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    My late father-in-law was a test pilot early in...

    My late father-in-law was a test pilot early in the war and eventually flew P-38's in the South Pacific. I used to love it when he pulled his log book out and would review all the different types of...
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    Oops, I should have read Grey Beard's response...

    Oops, I should have read Grey Beard's response more closely. Looks like you've got your answer.

    Dave
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    I still fly 2 of them, great radio! I've never...

    I still fly 2 of them, great radio! I've never bothered to convert mine since nobody at my field flies on my frequencies any more.

    I have transmitter and book in hand. The book says there is no...
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    Everybody has their favorites. I've tried many...

    Everybody has their favorites. I've tried many things and I prefer separate switch and charge jack mounts. I like the DuBro Kwik Switch mount http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXD664...
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    Mark could have been speaking for me there in his...

    Mark could have been speaking for me there in his last sentence. Actually, I think he was.

    I fly mostly pattern planes, both classic and modern. I've been told I could be competitive and people...
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    PSP has standoffs. ...

    PSP has standoffs. http://www.pspmfg.com/RCAirplaneProducts.html

    Dave
  7. I buy my replacement packs for Futaba and...

    I buy my replacement packs for Futaba and Airtronics from RadicalRC, you might look through their transmitter packs. http://www.radicalrc.com/category/Tx-Packs-NiMH--NiCd-20

    Dave
  8. Thread: What an Idiot!

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    Control line? I also wonder about less than that...

    Control line? I also wonder about less than that with what the FAA has said. Think about it, any model aircraft flight has to be reported to FAA if within 5 miles of an airport. Isn't a kid...
  9. These guys may have what you're looking for...

    These guys may have what you're looking for http://www.rcsmoke.com/ . I've seen them used and they're usually ignited before the flight but they do have a device for igniting it in flight that is...
  10. Thread: Wind

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    Charlie P. and Redback gave you some good advice....

    Charlie P. and Redback gave you some good advice. Symmetrical airfoil, relatively heavy (compared to today's ultra-lightweight airplanes. The Ultra-Sports are great! So are their predecessor, the...
  11. Silver canopies reflect the heat. Black canopies...

    Silver canopies reflect the heat. Black canopies absorb the heat. It's all about radiant energy and other physics type junk.

    My canopy had been painted and cured for months before it ever saw...
  12. I live in Houston Texas and deal with the same...

    I live in Houston Texas and deal with the same problem. Every canopy I've ever painted has gotten distorted by our summer heat and sun, some on their first trip to the field. Clear canopies don't...
  13. Maybe we need to think about this another way. ...

    Maybe we need to think about this another way. Maybe we need to make the FAA decide this is too much work for them.

    I used to fly high power rockets so I'm familiar with notices and waivers. In...
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    Yes, the stagger makes a difference. While I...

    Yes, the stagger makes a difference. While I don't have first hand experience with anything other than positive stagger (top wing farther forward), I have a friend who is an aero PhD candidate and...
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    I used them once. That was the end, they're all...

    I used them once. That was the end, they're all I use now! I use the HD Adjustable Control Horn as they can go on a tapered surface and conform to the taper.

    Great product.

    Dave
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    My building room has 35 year old carpet in it. ...

    My building room has 35 year old carpet in it. The carpet has glow fuel spills, epoxy and CA spills, countless screws and parts and more hiding in the pile. The fuel spills are a real problem...
  17. Thread: vac former

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    Very interesting design. I built a much smaller...

    Very interesting design. I built a much smaller scale vacuum former for small model airplane parts, just a box that accepts a shop-vac hose and has a pegboard platen. I heat the frame with the...
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    Could you describe "flies terrible"? What is the...

    Could you describe "flies terrible"? What is the problem?

    I have no experience with this particular model but a degree or so of incidence increase of the top wing over the bottom wing is pretty...
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    I started building model airplanes in the 60's. ...

    I started building model airplanes in the 60's. Moved to C/L in the 70's. Graduated to R/C in '77. So I've been flying a lot of years. But one of my favorite things to do at the field is to start...
  20. Thread: Servo "waving"

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    I had the exact same problem on a Dirty Birdy. ...

    I had the exact same problem on a Dirty Birdy. Tried many servos, always the same surface did that. Finally I replaced the servo extension with a heavy gauge extension and the problem went away. ...
  21. 25 - 30 degrees of elevator is lots of elevator...

    25 - 30 degrees of elevator is lots of elevator on a pattern plane! If absolutely required for snap/spin maneuvers, you might think about dual rates for just those times when you need it.

    But if...
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    I use nothing but the Robart Hinge Points. I've...

    I use nothing but the Robart Hinge Points. I've used them for many years and here's my method.

    With a beveled LE on the control surface and a square TE on the fixed surface, I like to epoxy the...
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    Many points of view, and they're all correct. ...

    Many points of view, and they're all correct. I've always said if you can't afford to lose it, you can't afford to fly it. But it's not just about price. I build my airplanes. As has been said...
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    Jim is right. Sorry I didn't see it sooner but...

    Jim is right. Sorry I didn't see it sooner but as soon as I saw the pictures of the airframe I wished there was a picture of the canopy, that's what would give it away. Sure does look like a...
  25. Gimbelock, when you do a static balancing for...

    Gimbelock, when you do a static balancing for lateral balance, instead of holding the prop and estimating 90 degrees, try removing the prop entirely. Place the prop shaft on a table to support the...
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