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« Reply #425 on: April 04, 2013, 04:54:26 PM »

Very nice indeed, John
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« Reply #426 on: April 04, 2013, 04:57:41 PM »

My 1943 oddity  - R.L.B.4  -  still stumbles slowly along, steadly gaining weight all the way
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« Reply #427 on: April 04, 2013, 07:08:36 PM »

Your oddity has a lot of charm Jim. Very distinctive shape and thats a very neat looking prop.
The Copeland also looks interesting John - the period seems to have produced many good looking models. It must be fun to fly on all that rubber.
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« Reply #428 on: April 04, 2013, 07:19:28 PM »

Both very good looking rubber jobs.    Smiley
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« Reply #429 on: April 04, 2013, 07:21:30 PM »

DITTO on OZPAF's remarks.  I think both are "Way Kewl!"  I know, those two words are out of date, but what the heck, I am out of date too.   Grin  Caley
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« Reply #430 on: April 05, 2013, 07:00:50 PM »

That is NICE, Jim!
I love the fuselage and especially the tail, with the dihedral and the tip fins - reminds me of a Bill Dean model, but I can't think of the name.
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« Reply #431 on: April 05, 2013, 08:35:04 PM »

Jim
That build of yours brings back memories.  I think it was in an early 1940s AM, possibly 1942 or 1943?  I thought it attractive at the time and I still do, despite the redundant lumber.

And Glidermaster John, I think the Bill Dean model you are thinking of is perhaps the WAD20, they both have a similar 'sit'. (BTW did you see my query in post #421 regarding your new 36" Open Rubber job?)

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« Reply #432 on: April 05, 2013, 11:25:07 PM »

1943, John.   
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« Reply #433 on: April 06, 2013, 02:23:10 PM »

Hi John (Hepcat) - I am afraid I overlooked your queries in #421 about the 36" open model, and I am away from my models just now.

I will fill in the blanks tomorrow.
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« Reply #434 on: April 07, 2013, 01:34:34 AM »

Hi
At the upcoming Scale Masters on May 18th _ 19th I've asked flyers to bring along there Vic Smeed Models as a tribute to his passing, while I have a couple of Vics designs I decided to build something new. I chose the 36" towline Glider "Meteorite", this beginners model is from the 70's an I found the plan on OuterZone, What a joy to build this simple model. I used the opportunity to try my hand at Tissue over Mylar, while it turned out OK I'm still not sure if its worth the extra trouble. Only changes I made was a D/T on the tail plane,  rather than tow the model I decided to use a light bungee. Instead of using an auto rudder I've made up an adjustable offset tow hook that I can use in conjunction with the trim tab on the rudder.
Yesterday that pesky wind died so I quickly made a short bungee so I could test it at my small field, I used a coupe motor (1/8" x 10') and about 40' of fishing line, but by the time I got there it was blowing again, Anyway after a few hand glides and a guess on the hook position I gave it a go. Well it towed dead straight to the top of the line, really stretching the rubber and flew of in a nice turn, after about 45 seconds it had used up most of the field landing at the base of the trees at the far end. Wow this is fun! I tried to shorten the rubber and line but this just turned it into a catapult, pinging off at about 20'. When I get the room I'll try a longer bungee and I'll try to remember to set that D/T.
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« Reply #435 on: April 08, 2013, 10:54:53 AM »

Hi John (Hepcat),
A few details from my small open rubber model;
Wing Chord - 4.5"
Max blade width - 1.57" (@ 6" radius)
Weight - 65gms w/o rubber.

John
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« Reply #436 on: April 08, 2013, 12:53:52 PM »

Glidermaster, I send you an email
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« Reply #437 on: April 09, 2013, 11:40:39 PM »

Dave, Thanks for the link to the Meteorite plan.  I've been wanting to do a towline glider to do something different, and this seems a very easy one to do.  I downloaded the plan and pumped it up to 100 percent, only to find that if youu do that, the size comes out to 48 inch wingspan.  So I reprinted at 66.7 percent to get the 36 inch wingspan.
  I've kind of sputtered on a scale model I am trying to build.  Never really good at scale models, so I may do this to take a break before going back.
  I like the bungee idea.  I've thought about that also, and will give it a try.  I am no longer much of a runner, so bungee is good.   Grin  Caley
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« Reply #438 on: April 10, 2013, 03:32:27 AM »

Hi Caley,
That's interesting about the size, it does say 36" on the header and I just printed it full size and it came out 36" Roll Eyes
I know what you mean about not being able to run, don't know what happened but it wasn't a problem 20 or 30 years ago.
I tried to build some indoor models, F1Ls, made up a torque meter, a jig for measuring deflection of spars read all these articles but just couldn't come to grips with it, I think if your hearts not really in it then build just what you like, I like to build scale but sometimes it's just such a pleasure to build something simple and straight from a plan then just pick a color scheme you like and go for it. Will watch with interest.
regards Dave
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« Reply #439 on: April 10, 2013, 09:06:00 AM »

Applehoney,

That prop- so elegant- the director; and the sticks and tissue the symphony. What a beautiful model!

