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« Reply #50 on: October 21, 2019, 12:47:30 PM »

AIR CAMPER       18 INCH      Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231
FLIGHT REPORT           Sunday August 4 2019

     The last posted flight reports of the Air Camper were 7 flights on Sun Aug 4 2019, and 4 flights on Wed Aug 7 2019.   I still have a flight report from Fri Aug 9 (5 flights) to update from "What did you do airplane wise today" into the official log here.   But these pale in comparison to 17 flights yesterday, on Sunday Oct 20 2019, so here is the Oct 20 2019 Flight Report.   Still waiting for the new eyeglasses, so here is the Flight Report anyways.
     We have been waiting for this day all year.   Cheesy   The "Indian Summer" has started in earnest in Jackson Park, with leaves already on the ground.  The clouds eventually blew away and there was no wind -  almost a completely dead calm,  the grass was really green and thick and not cut, the temp was great at 66 deg F,  and humidity at 49 %,  and when we got to the Cricket Field at  5:00 PM, there were no Cricket players on it.   Grin
     So here are the pics of a great evening of flying in resplendent fall colors in the Cricket Field of Jackson Park in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.   Plus -  it is a good thing we got this flying session in,  as the weather is cooking off quickly.

Pic #1     3507     The walkout through Jackson Park to the Cricket Field.
Pic #2     3508     No wind on the flag.
Pic #3     3509     Still no wind on the flag.
Pic #4     3510     Racing in from the right.
Pic #5     3511     Flying left on the tree line.
Pic #6     3512     Just before touchdown.

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« Reply #51 on: October 21, 2019, 12:51:00 PM »

AIR CAMPER      18 INCH     Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231
FLIGHT REPORT          Sunday August 4 2019
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     Motor was two strands of  3/16"  each strand 14" long, with the prop hook to rear peg being  6 3/4"  .   Stretch winds on the stooge started at 600 and worked up to 750.   The longest flights were 26  seconds.

Pic #1     3513     Just above the trees going left.
Pic #2     3514     Turning left just missing the big Spruce trees.
Pic #3     3515     High slow flight and lengthening shadows.
Pic #4     3516     Nice shot right overhead.
Pic #5     3517     Another nice high flight with fall colors of the setting sun.
Pic #6     3518     Just missed the trees going left.  cont next pic.

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« Reply #52 on: October 21, 2019, 12:55:28 PM »

AIR CAMPER       18 INCH     Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231
FLIGHT REPORT          Sunday August 4 2019
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      The Air Camper was flying very slow with the new prop, and I could make a trotting run and almost run it off at the pass, in order to get a second shot, on some of the flights  (it takes a couple of seconds for the camera to process the first image).   Got a total of  39  pics.

Pic #1     3519     (cont. from last pic)  It then runs out of rubber and tails to the right and lands on the packed gravel road.   Whew!
Pic #2     3520     Good pic (2nd best) of the setting sun turning the orange of the model to a reddish hue.
Pic #3     3521     Coming down for a landing into the setting sun and shadows.
Pic #4     3522     Another high sunlit flight.
Pic #5     3523     Best pic of the day!!   You can see the missing landing gear strut on the left side.   What a great little flyer!
Pic #6     3524     Climbing left.

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AIR CAMPER       18 INCH      Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231
FLIGHT REPORT          Sunday August 4 2019
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     Made a total of 17  flights  from 5:00 PM to sunset at  6:42  PM.    This flight session had it all --  just missing trees, stuck in a Spruce (just out of reach of course),  some flights finished out past the treeline,  and the general joy of watching smooth perfect circles, in no wind,  and it seemed to come right back close to me on landing, whether it was one circle or two circles.   I did have to do a lot of walking to do, though, from the stooge setup to the best launching spot on the field (wind aloft?).  

Pic #1     3526     Nice high (not too high) lovely flights, very slow, and around 20 to 26 seconds on 600 to 750 turns of the rubber, stretch wound on a stooge.
Pic #2     3527     Coming down in the shade of the trees' lengthening shadows.
Pic #3     3528     Solid blue sky.
Pic #4     3529     End of the rubber and straightening out to the right (cont).
Pic #5     3530     Lands just outside  Shocked  the faded white lines of the Cricket field's outer circle.
Pic #6     3531     My best buddy, Trapper, and our setup in the lush grass.

