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    C'mon you could get one of the other fellows to take the helm and you could do some carrier take offs & landings, weren't the first tests done with a sopwith pup?
    You probably don't want to get distracted and do a exxon valdeez though, did that captain ever work again?
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    About the closes thing I come to flying is through these forums but that is fun in itself allows me a bit of time to think about projects and ways of tackling various jobs. I have learnt an awful lot reading and researching then putting it into some sort of practice when I get home

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    Yeah I know exactly what you mean, I have a number of kits, not just the BUSA ones that I would love to start but they all have different difficult areas that need to be tackled, balancing that with running a business and a having a 11 month old and keeping a wife happy can make priorities hard.
    Looking at different build threads I have decided to put off building the top flight cessna 182 and will probably do the BUSA n28 or N17 next.
    The internet really is an amazing tool, you can gain so much insight into something you thought was so simple yet learn it may not be so.
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    Hey fellas, can I ask some of the other fathers at what age their children became interested in planes?
    My son seems to be so aware of things around him, he has managed to manipulate child safe doors, so I'm wondering when he will start modelling
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3136 View Post
    Hey fellas, can I ask some of the other fathers at what age their children became interested in planes?
    My son seems to be so aware of things around him, he has managed to manipulate child safe doors, so I'm wondering when he will start modelling
    My Dad got me into this (as did my older brothers... ) I started when I was four. soloed at 6.
    My Son (who is is twelve now) started at 8. soloed in roughly 6 months.

    as a result I'm probably biased, but my opinion, the earlier the better. even though I started flying at 4, I was at the field with my Dad pretty much since infancy.
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    My daughter started going to the field with me at about 7, started flying around 9, and then found HORSES! It was nice while it lasted.
    If its not a warbird, Its just a target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3136 View Post
    Wow, you have been a member of RCU for over 5 years and this is your first post!
    What can I say....I'm an analog man in a digital age....but this thread was worth popping my cherry for.

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    While I was stationed in Germany in '81-'85, I built my daughter (7 yrs old) a high wing trainer and taught her how to fly it. It was pink & white with smiley faces and her birth date for the numbers. She was interested for almost two years, she still went to the field but not as often. I kept that little plane even after I retired in '89, I crashed it later. The guys at the field would always give me a hard time when I brought it to the field to teach a new guy. I have a grandson now and I can't wait to get him on the sticks.

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    Interesting stories fellas, keep them coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dddaviddean View Post
    What can I say....I'm an analog man in a digital age....but this thread was worth popping my cherry for.
    dddaviddean, glad to see you have mastered posting, now time for some pics.
    Where you type a reply there are symbols above, click on the third last one, a new window will pop up,
    at the top it has a tab "from computer" click that
    at the bottom of that it has a tab "select files"
    choose the location of your pics and hit upload.
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    Faux radial to hide the electric motor, It spins free of the shaft so just the prop wash spins it



    This worked out surprising well motor stayed cool no more silly electric motor

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    Very Neat Ideas

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    And here she is with her last ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3136 View Post
    C'mon you could get one of the other fellows to take the helm and you could do some carrier take offs & landings, weren't the first tests done with a sopwith pup?
    You probably don't want to get distracted and do a exxon valdeez though, did that captain ever work again?
    I actually knew the captain (in a professional capacity) that trained the Valdez' captain. He said that he was a very capable person. Things just go south for some folks with tragic consequences!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUP View Post
    I actually knew the captain (in a professional capacity) that trained the Valdez' captain. He said that he was a very capable person. Things just go south for some folks with tragic consequences!
    I couldn't quite remember what happened there, so I looked it up, the skipper was below decks sleeping and the third mate was at the helm.
    That ship has a collision warning radar that was broken for over a year.
    I bet that would have been fixed before a ship left the dock these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3136 View Post
    dddaviddean, glad to see you have mastered posting, now time for some pics.
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    Thanks...got it done....here are my N28 and EIII....the N28 has many seasons on it now and is a rock solid flyer.....the EIII hasn't been around as long but great on those days where there's a nasty cross wind and the biplanes aren't so much fun to fly.....Will I be getting a number soon?

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    David your spot was put aside when you requested, it just had pending on it, now adjusted with your name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dddaviddean View Post

    Thanks...got it done....here are my N28 and EIII....the N28 has many seasons on it now and is a rock solid flyer.....the EIII hasn't been around as long but great on those days where there's a nasty cross wind and the biplanes aren't so much fun to fly.....Will I be getting a number soon?
    I am yet to see a N28 around my neck of the woods, I'm glad you say it flies so well as I have one in the box waiting it's turn on the table.
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    I"ll take a number and join in .. I have a Phaeton 90 under construction and also a 1/4 scale Pup that needs finishing. I just finished a BTE Flying King to use as a tow plane for gliders so time to finish up the BUSA projects.
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    Nearing completion on my build on 1/4 scale triplane. Just got the streaked effect painted. The tripe was covered in natural Solartex. Then a base coat was a computer match of Behr paint in the Solartex "Antique" color. Tests I had done with a green sample of Behr paint for the streaking yielded less than stellar results. The paint just tended to go flat and not retain the strong striations. I did have Floquil model railroad paints on hand. These are enamel based paints. Using a mixture of paint with thinner I created a wash that created the effect shown in the photos. For those interested, the paint color used is "Reading Green". The blue was another Behr paint applied as a wash allowing the beige color to slightly come through. This is my first aircraft where I did the stitching effect. Shows up nice with the paint. BTW - the triplane is being finished as Rudolf Klimke's aircraft.
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    That looks fantastic Jerry!

    Sam do have any pics?
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    Probably a lame question, but being Polish, I will ask it anyways.

    Would like to know how you fellows are creating such nice stitching effects ?

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    Granpooba, I stumbled across this page when asking the same question. I used Crochet thread from Walmart and picked up the carpet tape at Lowes. Only real tip I can give is it works best when you set up the piece only as long as you need to span your particular area. If you have a wing chord that's 14", make the piece 15". Too long and it becomes very unwieldy and the cross cutting the strips is a pain. There's a trick to picking a strip up and sticking the tape down so it doesn't twist on you and it will twist. But it works quite well and you're able to move along quite rapidly once you got the process down.

    http://www.rcscalebuilder.com/Tutori...ng/default.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by jlsimon View Post
    Granpooba, I stumbled across this page when asking the same question. I used Crochet thread from Walmart and picked up the carpet tape at Lowes. Only real tip I can give is it works best when you set up the piece only as long as you need to span your particular area. If you have a wing chord that's 14", make the piece 15". Too long and it becomes very unwieldy and the cross cutting the strips is a pain. There's a trick to picking a strip up and sticking the tape down so it doesn't twist on you and it will twist. But it works quite well and you're able to move along quite rapidly once you got the process down.

    http://www.rcscalebuilder.com/Tutori...ng/default.htm
    Thank you for the advise. It is only about a 10 minute consuming process, right ? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granpooba View Post
    Thank you for the advise. It is only about a 10 minute consuming process, right ? LOL

    Well, I started with the horizontal stab, elevator and rudder - made mistakes - redo - make a few more - redo those. Took a couple hours. Then the following week, I got my system down and I was able to do all three wings in an afternoon. Ironing on the rib tapes over it took longer!
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