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Old 06-13-2017, 01:51 PM
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Warbirds over Georgia at Mac Hodges field.
Miles: 640
1400' all grass, full size runway.
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Old 06-13-2017, 01:54 PM
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:06 PM
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:13 PM
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Forgot to take pictures on the last day for later arrivals.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:41 PM
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While at Mac's place, I picked up a top flite F4U corsair, 86" with robarts and DLE-61.
I needed a plane for small fields.
First ARF or plane that I haven't built in a good decade (getting lazy in my old age).
Took it to the local field, today, and got two flights on her: needed a whole 1 click UP on the elevator. Nice flyer.
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Old 06-15-2017, 07:24 AM
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Looking good Sammy!
Missed you guys at Mac's.
Thinking hard about a return to Fond Du Lac this August. Hope I get to see you guys again up there.

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Old 06-18-2017, 01:38 AM
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Scott,
We've got our 30X30' tent reserved so we're ready
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Clinton rc club fathersday flyin at Wilmington, Ohio.
Miles: 40
A private, full size runway cut low for us modelers.
A 'anything' you bring flyin so not a lot of scale planes with several 'flip floppers'.
I was able to practice some 'warbird' aerobatics.
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:53 AM
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June 22-24: Warbirds and classics over windy city at fox valley RC club in St. Charles, Illinois (west of Chicago).
Miles: 375
A very nice 800' paved and 1000' grass runway, well run by a group of dedicated people.
This is the 2nd of 5 'Warbirds and classics' that I'll be attending.
Besides the large group storage tent, one can also rent part of a large tent for your planes. One gets a 10X20' area and, for me, worth it to have a 'free from storms' tent.
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Old 06-26-2017, 03:56 AM
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:04 AM
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Americana
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New acquisition:
The top flite F4U that I acquired 2 weeks ago had the wing come off at the last flyin. It appeared that I didn't tighten the wing bolts enough and they came loose so, since I have the gear and engine, I bought a new one. I had so much fun flying and doing aerobatics with it that I had to get another one. With no 'skin in the game' with an ARF and only money, it makes a different kind of experience versus flying my CARF folding wing F4U (both have their advantages).
Since it's only an ARF, there will not be any thread on it with only a few comments, now and then.
The box for it is gigantic.
All is well packed and taped together so nothing moves. Lots of bubble wrap around everything and plenty of hardware. They even give you a working stand for it.
No mods will be done as this is strictly a plane for small fields and doing things I wouldn't do with my other planes.
Compared to the Ziroli P-47 fuse, the F4U is respectable. I spent the evening ironing all the monocote (nasty on a warbird but that's the way it's staying: cheap and into the air quickly).
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:32 PM
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Plane hauler.
Put on a new fender and fender light after last week's travels where a tire delaminated and ripped off the fender. 75 bucks for the fender parts and another $250 for new radials and rims. Could have bought some nice aluminum warbird wheels with that!
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Top flite F4U (cont)
I don't claim to be an expert on ARF's, since I haven't had one in a good decade, but this model seems to be well thought out and constructed. Everything's going together very nicely.
Today, gear and all servos set up for the wing and today was also used to put on a new trailer fender and PM the other corsair for the folding wings not working and an air leak!
It seems like the plane should be ready to fly in 4-5 days work.
Yesterday, the plane didn't arrive until 6:30 and that evening was spent ironing all the covering.
Today, the wing got done. Impressed by the 3/8" ribs around the gear mount. To be safe, for when I do something stupid, I glassed and resin the area around the gear mount. I actually read the manual and learned something new: as noted in one picture, the control horn is 'back wards' for the flaps for better leverage.
Tomorrow, start on the fuse. Today, I glassed and resin around the top half of the front of the fuse. I've heard 'stories' about fronts coming off and, if I want to keep flying for a long time, that seems best.
If I didn't have a flyin to go to and PM some more planes, the top flight probably could be ready by the week-end.
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Sam. Great Picts. Thanks for posting

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top flite F4U (cont)
The bottom of the front of the fuse is weak so I cut out part of the 2nd former to gain access for FG cloth and resin. Will re-glue the cut out part, later. Weak in that there is plastic in that area plus that's where the plane rest during transit and the engine weight is too much for that area.
Good idea in the manual: make pull/pull loops a snug fit over some ball sockets so can be removed for PM: I've always put them through the hole.
Another manual idea: CA short drill bit to brass tubing to drill bottom 2 holes for tail wheel gear.
A little over the top but some bolt cutters 'did the trick' to cut the 4/40 push rods as the dikes sure were useless.
Got stab, rudder, all servos to the tail section, air tank, receiver and engine dry fitted.
Hanger rash already: wing tip hit the edge of table: FG skin would be hardly noticeable, if at all.
On her feet: not bad for 2 days work! A tribute to good engineering.
Not sure why they install the receiver at the end of the manual: so much easier doing it with the first servo install to get all geometry correct during each servo install.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:48 PM
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top flite F4U (cont)
Installed throttle and choke servos using hs-645's servos, dubro heavy duty ball links on servo end and sullivans locking ball links on the engine end.
After having the wing come off on the previous F4U, I epoxied a 3/8" thick piece of ply between the wing support and the wing. This is a pretty large gap of 1 1/4" and not being able to fully tighten the bolts else the ply wing would break and, over a 3 day period of flying at a flyin without any disassembly, the bolts came loose. One day flyings probably won't see this happen. With the vertical support should now allow a secure, tightening of the bolts.
Moved the flap/aileron wires to the front of the wing so the wires don't lay on top of all the servos in the fuse and, possibly, getting snagged in them. The belly pan is hollow so routing the wires is pretty easy.
Nothing fancy on the receiver switch, battery charge leads and air fill valve on the bottom of the fuse behind the wing.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:17 PM
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Falls city warbird flyin at Elizabeth, Indiana.
Miles: 140
A very nice, privately owned 800' paved runway with around 1000' grass runway.
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FCW (cont)
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