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AIR CAMPER       18 INCH      Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231
FLIGHT REPORT          Sunday August 4 2019
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Pic #1     3532     View in the other direction.  Lovely grass.
Pic #2     3533     Turning before the big Spruces.
Pic #3     3534     A nice sunset shot.
Pic #4     3535     More sky.
Pic #5     3536     Staying inside the  big trees.
Pic #6     3537     The sun is going down further.

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AIR CAMPER       18 INCH     Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231
FLIGHT REPORT           Sunday August 4 2019
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Pic #1     3540     Twilight flights now.
Pic #2     3541     Another good focus pic.
Pic #3     3542     Just a twinge of yellow sun left.
Pic #4     3544     My buddy Jerry showed up with his dog, when I was packed up after 14 flights, and ready to leave, so we stayed for three more flights, as he now held the plane while I stretch winded.   Jerry had also, previously launched two flights of my  30" Rearwin Speedster when it was trimmed out  --  yes, he liked it very much.  This time the Air Camper  ended up in this Spruce just out of hands reach.   You know how anxious we can get when in a hurry to get a plane down from a tree.   Well, he was jumping up and down trying to grab the branch the plane was stuck on,  and ended  up pulling his thigh muscle.  Sad   Then I found a thin branch with no twigs on it, and got the plane down safely.    
Pic #5     3545     The last three flights in the dark were going way too straight and not enough left turn.  Here my two buddies, and our dogs, and me, watch forlornly,  Huh   as the Air Camper flies out  Roll Eyes  of the Cricket Field,  into the deep dark jungle of the tree shadows.  (cont next pic).
Pic #6     3546     Here is where it landed after flying into the trees high up,  and bouncing off and then straight into the ground - no damage - time to call it a day!!

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The end of Flight Report of October 20 2019
Thanks for watching.   Smiley     Get outside and fly ...   Wink
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« Reply #56 on: October 21, 2019, 02:46:06 PM »

Nice to see these planes still flying and giving much pleasure. Sorry about the pulled muscle.
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« Reply #57 on: October 27, 2019, 01:22:13 PM »

Richard I'd almost given up on the smaller kits, but reading this, I've got to build one.
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« Reply #58 on: October 27, 2019, 03:11:37 PM »

     Hi Stovebolt.   My little Air Camper is a lot heavier than it used to be.   I actually got a  (record for me)  62  second flight out of it a few years ago.   I did have to add downthrust to the nose by gluing on a balsa shim (which also raises the prop wire hook at the back) see Pic #1.   Also now, the nose is infill planked, which I really recommend for those crash landings, because you need noseweight anyway.  It all balances as it sits now, with no nose clay weight,  and flies nice left hand circles with the little bit of clay weight at the tip of the left wing see Pic #2.   And I did not move the rear peg ahead at all on this parasol high winger.  And of course, I have the little trim tabs of file folder cardboard, on the elevators and rudder.    Plus, this kit has balsa sandwiched landing gear wire that slides right into a laser cut slot.    Plus GREAT instructions and  TWO BIG  plan sheets, with multiple isometric views etc, and with easy-to -read big thick block capital letters to read for guys like me with glasses.   So I highly recommend this kit for sure.

Pic #1     3553    The nose is infill planked, and you can see the downthrust.
Pic #2     3555    There is a little bit of clay weight on the left wing tip.

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« Reply #59 on: October 27, 2019, 04:16:52 PM »

HAHA Richard
I finally gave up last spring.... glasses are part of my daily routine now;)
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« Reply #60 on: February 16, 2020, 04:52:08 PM »

AIR CAMPER    18 INCH  Rubber Powered    Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231

GETTING READY FOR THE 2020 SEASON SMALL PARK FLYING

     Gosh, the last flight was Oct 20 2019.   Well, today, just for fun (now that I see that I should have used 3/16" rubber  Undecided - but oh well - I almost forgot how to do all this in the first place Lips sealed),  I put a new motor in of light  1/8" two strands (one loop) 6.5" long, prop hook to rear peg is 7".   A test of the motor gives a ten second run on 180 finger winds.   It is sunny out and 40 deg F ...

