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Jan 07, 2009, 11:41 PM
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Nearly two months after the fact...!


Well, I did it!

Per my last blog in November, I was able to get the old abandoned Sig 1/6-scale Cub in the air!

Darn thing flew great. It was easy to fly, easy to land and just good fun all around. It really hustled with its temporary Thunder Tiger Pro .40 and a Master Airscrew 10x6 scimitar prop up front. All the mini-servos were A-OK and just needed a double-check of their mountings. Oh, and the Futaba receiver worked just fine with a new crystal on the proper frequency! Nice little bonus to be sure. I flew it on both the Futaba and a Berg Microstamp 4. It was as aerobatic as a beginner's park flyer, though. Little bitty strip ailerons do not a roll rate make. It banked and looped just fine, but rolling was out of the question. I was able to do an Immelman turn to get it inverted, but I had to complete the loop in order to get it right side up again. Thank goodness for altitude!

The strange fuel tank with its ninety-degree offset outlet tubes molded in the cap only lasted a couple of flights before the engine quit starting. The klunk had come loose inside and there was no getting it out.

In went a temporary (albeit smaller) tank supported by a couple of foam automotive tire dressing applicators and I was back in biz the next day. Short flight times, but back in biz nevertheless.

Short biz, too. The old, brittle landing gear retaining straps broke on a smooth touchdown. No damage and a 99-cent four-pack of Great Planes retainers got me back in the air the day after that.

I also got the real story on the thing: It belonged to a local automotive oil change franchise owner who had the plane as well as some other old R/C equipment in the rafters of his shop. A few hot desert summers didn't seem to hurt the plane short of all that dust. Seems the rest of the haul wasn't quite as good according to my buddy, but I'm not complaining. I have me a competitor for when my club does another cross-country competition.

Sorry about the lack of photos, but I'll get some when I really get it ready to fly again with all the neat scale details and a new engine in place. For now, it's in my own garage while I take care of some other projects.
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