big fan of Cox engines, but had very little knowledge of these 'till I joined the ,049 Collectors Group which has gone to Facebook, and later the Cox Engine Forum. So, I blame those guys and (Dan Sitter for his book on Cox Engines!) for my spending my play money on these things!

I've been able to come across some Space Hoppers, and put them to work hauling my much-tortured Lazy Bee:

Cox Space Hopper Engines on My Lazy Bee (5 min 6 sec)


"Boys and their toys!!!"
Jul 30, 2019, 09:54 AM
Hey, watch this!
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I know this may seem indelicate, but have you made out your will yet? A personal bequest would be a wonderful gesture .
Jul 30, 2019, 04:39 PM
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Well, weirdly enough, I've been working through one. Got no wife (had two over the years) or kids so, got my younger brother lined up as sorting this stuff if I get hit by a cement truck.


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