Pic #1     3864     Pushing stick and  1/8"  rubber is ready.
Pic #2     3865     One loop or two strands is tied off.
Pic #3     3866     A small Crocket Hook is added.
Pic #4     3867     A length of string is tied to the Crocket Hook.
Pic #5     3868     The motor is stretched out a little bit, the knotted end of the rubber is loaded into the "notch" of the pushing stick, and the string is taped taut to the pushing stick.

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« Reply #61 on: February 16, 2020, 04:56:54 PM »

AIR CAMPER    18 INCH  Rubber Powered    Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231

GETTING READY FOR THE 2020 SEASON SMALL PARK FLYING
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Pic #1     3869     The aluminum tube dowel is slipped through the opening in the rubber.
Pic #2     3871     The tape is then removed, and the stick pulled out, and the string hangs out, to pull the motor out by the Crocket Hook.
Pic #3     3872     The Crocket Hook is pulled out by the rubber, ready to cut off the string.
Pic #9     3874     The prop hook/nose block assembly, is then slipped through the Crocket Hook hole.
Pic #10     3875     The noseblock is then nestled into its key lock in the nose, and the rubber band is taut, and the prop block will not fall out - not too far anyways ...

Ready to fly with finger winds.   Here we come Stovebolt ...  Smiley

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« Reply #62 on: February 17, 2020, 04:00:36 AM »

AIR CAMPER    18 INCH  Rubber Powered    Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231

FLIGHT REPORT #1       SUN FEB 16 2020

     At about 5:20 Pm, (sunset is at 6:00 PM), we hobbled out to the Cricket Field of Jackson Park, with camera and some clay weight, and the 18" Air Camper.   At 5:05 PM the temp was  37 deg F (feels like 30), winds were blowing 12 mph from the South, gusting to 18 mph, and 75% humidity.  It was sunny all day, and almost all of the snow has gone, a very mild evening.
     We made about 7 flights, the longest lasting 6 seconds (cold rubber)  on 180 hand winds.   It flew nice and slow and with soft landings.  AUW all up weight, is  25.87   grams.   The grass is still dormant, with half the leaves yellow and the other half green.    And a nice sunset.

Pic #1     3875     Entrance to Jackson Park. 
Pic #2     3876     Looks like no wind on the flag ...
Pic #3     3878     First flight landing.
Pic #4     3879     There it is - a tiny orange blob in the center half way up the trees.
pic #5     3880     BEST PIC  Sunset flight.

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« Reply #63 on: February 17, 2020, 04:03:16 AM »

AIR CAMPER    18 INCH  Rubber Powered    Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231

FLIGHT REPORT #1       SUN FEB 16 2020
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pic #6     3881     Down for a landing.
Pic #7     3883     Handheld pic.
Pic #8     3884     Flying out left.
Pic #9     3886     Pic sitting on the dormant turf grass of the Cricket Field.

     We got  home at 6:30 PM,  the temp was 34 deg F (feels like 25), winds blowing from the South West at 11 mph, gusting to 16 mph, 80% humidity.
     Time to go right to the big motors and the winding stooge.   Smiley

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« Reply #64 on: February 17, 2020, 03:21:02 PM »

HAHA boy you were right about the down thrust Richard.
Out in the back yard-off a ladder- test glide looked promising with nose weight.
Low power flight it'd get up 10ft. and roll over on its back and come down.
I'm going to do some work on the nose, it's got 5/32 shim now.
Weight went up from 25.6 to 26.3g.
There's a break in the rain so have to split wood for the stove, or I'd head for the field, there's no wind.
 I'll be tuned in....
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« Reply #65 on: February 21, 2020, 12:31:07 AM »

Good to see the old girl flying again Richard. It must have a few hours on it now.

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AIR CAMPER   18 INCH  Rubber Powered    Dumas Laser Cut Kit #231

FLYING SESSION          MAY 13 2020

     Thanks John.     Smiley    Everyone has their all time favorite model that they have flown many years.  This is my "go to" model -  not that I have a lot of flying models,  it is just that I can really depend on this one.   Cool
     Well,  I was watching this forecast for a few days.  Huh    We have not had any good flying days for a while now.    It turned out a lot windier like it always does ...

