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Old 04-11-2021, 04:49 AM
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That time of year again.
Looks like we'll have 'flyins' this year. Already signed up for several of the 'Warbirds and Classics alliance' meets.

April 9-10, Toledo show.
This used to be run by the 'weak signals' club but they no longer support it after 50 some years. A new group started a similar show, this year.
I was there on Friday so the 'crowd' was light.

The show was at the downtown convention center. The bulk of the venders were individuals with only a few of the larger venders.





Eric and Ken from National balsa. They seemed to be doing well with people buying balsa wood. I had them pull their masks down so we can see 'faces'.



Tim from Rosewood, Indiana rc club.



NASA's first prize: I bought 3 tickets. Drawing not until September.





A couple texans.















Yellow aircraft.





Lots of old kits for sale.



The old Cox plastic planes.



Back when 30" WS was 'giant scale'!



Some antiques.



Top Flite.





Americana:
Toledo Mudhens stadium.



Restored buildings instead of destroying them.



Made famous on MASH.


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April 23-24; Modelrama in Dayton, Ohio.
Miles: 40

Plane show at the Clark county fairgrounds.
Was in two buildings.
Went mostly to socialize but did buy two rolls of Solartex.





2nd building.









Eric from National balsa was there. Good deal on kits: 25% off and no shipping.





Top flite kit build with a Fuji engine.



They had 2 large curtains in the main room as dividers.















Don't know him but he smiled.



11 foot WS.














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May 21. WORKS field.
Miles: 20.
One of my local clubs that I am a member.
Finally got warm at 87 degrees so I went flying.

Full size runway of which we use about 1000'. Rarely does any full size planes land so we 'have it all to ourselves'.

Looking West.


Looking East. Field was just cut and 'they' did a nice job of cutting it short.







Pit area. A good 'crowd' for a Friday.





Doug and I got 4 flights in. Engine on mine was running rough so I left the cowl off for 'tuning'.









Americana: Franklin, Ohio.











We stopped at a 'ma and pa' ice cream on the 'way home'.



This is suppose to be the year of the cicada's and I saw the first one!


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A few days before I went flying, today, I had to PM my TF Corsair.

Last year, I had two cowls that came loose and were damaged by the prop.

First one. Heavy duty FG cloth and Zap finishing resin to fill in the weak spots and then 'easy sand' to make it 'pretty'.




Second cowl was even worse with a huge 6" hole along one edge.



Getting old: don't even remember damaging the rudder.



The bottom of the front fuse got crushed due to hanger rash in 'transit'. A couple layers of auto FG cloth fixed it.



2nd cowl done. The first one is in the 'back ground'. These are TF so 'spares' are 'good to have' since TF is 'out of business'.



I didn't get 'fancy' on the bottom front of the fuse: can't see it and strictly functional.



The tail wheel needing replacing!



Weird; all 4 bolts were gone holding the hub together so the wheel wobbled.



One fire wall bolt was loose. Wing tube bolts were loose but all moving surfaces and servos were 'good'.



Engine was running rough in idle so left the cowl off to test at the 'field'.




Doug and I got 4 formation flights in. The 3rd flight I had a dead stick just before landing. Opened the low end a quarter and on the 4th flight, dead stick on the 'back side'. Being the first time out, I made two bad decisions. Leaving the gear down and not turning soon enough into the wind for landing. The gear and mounts were damaged.

One gear broke through the top wing. Pushed the sheeting down and thin CA'ed it.


The top sheeting would have been worse but I always FG the wheel well. I added one more layer of FG cloth to the wheel well.



The one mount got ripped out on the other wheel well.



The break was 'clean' but, first, need to glue the mount to the secondary rib.

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TF Corsair gear repair.

Top of wing above gear got some 'easy sand;.


Sanded and 'feathered'.



Some ugly monokote finishes that repair.



One gear needs new parts so, fortunately, I had a spare set of gear and 'popped' those into the wing.



Can put the other gear in as soon as the glue dries on the left main.



Had to remove both side frames from one gear to remove the 'bends'.



