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« on: August 31, 2017, 11:41:16 AM »

There is a fun thread on a rocketry forum I read called 'What did you do rocket wise today.'  It's amazing the breadth of peoples projects and activities. I don't know of a similar thread on Hippocket so here goes.

What Did You Do Airplane Wise Today?

If it has to do with aeromodelling (as defined by you) why not post a picture or two?

I'll go first.  I'm figuring out how to connect an RDT unit and flashing LED to a F1B (Wakefield). The connectors are all there but it is a tight fit. Where would the flashing LED be most visible? Top (safer) or bottom (hits ground)?  Still workin it all out.

Whose next? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 11:46:04 AM »

You caught me right in the middle of trying to find some information on actuators.  What size do I need for a given control surface size or plane size.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 02:31:31 PM »

I lay with my back on a pebble-beach somewhere in the east of England and flew a kite!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 02:59:04 PM »

Thought for a moment that was Aldburgh! 

Thought about how to do the ailerons on the Osprey.  So no picture yet.
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 03:07:27 PM »

Figured out the Grey Hook, and wrapped my head around rubber braiding
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2017, 04:02:14 PM »


Thought for a moment that was Aldburgh! 


Spot on Yer Honour!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2017, 04:22:46 PM »

 Grin working on my p40 tomahawk.

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2017, 05:11:08 PM »

Went flying - and finally got a rubber scale model to stay up for over a minute!  https://youtu.be/QNeriOgeevM

Also did some more trimming on the peanut Little Gem racer - making progress, more work to do...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Z1zje57kQ

Really nice morning here in San Antonio.  Spare a prayer for those east of us dealing with all the water.

Cheers,

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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2017, 06:02:05 PM »

Building the wing of a Ringmaster.
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2017, 06:11:38 PM »

Cut some 3mm strips of 3M Transpore tape (the stuff with a slightly pimply surface) to use as a turbulator on a wing covered with what I suspect is too smooth ProFilm Lite.
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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2017, 11:25:10 PM »

Kite flying is cool!
Some interesting stuff happening.  I was successful hooking up the RDT on the F1B. Kind of hard because the connection is blind.  The connector is inside the pylon and impossible to see when you try to insert the RDT unit. It' all about feel. Replaced the Instant Prop Release cable which had frayed a bit as well.  Plane is read for the contest a week from now.
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« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2017, 01:11:13 PM »

Building the wing of a Ringmaster.

Is that the famous CL plane?
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« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2017, 01:16:22 PM »

With a finally-trimmed scratch-built sailplane sitting on the bench I watched the morning weather report with my coffee to see that the winds will be calm for the next 6 days.

Then I said some dirty words.
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« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2017, 01:19:02 PM »

With a finally-trimmed scratch-built sailplane sitting on the bench I watched the morning weather report with my coffee to see that the winds will be calm for the next 6 days.

Then I said some dirty words.

Ha, Ha!  I feel your pain. It is challenging waiting for the right conditions when you have a new plane which you are excited about! Truly a time when patience is a virtue, as challenging as that is! How about a picture or two of your sailplane in the meantime?
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2017, 01:24:20 PM »

Went flying - and finally got a rubber scale model to stay up for over a minute!  https://youtu.be/QNeriOgeevM

Also did some more trimming on the peanut Little Gem racer - making progress, more work to do...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Z1zje57kQ



Sweet! Mike, nice looking airplanes and some nice flights.  Looks like you caught a nice little thermal on the first flight in the first video.  Looks like your plane was joined by a couple of swallows. Swallows are a great thermal indicator where we fly outside of Tangent, OR.  If you see the swallows swooping overhead, LAUNCH!
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« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2017, 01:31:02 PM »


Thought for a moment that was Aldburgh! 


Spot on Yer Honour!  Cheesy

Was not completely sure but the Tower in the background gave it away.  So wot yew doin there bor?
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« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2017, 03:24:28 PM »

A week's end-of-summer break in a rental cottage in Snape, with woman, kid, dog, bicycles. Huge self-catering fun. Rented a Canadian canoe on the Alde, knocked about art galleries and craft shops (where a particular VMC Camel kit was purchased!), long estuary walks, bike rides on bridleways, a spot of bird-watching, studying a boatbuilding book (an 8ft traditional clinker/lapstrake pram dinghy in epoxied plywood is my next full-scale project), and much general -purpose indolence!  Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2017, 05:19:06 PM »

Went to Buckminster today, to join up with two GDMAS mates. The site is now well signed by the road. Manny wasn't there - the field was in the hands of some radio fliers who were camping - at least one of them had been providing volunteer help for the Nationals. The guys I met were friendly.

There was a mown track down from the car park to the two circles. We drove down and parked close to the larger circle.

There has been massive progress since I saw the site in early May. There are two close mown circles -I measured them at 123 ft and 140 ft diameter. I got the impression that the larger circle was more level. It was a good circle to fly from. You can get an impression of the grass length from the close-up picture of my Cardinal. You wouldn't want to drop a stunter down in the long grass though - see the picture of my mates sitting in their chairs. The windsock was in a handy position for both radio and control line.

There was little turbulence - but then there was little wind.

A very enjoyable day.
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« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2017, 08:17:46 PM »

Went flying - and finally got a rubber scale model to stay up for over a minute!  https://youtu.be/QNeriOgeevM

Also did some more trimming on the peanut Little Gem racer - making progress, more work to do...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Z1zje57kQ



Sweet! Mike, nice looking airplanes and some nice flights.  Looks like you caught a nice little thermal on the first flight in the first video.  Looks like your plane was joined by a couple of swallows. Swallows are a great thermal indicator where we fly outside of Tangent, OR.  If you see the swallows swooping overhead, LAUNCH!

Thanks!  We get a lot of swallows at our field, but they mostly chase the airplanes rather than showing the lift.  They get particularly perturbed by the jet-cats - I guess they think the gliders are competitors or predators.  One morning I had a couple dozen barn swallows chasing my Scimitar jet-cat.

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« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2017, 08:18:45 PM »

Finished stringering the bottom of the Tigercat today, flipped the jig and started on the top.
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« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2017, 08:36:55 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2017, 09:09:06 PM »

So, you took your Champ for a little excursion, cman! Neat! I miss it.
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« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2017, 09:33:27 PM »

Finished stringering the bottom of the Tigercat today, flipped the jig and started on the top.

Thats a cool jig!  Great way to keep everything straight.
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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2017, 10:02:44 PM »

So, you took your Champ for a little excursion, cman! Neat! I miss it.
ian

I did Ian. Did you use to fly?

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« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2017, 01:00:38 AM »

Yeah. I gave up my license a few years ago, but I still have my Smith Termite in the garage.
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