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Old 09-20-2020, 04:41 AM
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The weather has started to cool. Feels so nice. I worked long and hard the last 2 days to finish the roof panel removal. I had to use my high wing aircraft jacks to support the rotted roof structure. Still I only went topside just 2 times. Mainly worked off the ladders. Glad it is over. Pictured is a good reason not to let repair projects linger too long. Now it is carpentry work. Replace all the rotted wood and repanel the roof. I want to finish before the rainy season starts. Forecast for rain 3 days starting Monday.

If the USPS keeps its projected delivery I will receive my order tomorrow. Then I can finish this foamy. I put it together to see how it looks. More work needed. The plan is to fly electric when I can until I finish these major projects. I cut my runway yesterday. Looks inviting.

Today will be a beautiful day.









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Old 09-20-2020, 04:57 AM
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The barn sure has been ravaged by time!
Old 09-20-2020, 05:32 AM
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i used to do that kind of thing, but my body has been ravaged by time
Old 09-20-2020, 08:05 AM
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Some potentially disturbing news on a British aeromodelling website.

https://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums...72&p=1#PostTop
Old 09-20-2020, 10:35 AM
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looks like a foamy future
Old 09-20-2020, 01:59 PM
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What a waste too. Figures it would be China ravaging the Balsa market. There are alternatives to using Balsa in those blades, and no matter what they use, when they have to be replaced, and they do quite often, they do not degrade and fill up landfills with toxic resins. OOh look green energy, wind power, woohoo, 10 years later, uh, what do we do with the bad blades, HEY stick them in the ground! Trade one bad thing for another bad thing.
Old 09-21-2020, 05:55 AM
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maybe they can be recycled into airplane kits
Old 09-21-2020, 07:04 AM
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I don't know they take anything regardless of quality still, if you could chainsaw a piece out of it...
Old 09-21-2020, 07:15 AM
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I doubt it. They are vacuum impregnated with resin, so very good chance the wood is 70-80% plastic now. The blades are hollow inside, the Balsa is used for longitudinal strength like spars in a wing. From what I have seen of construction, they have two molds for the blade, they lay the outer skin in the mold, and then glass in the balsa, and vacuum form it in an oven.

Old style blades that are being replaced by the thousands were all balsa with a fiberglass skin, so use of Balsa for them has gone down dramatically.



Current design


Here is a really old design where the entire blade is made from Balsa.



Would take a LOT of work to get usable Balsa from these.
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Old 09-21-2020, 08:17 AM
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Bummer!
Old 09-21-2020, 03:58 PM
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Well, Hi again. I am well into building a BFC. Started as a F11C but I redid the top rear of the fuse. I am building from old WETechnology (Bill Effinger) plans that I bought over twenty years ago. It uses a ton of balsa. I am now building the wheel pants and rigging the servos in the fuselage. The plans have a number of problems that I have worked around. The next problem is to gredesign the tail wheel structure so it can turn with the rudder.
I am slowing down, will turn 90 next month. peripheral neuropathy in both legs. But I am determined to finish the plane before seeing St Peter!

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Old 09-21-2020, 04:51 PM
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good for you! sorry to hear about your neuropathy, my mil had that, no fun.
any prolems procuring balsa?
Old 09-22-2020, 02:15 AM
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jimbrock2 good luck to you. Finish that build.

Iíve been thinking whether to buy some more balsa or just work with what I have. I have a decent supply of sheet balsa. From an estate, I have a large box with some sheet balsa but lots of stick pieces. My building style I use lots of sticks. Canít decide and I have not checked what may be available.

The USPS succeeded in keeping its delivery date. But my last tracking check, morning of delivery, said it would be a late delivery. Still a kink in the system. Anyway I can now finish my foamy airplane.

My barn project is on hold due to rain and a storm system in Texas. A few more days of rain. On Sunday I visited my favorite free warehouse supply. I got some heavy duty plastic wrap. I wrapped my jacks to keep water from entering the tubes and maybe the pump. I donít want to rebuild those jacks. Plus I picked up these nice angle brackets used on room AC units and mounting hardware. Great for RC builds. Some nice foam for future foamy builds. With a balsa shortage and FAA Remote ID, light foam builds may be the way.