     Well,  I just spent four long flights worth, of running around   Shocked  that Cricket Field,  after the wild flying Air Camper.     Too much running for an old guy like me.   Undecided   These four flights were the wildest four yet, with the Air Camper.   The first flight (not even a flight really),  was a flop - I forgot  Huh  to check the trim tabs - it went straight up and down in a flutter sort of.     It still had lots of winds left on it,  so I adjusted the tabs, and just cast it off,  and it sailed to a 32 sec flight    Grin ,  out of the Cricket Field and past the trees!!   The four flights were 32, 34, 40, and 35 seconds,  and it was becoming too windy,  and two of the four flights were right out of the field,  and I never saw the Pietenpl Air Camper fly so high,  and so far.     She really must have wanted to fly,   but I had to ground her ...   Sad

Pic #1     FORECAST  FOR  WED MAY 13 2020     Here is the forecast I was watching -  we have had no flying days lately at all -  too much wind.

Pic #2     5012     New motor.
Pic #3     5017     Wind on the flag.
Pic #4     5019     Good grass.

Pic #5     5026     BEST Pic

Full FLIGHT REPORT  #2  to follow.

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« Reply #67 on: May 13, 2020, 07:12:32 PM »

Sounds like a good day out Richard.  We're dodging wind and rain here, not many flying opportunities lately.

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« Reply #68 on: May 14, 2020, 06:03:34 AM »

Good one Richard. I have been amusing myself by flying a light model at dusk when the wind has dropped to an almost calm. The Air Camper must really have loved the motor/prop /trim settings that you have.
If it keeps flying like that it will need a DT Smiley

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« Reply #69 on: May 14, 2020, 05:34:37 PM »

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     Thanks Mike and John.
     I intended to post the above Reply into "What did you do airplane wise today?"  Oooops ... Senior's moment ... Embarrassed   Here is the full Flight Report anyways.

FLIGHT REPORT #2          WED MAY 13 2020     AIR CAMPER

   The Air Camper was a little beat up   Undecided  - missing landing gear strut, lots of clear tape on the tissue, broken longeron, and a noseblock that is very wobbly, with way too much play towards right thrust.   After every time I stretch wound it, I taped on  4  thin strips of green masking tape onto the nose block and cowl,   and it held the prop on, in that position, very well.
      I did not get in a whole lot of flights,  but the last four I got in,  were quality,  dramatic   Cheesy  thirty-second-plus flights,  which used up not only the whole Cricket Field,  but also the whole airspace above, with the highest   Shocked   flights yet.
     In order to keep the Air Camper parasol high winger,  inside the  110 yard,  by 130 yard,  Cricket Field,  I always try to launch downwind from a position which sets up for a left hand circle, to start turning left, after the initial downwind drift, to catch up to the wind,  and then begin to start turning left (I think).

Pic #1     FORECAST  FOR  WED MAY 13 2020  NEW ONE   The forecast was getting gradually worse, but still good.

Pic #2     5003     We got up extra early for the dog walk,  so I could get enough time to get the plane all my gear ready, and this is what the Cricket Field looked like shortly after sunrise -  coated in a sheet of pretty good frost,  that was just starting to evaporate off.   I knew I had time to get the Air Camper ready.

Pic #3     5007     It was a cool, rather calm, sunny tulip early morning around the Spit and Hurri,  on the walk back to the apartment.

Pic #4     5014     Back home,   the Air Camper got a new motor.

     We ended up leaving the apartment at  12:30 PM.  The weather was now  46 deg F (feels like 43 deg F),  with winds blowing from the SouthEast at 8 mph, gusting to 12 mph, 49% humidity.

Pic #5     5016     After packing everything up back at the apartment,  we headed out to fly.    Here we are now, back in Jackson Park, on the way to the Cricket Field.  Note the wind on the flag now,  and the four strips of green masking tape holding the nosebock in position.

Pic #6     5018     Here is my setup in the nice grass (you cannot even see the tent pegs), of the Cricket Field.

