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« Reply #1225 on: January 18, 2019, 11:12:35 AM »

Very nice - and I think I could leave with that climate!
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« Reply #1226 on: January 18, 2019, 12:38:41 PM »

Proper job Mike - looks great, and the weather too!
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« Reply #1227 on: January 19, 2019, 10:09:28 AM »

Stupid boy - I meant of course "live" with that climate..........
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« Reply #1228 on: January 19, 2019, 12:10:13 PM »

Thanks guys.  Like everywhere, the good weather comes and goes.  Yesterday drizzled all day, today it's sunny, cold and very windy, but tomorrow is supposed to be nice again.  After reading all the tales of DLG flying I'm considering digging out my old Dynaflite Skeeter and seeing if I can throw out my shoulder tomorrow.

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« Reply #1229 on: January 19, 2019, 12:28:09 PM »

Like everywhere, the good weather comes and goes.  

 Yep seems to have gone here too.

Still - it's cold, it's cloudy, it's drizzling but there's only a light, if a little turbulent wind so I thought I would check out some basic settings on a new to me Blaster 3. I wanted to check the basics like elevator position on the AMT before I add extra flight modes etc. It saves having to reset the tail in each one if I've got it wrong

I'm very impressed with the model, even with no additional flap settings programmed in yet, it would launch to a good enough height to check stuff out. It's a bit 'old school' compared to the latest ultra slippery DLG's but it suits me and my preference for a more floaty flying experience. The weather is better tomorrow so I may take it out again now the flight modes are set up.

 I have 4 flight modes which function properly but I'm struggling to get more than one control movement onto an additional momentary switch for rotate....any Multiplex Royal Pro experts out there ?
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« Reply #1230 on: January 20, 2019, 11:54:26 PM »

Whilst doing other various repairs on my models this weekend I pulled my Guillows Skyraider off the shelf and commenced repairing the effects of winding without a blast tube.  BTW, on its last flight (at WESTFAC VI in 2017) it made a 44-second flight in the condition shown with the bottom right longeron severed in two places!

I made a crutch to replace the damaged lower longerons and while I was in there I moved the peg forward to center the motor on the cg.  And yes, with the peg moved forward I can get a blast tube in there for future flights...

Mike
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« Reply #1231 on: January 21, 2019, 09:32:28 AM »

 Grin  finally got off my you- know -what and after false starts got the hurricane dimer fixed as well as my wild cat.
the wild cat had broken tail joints while the hurri got the nose smashed. here are pics.  to fix hurricane i put a piece of flat balsa across the bottom to steady the nose former and hold the ballast. the bottom was then shaped with foam so the balance would not be disturbed.


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« Reply #1232 on: January 21, 2019, 06:07:00 PM »

Started working on this before the Holidays, but finally was able to get back to it after all the "Honey Do's " list was finished. Bought this framed up Andrews Aeromaster a few years ago, and decided to make it a sister ship to the other one I had, done up with WW1 scheme. I had to order more WW1 decals, and they arrived a few days ago. Managed to get all the controls, servos, and linkages in place, as well as fuel system, and an OS61FX 2 stroke in it. I won't get the maiden done on it until this frigid weather breaks, and we get a decent flying day. Here are a few pics. Dean
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« Reply #1233 on: January 21, 2019, 07:26:17 PM »

Workmanlike repair on your Skyraider Mike. It's good to see you working again P40 - when did you stop?
Very nice Aeromasters - true classics!

Happy flying
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« Reply #1234 on: January 22, 2019, 10:20:31 PM »

Thanks John.  Covered and doped the Skyraider repair yesterday, shot it with paint today.  Am I a hoarder if I covered and painted it with the same stock used when I built the model in 1995?  While in repair mode I patched some dings and tried to resolve a warped stab on the Navion, built replacement struts for the Zippy Sport, made a new noseblock for the Skyshark and mended a broken-off wing on the Guillows Typhoon.

Cheers,

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« Reply #1235 on: January 23, 2019, 03:45:35 PM »

How in the world does it all fit? Huh Grin Cool

https://i.imgur.com/Oj0oB38.jpg
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« Reply #1236 on: January 23, 2019, 04:24:09 PM »

I've got a crowbar you can borrow... Smiley
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« Reply #1237 on: January 23, 2019, 07:24:46 PM »

Today, the Free Flight Gods smiled, or maybe just smirked a little. Anyway, I actually made it out to the field and actually FLEW A Model!!

As some of you know I've been building, but getting the finished model out to the field has usually run afoul of life issues or weather. Mostly weather.

But today  as I packed up a few of my offerings to the FF Gods the wind was a barely felt 2-3 mph.  But as with my luck by the time I drove the 2 miles to the field it was in the 4-5 mph range.
I was not to be denied. First up was the B-70. Put in about 50-60 winds, and as expected it flew just like a lawn dart!! Way too nose heavy. Back to the shop to take some weight out.
Next up was the Chipmunk, my very first build last August. Again about 40-50 winds and a gentle push into the breeze.  OOPS!! It was so tail heavy it performed about 90% of n 8' loop then settled into the grass. Okay, back to the shop for that one to ADD weight to the nose.