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« Reply #440 on: April 19, 2013, 08:09:04 PM »

It's finished!  Finally !!!    It's very rare that I've felt I've been happy to be finished with a build but this one has been a long-prolonged chore, probably because I started it out of curiosity rather than interest and enthusiasm.  It would have been easy to abandon it but that's not my custom.

A portly 77 grams, less tracker, it's already tail heavy and things will be worse when a motor goes into it - so eventual weight with a chunk of lead in the nose is problematical at this time.  I really don't think it will warrant the tracker when it comes to flying - whenever that may be.  Whenever .....

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« Reply #441 on: April 19, 2013, 08:29:43 PM »

Very nice Jim.
How is it DT'd?
Is the sod farm available for flying?
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« Reply #442 on: April 20, 2013, 01:06:39 AM »

>How is it DT'd?

It isn't, Dave.

I figured it too large and heavy for a tipped wing and the dihredralled stab not easiest to have in a stable trailing edge mount.  If it goes away I doubt I'll lose any tears over it ....  though the prop could be useful elsewhere some day I guess. There is a hatch in the lower fuselage for a tracker but that may or may not get used.

yes, there is a sod farm available - but only been there once in at least two years.  Too small to fly anything in a meaningful manner and usually winds on or off the lake.
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« Reply #443 on: April 20, 2013, 12:02:31 PM »

>How is it DT'd?

It isn't, Dave.

I figured it too large and heavy for a tipped wing and the dihredralled stab not easiest to have in a stable trailing edge mount.  If it goes away I doubt I'll lose any tears over it ....  though the prop could be useful elsewhere some day I guess. There is a hatch in the lower fuselage for a tracker but that may or may not get used.

yes, there is a sod farm available - but only been there once in at least two years.  Too small to fly anything in a meaningful manner and usually winds on or off the lake.


We can be certain that the aircraft has been skillfully constructed and so hope it will surprise you.
Thanks Jim,
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« Reply #444 on: April 29, 2013, 07:19:01 AM »

Hi Caley - I saw Dave's Meteorite and remembered the book I saw it in (Encyclopedia of Model Aircraft) and had to build one too. The Scale Masters event this year includes a Vic Smeed category  - so fits that too. Very recommended. A fun build. Though yet to fly mine. I'll put some DT system in it and maybe have a go tomorrow.   Smiley
cheers
Tim
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« Reply #445 on: April 29, 2013, 07:32:43 AM »

Hi Tim
Well its not hard to see what you did on the weekend Grin bare bones Friday night and finished model today. Is Hugo keeping you up nights. Grin
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« Reply #446 on: April 29, 2013, 08:04:25 AM »

If my DT system is as regular popping up as baby Hugo then should work well. Now where's that old Seelig...
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« Reply #447 on: June 05, 2013, 12:16:44 AM »

Hey;

I've been tinkering with the system I'm using for handling winding tubes.  I've been very happy with it except for the part where I hook the rubber on to the prop.  I currently use an aluminum ring the rubber loops through as an adapter between the rubber and winder/prop.  I use a "T" handle with a hook to hold the rubber ring in the winding tube after winding and to transfer the ring to the prop.  It's awkward and seems to need one more hand than I have.

I like, have and use the dedicated bobbin system for F1B/F1G airplanes use but I wanted a more general system that will work with everything I have from peanuts to Gollywocks and be cheaper and lighter.

So, I created two mods to try and make it easier.  I'll try both the next time I am out flying. 

The first is a modification of the ring itself.  You can see it in the foreground.  The rubber goes through the large hole and the winder/prop hook go through the smaller one.  When I finish winding I pass a wire through the larger hole and install it into the end of the winding tube.  I can then hook the prop on, slide the winding tube into the airplane, insert the rear peg, remove the winding tube and put the noseblock in place.

The second method uses my original aluminum rings but I added some "cheeks" to the end of the winding tube that will hold the ring out so I can hook the prop on.  That's in the background.  I'm hoping (and expecting) this method will work at least as well as the first as all I have to do is modify my winding tubes. 

Both will allow me to hook the prop on while the wound motor is still outside the airplane.  That's one more step that can be performed before the motor gets near the airplane.
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« Reply #448 on: June 05, 2013, 06:31:01 AM »

K&B40 powered FF Open Power model.   Been working slowly on it for six months.
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« Reply #449 on: June 05, 2013, 09:25:47 AM »

Gossie, looks great! What pwr. plant do you have on it? Sq. in.'s? Looks like a real floater.

Scott
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