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 on: Today at 09:21:50 AM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by yagua
About the wheels, are you thinking something like this?
I did some nice wheels by "dremmeling" black styrofoam from meat tray. A bit porous, but "allmost" black and very light

 on: Today at 09:02:43 AM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by Pete Fardell
And of course there's this classic Gary Larson cartoon...

 on: Today at 08:57:57 AM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by Starduster
- I think he likes the accordion too.


Saw a bumper-sticker a long time ago:

"Play an accordion, go to prison, that's the law!"

 on: Today at 08:51:18 AM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by LASTWOODSMAN
     Hi John  -  Trapper was just laying on the cool bare earth dirt in behind the bench.  He likes to get out of the apartment and into the park for any reason - I think he likes the accordion too.  My first dog (16 yrs ago), two dogs ago from now, would really howl    Cheesy   while I played my harmonica with Stealin' by Uriah Heep, playing in the background  LOL   Cheesy
    I still cannot figure out exactly why I can't muscle in more than  450  winds.   Huh Huh   We will see,  Undecided   when I put in the new rear motor peg, plank mounts, if I can put in 750 winds,  with the extra room for the rubber motor.


 on: Today at 08:32:28 AM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by DavidJP
Have you tried steaming them?  Can work.

Kitty Fritters - thanks for the comment on the silver esaki.  I have tried to shiny side out -  but in this case I wanted a "dull" finish because  the original aircraft was doped silver on cotton so shiny side in produced a slitty better image.  I am waiting for things to dry and will then weigh everything because I am getting bit sensitive about  weight! If I have a margin I will probably give it a dusting of silver acrylic. 

 on: Today at 08:25:41 AM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by Bargle
Also got moving on finishing up my Sky Gull. Warps had crept back in on the stab and fin, so they've been soaked with water and pinned flat to dry. Hopefully they'll stay that way now.  I've bought some 12" Chinese props, so I should be moving right along on this and my Miss Canada.

Well, they haven't stayed flat. I think the wood called out on the plan is too thin or I chose too soft a piece. I'm going to make new ones from the next size larger wood.

 on: Today at 07:07:00 AM 
Started by Dan Snow - Last post by Dan Snow
Thanks for the suggestion for the tiki torch holder Paul. I was wondering what I was going to do for that as I don't have access to a metal lathe or a high speed grinder. My grinder is a low speed for sharpening chisels and wood turning tools.

I'm designing a clamp base to clamp it to a pull out tray mounted in my pick  up truck bed. I'll post pics when I come up with something.

 on: Today at 04:00:49 AM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Pete Fardell
Thanks, Richard and Bill- No, it didn't look small to me either, but then I never think about the rudder size much. At any rate, it's got more than an Antoinette!
As to keeping the nose weight down, I hope to keep the whole tail super light by minimising structure and detail at that end (eg. leaving off rudder cables etc. ). At least the skid is nice and simple.

One bit which might be a challenge weightwise are the fat tyred wheels. I'm wondering if I can utilise some kind of foamy stuff.

 on: Today at 02:41:54 AM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by billdennis747
Pete, Richard, it would never have struck me that the fin/rudder is small. After all, it's on the end of a very long moment. I think keeping the amount of nose ballast down will be a bigger challenge. Fiddling the rudder size will also be glaringly obvious to any judge, with those stripes!

 on: Today at 02:28:45 AM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Rudder flutter

Richard, I will probably take on board your advice re sliced top ribs and also up-tweak the dihedral a little. Not yet sure whether to enlarge the rudder. Do you think I can get away with not doing?

You might get away with the rudder Pete. I always think you can get away with quite a lot, the lighter the model is. Why not try a temporary sheet fin at scale size to see if it works at the trimming stage?

 on: August 16, 2018, 11:20:15 PM 
Started by Dan Snow - Last post by PaulBrad
Dan - I really like my rendition of that winding stooge. I guess I should since I designed it. I sure do hope it works out for you as nicely as it has for me.

One thing I have done since publishing that plan on my website is to replace the ground penetrator (a bit of a pain to make) with a Teki Torch holder. I bought one at WalMart for about 3 bucks. You drive it in the ground and then just slip the vertical tube support into the holder. It is held in place with a simple thumb screw. Works great.

Paul Bradley

 on: August 16, 2018, 08:58:21 PM 
Started by Don McLellan - Last post by OZPAF
The engineering behind these designs is quite impressive. I read an account of the R bombers a coupe of years ago and the research - motors, propellers and structures was quite impressive. They even had  a supercharged engine installation on one of the Staarkens. It was a separate engine driven supercharger mounted in the fuselage delivering compressed air to the motors outside.

The best had a duration of 8-10hrs and a ceiling of 14,000' and a top speed of 80mph.

Truly remarkable as Dave says 14 years after the Wrights.


 on: August 16, 2018, 08:43:59 PM 
Started by Andrew Darby - Last post by OZPAF
You have a good production line working there Andrew. Covering stringered fuselages is certainly not one of my favourite tasks. They certainly seem to be enjoying themselves(more than Dad?) - although lots of serious concentration there.

