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Old 12-28-2019, 07:56 PM
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I would check the glue joints on the wood for separations and make sure the covering isn't too brittle.

As for the unassembled kit make sure you open the kit up inside and give it a few days to breath and stabilize the water content of the balsa also make sure it isn't too brittle. If it has any hard wood such as Spruce it can harden and be too hard to take glue or be cut/drilled.
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Post pics of them when you can, you need 10 posts to post pics though. I need to see the Box Fly to know if it is what I had back then.
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Originally Posted by harley_peddler
Posted this thread (below) in the ARF section without any response. Thought I would copy it here where there is a better chance someone might remember the EZ series of models from the 80s.
Recently retired and in the process of getting back into RC after a multi decade absence. I have 2 EZ kits; a Box Fly 40 (glow) and a Bud Light Laser(glow). One that hasn't been flown in 30 years (Box Fly 40) and one that hasn't been assembled (Bud Light Laser). Any reason these shouldn't be flown? Anything specific I should pay attention to when preparing/assembling them for flight?

Any feedback will be much appreciated.
Never mind the pics, I googled it, and sure enough that is the first plane I had, though mine was a 20 I flew with an OS 25 Heli engine. Good flying plane, as long as you aren't flying AM anywhere near a paging tower. The one I had was the camo version with green and yellow.
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Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year.
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Originally Posted by warningshot
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy New Year.
Same to you and all they guys on this forum!

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Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2020.

I've already sent up my application for La Coupe Des Barons.
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Originally Posted by Telemaster Sales UK
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year in 2020.

I've already sent up my application for La Coupe Des Barons.
A Happy and Healthy New Year to you too and good luck in the next La Coupe Des Barons!

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Hey everybody, Welcome to the year of the Rat!
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
A Happy and Healthy New Year to you too and good luck in the next La Coupe Des Barons!

Mike
Thanks Mike.

2019 was a memorable year for me and not just for La Coupe Des Barons! I'll be very pleased if 2020 is as good.

I was born in the Year Of The Rat. One of Nature's survivors perhaps?





Health, Wealth and Happiness to everyone!
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RATS

On a Monday, a crown broke off my tooth.

By Tuesday, the remaining tooth cut my tongue. Swollen , a bit painful when swallowing.

On New Year's Day, another piece of the tooth broke off. Some bleeding.

Today, a visit to the dentist.

RATS

Happy New Year

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I don't usually make New Year's Resolutions because I can never keep to them, but while reminiscing over the last year and indeed the last two decades, two thoughts occurred to me.

When I lived in England I used to love flying at the October Festival at Cocklebarrow Farm on the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border. One year I took a Super 60 powered by a Merco 35 to the event. It struggled to take off from the less-than-perfect mown patch but eventually I got it to take off to the supportive cheers from the assembled cognoscenti, at least I think they were being supportive! One of them must have been impressed by my flying because he offered me a go on his model, a Flying Flea. As most of you will know this aircraft, designed by Henri Mignet, had a wing which pivoted to provide the elevator effect and a fixed tailplane nearly the same size as the wing. I found the model very easy to fly but let the owner land it!

In 1997 my best friend and former lead guitarist Micheal Harker was diagnosed with leukaemia. We played our last gig together on New Year's Eve 1999 and within two years he was dead. Michael had had a private pilot's licence but had never built a model. As he became less and less fit he asked me to suggest a suitable radio controlled model which he could build and fly. I suggested the usual suspects but he wanted something more challenging and chose Bob Wright's 1/5 scale HM18 Flying Flea, as modified by Abbott Baynes.

Searching through my stuff I discovered that Michael had kept the plan, a December 1992 Radio Modeller publication, and he had also cut out most of the components. He had even made up a template for the curved wing spars. Being a magazine free-plan, it's not that easy to follow; red ink is used for the starboard wing and blue ink for the port wing. Maybe I'll build this in Michael's honour.