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Old 09-22-2020, 09:22 AM
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etpilot
What you are doing with your shed is exactly what I need to do! those jacks are a winner, good move! you got me wondering where I can get some. but, I am not sure My body would last long enough to even set them up.

the new wind turbine blades sure cut back on the use of balsa maybe the price of balsa will come down.if greed permits.

gotta go the roofer has arrived.
Old 09-23-2020, 02:22 AM
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Donny not sure where you might rent or borrow jacks like these. Renting may be expensive for a long term project. I have 2 other tall jacks I welded up. But these are easier to use. You are right about setup. Easy on concrete. I had to wrestle with these on dirt ground. They are heavy. They will stay put to support the worse side of the roof. Iíll use 2x4 lumber T posts to support the rest as I replace the wood. Fortunately the 4x4 posts are all in good shape. Rain is my problem now. Have to wait until next week for some sunshine.

Iím done doing shingle roof work. I get a crew for that now and Iím good to go now for a few years. The barn is metal panels and will go up fast once the roof structure is repaired

I got to work on my foamy yesterday. Just a little bit more on the airframe then on to the electronics. Rain gives me time to work on the foamy.
Old 09-23-2020, 07:43 AM
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Well I'll find a way of supporting that shack but I fear someone else will do the rebuild.

The shingles for the house should be delivered tomorrow, so I just kissed $10,000 goodbye can't complain too much the roofs in bad shape.......................NO! I ain't doing the reshingle Work!

This morning I was rereading the early part of this thread, my son posted (post 223) here when he was 44 years old he is now 50........................Guys it has been a long time since this thread started and I realize I have conversed with some of the best folks in the world, and have had shared such fond memories that it is hard to keep a dry eye.

I want to thank all that post here. we have had few upsets. mostly just plain old civil conversation. there are a lot of good people in this world and I think many are right here. ...........................God bless you all! the best is yet to come.
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:58 AM
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Good luck with the new roof Donny! I count you as one of the good people of the world too!
Old 09-23-2020, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by donnyman View Post
The shingles for the house should be delivered tomorrow, so I just kissed $10,000 goodbye can't complain too much the roofs in bad shape.......................NO! I ain't doing the reshingle Work!
I've got to have the roof on our house replaced as well. Planning on having it done next spring. Gonna be around $10,000 as well.

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This morning I was rereading the early part of this thread, my son posted (post 223) here when he was 44 years old he is now 50........................Guys it has been a long time since this thread started and I realize I have conversed with some of the best folks in the world, and have had shared such fond memories that it is hard to keep a dry eye.
I want to thank all that post here. we have had few upsets. mostly just plain old civil conversation. there are a lot of good people in this world and I think many are right here. ...........................God bless you all! the best is yet to come.
We all feel the same about you, Donny! Take care, stay safe, and may God bless you real good!
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Old 09-23-2020, 07:18 PM
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Wish me luck guys, tomorrow is the heart cath!
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Old 09-23-2020, 09:09 PM
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Slice 'O Pie....I have 4 stints and a defib/pacemaker and I'm only 76.
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Old 09-23-2020, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Wish me luck guys, tomorrow is the heart cath!
Best of luck with that Mike.

I picked up the surgical stockings which my doctor prescribed in Post 8585 the other day. They make my legs look great but they remind me of some young ladies I used to know in the Sixties and I walk about in a state of slight sexual excitement!
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Old 09-24-2020, 01:56 AM
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We need to update the sick list so no one is on the list. You all take care.

I have a good window of sunshine coming. Once the ground water evaporates it is work time. Play time over.

Speaking of roofing, this crew can in and did my roof in 2 days. They worked like a well oiled machine. Set me back $11,000.00




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Old 09-24-2020, 04:23 AM
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all the best flyer!
Old 09-24-2020, 06:07 AM
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Prayers sent.
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Old 09-24-2020, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Wish me luck guys, tomorrow is the heart cath!
We seem to be in the same boat,I am scheduled for the same Procedure on the 5th. I now have to take two more pills and change my way of life (oh joy oh joy)
Here's hoping all goes well!

Hang in there Carlos, did the stints make you feel better?

I have several stacks of shingles on my roof just waiting for the crew to arrive.

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