I can see a competition coming here Smiley


 on: August 16, 2018, 08:15:29 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by OZPAF
Good way to fill in the morning Richard. Trapper doe like your music? Smiley or is he just hiding from the Sun? Smiley

Hopefully moving the motor rear peg forward will give you longer flights.


 on: August 16, 2018, 05:14:01 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Pete Fardell
Thanks Bryan. I do have that book.

 on: August 16, 2018, 04:59:39 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Bryanair
This attachment is from the book Air Force Colors vol 1 1926-1942 by Dana Bell.


 on: August 16, 2018, 04:47:46 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Squirrelnet
Thanks Bill thats the information i needed


 on: August 16, 2018, 04:01:08 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by billdennis747
Hello Chris
I'm sorry this info hasn't been put out yet. It should be because yes, we still get newcomers. A competitors' letter should go out next week (closing date is tomorrow) but this is late for people to make any necessary arrangements. I'm not organising this year.
Anyway, briefly, there will be three rounds on Saturday evening at 6pm and three on Sunday. If the weather is bad on Saturday, those rounds can be put back to Sunday. There are separate judges for each class. Static judging is in the main RC tent on Saturday. Any questions, come back

 on: August 16, 2018, 02:59:44 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Squirrelnet
Any thoughts of which day or days the FF Scale will take place on ? I'm guessing Saturday eve ?? or is it very much weather dependent. I checked the BMFA site but there's no events order on there yet just a look at 2017 as a guide

 on: August 16, 2018, 02:52:48 PM 
Started by DerekMc - Last post by LASTWOODSMAN
SPEEDSTER REPAIR after July 29 2018 crash

Back to work on the 30" Rearwin Speedster, after obsessing on Gliders and WildFires, and reading HPA ... and general lazy web surfing ...
     Looking at the strut break - that crack was  1/16" down from, and parallel to, the previous crack on the fuse mounting plate - this shows that my previous double white glued repair was solid.  Smiley

Pic #1     0255     The break is where the top rear of the landing gear pants, pushes up (and in a little), on the fuse strut and mounting plank, when a hard landing pivots on the front LG wire coming out of the fuse.  
Pic #2     0257     This break easily fits right back into its crack.
Pic #3     0258     After cutting out the fuse panel tissue, Mandrake sands the edges prior to double white gluing a supporting infill plank. Bloodroot cuts only three edges of the tissue and decal, in preparation to gluing in the added rear motor mount plates,  one bay ahead.
Pic #4     0265     First, the cracked strut mounting plate, and the strut tip, are glued back into their spot,  and let dry over night.  Bloodroot inserted a spare "expansion" plank to hold the glue contact surfaces tight while drying.  
-on the screen  -  ALCATRAZ GLIDER ESCAPE
Pic #5     0268     Mandrake test fits a   3/32"   0.37 gram, infill plank "strengthener", above the fuse strut mounting  plate.   Hopefully,  this plate will prevent further such crash damage.  Bloodroot measures up the new rear motor peg plates sizes.
Pic #6    Hello to all at HPA,   Cheesy    from the Flower Garden of Jackson Park, Windsor, Ontario, Canada - had to play early in the AM -  90 deg F in the afternoon.  (Trapper is peeking out from under the bench).   Smiley


 on: August 16, 2018, 02:50:47 PM 
Started by Andrew Darby - Last post by Squirrelnet
*Although I did once know someone who knew someone who claimed to have met a man who could put a duvet correctly into its cover unaided in about ten minutes flat. Probably just an urban myth.

 My wife leaves me alone with it until the swearing stops, it's usually mostly on by then.

Building models while you wait for the pool to heat up sounds wonderfully idyllic

 on: August 16, 2018, 02:41:50 PM 
Started by Andrew Darby - Last post by Squirrelnet
Great build . I think I started around Jimbo's age, though with far less ambitious models. Ezebuild all sheet DH Pussmoth was probably my first solo attempt. I parked it in a hanger under my bed but it met and unfortunate end when my mum ran it over with the Hoover  Undecided who Hoovers under the bed ?

Good luck with the build

 on: August 16, 2018, 02:31:56 PM 
Started by Andrew Darby - Last post by TheLurker
Andrew, do either of your kids accept contract work?  I have this "under-cambered" wing that's being a right pain...  Smiley

> ...small patches as per the Guillows instructions, it won’t be the neatest...
Oh I dunno.  You may have lots of overlaps, but you won't have any ugly cobbles or wrinkles which would look far less appealing.

 on: August 16, 2018, 02:26:37 PM 
Started by Andrew Darby - Last post by Pete Fardell
Great stuff, James- keep at it!

(Re iPad photos- I've found on mine that if take the pic with the iPad held with the home button on the right, the pic will still be the right way up when transfered to a forum or wherever. Not that it really matters.)

 on: August 16, 2018, 02:06:51 PM 
Started by Pete Fardell - Last post by Pete Fardell
Thanks for the great input; much appreciated!  I'd considered the PT-1 (there's quite a nice big one in the plans gallery) and also had a look at the NY-1 but will stick with the PT-3 just because on balance I just like it best of the three, and have already found enough photos to document it.
Trying to decide which drawing to use is proving a bit tricky. On the less cluttered second drawing the fin is clearly wrong and from the cross sections I think the fuselage is perhaps a little too rounded-out with the side stringers. The very detailed Joseph Nieto drawing has the fin and rudder shape much better but doesn't show the side stringers at all. Looking at photos I think PT-3s were indeed almost slab sided, but still with a couple of stringers showing though. I'm now inclined to go with the Nieto drawing and just put the side stringers in anyway. The judges will see them on the side view photo. I can easily get rid of the drawing's copious blurb and numerous surrounding detail sketches before presenting it to the judges. Meanwhile I've just been trying to set out the essential bits that  I'll need to actually build over and have added a red line to mark the lower wing's LE. Compared to the photos I can't yet see any glaring problems with the drawing's  basic outlines but someone please tell me if they do.

Richard, I will probably take on board your advice re sliced top ribs and also up-tweak the dihedral a little. Not yet sure whether to enlarge the rudder. Do you think I can get away with not doing?

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