So then it was time to try the Bostonian Porter. Put in 50 or so winds. By this time the breeze was likely in the 5-7 mph range, but what the heck. I released it at eye level with a gentle push and OH MY GOSH, My very first successful flight of a rubber powered model since getting back into it last year!!

Okay, it was a single 50' diameter circle to the left, climbing to about 20' before gently settling down. But It was stable, no stalling or twitchyness. And I was able to repeat it 3 times!!  For me it was a very successful outing! After the third flight the breeze was still building and downwind was a somewhat busy road so I decided to pack it in.

Pic #1 The three I attempted to fly today.
Pic#2 And away it goes!!
Pic #3 Okay, I screwed up the release but it recovered and flew well after that.
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« Reply #1238 on: January 23, 2019, 09:02:56 PM »

Congratulations Dan!    Cool   Great flight pics too.    Shocked    Looking forward to your next flight report.   Cheesy

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« Reply #1239 on: January 23, 2019, 11:31:02 PM »

Glad you had a chance to get some air under their wings Dan.

Happy flying

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« Reply #1240 on: January 24, 2019, 01:59:06 AM »

Well done Dan!

There's no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong models!

Me, my mate Mike who kindly dragged me away from work again yesterday, and a paraglider who I've met before up the hill - who scratched away for a good half-hour before landing out.  (Paraglider's best flight from the hill last summer was 4hrs, ten thermals, 6,000ft max, and landed at Popham some 40miles away.)

Like Lot's Wife and Daughters, I couldn't resist turning around for one last look... but at least I didn't turn as salty-white as the hill!  Grin
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« Reply #1241 on: January 24, 2019, 03:00:49 AM »

I finished a Jimmy Allen Fokker Triplane peanut - 12" W/S. Struts are split and sanded bamboo. all surfaces are covered on a single side with pre-stretched/shrunk tissue except for the fuselage. Finished weight including carved prop and an 8" loop of 1/8" rubber is 10.15 grams. So far, only a couple of test glides and a powered ground takeoff roll. All balsa was stained with a red Sharpie before covering. The cockpit combing is black tissue paper rolled up into a tube, glue soaked and formed on a template. Wheels are cross-laminated 1/32" balsa bushed with paper tubing formed on a wire.
ian
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« Reply #1242 on: January 24, 2019, 07:22:54 AM »

Wow PG Guy, looks Great!  Way too delicate for my fumble fingers!
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« Reply #1243 on: January 24, 2019, 06:57:51 PM »

Sounds great Jack - that's the way to blow the cobwebs out of the ol' cranium.

Very nice little triplane PG. Good luck with it.

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« Reply #1244 on: January 25, 2019, 08:22:18 AM »

Made confetti yesterday...



...out of my almost brand-new Wot 4 balsa ARTF  Embarrassed
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« Reply #1245 on: January 25, 2019, 09:00:14 AM »

Well, that sucks! Sorry to see that.  Done it myself a few times! Once on a maiden flight because some idiot forgot the screw on the aileron control servo!
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« Reply #1246 on: January 25, 2019, 10:41:58 AM »

That seems to have lost a bit of that Chris Foss design flair  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1247 on: January 25, 2019, 01:12:22 PM »

Made confetti yesterday...
You don't do things by halves do you old chap?  Condolences.  What have the bods from the AAIB had to say?  Pilot error, loss of structural integrity in flight, or loss of power at an inopportune moment?

Lurk.

P.S.  MrsLurker's reaction was, "Bl**dy hell. There's no rebuilding that is there?"  She also sends her sympathies.
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« Reply #1248 on: January 25, 2019, 01:40:49 PM »

Oh dear Jon - that is a shame. 

I recall that the Wot4 was quite forgiving up to a point but push it just that little bit too much and it would self destruct.

Gosh all that seems a long time ago!  Here I am now with 20p worth of tissue and balsa sticks and happy as Larry (whoever he may be!).  But you know the odd thing is that when I came back a few years ago I bought myself an ARTF - can't remember what - and did bend it but was not too distressed because I can remember thinking - so what I can always buy another one. But bending a little FF model and i feel "Oh dear what a shame - all that work......!"  Must be an age thing.

I hope none of the gear was damaged unduly.
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« Reply #1249 on: January 25, 2019, 03:12:01 PM »

Finished up the repairs on the Skyraider today - got new tissue markings and a little gingerbread on it, tightened up the front end and replaced the cannons.  Should be ready to go.  That about completes my depot maintenance for this winter - over the last week I repaired or rebuilt seven of my models.  Looking forward to some winter flying sessions here in San Antonio.

Mike
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