The side frames on the other main had the holes 'ripped out' so new parts were ordered.
Still have to determine why the engine quit 'in flight'. Still had fuel in the tank. The tank was tilted forward but that may have been the result of the hard landing plus I don't remember it tilted during assembly. My LOW needle was at 1 1/4 and Casey at DA recommended 1 3/4 so I reset both needles with High to 2.


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A video of last Friday's flying at the WORKS field.



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P-47 by TF.
All better again!
Last Fall, the engine went dead.
This Spring, could only get it to idle and would die when the throttle was advanced.
Changed plugs, rebuilt carb and swapped ignitions with another DA-50 with same results.
Sent to DA and they said a leaking bearing: would have never found that.



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Where the next event? Going to try and hit a few this year,, no fellow warbird guys at my club any longer,, I need to hang with a few like minded flyers
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Lancing, Michigan, June 3-5

Warbirds and Classics


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Of course this weekend is free, but family camping plans that weekend, have fun
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May 27, GCRCC club meeting.
Miles: 15

About a 550' paved runway with grass on the far side plus a couple hundred feet of grass on each end of the runway.





Plus a grass runway 90 degrees to the main runway.



Shelter was just expanded to double its old size.


Some new plane stands built.






































I, believe, membership is around 250 with around 60 in attendance for the club meeting.


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June 17-19, Warbirds and Classics at CARDS field in Lansing, Michigan.
Miles: 270.
About 60 pilots and about 250 planes.

A 1000' all grass runway.









Carl's 16' B-26.


























Cost effective way to keep birds from nesting and 'droppings'.



Club house.







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CARDS (cont)










My 'roster'.



My 'hanger'.



























WW I 'gaggle'.





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CARDS (continued)








































Bob and his wife (Tina) both fly.




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Nice turn out
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CARDS (cont):












Andy videos the meet and posts it on youtube.


























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Americana.
Took a lot of 'back roads' to go to the flyin.
On the 'high way' you see nothing!


Major back roads are 'semi truck' wide and some 'straight as an arrow'.
Rain about half the trip so pictures, sometimes, are fuzzy.



Still lots of barns 'out there'.



I'm guessing a little ol' lady lives here!





YUP, that 56' chevy has been on that pole for awhile. With that police car there, I'm glad I was doing the speed limit!



Lots of great little towns in the 'mid west'.







Still has the old theatre.



And the usual great looking county court house.


























There were about 30 MG's, Triumphs, etc. on the high way.





YUP, there are still dirt roads in some states!


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That field looks amazing, it must be one of the best around. Iím tempted to make the drive from CT for next years event. Iíd love to attend one of them he Alliance events at some point. Is CARDS the best field for the Alliance events?
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Tony,
This is one of 7 clubs that belong to the Warbird & Classic Alliance.
All of them are at least 800' long.
The fields have to meet certain criteria to be allowed to join the Alliance.
If you look at my 2019 road trips you see all but one of the other fields.
I'm fortunate to live in the mid-west where there are 7 outstanding warbird flyins plus there are a dozen more fields that I attend each season that are excellent but they're for 'general' flying.
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I didnít know there was a field size requirement, definitely jealous. We donít have fields like that in the northeast. Which Alliance field/event would you say is the best one?
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Tony,
That's like asking who's your favorite kid?
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Yup, still alive!
Missed a flyin at 'windy city' due to grand daughter's baptism plus a few local flyins cancelled due to lots of rain, etc.
Been going to the local club's field to get some flying in.
Doug and I do formation flying with our warbirds.
Next big flyin is Goshin, Indiana.

Corsair flies well but 'no go' on the Dauntless. The GT-80 wouldn't start and then stopping when I advanced the throttle.
Problems:
Choke servo was not moving so engine wouldn't start.
Replaced that servo and saw that the choke 'butterfly' was closing when advancing the throttle. Turns out the 'Y reverser' for the cowl flaps was bad.
Been flying this plane for 11 years; initially, thought a problem with the motor. Glad it was an easy fix!









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Happy Independence day.
Did some formation flying before it got too 'hot'.



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July 10, big bird flyin at Celina's RC club (ohio).
Miles: 101
Nice 600' all grass field.

I only took pictures of the scale planes.







Doug and I get our formation flying doing: low fast/slow passes, loops, rolls, 4-point roll, cuban 8's, 360's and horizontal 8's.






















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