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« Reply #70 on: May 14, 2020, 05:51:15 PM »

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FLIGHT REPORT #2          WED MAY 13 2020
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     Now we get into the flights.    This is the second flight report of 2020 and the first time in the winding stooge this year.  The new motor was  11 inches long,  two strands of  3/16" rubber,  prop hook to rear peg is 7".    The four good flights were  on 42 to 44 cranks,  of my  15:1  winder,  equating to  630  to  660  winds of the rubber.

Flight #1    I put in 630 winds, and let her go (I forgot to check the trim tabs), and it fluttered out of control up and then down into the long grass.  I thought for a second  Huh   "what the heck is wrong with it now?" -  then I knew ...  Shocked  and sure enough the tabs were off position on the stab.

Flight #2     So I bent the tabs back to where they should  have been,  and since there were still a lot of winds left loaded,  I just cast it off downwind,  and to my surprise and astonishment and fright,  it flew out on a long relatively straight flight downwind,  while struggling to turn left,  and flew right out of the field,  past two rows of mature trees, and missing the trunks.    Naturally,  I did not have the camera in hand and ready for this flight!   So no pics of this flight.   Then it repeated this flight on the next flight on full winds!  Cool

Flight #3     660 winds,  and a little more left rudder tab, and a little down on the right elevator,  and a little up on the left elevator -  to make it go more left.    
Pic #1     5022     Here it is flying way out there with the sun shining off of the wing.
Pic #2     5023     Here it has landed, past the road, and past two tree lines.
Pic #3     5024     And here it is up close,  how it landed, gently teeter-tottering in the gentle wind,  on the long grass blades.   (It was trying to tell me something).

Flight #4     645 winds   40 seconds,  and quite worrying, as it flew in 1 3/4  BIG circles,  and dancing in the wind way on up high.   I actually got three pics of this flight.
Pic #4     5025     Good height and distance.
Pic #5     5026     BEST IN FLIGHT PIC OF THE DAY
Pic #6     5027     Landing after that long 40 sec flight.

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« Reply #71 on: May 14, 2020, 06:02:42 PM »

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FLIGHT REPORT #2          WED MAY 13 2020
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     This is the final flight,  Flight #5.

Flight #5     I only got one pic of this flight - another wild flight.   645 winds and 35 seconds!   The most harrowing flight, and almost a disaster about to happen, with the trees, at any time.  On launch,  it turned to the left too soon, and climbed up way too high, too soon,  into the turn.

Pic #1     5028     There it is, sailing away, way out there behind me,  Shocked  the wrong way -  and way up too high.  This was its second circle, and clearly got some lift.   It is going right as the prop runs down in the pic,  sort of into the wind.   The wind was changing from South East to Easterly.    I found myself running after this one too, camera in hand.    The Air Camper had just turned to the right, away from its second left hand circle,  and would continue down and right.  The park had been steadily filling up with people and dogs and their kids.  There were a bunch of people to the right of the big willow tree,  nestled down in the deep grass with their dogs, and I was worried the plane was flying into them,   It dipped down in behind that large round shrub/tree at the bottom of the pic,  as I ran to head it off at the pass.  As I ran up to,  and to the right of,  that round shrub/tree,  what suddenly comes peeling around that corner ? , but the Air Camper, passing right by in front of me, to my left, between me and the Spruce, like it was on a tether to the trunk, the circle was that tight,  and then floating down to a perfect landing in tall grass.  WHEW !!

Pic #2     5029     Time to pack it up, as the wind was getting too high, and to many high risk flights.   No damage, and ready to fly another day.  Wink    The weather now at  1:30 PM,  was 52 deg F (feels like 48 deg F),  with winds blowing from the East at  11 mph, gusting to  16 mph (more on the field),  and 47 % humidity.

     It was a good thing we got out when we did.   Later on, while walking Trapper just before dark,  who do we see back on Patrol in Jackson Park ? , ....  but the Auxilliary Police  starting their new season.   I think they are now only working on the  5 PM to 10 PM shift,  but when they get going, they are in the park from 1:00 PM to 10:PM.    So, it looks like I will have to sneak into the Cricket Field in the mornings ... for some 'stealth'  flying,  in a small public park.   Grin

THE END of FLIGHT REPORT #2       AIR CAMPER  18"   MAY 13 2020

Thanks for watching.   Get out and fly if you can!

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