I don't know whether I'll be able to build it in the next twelve months. Life and drink keep getting in the way but I have faithfully promised Miss Blue Eyes to cut my alcohol consumption a bit. Moreover, I can safely put the house on my having to return to England to attend at least one funeral in the next twelve months, perhaps as many as three, so that will interfere with the building schedule. Furthermore, I have the Big Guff to finish, it's taking up too much space! https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...light=Big+Guff I also have a little Sharkface part built which I will power with an electric motor. Though fundamentally an engine man, a fourstroke enthusiast at that, I appreciate the cleanliness and convenience of flying an electric model when the weather's so cold!

We'll see how we go and I'll keep you informed.

PS. There is a note on the plan saying that the leading edges of both wings should not be rounded. This goes against everything I've leaned in the past sixty years. Why should this be? Perhaps someone with superior aerodynamic knowledge can enlighten me.

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Old 01-02-2020, 06:15 AM
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I make and keep the same resolution every year, Don't make any New Year's resolutions. I have managed to keep it for years!

I got a little building in yesterday as you can see. The Ken Willard Sunday Fighter Bristol Spadport is getting close! It will of course be receiving proper British Roundlets.


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Got everything done that i can on this one and moved on to the B-25 yesterday.



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Good looking bird! How about a peek at the B-25?
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Soon, was too busy with it to take pics. That and it doesn't look much different yet than the prior pics in my build thread.
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Do you have a link to the B-25 thread?
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Do you have a link to the B-25 thread?
Another Ziroli 101" B-25 thread
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Thanks! I subscribed. ZIrolli designs some great airplanes. I have his Staggerwing scaled down 25% from the original size. At a .90 to 1.20 size it makes it a little more affordable to build.

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Yeah, between the B-25 and the P-61 I haven't even looked at I have a lot invested. The P-61 right now is nearly $1000 invested between the kit, plans, and glass/plastic parts, and if I can use the NGH 38CC 4 strokes, add another $700 to that. The B-25 I have roughly $2200 in it so far, and still need some servos ( I keep using up servos for other builds).
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I have done that a time or two too.
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Originally Posted by acdii
Yeah, between the B-25 and the P-61 I haven't even looked at I have a lot invested. The P-61 right now is nearly $1000 invested between the kit, plans, and glass/plastic parts, and if I can use the NGH 38CC 4 strokes, add another $700 to that. The B-25 I have roughly $2200 in it so far, and still need some servos ( I keep using up servos for other builds).
I was intending to build a Don Smith p61. (never happen) so the plans and landing gear (Robarts) gotta go, do you know someone that can use them?

That bipe is looking very nice!
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Originally Posted by donnyman
I was intending to build a Don Smith p61. (never happen) so the plans and landing gear (Robarts) gotta go, do you know someone that can use them?

That bipe is looking very nice!
Do the gear fit a Ziroli? It's about the only thing I don't have on the shelf yet, planning to make the actual gear, but if I can get one for a decent price I would to that instead. The Robarts fell into my lap for the B-25. Got them for $100, but they were used, and slightly bent, but completely functional and work just fine.
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Originally Posted by donnyman
I was intending to build a Don Smith p61. (never happen) so the plans and landing gear (Robarts) gotta go, do you know someone that can use them?

That bipe is looking very nice!
Don't tempt me!!!!
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Originally Posted by acdii
Do the gear fit a Ziroli? It's about the only thing I don't have on the shelf yet, planning to make the actual gear, but if I can get one for a decent price I would to that instead. The Robarts fell into my lap for the B-25. Got them for $100, but they were used, and slightly bent, but completely functional and work just fine.

I can only assume the gear will fit the Ziroli bird. I think the Ziroli is a bit larger than the Don Smith version but I never checked. I found these after a seven year search. Robart no longer makes them (I think)

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My Dad use to talk about the P-61 squadron assigned to his bomber group. He told me they would scramble them to meet a wing of Japanese night bombers and none of the bombers ever got pass them.

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